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John R. Hays, Jr.

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John R. Hays, Jr. has a unique background in government, academia, and the private practice of law. His government experience began when he served as an Examiner (Administrative Law Judge) with the Railroad Commission of Texas. He practiced law as a partner with the firm now known as Scott, Douglass & McConnico prior to founding a law firm in 1986, where he served as Managing Partner until the end of 1991. Since that time, he has continued to practice in Austin and in 2002 joined in the formation of Hays & Owens. He received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and his B.A. from Rice University in 1971 with a major in economics and business administration.

 

Mr. Hays serves as an Adjunct Professor of Energy Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Also a noted lecturer and teacher at programs for business groups and the legal profession, Mr. Hays has written and presented numerous papers on energy law, regulation, and litigation to such groups as the State Bar of Texas, the Department of Energy, the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, the University of Houston Law Center, and the Center for American & International Law. Mr. Hays is a certified and experienced mediator. He is admitted to practice before all Texas state courts and before federal courts of the Western District of Texas.

Speeches, Conference Presentations, and Publications
  • Oil & Gas Basics for the Estate Planning Attorney, San Antonio Estate Planners Council, San Antonio, TX, February 20, 2014
  • Energy & Energy Independence – With Oil & Gas Leading the Way,

    Austin Petroleum Landmen’s Association, Austin, TX, February 14, 2014

  • Boom to Bust Panel (Surviving Cycles in the Oil & Gas Practice),

    9th Annual Symposium, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law, Austin, TX, February 14, 2014

  • Energy & Energy Independence – With Oil & Gas Leading the Way

    Village Republican Women’s Club, Houston, TX, May 22, 2013

  • Law, Regulation, & the Shale Revolution, University of Texas Energy Symposium, Austin, TX, February 14, 2013

  • The Role of Government & Markets in Forming Energy Policy, Texas Energy Symposium, Austin, TX, January 17, 2013

  • Energy & the Future of Oil & Gas, Capital Area Paralegal Association (CAPA), Austin, TX, July 25, 2012

  • The Railroad Commission of Texas & Inactive Land Wells in Texas,

    Texas Alliance, Wichita Falls, TX, April 24, 2012

  • Commercial Recycling Rules,Texas Alliance of Energy Producers,

    San Antonio, TX, February 13, 2012

  • The Railroad Commission of Texas & Inactive Land Wells in Texas, San Antonio Petroleum Club, San Antonio, TX, February 11, 2012

  • Energy & the Future of Oil & Gas, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law, Austin, TX, February 9, 2012

  • The Railroad Commission of Texas & Inactive Land Wells in Texas,

    Texas Alliance, Fort Worth, TX, January 13, 2012

  • Energy & the Future of Oil & Gas, West Austin Rotary Club, Austin, TX, October 27, 2011

  • Energy & the Future of Oil & Gas, Austin Bar Association, Austin, TX, September 14, 2011

  • Energy & the Future of Oil & Gas, Texas Alliance, Corpus Christi, TX, July 14, 2011

  • What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About the Texas Railroad Commission, San Antonio Bar Association’s Natural Resources

    San Antonio, TX, October 29, 2010

  • Oil, Gas, Pipelines and the Railroad Commission: Some Things Every Landman Should Know, San Antonio Association of Professional Landmen, San Antonio, Texas, March 8, 2010
  • Oil, Gas, Pipelines and the Railroad Commission: Some Things Every Landman Should Know, Austin Petroleum Landmen’s Association, Austin, Texas, January 8, 2010
  • Texas Oil and Gas Law Meets the Texas Railroad Commission: Essentials from Drilling to Production to Pipeline Access, to a New Complaint Process; Oil, Gas and Energy Law, University of Houston Law Foundation, Houston, Texas, May 2008; Dallas, Texas May 2008 .
  • Texas Railroad Commission Issues: Including Open Access, Transportation Fees, Rate Structures, the Complaint Process, Etc.; Oil, Gas and Energy Law, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, May 1 - 2, 2008; Dallas, Texas, May 8 - 9, 2008.
  • Oil, Gas, Pipelines and the Railroad Commission: Some Things Every Landman Should Know, Permian Basin Landman’s Association 2008 Spring Seminar, Midland, Texas, April 16, 2008.
  • Texas Railroad Commission: Effective Representation of Your Client Before the Commission; Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, February 7-8, 2008; Dallas, Texas, February 14-15, 2008.
  • Texas Railroad Commission: Effective Representation of Your Client Before the Commission; Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Dallas, Texas, January 25-26, 2007; Houston, Texas, February 1-2, 2006.
  • The Challenge of Producer Access to Natural Gas Markets: Gathering and Other Pipeline Issues; The Center for American and International Law, Institute for Energy Law, 57th Annual Conference on Oil and Gas Law, Houston, Texas, February 16 - 17, 2006.
  • Texas Railroad Commission: Effective Representation of Your Client Before the Commission; Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, January 26-27, 2006; Dallas, Texas, February 2-3, 2006.
  • Texas Railroad Commission: Effective Representation of Your Client Before the Commission; Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, January 27-28, 2005; Dallas, Texas, February 3-4, 2005.
  • Notice at the Texas Railroad Commission; South Texas College of Law Energy Law Institute, Houston, Texas, August 19-20, 2004
  • Where Does the Money Go? Gas gatherers, pipelines and how the lack of competition and market access hurts gas markets, national security, and you - and what you can do about it; 2004 NARO-Texas Convention, The Woodlands, Texas, June 24-26, 2004.
  • Texas Railroad Commission: Effective Representation of Your Client Before the Commission; Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, January 22-23, 2004; Dallas, Texas, February 5-6, 2004.
  • Texas Railroad Commission: Effectively Representing Your Client Before the Commission; Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, January 30-31, 2003; Dallas, Texas, February 13-14, 2003.
  • Gas Pipeline Regulation: From Flow Lines, to Gathering Lines, to Transmission Lines: Some Key Things Every Oil and Gas Lawyer Should Know; Oil, Gas & Mineral Section of the Travis Country Bar Association, Austin, Texas, October 9, 2002.
  • Texas Railroad Commission: Effectively Representing Your Client Before the Commission; Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, January 24-25, 2002; Dallas, Texas, January 31-February 1, 2002.
  • Texas Railroad Commission: Effectively Representing Your Client Before the Commission; Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, February 1-2, 2001; Dallas, Texas, February 8-9, 2001.
  • Oil, Gas Pipelines, and Pollution – From Royalty to Abandonment and Zero Allowables: Key things about the Railroad Commission that every practitioner should know; Second Annual West Texas Fall Seminar, Ector County Bar Association, Midland County Bar Association, Midland, Texas, September 29, 2000.
  • Texas Railroad Commission: Effectively Representing Your Client Before the Commission; Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, January 27-28, 2000; Dallas, Texas, February 3-4, 2000.
  • Texas Railroad Commission: Effectively Representing Your Client Before the Commission; Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, January 28-29, 1999; Dallas, Texas, February 4-5, 1999.
  • Moving the Gas to Market: The States Face the Issues of Gathering and Pipeline Access; Institute on Oil & Gas Law & Taxation, The Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas, Texas, February 12-13, 1998.
  • Texas Railroad Commission: Effectively Representing Your Client Before the Commission; Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Dallas, Texas, January 29-30, 1998; Houston, Texas, February 5-6, 1998.
  • The Regulation of Oil and Gas Pipelines in Texas; Advanced Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Course, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, September 25-16, 1997.
  • Railroad Commission Regulation and the Oil and Gas Industry; Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, January 23-24, 1997; Dallas, Texas, January 30-31, 1997.
  • Oil and Gas Sales and Acquisitions; (Sometimes Overlooked) Regulatory Considerations; Houston Association of Professional Landmen 27th Annual Technical Workshop, Houston, Texas, March 7, 1996.
  • Railroad Commission Regulation and the Oil and Gas Industry; Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Dallas, Texas, February 1-2, 1996; Houston Texas, February 8-9, 1996.
  • Oil & Gas Sales and Acquisitions: (Sometimes Overlooked) Regulatory Considerations; South Texas College of Law, Advanced Oil & Gas Institute, Houston, Texas August 24-25, 1995.
  • Railroad Commission Regulation and the Oil and Gas Industry; Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, February 2-3, 1995; Dallas Texas, February 9-10, 1995.
  • To Cross a Lease Line: Trespass, Regulatory, and Practical Issues Raised by the Fracture Stimulation of Oil and Gas Wells; South Texas College of Law, Advanced Oil & Gas Law Institute, Houston, Texas, July 22-23, 1993.
  • Railroad Commission Regulation and the Oil and Gas Industry; Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, January 21-22, 1993.
  • Gas Prorationing in Texas; New Rules, Old Rules, and how They Work; Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, Texas July 30-31, 1992.
  • Railroad Commission Regulation and the Oil and Gas Industry; Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas January 24-25, 1991; New Orleans, Louisiana, January 31 - February 1, 1991.
  • How to Stay Informed; Understanding the 1991 Natural Gas Industry. Chicago, Illinois, October 15-16, 1990; Denver, Colorado November 13-14, 1990; Houston, Texas December 6-7, 1990.
  • Contracts and Regulation: How They Fit and Don’t Fit Together; Understanding the 1991 Natural Gas Industry. Chicago Illinois October 15-16, 1990; Denver, Colorado November 13-14, 1990; Houston, Texas December 6-7, 1990.
  • Wellhead to Burnertip; Understanding the 1991 Natural Gas Industry. Chicago, Illinois October 15-16, 1990; Denver, Colorado November 13-14, 1990; Houston, Texas December 6-7, 1990.
  • Producers: Their Business and Regulation; Understanding the 1991 Natural Gas Industry. Chicago, Illinois October 15-16, 1990; Denver, Colorado November 13-14, 1990; Houston, Texas December 6-7, 1990.
  • Natural Gas Regulation: The Basic Framework; Understanding the 1991 Natural Gas Industry. Chicago, Illinois October 15-16, 1990; Denver, Colorado November 13-14, 1990; Houston, Texas, December 6-7, 1990.
  • Horizontal Drilling and the Texas Railroad Commission: New Challenges for Conservation Regulation. Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen, University of Houston - Downtown, September 8, 1990.
  • Natural Gas Regulation: The Basic Framework; Understanding the 1990 Natural Gas Industry. Chicago, Illinois April 23-24, 1990; Denver, Colorado May 7-8, 1990; Houston, Texas June 7-8, 1990.
  • Railroad Commission Regulation and the Oil and Gas Industry; Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas January 25-26, 1990; New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1 - 2, 1990.
  • FERC Orders 436, 451, 490 & 500: The Producers’ Perspective; Interstate Oil Compact Commission, Legal Committee, Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 20, 1988.
  • Drafting Marketing Contracts - A Walk-through of a Contract Document; Natural Gas Market Planning Course, Significant New Factors in Pricing, Regulations, Contracts and Transportation, Executive Enterprises, Inc., Houston, Texas, February 3-4, 1988.
  • State Regulatory Developments Affecting Gas Marketing; Advanced Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas September 17-18, 1987.
  • Railroad Commission Regulation and the Oil and Gas Practitioner; Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas June 4-5, 1987.
  • Regulation Update; The Impact of the Spot Market on Gas Control, Production Planning and Gas Accounting, Executive Enterprises, Inc., Houston, Texas April 21-22, 1987 and San Francisco, California May 18-19, 1987.
  • Living with Regulations; The Latest Developments in Gas Pipeline and Gas Processing Accounting and Reporting Conference, Executive Enterprises, Houston, Texas, October 7-8, 1986.
  • Real Property and Contract Concepts Governing the Right to Market Natural Gas; American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources Law, Seminar and Workshop on Ratable Take and Take or Pay Problems and Issues. July 8, 1986, Dallas, Texas.
  • Changes in Interstate Transportation - New Rates, New Access for Producers and Other Shippers; Southwestern Legal Foundation, “Natural Gas Regulation Short Course.” December 9, 1985, Dallas, Texas.
  • The New FERC Transportation Rules and FERC Order No. 436; Permian Basin Petroleum Association, October 24, 1985, Midland, Texas.
  • Ratable Take Law and Regulation; The Oil Daily & Natural Gas Week, A Symposium on Natural Gas Issues for 1985, “Strategies for the Industry in Transition.” September 30 - October 1, 1985, Houston, Texas.
  • Ratable Take, Take-or-Pay, Unilateral Price Adjustments, and Unilateral Market Out; State Bar Oil & Gas Institute, Professional Development Program: Suing, Defending and Negotiating with Oil and Gas Producers, April 1985.
  • Overview of State and Federal Regulatory Schemes, or an Integrated National Market for Natural Gas is Not Yet Here; Federal Energy Bar Association, Mid-Year Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 10-11, 1985.
  • On the Cutting Edge: Intrastate Gas Transactions in an Era of Diversity; Models in the Decision-making Process: Planning under Uncertainty, Brookhaven National Laboratory, August 26-29, 1984.
  • Ratable Take, Market Out Considerations, and Railroad Commission Response, Including Take or Pay; (with Frank Douglass), 10th Annual Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Institute, March 23, 1984.
  • Gas Pipelines, NGPA Filings, and Public Utilities; State Bar of Texas, Oil and Gas Institute, October 1982.
  • Intrastate Pipelines, Intrastate Gas, and Emergency Allocation Authorities; Intrastate Natural Gas Regulation Conference, Executive Enterprises, Houston, Texas April 24-25, 1980.
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