Areas of Expertise

Richard K.



Richard Books is a retired founding Partner of Elias Books. Richard’s practice focused on oil and gas conservation law at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Richard practiced law in the field of oil and gas and energy law for over forty years. His clients included major oil and gas companies, large independent oil and gas producers, small exploration and development companies, and individual royalty owners. Richard is a past president of the Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma City and has been a frequent faculty member for oil and gas seminars in Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado.

Areas of Expertise


1977 - Juris Doctor, University of Oklahoma College of Law
• Member of the Oklahoma Law Review
• Order of the Coif

1974 - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Phillips University

Professional Admissions

1977 - Oklahoma
1978 - U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma
1981 - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
1982 - U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma
1983 - U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
1985 - U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Bar Association
Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen


Best Lawyers®: Oil and Gas Law (2023)
Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (2007-2020)

Civic Involvement and Leadership

Publications and Presentations

About Us

At Elias, Books, Brown & Nelson, our attorney roster is as diverse as the areas of law we practice. From recent JDs to seasoned partners, the EBB&N team has a history of success and expertise in the areas of Oil & Gas Law, Property Tax, Corporate Law, Commercial Law and Litigation.

A tradition of excellence.