Practice Areas

Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Donald & Estep, LLC provides a full range of title, and transactional services, Including:

Mineral Titles
Examination of title and preparation of title opinions for oil and gas drilling, division orders, financing and acquisition of producing and non-producing mineral properties.

Negotiation and preparation of agreements traditionally used in the development, acquisition, sale and financing of energy properties including leases, farmouts, assignments, exploration agreements, operating agreements, seismic licenses, surface use agreements, prospect generation agreements, purchase and sale agreements, gas storage leases and related agreements, CO2 production, sales and transportation agreements, mortgages and deeds of trust, and financing statements.

Transportation and Production
Permitting, rights of way and easements, condemnation and expropriation, processing and production handling agreements, gas storage, swaps, hedges and derivative contracts.

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Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

Our representation includes real estate sales and acquisitions, secured transactions, property development, commercial leasing, and all other types of real property and related finance law, including:

Sales and Acquisitions
Negotiation, documentation, related financing and closing of commercial properties.

Secured Transactions
Documentation of secured transactions involving real property, including loan agreements and security agreements, and closing such secured transactions.

Commercial Leasing
Negotiation and documentation of lease transactions and related documentation from the landlord and tenant’s perspectives.

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Michael T. Estep

Mike Estep's practice is devoted primarily to natural resource law in the field of energy. For the past 40 years, he has been active in the oil and gas industry, working as a field landman while attending law school, and subsequent to graduation. Mike did contract mineral title work under the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and in 1985, began private law practice specializing in oil and gas in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Mr. Estep has extensive experience in many phases of oil and gas exploration and production legal work, rendering hundreds of drilling title and division order opinions. Mike has drafted exploration, participation and acquisition agreements, and represented clients in connection with related leasehold, surface use and property issues. 

Mr. Estep is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, and is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association (Section on Natural Resources), adn is a former Associate Director of Mississippi Association of Petroleum Landmen (“MAPL”).

John W. Donald, Jr.

John Donald’s practice includes real estate transactions, oil and gas and natural resources law. He has over forty-five years of experience in the examination of title and rendering numerous opinions for drilling, revenue distribution and financing purposes covering lands situated in Alabama and its coastal waters.

His practice includes commercial real estate sales and financing transactions.

Mr. Donald has delivered presentations to various oil and gas law seminars, and he is past chairman of the Oil, Gas and Mineral Section of the Alabama Bar Association.  He is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law and is a member of the Alabama and Mobile Bar Associations. 

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Representative Clients

Oil & Gas
Chevron U.S.A., Inc.
Cobra Oil & Gas Corporation
Denbury Onshore, LLC
ELM Corporation
EnSight III Energy Management, LLC;
Fletcher Petroleum Corp.
Gibraltar Energy Corporation
Mobile Mineral Corporation
Moon & Hines, L.L.C.
Parawon Corporation
Pruet Oil Company, L.L.C.
Savannah Oil and Gas, L.L.C.
Spooner Petroleum Company
Strago Petroleum Corporation
Tensas Production Company Inc.
Ventex Oil & Gas, Inc.
Western Chief Operating, LLC

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Contact Us

Suite 903, 61 St. Joseph Street - Mobile, AL 36602

Post Office Box 1865 - Mobile, AL 36633

Telephone (251) 378-3030- Facsimile (251) 378-3035


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No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

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