Rhodes W. Hamilton | Partner

Board Certified image Oil, Gas, & Mineral Law

Rhodes Hamilton is a founding partner of Hamilton Shores, LLP. His practice focuses primarily on oil-and-gas and real-estate matters. Mr. Hamilton primarily represents exploration-and-production companies of all sizes who are involved in developing both conventional and unconventional natural resource plays. His practice includes title examination during all phases of exploration and production, regulatory advice, and general operational matters. His practice also includes representation of landowners, individual investors, mineral & royalty funds, industry personnel and other related entities in a wide range of transactional matters, including: lease negotiations; purchase and sale contracts; assignments; and surface-use agreements. Prior to the opening of the firm, Mr. Hamilton worked in-house for an operating company that focused on developing the Barnett Shale formation in and around Fort Worth, Texas.

Mr. Hamilton is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice in all state courts in Texas. He is also licensed in North Dakota and Pennsylvania.


J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2005

B.A., Baylor University, 2000

  • Major: Business

Texas, 2005
North Dakota, 2013
Pennsylvania, 2014

Leadership & Credentials:

Board Certified in Oil, Gas & Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2013
Chairman, Dallas Bar Association Energy Law Section, 2013
Member, College of the State Bar of Texas

Publications & Presentations:

Selected Royalty Issues, Dallas-Ft Worth Association of Division Order Analysts, Monthly Education Luncheon (October 2014).

Same Title, Different Opinion: A discussion of the various types, and differences between, title opinions utilized in all stages of the production of oil and gas., Author and Presenter, Fundamental of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Presented by UT CLE (March, 2014).

Suspend them!…Now What?: A discussion of an Operator’s options subsequent to suspension of an interest., DFW-ALTA Monthly Educational Luncheon (September 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 Clifton A. Squibb).

Natural Gas Liquids: What?, Where? and How?, Dallas Bar Ass’n 26th Annual Review of Oil & Gas Law, Dallas, Texas (August 2011).

Fundamentals of Texas Oil and Gas Law: The Rule of Capture and the Texas Railroad Commission, Texas Conservation, Capture, Pooling & Unitization Conference, Arlington, Texas (July 2010).

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

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

Professional Memberships & Affiliations:

Dallas Bar Association: Energy Law and Real Estate Sections
Texas Energy Council, Board Member
ADAM Energy Forum
KidLinks Foundation: Golf Committee 2012
Dallas Petroleum Club
Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen
Young Professionals in Energy
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
St. Mary’s University School of Law Alumni Association
Baylor Bear Foundation Member
Baylor University Alumni Association
Eagle Scout