Tom Zabel has over three decades of experience trying cases before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels, and handling numerous appeals; including handling appeals before the Texas Courts of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Tom's practice has focused, and continues to focus, primarily on cases involving oil, gas, and other minerals, land and environmental matters, including administrative, appellate, arbitration, oil and gas and real estate litigation, contractual disputes, condemnation proceedings, energy transactions and litigation, environmental litigation, and ad valorem and other tax litigation involving oil, gas, and other minerals, pipelines, and midstream and downstream facilities. Tom's clients include major and independent oil and gas companies, service companies, pipeline companies and individuals.
Tom has held an AV peer review rating as reported by Martindale Hubbell for over 20 years, and has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources by Texas Monthly magazine every year since 2003 and by H-Magazine as a Top Energy Attorney in Houston. Tom is a petroleum engineer and worked for the Railroad Commission of Texas as a petroleum engineer prior to and during law school. Tom has been board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Oil, Gas & Mineral Law since 1991. Tom has authored several publications and has been a speaker at numerous continuing legal education seminars.
South Texas College of Law, Juris Doctorate Degree (cum laude) 1987
Texas A & M University, BS Petroleum Engineering, 1983
US District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern Districts
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit