Modrall Sperling Law Firm

Chris Killion’s practice is focused on issuing drilling, division order, and acquisition title opinions for oil and gas companies for properties in New Mexico and Texas. Chris has extensive experience in determining title to mineral rights in lands in the Permian and San Juan Basins.

An Alabama native, Chris is licensed in New Mexico, Texas, and Alabama. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Cumberland Law School and serving as a Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge J. Foy Guin of the Northern District of Alabama, he practiced law with the Birmingham firm of Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville. Chris then spent many years as a private businessman before moving to the Permian Basin to perform courthouse research as a petroleum landman. He returned to law practice in Midland, Texas where he wrote title opinions for several large clients.

Chris is known for his commitment to continuous study and his careful attention to detail.


Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1978, magna cum laude

Birmingham Southern College, B.S., 1975, cum laude


Bar Admissions

New Mexico





  • Represent oil and gas companies in connection with the acquisition and divestiture of producing and non-producing oil and gas assets
  • Prepare original drilling title opinions, division order title opinions, and supplemental drilling and division order title opinions
  • Examine documents recorded with county clerks the State Land Office, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Texas General Land Office for the preparation of drilling, division order, and acquisition title opinions covering fee, federal, and state lands
  • Review purchase and sale agreements, joint operating agreements, pooling and unitization agreements, deeds, assignments, and other agreements related to exploration and development
  • Research and advise clients on various issues associated with the exploration and development of oil and gas
  • Draft curative oil and gas title documents, including stipulation of interest
  • Research producing well information, acreage held by production, proration units and formations as found on the Texas Railroad Commission and New Mexico OCD websites and filed by operators.
  • Draft drilling title opinions, division order title opinions, and acquisition title opinions for lands in Texas and New Mexico
  • Prepare deeds, affidavits, ratifications, leases, joint operating agreements, farmout agreements, and purchase sale agreements for mineral owners, landmen, and company representatives
  • Research and organize stand-up title opinions by searching records at courthouse, abstract company, and county tax office in the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico


  • Midland County Bar Association, 2017-present
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2016-present
  • Permian Basin Landmen’s Association, 2015-present
  • State Bar of New Mexico, 2014-present
  • State Bar of Texas, 2014-present
  • American Association of Professional Landmen, RPL, 2014-present
  • Young Presidents’ Organization, 1992-2003
  • Board of Southeastern and National Insulation Associations, 1990-1993
  • Alabama State Bar, 1978-present


Attorney Chris Killion Joins Modrall Sperling

Posted on August 30, 2018 By


What’s in a Net Royalty Acre?

Permian Basin Landmen's Association Takeoff,
Volume 138, Issue 128, September, 2018
By Christopher H. Killion

Subject to Interpretation

Permian Basin Landmen's Association Takeoff,
Volume 134, Issue 124, February 2018
By Christopher H. Killion