• Biography

    As a leader in Haynes and Boone's Oil and Gas Practice Group, Austin Elam maintains a broad transactional energy practice with an emphasis on complex upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financings of oil and gas properties and energy assets across the broader energy spectrum. Austin’s recent transactions include secured reserve based financings, project development and project finance, and purchase and sale agreements, farmout agreements, participation agreements, joint development agreements and a variety of other transactions ranging from gathering,  transportation and marketing agreements to ISDA Master Agreements and Schedules.

    Austin has represented clients in connection with virtually every active oil and gas play in the United States, including Eagle Ford, Bakken, Niobrara, Haynesville, Marcellus and Utica Shales, the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico, the SCOOP and STACK plays in Oklahoma and the state and federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. He also has experience in the alternative energy arena, including solar energy project financing and financings in connection with oil recycling refineries. Austin was also a member of the Haynes and Boone team that counseled an international developer in its public-private partnership to develop an $850 million water pipeline in central Texas.

    Austin was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, for Energy and Natural Resources, 2015-2018.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D. , Georgetown University Law Center , 2010 , Barristers' Council; CALI Award - Legal Writing I, Legal Writing II
    • B.A. , History, Minor in Classics , Southern Methodist University , 2007
      • Judicial Intern, Chief Justice Sherry Radack, First Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas, June-August, 2008
  • Admissions

    • Texas , 2010