Clifton A. Squibb | Partner

Board Certified image Oil, Gas, & Mineral Law

Clif Squibb is a founding partner of Hamilton Squibb & Shores, LLP.  He is board certified in Oil, Gas & Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and an adjunct professor at SMU Dedman School of Law.

Mr. Squibb handles a wide variety of transactional matters and routinely represents oil-and-gas companies, mineral funds, and individual investors in the acquisition and divestiture of mineral and leasehold assets.  Mr. Squibb also advises exploration-and-production companies of all sizes faced with regulatory, geological, financial, and title constraints.  With an expertise in title matters, his practice includes examination of complex title issues, and representation in title disputes, including royalty litigation.

Mr. Squibb writes and lectures on topics and issues of emerging importance in oil-and-gas law.


J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law,cum laude, 2005

  • Editor, International Law Review Association

MSc Economic History, London School of Economics & Political Science, with Merit, 2002

B.A., University of Virginia, 2001

  •     Majors: Economics, Philosophy
  •     Minor: Religious Studies

Texas, 2005

Publications & Presentations:

Title Issues in Mineral and Royalty Transactions, State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas and Mineral Title Examination Course 2020 (June 2020).

Mineral Purchase and Sale Agreements, Dallas Bar Association Energy Law Section (September 18, 2019).

Oil and Gas Legal Update, Southwest Land Institute, American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Arlington, Texas (August 29, 2018).

Allocation Issues: Traps and Obstacles in Drilling and Configuring Allocation Wells, 20th Annual Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law Seminar, Midland, Texas (February 23, 2018).

Panelist, “Allocation Wells,” Oil and Gas Disputes Course, Houston, Texas (January 27, 2017).

Protecting Oil and Gas Royalties in the Event of Bankruptcy, Headnotes (Dallas Bar Ass’n), March 2016, at 17 (co-authored with J. Machir Stull).

Allocation Wells: An Operator’s Guide, Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen, Educational Luncheon, Dallas, Texas (February 1, 2016); Permian Basin Landman Association Field Landman Seminar, Midland, Texas (February 26, 2015).

Authority for Execution – Capacity Issues and Authority of Trustees, Officers, Agents and Administrators, State Bar Of Texas Oil, Gas And Mineral Title Examination Course 2014, Houston, Texas (June 2014).

Guest Lecture, “Horizontal Wells, Small Tracts & Unpooled Interests,” SMU Dedman School of Law, Oil & Gas Law Course (September 9, 2013 & April 21, 2014).

The Age of Allocation: The End of Pooling as We Know It?, 45 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 929 (2013).

Oil, Gas & Water: The Permitting Role of Texas Government, Fracking Law: From Land Contract Negotiations To Environmental Disputes 67 (National Business Institute 2012) (co-authored with Rhodes W. Hamilton).

Strips, Gores and Public Roadways: Is There a Time Bomb in Your Unit?, 38th Annual University Of Texas Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas And Mineral Law Institute, Houston, Texas (March 2012).

Your Client Signed a Lease—What Comes Next?, Headnotes (Dallas Bar Ass’n), Aug. 2011, at 3 (co-authored with Rhodes W. Hamilton).

Fuzzy Boundaries & Other Curiosities: Leasing Streets, Rights-of-Way & Public Tracts, Dallas Bar Ass’n 25th Annual Review Of Oil & Gas Law, Dallas, Texas (August 2010).

Drilling Regulation in Texas: Obtaining Permits under Spacing and Density Rules, Texas Conservation, Capture, Pooling & Unitization Conference, Arlington, Texas (July 2010).

The Strip-and-Gore Doctrine: A Trap for the Unwary, 33 Oil, Gas & Mineral Resources Law Sec. Rep. (State Bar of Texas) No. 3, March 2009, at 23-34.

Your Client Didn’t Sign a Lease. What Now?, Headnotes (Dallas Bar Ass’n), Feb. 2009, at 12 (co-authored with Rhodes W. Hamilton).

Credentials, Awards & Professional Activities:

Board Certified, Oil, Gas & Mineral Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2010

Adjunct Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law, Texas Land Titles, 2015-2019

Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition, 2012-2018

Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2017, 2019, 2020

Professional Memberships & Affiliations:

Dallas Bar Association
ADAM Energy Forum
Dallas Petroleum Club
Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen
Texas Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 2006-2009




Mr. Squibb was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Heather, and their children. He enjoys reading about history, playing and listening to live music, traveling, sports, and spending time with his family.