Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson A Professional Corporation

Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson A Professional Corporation

We are dedicated to helping our clients, from Fortune 500 companies to individuals, achieve their goals. We work hard to find economical, creative, and common-sense solutions to complex legal problems.

Firm Overview

Reliable and Successful Advocates, Since 1974

Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, P.C., is a well known law firm in Midland, Texas, one of the leading energy centers of the Southwest. Cotton Bledsoe is highly regarded both by the oil and gas industry and among other law firms in Texas and surrounding states. Known particularly for our expertise in oil and gas transactions and oil and gas litigation, we also provide exceptional legal representation in the following areas:
-Commercial litigation and business law
-Insurance defense litigation
-Personal injury defense for self-insured companies and individuals
-Defense of labor and employment law claims
-Health care law and litigation support for hospitals and health care professionals
-Probate and estate planning

Attorneys With Outstanding Credentials
Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, P.C., is AV-rated* under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. Furthermore, many of our attorneys are certified in their area of practice by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, over the years, many of our lawyers have been named by Texas ''Super Lawyers'' magazine as among the top five percent of attorneys in Texas.

We pride ourselves on being committed to delivering responsive, cost-effective and sophisticated legal representation to our clients throughout the state of Texas, in Mississippi, New Mexico and nationwide.

Contact our office for more information or to discuss your legal issues.
Main Office
Main Office
500 West Illinois Avenue, Suite 300
Midland  TX  79701
Phone
  • 432-684-5782
Websites
Business
Business and Entity Law
A Full Spectrum of Business Law Services
In addition to our commercial litigation practice, Cotton Bledsoe has an extensive business and entity law practice, sharing our experience in every phase of corporate, business, financial and tax-related matters.

Clients from throughout the state of Texas frequently call upon our advanced experience in all areas of entity law. Our business lawyers have a strong reputation for successfully structuring and drafting documents for all business transactions particularly those relating to the oil and gas industry.

Our Entity Law Attorneys Handle Business Transactions Simple and Complex
Cotton Bledsoe attorneys routinely handle the following types of transactions:

-Acquisitions or divestitures involving either assets, stock or mergers
-Tax advising for every stage during a business life cycle, including incorporation, growth, merger and acquisition or sale
-Formation of both taxable and non-profit organizations including limited liability companies, registered limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, joint ventures, non-profit foundations and non-profit charity organizations
-Entity conversions
-Bond and debt transactions
-Securities offerings
-Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and state securities authorities
-Oil and gas drilling funds
-Oil, gas, and power related securities transactions, acquisitions and mergers
-Commercial real estate transactions, including traditional transactions and like-kind exchanges
-Representation of local and regional financial institutions in transactions involving traditional credit arrangements as well as mezzanine financing and other complex structures
-Negotiation and drafting of master service agreements (MSAs), most frequently between oil and gas exploration and production companies and service companies
-Advice and representation in commercial loan workouts and debt restructuring as alternatives to traditional bankruptcies
-Representation of lenders and other secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11, Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings
-Any and all transactional or litigation-related legal matters involving labor or employment law

Our clients range from locally owned small businesses to multi-million dollar Fortune 500 firms.

Contact our firm to discuss your business-related legal issues.

Robert C. Bledsoe

Bob is a founding member of the firm and has practiced law for over 50 years. He is a shareholder in the Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Section and is licensed to practice law in both Texas and New Mexico. Bob is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has served on the board for the Oil and Gas Specialization Examination.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
Oil and Gas Title Examination and Transactional Work
Bob has always devoted his practice to oil and gas law. For over 50 years, he has rendered title opinions, prepared documents relating to oil and gas exploration and production, and consulted with clients concerning a multitude of oil and gas transactions. His practice includes preparation of assignments, leases, farmout/farmin agreements, operating agreements, purchase and sale agreements, easements, gas contracts and other documents relating to the oil and gas business. Bob served as one of the early draftsmen of the Prudhoe Bay Unit Agreement and Unit Operating Agreement, and is renowned for having published numerous papers discussing various aspects of the model operating agreement.

Oil and Gas Litigation
Bob has also worked extensively in litigation concerning oil and gas issues in an advisory role at the trial court level, and has been involved in presenting motions for summary judgment and appellate arguments in certain high profile cases. He has extensive experience as an expert witness on matters of oil and gas law and has recently expanded his practice to include service as a mediator and arbitrator in oil and gas disputes.

EDUCATION
Bob graduated New Mexico Military Institute Junior College, University of Texas with a BBA in 1952 and completed law school in 1955 at the University of Texas Law School. While in Law School, Bob served on the Texas Law Review's Board of Editors.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
In addition to having served in the Air Force during the Korean War, Bob has been active in the Midland community. He served on the Midland Board of the Salvation Army, including one year as President, the United Way Board, and the Board of Casa de Amigos, serving one year as President. He has also been active in the Anglican Church for 40 years, having served in various leadership capacities.

Areas of Practice:
Oil and Gas Title Examination and Transactional Work
Oil and Gas Litigation

Certification/Specialties:
Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions:
Texas, 1955
New Mexico, 1958

Education:
The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
--J.D.
--Law Review: Texas Law Review, Editorial Board
University of Texas, 1952
--B.B.A.

Honors and Awards:
Recipient of Outstanding 50 year Lawyer Award given by the Texas Bar Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Midland County Bar Association, 1974 - 1975
--President
Midland County Bar Association
--Member
American Bar Association
--Member
State Bar of Texas
--Member
Bar Association of New Mexico
--Member

Pro Bono Activities:
-Past President, The United Way Board
-President, Board of Casa de Amigos
-Member, Christ Church Midland (Anglican)

Fraternities/Sororities:
-Phi Delta Phi
-Delta Tau Delta
Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    J.D.

Charles L. Tighe

Charlie is a founding member of the firm with 45 years experience as a litigator. He is the senior member of the Litigation Section and has enjoyed a diverse and successful trial practice throughout his career. Charlie is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Oil and Gas Litigation
Charlie devotes a significant portion of his practice to complex oil and gas disputes, participating in state and federal court proceedings involving construction and enforcement of operating agreements, operator removal problems, areas of mutual interest, and working interest owner disagreements.

Employment Litigation
In recent years, Charlie has been increasingly involved in client counseling for local school districts and private employers as well as in employment discrimination litigation.

Professional Liability
Charlie has successfully defended many professionals such as attorneys and physicians from claims of professional malpractice.

Commercial Litigation
A wide variety of business entities and banks, including Fortune 500 companies, have called upon Charlie over the years to handle complex commercial litigation including such esoteric areas as antitrust and patent law disputes.

ADR
Charlie is a certified mediator specializing in handling mediations in complex commercial and oil and gas cases.

EDUCATION
B.A., Rice Institute, 1951
Law degree, University of Texas School of Law, 1955 (Editorial Board of the Texas Law Review)

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Charlie is a former Midland City Councilman and has served as an advisor to many civic and charitable groups including the Permian Basin Girl Scout Council, Hospice of Midland, the Petroleum Club of Midland, and Casa de Amigos. He has served as a member and President of the Midland Independent School District Board of Trustees in the past.

Areas of Practice:
-Oil and Gas Litigation
-Employment Litigation
-Professional Liability
-Commercial Litigation
-ADR

Certification/Specialties:
Certified Mediator - Complex Oil & Gas Cases

Bar Admissions:
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Education:
The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1955
--LL.B.
--Law Review: Texas Law Review, Editorial Board, 1954 - 1955
Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1951
--B.A.

Honors and Awards:
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Midland Independent School District Board of Trustees
Member and President

Pro Bono Activities:
Permian Basin Girl Scout Council
Hospice of Midland
Petroleum Club of Midland

Fraternities/Sororities:
Phi Delta Phi
Education
  • University of Texas School of Law
    J.D.

Bob Dawson

Bob is a shareholder in the Estate Planning and Probate Section. In over 49 years of law practice in Midland, he has handled a wide variety of estate planning, probate, trust, estate administration, and guardianship matters. Bob is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Estate Planning and Probate
Bob devotes the majority of his active practice to estate planning, probate, and estate administration matters, and to creation, administration, and termination of trusts. Because of Midland's location in the heart of the Permian Basin, he has devoted substantial time to estate planning for persons involved in the oil and gas industry, including management personnel of energy companies, independent oil and gas operators, and mineral owners.

EDUCATION
B.A., University of Texas, 1960 (transferred from SMU)
L.L.B., University of Texas, 1962, later transferred into a J.D.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Bob is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and has served as a member of its Board of Deacons and its Session, as well as a teacher of adult church school classes. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of United Presbyterian Foundation (Synod of the Sun) and has served on the boards of several other local nonprofit organizations, including the local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and Samaritan Counseling Center of West Texas, Inc. (President, 1991). He is an active member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee of the University of Texas.

Areas of Practice:
Estate Planning and Probate

Certification/Specialties:
Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Education:
The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1962
--J.D.
University of Texas, 1960
--B.A.

Honors and Awards:
Life Fellow, The Texas Bar Foundation

Pro Bono Activities:
Member, Trinity Presbyterian Church
Member, Board of Trustees, United Presbyterian Foundation
President, Arthritis Foundation and Samaritan Counseling Center of West Texas, Inc., 1991
Member, Giving Advisory Committee of the University of Texas
Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law
    J.D.
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