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James R. Neal heads the firm’s Oil, Gas and Natural Resources Law Department. A Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rated Attorney, he is listed in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America, for practice in the areas of oil, gas, energy, and natural resources. He was also named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Lansing Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year. Mr. Neal joined the Loomis Law Firm in 1974 as an associate attorney. He became a shareholder in 1981.
Mr. Neal is a past president of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum and former board member. In 2000, he received the W. Richard Neller Service Award. He is a charter member and past president of the Red Cedar Lions Club.
Law School: University of Detroit Law School, J.D., 1974
Law School Honors/Involvement: Articles editor, Journal of Urban Law
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University, B.A., 1971
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
State Bar of Michigan
Oil and Gas Law Committee
Michigan Oil & Gas Association
Legal and Legislative Committee
Michigan Basin Geological Society
Michigan Association of Petroleum Landmen
American Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Ingham County Bar Association
Published Legal Writing:
"Compulsory Pooling Promotes Conservation of Michigan's Oil and Gas Natural Resources," Michigan Bar Journal, February 1999
"Michigan's Dormant Minerals Act: Background and Application,” Michigan Oil and Gas News, February 26, 1982; March 5, 1982
"Post Production Costs: The Oil and Gas Lease and Special Lease Provisions," September 12, 1996
"Current Oil and Gas Issue," Twenty First Annual Summer Conference, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section, July 27, 1996
"Michigan Oil and Gas Law: Practice Issues and Answers, Spacing and Pooling," State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section, Seminar, June 29, 1995
"Recent Developments in Michigan Oil & Gas Law and Regulations," September 16, 1993
"Michigan Dormant Minerals Act," October 17, 1988
"The Role of the Landman in Act 197 Unitization," September 20, 1984
"The Dormant Minerals Act, Suggested Applications," September 23, 1982
Michigan Association of Professional Landmen Seminars
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