Jim Barnes

Board Member

Jim is a retired international oil and gas lawyer. He has more than 40 years of experience in more than 45 countries counseling, and negotiating on behalf of, companies engaged in international oil and gas operations, transactions and activities. His clients were oil and gas companies ranging from indigenous oil and gas companies, to independents, to integrated majors. During his career Jim co-founded the law firm of Barnes & Cascio LLP in Houston, Texas. was a partner at Thompson & Knight LLP, Vice President and General Attorney for British Gas Exploration and Production, Inc., and General Attorney for the International Divisions of Tenneco Oil Company.

Jim holds a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from the University of Vermont, a master of science degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maine, a juris doctorate degree from the University of Florida, and a diploma in international law from Trinity College, Cambridge, England and the Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.

Jim has an abiding dedication to learning and education. During his career he has spoken and written on a wide variety of subjects integral to international oil and gas law. For twenty years Jim served as the Program Director and as an instructor of the Short Course on International Oil and Gas Law, which has educated hundreds of students from more than fifty countries in the fundamentals of international oil and gas law. Jim has also served on various committees to prepare and revise Model Agreements used in the international oil and gas business: Joint Operating Agreement, Unconventional Resource Operating Agreement, Study and Bidding Agreement, Lifting Agreement, Secondment Agreement, and Gas Sales Agreement. In the past he has served as a Trustee of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), a Director of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, a founding Trustee of The John Cooper School and a BSA Scoutmaster.

Jim and his wife, Caroline, live in The Woodlands, Texas. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren. In retirement Jim spends his time doing activities he didn’t have time to do while working.