Kelli Smith

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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Woodloch Forest Drive 10001
The Woodlands 77380 TX US

Kelli D. Smith is an energy attorney focusing on the meticulous world of mineral title. Her work, in a variety of shale plays, is the foundation for oil and gas companies to secure the right to drill. Smith drafts title opinions, spots issues, tracks down missing landholders and their heirs, and provides clients with a mineral title that ensures their right to drill.

Additionally, Smith has been instrumental in the execution of transfer of both developed and undeveloped mineral holdings for a variety of energy companies. Having been a landman, Smith is knowledgeable in the business impact, as well as operational impact of due diligence projects. As a former journalist, Smith views her work as telling the story of the property from generation to generation and from one owner to the next.


  • Advised clients regarding title issues and curative requirements to assist in development of horizontal wells
  • Conducted mineral title examinations and rendered mineral title opinions, advising clients on numerous issues including title defects and curative requirements, lease analysis and mineral and leasehold ownership
  • Handled matters involving mineral acquisitions and divestitures, including coordination and performance of due diligence and title defect curative work
  • Coordinated a due diligence project for the $2.1 billion acquisition of producing properties and undeveloped leasehold in Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Wyoming


  • J.D. University of Houston
  • M.J. University of Maryland
  • B.A. Howard University


  • Vice President, Texas Women Lawyers
  • The Woodlands Bar Association
  • Advisory Committee, Montgomery County Dispute Resolution Center
  • American Association of Professional Landmen
  • Houston Association of Professional Landmen


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Woodloch Forest Drive 10001
The Woodlands 77380 TX US
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