Bret Wells
University of Houston Law Center
Associate Law Professor

Phone: 713.743.2502

Bret Wells is an associate professor of law with the University of Houston Law Center and teaches in the area of Oil and Gas Law and also teaches in the federal tax area.

Professor Wells has written on oil and gas issues with a particular focus on the legal challenges raised by today’s development in unconventional shale formations.  His recent scholarship on oil and gas matters includes the following: Allocation Wells: Lessor’s Remedies for Multi-Tract Horizontal Wells Drilled Without Pooling Authority, 68 Baylor L. Rev. 1 (2015); The Dominant Mineral Estate in the Horizontal Well Context: Time to Extend Moser Horizontally, 53 Hous. L. Rev.193 (2015); and Please Give Us One More Oil Boom – I Promise Not to Screw it Up This Time: The Broken Promise of Casinghead Gas Flaring in the Eagle Ford Shale, 9 Tex. J. Oil, Gas & Energy Law 319 (2014). Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Center, Mr. Wells was an executive officer in one largest oilfield service companies in the world with operations in over 60 countries.

Professional Qualifications

  • Admitted to Texas Bar, 1990.
  • Education: Southwestern University (B.B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1987); The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., Cum Laude, 1989).
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)