Areas of Expertise

Timothy C.


Of Counsel

Tim Dowd has represented oil and gas companies in all phases of exploration and development of oil and gas assets for over 35 years. He has extensive experience with acquisition and divestitures of oil and gas properties, title opinions, and probate proceedings.

Tim has significant experience examining title and conducting due diligence reviews of federal and state lands and leases in Oklahoma and rendering acquisition, drilling, division order, financing, and counsel opinions. He regularly advises on the intricacies of Oklahoma title law and requirements. Tim is a past President of the Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers Society as well as past Chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Association Mineral Law Section. Tim is also a member of the legal committee of Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Tim authored the Chapter on Oil and Gas Titles in West Publishing Company’s Oklahoma Real Estate Forms and Practice, as well as the Oklahoma chapter of AAPL’s book on Nationwide Comparison of Laws on Leasing, Exploration and Production by State. Additionally, Tim has been a noted lecturer at over 100 seminars and CLE presentations.

Tim is a native Oklahoman having gone to both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa. He is also extremely involved with oil and gas organizations and other civic organizations.

Areas of Expertise


1979 – Juris Doctor, University of Tulsa
1975 – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Oklahoma

Professional Admissions

1979 - Oklahoma
2009 - North Dakota
2010 - West Virginia
1980 - U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
1980 - U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
1980 - U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
1980 - U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Professional Affiliations

Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma City (President – 1996-1997)
Oklahoma Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct Committee
Oklahoma Bar Association Title Examination Standards Committee
Oklahoma Mineral Law Section (Chairperson – 2005-2006)


Best Lawyers®: Oil and Gas Law (2023)
405 Magazine Top Attorney in Oil and Gas (2018-present)

Civic Involvement and Leadership

Chairman of Rotary Club 29 Foundation
Former President of the Men’s Dinner Club
Leadership Oklahoma
Leadership Oklahoma City

Publications and Presentations

Statutory Pooling and the Unleased Mineral Owner, 65 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. 13-1 (2019)

Trespass in the Age of Horizontal Drilling Under State Conservation Statutes, 63 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 6A-1 (2017)

Current and Emerging Issues in Oil and Gas Title Examination, 2 Oil & Gas, Nat. Resources & Energy J. 505 (2017)

Oil and Gas Title Law – A Review of Fifty Common Problems – North Dakota, 90 N.D. L. Rev. 289 (2014)

Clearing Title of Long-Lost Mineral Owners, 54 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. 30-1 (2008)

Costs That Can Be Charged in Calculation of Risk Penalties Under Forced Pooling Actions and Non-Consent Penalties Under Operating Agreements, 25 Energy & Min. L. Inst. Ch. 10 (2005)

Preferential Rights to Purchase in Oil and Gas Transactions, 49 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. 5-1 (2003)

Common Problems in the Interpretation of Deeds and Conveyances, 48 Landman 67-75 (Mar./Apr. 2003)

A Comparative Review of Oil and Gas Law in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Mississippi & Louisiana, 45 Landman (Nov./Dec. 2002)

Common Title Issues: An Oklahoma Perspective, 44 Landman (Sept./Oct. 1999)

Oil and Gas Liens in Oklahoma, 51 Okla. L. Rev. 309 (1998)

Judgment Liens After Bankruptcy, Okla. Bar Ass’n Bankruptcy Section Newsletter (Fall 1997)

Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, 68 Okla. B.J. 1915 (1997)

The Oklahoma chapter of AAPL’s Nationwide Comparison of Laws on Leasing, Exploration and Production (2011)

The chapter on Oil and Gas Titles in West Publishing Company’s Oklahoma Real Estate Forms and Practice

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.

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