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James B. Barnes

First Term: June 2013 – June 2019
NOLS Courses: 2013 Board of Trustees Zodiac Sailing TripJim Barnes

Jim Barnes is a recently retired partner from the firm of Barnes & Cascio LLP in Houston, Texas. The primary focus of the firm’s practice was advising clients in connection with operational and transactional matters inherent to the petroleum industry, and the primary clients were oil, gas, pipeline and energy companies ranging from small independents desiring to enter the international arena to integrated majors. He has more than 35 years of experience in more than 40 countries advising companies on upstream and midstream oil and gas acquisitions, divestiture, operations, financing, and related transactions and activities.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont, a master’s degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maine, and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Florida. He has a diploma in international law from Trinity College, Cambridge, England and the Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, and is a graduate of the International Executive Program at the Institute for Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Jim serves as a Trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (1999-2003 and 2007-2011. He writes and lectures on a variety of topics involving international energy law. In the past he has served as a Program Director of the Short Course and the Core Course on International Oil and Gas Law (1996-2014); Director of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (2000-2007); a founding Trustee of The John Cooper School (1983-2003); and a BSA adult leader (1977-2000). Jim climbed to the top of Wyoming, Gannett Peak, with NOLS in August 2012.

Jim’s daughter, Genevieve, is twice a NOLS grad. He has been a donor since his daughter graduated from her first course in 1998. He and his wife Caroline live in The Woodlands, Texas, just north of Houston. 

Board of Trustees Profiles in Alphabetical Order …

Greg M. Avis
James B. Barnes
F. Fox Benton III
Robert O. Bethge
Caroline B. Burnett
Joan K. Chitiea
David W. Cohen
Howard P. Colhoun

T. Morgan Dixon
Jane Foley Fried
N. Stuart Harris
Stefan Jackson
Donald M. Kendall
Fred J. Kleisner
Douglas S. Luke
Homer L. Luther

Ethan O. Meers
Annie Morita
Herbie Ogden, M.D.
Cynthia A. Pierce
Marc B. Randolph
Monica Rimai
Michael Schmertzler
Gene R. Tremblay

Students travel through Wyoming's Wind River Mountains-a wilderness range renowned for its crystal clear lakes and rugged mountain beauty.
Photo: Rainbow Weinstock

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