President's Letter


Trees are blooming and warmer weather is finally upon us. Patio weather has arrived!   April has been a busy month for OCAPL and it has been a welcomed change of pace.

Earlier this month, on April 5th, we held our first in person meeting in over 12 months and we had a great turnout. It was a special one as we were finally able to present the 2020 OCAPL Awards. Congratulations again to our award winners. We are very fortunate to have these individuals as members of our organization.

2020 William Majors Distinguished Service Award Recipient - Jeff N. Brooks, CPL

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient - J. O. Easley

2020 Landman of the Year Recipient - Robert O. Rice, CPL

Thank you again for all your years of service and dedication to OCAPL and our Industry!

Earlier this month, on April 5th we held Part 2 of “Oil & Gas vs. Solar” with Phillip Guerra, J.D., CPL. Land Acquisition Manager with ForeFront Power. The second one was just as good as the first one. If you missed it, both Part 1 and 2 will be available for viewing on the OCAPL website for members only. It can be found on our website under the “Past Events”.   I highly recommend you check it out.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for next Month’s Webinar May 3rd, 2021. Next months topic is “Recent Developments in Oil and Gas Law” with Paul Trimble, Trimble Law.  You will not want to miss this one! If you are interested in sponsoring one of our Webinar Events and would like more details, please send an email to OCAPL at

Join us for lunch Thursday, April 29th 2021 at 12:00PM CST for a Live Educational Webinar via Zoom! Presented by the OCAPL Field Landman Seminar Committee, featuring Reagan  M. Marble from Jackson Walker, LLP’s San Antonio office. Reagan will be delivering an important ethics presentation titled “A Legal & Ethical Checklist for Mineral Buyers, Lease Brokers, & Their Lawyers”.

On June 11th this year, we will be hosting our annual OCAPL Fishing Tournament. Although the venue has changed from it’s normal location due to COVID19 restrictions at the OU Biological Station, I want to encourage you to come out and join us. This year we are focusing  on networking and enjoying the great outdoors. My hope is that since this is close to the city, we will have new participates this year. Keep in mind, you don’t have to fish. You can just mingle and enjoy the good grub and beverages that will be provided. I hope to see you there!

We are still accepting applications for Financial Assistance to help cover the cost of your Membership Dues.  Just send OCAPL an email with a Letter (referencing it as "2021 Relief Assistance") requesting Financial Assistance for your 2021 Membership Dues to the OCAPL Executive Committee at

Please take a moment to review the Calendar of Events below detailing upcoming Events!

On a final Note, I really enjoyed seeing everyone in person at our first in person meeting of the year. It was a great opportunity to network and rekindle those working relationships. We have some awesome events coming up and this is a great opportunity for you to get involved.

If you ever have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Michael Fleharty, President