Susan A. Stanton is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she obtained both her M.A. and B.A., and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Delta. She is 1992 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, where she graduated cum laude and was a member of the Order of Barons, as well as Managing Editor of the Houston Journal of International Law.

Prior to law, she began her career as General Manager and then Manager of Research Department for an offshore oil and gas consulting company that provided newsletter, wire service, market research and consulting services for offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production activity. She was the editor and compiler of the first published directory of mobile drilling rigs worldwide.

Susan provides substantive support to her clients in many areas of property law. Specifically, she provides support for energy title; sales, acquisition and financing; commercial and residential real estate; leasing sales and acquisitions; and homeowners association and deed restriction transactions. Among other projects, she has provided support for multiple acquisitions of real property for assisted living facilities in seven (7) states by multi-state developers, the acquisition (75%) and lease capitalization (25%) of 125 communication tower sites and facilities in eight (8) states by national telecommunications company, and multiple acquisitions of apartment complexes in Texas for redevelopment.

She has published numerous articles on real property matters and is a member of the Real Estate and Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Sections, State Bar of Texas; Women in Commercial Real Estate, dba CREW Houston (past Treasurer and Board Member); Briargrove Park Property Owners Association (Vice President and Board Member); and Women in Real Estate and Finance.

Practice Description

Commercial real estate leasing and sales and acquisitions; homeowner's association and deed restrictions; and oil and gas title examination and sales, acquisitions and operations.

Focus Areas

Commercial Real Estate

Oil and Gas

Office Management

On a more personal note…


Activities Affiliation

  • State Bar of Texas and Houston Bar Association, Member
  • Real Estate and Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Sections, State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Women in Commercial Real Estate (CREW Houston), past Treasurer and Board Member, Briargrove Park Property Owners Inc., current Vice President, past Treasurer, President and Board Member

Publication Representations

  • "Real Estate vs. Oil and Gas Developers", co-authored with Donald G. Sinex, Scott Petry, David C. Martin and Pascal P. Piazza, State Bar of Texas 32nd Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course, San Antonio, Texas 2010
  • "Drafting Basic Agreements Used in Developing Oil and Gas Prospects", co-authored with Donald G. Sinex and Terry I Cross, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Special Institute on Oil and Gas Agreements: The Exploration Phase, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2009
  • "Statute of Frauds Issues" Association of Petroleum Landmen, Summer Land Institute, June 2007 and August, 2008
  • "Retail and Similar Leases; One Key to Successful Development" Seminar: Real Estate Development from Beginning to End in Texas, Lorman Educational Services, 2006 and 2007
  • "After Acquired Title Revisited" co-authored with Donald G. Sinex Ernest Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute, University of Texas, 2004 The Landman, March/April 2005, at 13-21 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2005, at 429
  • "Title to Oil and Gas Properties: Common Problems and Special Issues" Advanced Oil & Gas Seminar, University of Houston, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and National Association of Lease and Title Analysts, 2003


J.D., 1992, cum laude, University of Houston Law Center, Order of Barons, Managing Editor, Houston Journal of International Law

M.A., University of Oklahoma

B.A., University of Oklahoma, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Delta


  • Purchase and sale of commercial office buildings, including title and due diligence review and oversight, document preparation and negotiation.
  • Outside real estate counsel for retail division of major oil and gas company, including preparation of purchase and sale, easement and leasing agreements and oversight of condemnation and land use proceedings.
  • Purchase (75%) and lease capitalization (25%) of 125 communication tower sites and facilities in eight (8) states by national telecommunications company.
  • Landlord and tenant representation in lease review, preparation and negotiation for office buildings, retail shopping centers, and industrial space; review, prepare and negotiate auxiliary lease documents, including operating agreements, reciprocal easements, licenses and restrictive covenants.
  • Prepare restrictive covenants for residential subdivisions; work with home owners associations in interpretation and enforcement of restrictive covenants.
  • Oil and gas title opinions for acquisitions, drilling, division orders, unitization and financing for various companies in the Gulf Coast region.
  • Acquisition, sale and financing of oil and gas producing properties for various companies in Gulf Coast region.