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Joshua D. Cochran, J.D.

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Josh Cochran is a Senior Attorney in the Oil & Gas section at Kearney, McWilliams & Davis, PLLC. He has more than a decade of experience in the energy industry, with a focus on assisting clients in all aspects of upstream oil and gas exploration and production activities.

He began his legal career in 2005 as a landman, and has spent the last 12+ years as an attorney representing E&P companies. His practice is focused on energy and real estate law, specializing in oil and gas title, curative efforts, and the preparation of instruments affecting surface, mineral, and developmental interests. He has drafted title opinions covering all areas of Texas and North Dakota, including drilling, division order, acquisition, supplemental, and letter opinions. He has also participated in numerous acquisitions and divestitures, conducting due diligence, and analyzing the properties and assets involved in such transactions.

Josh’s experience includes:

  • Heading up title examination on various acquisition projects, including the addition of lands to add export capabilities to an existing LNG terminal
  • Advising operators on projects involving Federal lands, dealings with the Bureau of Land Management, enhanced flaring regulations, and interpretation of royalty provisions
  • Drafting title opinions, conveyance documents, and curative instruments covering developmental prospects in Texas and North Dakota
  • Consulting clients on day-to-day issues, and the viability and risks associated with alternate strategies
  • Collaborating with clients to formulate strategies and practical solutions focused on perpetuating and protecting developmental assets

Josh is licensed to practice law in Texas and North Dakota. He is based in the Houston, Texas, office of Kearney, McWilliams & Davis, PLLC.

Prior Experience:

  • Liskow & Lewis (Of Counsel)

  • Jones Gill LLP (Contract Attorney)

  • Sadler Law Firm, LLP (Associate)

  • Burleson LLP (Associate)

  • Kilburn Law Firm (Associate)

  • Labanowski & Associates (Associate)

Admissions to Practice:

  • State Bar of Texas

  • State Bar Association of North Dakota


  • State Bar of Texas – Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Section

  • State Bar of Texas – Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section

  • Houston Bar Association – Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Section

  • Houston Bar Association – Real Estate Section

  • State Bar Association of North Dakota – Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

  • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – Committeeman

  • Mostyn Manor Property Owners Association – Director


  • J.D., 2005, South Texas College of Law

  • B.S. Agricultural Business, 2002, Texas A&M University

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