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Denney  Wright



Denney Wright

Professor of Practice

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Denney Wright, retired from Exxon Mobil Corporation in November 2016 after over forty-two years service, has been appointed a Professor of Practice at the University of Houston Law Center. In his role as a Professor of Practice, Mr. Wright will be teaching Oil and Gas Tax and International Petroleum Transactions. He will also organize and implement continuing education programs, including on-line course offerings, all that will support various degree-granting programs and CLE programs at the Law Center. New programs will include an annual tax symposium. Mr. Wright will also serve as an advisor to the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal.

Mr. Wright comes to the Law Center with significant experience in an energy tax practice. He started initially at Exxon Mobil Corporation in the Controller's Department but served most of his career in the Tax Department as a tax accountant and a tax lawyer. Mr. Wright served in many positions over the years, primarily in the United States but also in the United Kingdom. In his final assignment with ExxonMobil, Mr. Wright was Senior Tax Counsel - Global Training and Development, where he oversaw worldwide U.S. tax training and development for Exxon Mobil Corporation tax personnel.

Mr. Wright has taught Oil and Gas Taxation for over twenty years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center and internally at Exxon Mobil Corporation. Over the past four years he has also taught Oil and Gas Taxation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, the University of Texas School of Law and Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Mr. Wright is a member of the Texas Bar, a member of the American Bar Association and has been a participant in many oil and gas industry groups. Mr. Wright serves on the Parker Fielder Oil & Gas Tax Conference Advisory Committee and has appeared as a panelist at the Parker Fielder Tax Conference as well as numerous other conferences and symposiums addressing oil and gas tax issues. Mr. Wright is on the Advisory Board of the Texas Federal Tax Institute as well. Mr. Wright published "Understanding the Windfall Profits Tax Act" in the Petroleum Landman in 1980 and Co-Chaired the United States/China Oil and Gas Tax Joint Government/Industry Biennial Conference in Beijing, China in 1998. Mr. Wright is currently writing an oil and gas tax casebook for use in law school and graduate business school classes.

Mr. Wright is married, has three children, three grandchildren and is active in his church as well as in scouting and community service activities.



Denney L. Wright, Oil and Gas Taxation . . . Back to the Basics (2016) (unpublished draft casebook) (on file with author)
Denney L. Wright, Understanding the Windfall Profits Tax Act, PETROLEUM LANDMAN (1980)


LLM in Tax, University of Houston (May, 1993)
JD, South Texas College of Law (May, 1978)
BBA in Accounting, Texas Tech University (May, 1974)

Oil & Gas Tax
International Petroleum Transactions