Michel E. Curry, CPL, is Vice President of Land and Senior Counsel for Henry Resources, LLC. Michel joined Henry Resources in September 2014, and supervises all oil and gas legal work and land functions for the company. He is a former shareholder of Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson PC, Midland, Texas, where he was engaged in the private practice of oil and gas law for 25 years.
Mr. Curry is admitted to practice in Texas and New Mexico, is Board Certified in Oil, Gas & Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is also a Certified Professional Landman ("CPL"). He received a B.S. from the University of Texas and a law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, cum laude.
Prior to law school, Michel worked as an independent petroleum landman and in-house as a contract landman for Texaco Inc. Mr. Curry's experience and legal practice covers most facets of the petroleum industry, with particular emphasis on producing property transactions, oil and gas contracts, exploration agreements and title matters. His geographic experience ranges from Alaska’s north slope to the Gulf of Mexico, and most producing areas in between, and includes work in coal and lignite mining, wind energy and natural gas marketing.
Michel is a former chair of the AAPL Forms, Ethics, Publications and Bylaws Committees, and participated in drafting the new 2015 Model Form Operating Agreement. He also served as 2nd Vice President and director of AAPL, as a past president of the Permian Basin Landmen’s Association, and served as assistant chair of the NAPE Operator’s Committee. Michel has served on the State Bar of Texas Council for the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section and is a frequent lecturer and author on oil and gas subjects, with particular emphasis on operating agreement and title matters. Michel was selected in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as a Super Lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources Law.
Michel makes his home in Midland, Texas, with his wife of 39 years, Audrey L. Curry. Michel and Audrey have two adult children and four grandchildren.