Midland County Bar Association
A native of Midland, Texas, Mr. Norwood received his B.A. in Plan II Honors from the University of Texas Austin in 2009, graduating with highest honors (Phi Beta Kappa). He earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2012, graduating with honors. During law school, he served as a staff editor for the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law.
She received her B.A. in English from Texas A&M University where she was a Presidental Endowed Scholar National Merit Scholar, and Director's Excellence Award recipient. She received her law degree in 2008 from Baylor Law School where she was a Dean's Scholarship Recipient. Emily is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and received the Equal Access to Justice Award from Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (Midland chapter) in 2013 and 2014. She is a member of the Liberal Arts Advisory Council at Texas A&M University and serves on various community boards in Midland.
Matt joined Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in 2012. His principal practice areas include contracts, corporate finance, asset acquisitions and dispositions, commercial loan transactions, real estate, securities, corporate governance, and general corporate law.
commercial disputes, products liability,personal injury claims, deed and lease interpretation issues, surface use disputes, lease termination disputes and mineral ownership rights. His extensive trial experience has gained him membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Bill also represents clients in the negotiation of oil and gas leases, eminent domain proceedings, real estate and loan transactions, and corporate formations.
Bill received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1987 from Texas Tech University where he served as Student Association President. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1991 and was Executive Editor of the Law Review. Bill began his legal career with Baker Botts LLP in Houston and was a sole practitioner in Houston where he was President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association (2003-04), and in Hallettsville before joining Kelly Hart and moving to Midland in 2015. He is licensed in Texas and New Mexico.
Emily is Senior Counsel for Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. Emily began her legal career at a boutique oil and gas firm in Dallas before returning to her hometown of MIdland. She practiced transactional oil and gas law with Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder before going in-house.
Bill is a Partner with Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP where he represents corporate and individual clients in a broad range of civil litigation matters, including business and
Austin received his B.S. in Agribusiness in 2008 from Western Kentucky University. He earned his law degree in 2012 from Texas Tech University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude, where he was also an articles editor for the Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal.
for use in the oil and gas industry. Title opinions may be based on abstract examination or done by "stand-up" examination in the county clerk's office. Document preparation includes deeds, leases, joint operating agreement, purchase and sale agreements, easements, and many other hybrid documents. Garrett received his B.A., magna cum laude, in Policy Studies from Syracuse University in 2005 (Phi Beta Kappa), an M.S. in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College in 2007, and his law degree in 2010 from Kent College of Law in Chicago.
Mr. Melchiorre is admitted to the state bars of Texas and New Mexico. He received the Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas Midland County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award in 2013 and serves as a Board Member for Casa de Amigos in Midland.
Julie joined Davis, Gerald & Cremer in 2013. She works primarily as a litigator, specializing in commercial litigation, including oil and gas disputes. Prior to moving to Midland, Ms. Griffis worked at Jones Day in Dallas, Texas from 2009 to
Austin L. Ramsey joined Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in 2012. His practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning and probate law, as well as general business transactions and business entity formation.
2013, where she specialized in complex commercial litigation and internal investigations. Ms. Griffis received her B.S. in Theatre and History from Northwestern University in 2006, graduating with honors. She then received her law degree from Northwestern in 2009, graduating with honors as well. During law school, she was the managing editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.
Ms. Griffis is admitted to the State Bar of Texas. In addition to her service with the Bar Association, she serves on the Board of Directors for High Sky Children’s Ranch and the Junior League of Midland.
Garrett is a Shareholder with Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC. He concentrates his practice on examining oil and gas titles, rendering title opinions covering state, federal and privately owned lands in Texas and New Mexico, and preparing documents
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Julie L. Griffis - email@example.com
Emily Statton Smith - EmilyStatton.Smith@pxd.com
Garrett Melchiorre - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill B. Caraway - email@example.com
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