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Michael Dawson
Managing Partner

Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Raised in Midland, Texas, Michael grew up in the thick of the oil and gas business. Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Engineering Department at Texas Tech University (May 2000) and received his Juris Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M School of Law)(May 2009).

Michael has been involved with nearly all aspects of the oil and gas industry including preparing Oil and Gas Title Opinions including Drilling Opinions, Division Order Title Opinions, Leasehold Opinions, Acquisition Opinions, and other opinions related to oil and gas title matters, negotiating leases, seismic agreements, exploration agreements, drilling contracts, joint operating agreements, participation agreements, oil and gas purchase and sales contracts, natural gas transportation agreements, gas processing agreements, pooling and unitization agreements.

Michael dedicates a good majority of his practice to oil and gas, but he is very versed in nearly all commercial and business law affairs. Additionally, Michael handles dozens of business formations each year and acts as counsel for individuals in their estate planning needs.

Michael was named as a 40-Under-40 Honoree by the Fort Worth Business Press. Michael was selected as as a 2018 Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), and he was selected as a Top Attorney in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine for Oil and Gas in 2013 and 2015 through 2018. He is a member of the Midland and Tarrant County Bar Association and their Energy Sections. Michael is licensed to practice law in the States of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

Michael is a former big brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas and currently is a board member of the Midland Habitat for Humanity.

Email: mdawson@dawsonparrish.com

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J. Hunter Parrish

Hunter Parrish practices in many areas of Business Law, Energy Law, and Construction Law from transactional matters to commercial litigation. Additionally, Mr. Parrish's experience in the litigation of numerous transactional matters has provided him with practical insight into the preparation of a variety of transactional agreements. Mr. Parrish's extensive commercial litigation experience includes serving as the attorney of record (attorney in charge) in over 150 commercial litigation cases in state district and county courts at law, as well as, appearances in three federal districts in Texas. Mr. Parrish has successfully negotiated settlements in over 100 commercial litigation cases and has won favorable judgments for clients in several trials throughout Texas.

Mr. Parrish holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law). While attending Texas Tech University, he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. While attending law school, Mr. Parrish was elected to serve on the Student Bar Association Board for each of his three years of law school, having served as a Class Representative during his 1L year, as the Social Chair during his 2L year, and as the President of the Student Bar Association during his 3L year. During law school, Mr. Parrish clerked at a litigation firm in downtown Fort Worth, from 2008 to 2009. Thereafter, Mr. Parrish worked as an Associate Attorney with a litigation firm in downtown Fort Worth from 2009 to 2012, wherein he engaged in an extensive motion and trial practice that typically required him to make several court appearances each week representing financial institutions in commercial litigation.

Mr. Parrish has been selected as a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters). Additionally, Mr. Parrish has been selected as a Top Attorney in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine for both Oil and Gas and Business Litigation. Mr. Parrish is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Tarrant County Bar Association, and the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association. Additionally, Mr. Parrish is currently President-Elect on the Board of Directors for the Texas A&M School of Law Alumni Association. Mr. Parrish is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and his admissions include the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas.

Email: hparrish@dawsonparrish.com

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Greg Springman

Greg Springman has experience in a broad range of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Springman has work experience in positions such as a geophysics technician, geological technician, seismic interpretation technician, computer programmer for upstream accounting software suite, as well as, conducting data processing and analysis of land and scientific information. Mr. Springman started working with Dawson Parrish, PC as a law clerk while in law school. His duties as a law clerk were primarily to conduct due diligence and research for a variety of transactional projects and title opinions. As an Associate of Dawson Parrish, Mr. Springman's practice is centered around transactional and energy law.

Mr. Springman holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University. While attending Oklahoma State University, Mr. Springman was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and active in the local community. Greg holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law) having taken and passed the Texas Bar Exam prior to receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence. Mr. Springman is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and the State of Oklahoma.

Email: gspringman@dawsonparrish.com

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Bryan Street

Mr. Street is an Oil and Gas Attorney licensed in both Texas and New Mexico with over a decade of experience in preparing Oil and Gas Title Opinions including Drilling Opinions, Division Order Title Opinions, Leasehold Opinions, Acquisition Opinions, and other opinions related to oil and gas title matters. He has experience in preparing oil and gas related contracts and preparation of Mineral Deeds, Royalty Deeds, and other conveyances of oil and gas related interests. He also has experience in assisting clients with oil and gas related transactions, matters related to Oil and Gas Law, and other questions related to Title law.

Mr. Street started his legal career in Midland – the heart of the Permian Basin, as a title examiner at the Stubbeman law firm in downtown. He lived and worked in Midland almost eight (8) years before making the transition to Fort Worth. During that time, he gained valuable experience (both professional and personal), established numerous friendships, and gained a deep appreciation for the spirit and rugged individualism of the men and women that earn a livelihood in the oil and gas industry. After leaving Midland, he started his own law firm and during that time wore every hat from the janitor to the managing member, with his practice eventually being based in northern Fort Worth. Upon starting as an associate at Dawson Parrish, he made the transition to downtown living in Fort Worth after securing a lease in the Historic Kress Building, about a block away from Sundance Square and two (2) blocks from his office in the Fort Worth Star Telegram building.

Prior to graduating law school at Texas Tech University, Mr. Street acquired a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During that time, he had internships at BPAmoco Oil Company and The Dow Chemical Company and graduate research positions at both Universities.

Email: bstreet@dawsonparrish.com

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Brian Walker
Of Counsel

Brian is our of counsel trial expert.

Brian K. Walker graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science, and he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston. While attending law school at the University of Houston, Brian K. Walker clerked for famed criminal defense attorney Richard "Racehorse" Haynes. Prior to attending law school, he worked as: an intern on a U.S. Presidential political campaign, an Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms of the Texas Senate, a Legislative Assistant to a state legislator, and a Messenger for the Texas Senate.

Since becoming an attorney in 2004, Brian has achieved a substantial measure of success. After graduating from law school in 2003, Brian K. Walker went to work in Marshall as an Assistant District Attorney with the Harrison County District Attorney's Office. In less than a year and a half, he tried many cases before Harrison County juries. In June of 2005, Brian left the District Attorney's office to join his father in forming the Attorney Offices of Walker & Walker. Together Brian K. Walker and R. Scott Walker have tried numerous cases before juries. In the early part of 2011, Brian and Scott joined Patrick Kelly to form the law office of Walker Kelly PLLC and opened offices in both Dallas and Fort Worth. In forming Walker Kelly PLLC, Brian and his law partners are more easily able to expand their practice to several areas of the law and into several regions of the state.

In addition to Brian K. Walker's law practice, he has worked as an adjunct government professor at Panola College in Northeast Texas, has taught Criminal Procedure for the Northeast Texas Association of Paralegals, and has been involved in various philanthropic and political endeavors. In 2008, Brian K. Walker was narrowly defeated for the Texas House of Representatives and lost his State Representative bid by a nominal 114 votes out of 58,000 votes cast. Brian is the current Chairman of the Tarrant County Bar Veteran's Committee, and is a member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans Committee. Brian is a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force Reserve. A significant part of Brian's practice is representing deserving veterans in securing various benefits available to them. Brian K. Walker is one of the very few attorneys in the South who is accredited by the VA to represent veterans in securing their VA benefits at all levels of the VA hierarchy before all VA offices throughout the United States. Brian is a frequent lecturer and author on veterans benefits law. Brian has taught continuing legal education courses before various groups including the State Bar of Texas, and Brian has authored several articles for various periodicals including the Texas Bar Journal distributed to all licensed attorneys in Texas.

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Terisa Wines Hordynski
Paralegal and Office Manager

Terisa was born and raised in Fort Worth. She comes from a long line of hard workers and is never afraid to roll her sleeves up to get a job done. Terisa wears many hats at Dawson Parrish and is usually involved with every project from start to finish. She is the glue that holds our company together.

Email: twines@dawsonparrish.com

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Melanie Johns

Melanie grew up in Alito, Texas. Melanie has an associates degree from TCC. Melanie has extensive experience in banking transactions, litigation and general business law matters.

Email: mjohnss@dawsonparrish.com