M. Bradford Moody
Of Counsel

Brad Moody graduated from Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law. He began his law practice with the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in 1983 as an associate. From 1988 until 1996, he worked for Pennzoil Company, first as Attorney and later Senior Attorney. From 1996 until 2000, he worked for Belco Oil & Gas Corp., first as Senior Attorney and later Vice- President, Legal and Land. In 2000, Mr. Moody returned to private practice, concentrating in the fields of oil and gas, oil and gas litigation, and renewable energy development.

Mr. Moody is licensed to practice in Texas by the Supreme Court of Texas.


  • 1983 - J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX
  • 1980 - B.A. (Economics), Rice University


  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member of Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section, State Bar of Texas


  • Represented oil and gas exploration company in acquisition, development and sale of +20,000 acre leasehold in Permian Basin Wolfcamp Play
  • Represented solar and wind power developers in connection with successful development and sale of Gulf Wind (283 MW-Kenedy County, TX), Argonne Mesa (90 MW-Guadalupe County, NM), Kumeyaay (50 MW- Campo Indian Reservation, CA), Bull Creek (180 MW-Borden County, TX), Mesquite Creek (200 MW) and Lamesa (50 MW Phase I-Dawson County, TX) renewable energy projects
  • Represented multiple landowners in connection with negotiation of wind lease and easement agreements for development of Wake Wind Energy Center (257 MW-Crosby and Floyd Counties, Texas)
  • Represented multiple landowners in connection with Solar Energy Lease Agreements for potential development of projects in Crosby County, TX (100 MW) and Santa Fe County, NM (100 MW)
  • Represented oil and gas exploration company in connection with management and sale of non-operated joint venture assets in Utica Shale play, Monroe County, Ohio
  • Represented Gulf of Mexico non-operator in connection with multiple agreements for joint development and operation of adjoining but separately owned discoveries in Keithley Canyon area.
  • Represented deepwater Gulf of Mexico host platform owner negotiating production handling agreement with multiple lease owners seeking platform space and processing for new discoveries in Mississippi Canyon area.
  • Represented oilfield products company in negotiation of product sale and IP licensing agreement covering innovative valve technology used in hydrofracturing oil and gas wells
  • Represented oil companies and oilfield service companies in drafting and negotiating master service and supply agreements, drilling contracts and related indemnity and insurance contracts for domestic, maritime and international activities
  • Represented oil and gas operator in dispute with drilling contractor over enforceability of “loss of hole” indemnity under the Texas Oil Field Anti-Indemnity Act
  • Represented oil and gas exploration company in state district court lawsuit for breach of contract and warranty in connection with defective casing sold by oilfield supply company
  • Represented land owner pursuing claims against the Federal Aviation Administration in connection with breach of lease and inverse condemnation resulting from wind power development and “no presumed hazard” determinations under 14 CFR Part 77
  • Represented wind power developer before the Texas Public Utility Commission in connection with establishment of Panhandle Competitive Renewable Energy Zones


  • Co-Author, A Litigation Perspective: Selected Thoughts On The Express Negligence Doctrine, Exculpatory Clauses, And Indemnity In Joint Operating Agreements, State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section Report, 2001
  • Author/Speaker, The IAGC Master Data Use License: Recent Revisions From The Exploration Perspective, University of Houston Advanced Oil and Gas Seminar, 2004 and State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section Report, 2005
  • Author/Speaker, Author/Speaker, Offshore Production Handling Agreements, South Texas Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landmen, 2005
  • Speaker, Speaker, Litigation Update, South Texas College of Law, Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landmen, 2006
  • Conference Faculty, Offshore Wind Power, University of Texas Law School Wind Energy Institute, 2007
  • Author/Speaker, Joint Operating Agreements-A Primer, 21stAnnual South Texas Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landmen, 2008
  • Author/Speaker, Removing An Uncooperative Operator Under The Model 610 Form Operating Agreement, State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section Report and 27thAnnual State Bar of Texas Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course, 2009


  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of New Mexico


  • Board of Directors, The Memorial Park Conservancy (2002-2013)
  • Board of Visitors, Executive Committee, McDonald Observatory and the University of Texas Department of Astronomy (1996-Present)
  • Board of Directors, Public Policy Chair, The Park People (2004-2008)
  • Global Basins Research Network, Chair (1995-1996)


  • Married, Morgan Kennedy Moody
  • Children, Chandler, Rush and John
  • Recreational Pursuits, Include Backpacking, Travel, Photography and Music



M. Bradford Moody
D: +1 713.333.9108

1800 Pennzoil Place
South Tower
711 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002
T: +1 713.650.8100
F: +1 713.650.8141

Practice Areas
Oil & Gas
Renewable Energy