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James B. Barnes

Jim BarnesJim Barnes is a partner at the firm of Barnes & Cascio LLP in Houston, Texas. The main areas of practice of his firm are international energy law and negotiations, and the primary clients are 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.

He holds a bachelors degree in mathematics from the University of Vermont, a masters 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, the Program Director of the Short Course and the Core Course on International Oil and Gas Law (1996-present). He writes and lectures on a variety of topics involving international energy law. In the past he has served as a 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
Caroline B. Burnett
Susan E. Chamberlin
Joan K. Chitiea
David W. Cohen
Howard P. Colhoun
Duncan N. Dayton

T. Morgan Dixon
Jay Jacobs
Donald M. Kendall
Fred J. Kleisner
Jonathan Kleisner
Peter J. Levine
Douglas S. Luke
Homer L. Luther

Diana L. McCargo
Herbie Ogden, M.D.
Cynthia A. Pierce
Marc B. Randolph
Monica Rimai
Michelle S. Sarti
Michael Schmertzler
Edward M. Schmults
Gene R. Tremblay

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