Stephen R. McNamara

Mediator | Attorney

Areas of Expertise -- Commercial, Environmental, Oil & Gas, Real Estate

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Steve McNamara has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.  During his years as chief counsel at Reading & Bates, he was responsible for coordinating the land and legal activities of the company in the United States, Indonesia, Australia and several other foreign counties.  Steve has negotiated dozens of joint venture agreements and operating agreements with industry partners.  He led negotiations for the construction of the first offshore oil platform in Western Australia.  Steve has also been involved in the acquisition or sale of billions of dollars’ worth of oil and gas properties.  His firm currently serves as an “acquisition coordinator” performing title due diligence functions for numerous oil and gas companies.  Steve has extensive experience in gas measurement, gas processing and gas accounting disputes.  Steve also serves as an independent arbitrator for disputes involving gas contract and title defects in Oklahoma and has served as an expert witness in both state and federal courts.  


  • University of Notre Dame -- B.A., 1976

  • University of Tulsa -- Juris Doctor, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1979

  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma

Professional Affiliations and Honors

  • Oklahoma Bar Association - Chair, Mineral Law Section, 2006-2007

  • Oklahoma Bar Association - Professional Responsibility Tribunal, 2008-2013

  • Tulsa County Bar Association - Chair, Mineral Law Section, 1987-1988

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating

Teaching Position

  • University of Tulsa, Collins School of Business -- Oil and Gas Land Management, Adjunct Professor, 2008-2011


  • "Oklahoma's Production Revenue Standards Act Post FERC Order 636 - Measurement, Delivery and Quantity Issues", 29 Tulsa Law Journal 634 (1994)


  • "Natural Gas Measurement," University of Oklahoma Conference on Natural Resources Law and Policy -- 2000 Kansas Bar Association/2001 Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association

  • Speaker at National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) Annual Convention -- Austin 2003/Denver 2004/Tulsa 2005

  • "Oklahoma Force Pooling Issues", Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies -- Tulsa 2007

Community Involvement

  • Tulsa Parking Authority, 2004-2006

  • St. Francis Catholic School Scholarship Fund -- Co-Chair for Diocese of Eastern Oklahoma, 2006-2007; Board Member, 2007-Present

  • Planning Committee, Kuntz Conference on Natural Resources Law & Policy, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2009-Present


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