The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Jim W. Skelton

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James W. Skelton, Jr. is an international energy lawyer who retired from ConocoPhillips Company, formerly named Conoco Inc., at the end of 2007. Mr. Skelton represented Conoco/ConocoPhillips as a specialist in international petroleum transactions for over 27 years in more than 30 countries in the Former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, South America, and other oil and gas producing regions of the world. Since 2008, he has worked as Of Counsel to the Stinemetz Law Firm and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. His current practice is focused on international strategic relationships, such as joint ventures, financings, asset allocations, business development in emerging markets, and acquisitions and divestitures.

Mr. Skelton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Arizona State University, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law and a Master of Laws degree in International Legal Studies from New York University. He has served as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Houston Journal of International Law since 1999. He has published over a dozen articles and book reviews for legal periodicals, and has made many presentations at international conferences in Houston, Dallas, London and Moscow. 

Mr. Skelton’s body of work includes the following highlights: