Ellen Conley


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2015, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Texas Tech Law Review

B.A., English and Spanish, Texas A&M University, 2011, cum laude

  • Legal Intern to the Honorable Joseph Halbach, 333rd District Court, Harris County, Texas, Summer 2013




Ellen Conley is an associate in the Energy, Power and Natural Resources Practice Group in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone. She handles energy finance matters, as well as the acquisition and disposition of oil and gas properties. She represents lenders and borrowers in secured reserved-base credit facilities, and has experience with a variety of transactions, including ISDA master agreements and schedules and oil and gas purchase and sale agreements.

Selected Client Representations

  • Represented an E&P company in the restructure of its first lien credit facility to a $650 million conforming/non-conforming borrowing base structure in connection with the repayment of the company’s second lien debt. The transaction also included renegotiation of the terms of the company’s unsecured subordinated debt to permit cash interest payments.
  • Represented an independent operator, with oil and gas properties in Billings, McKenzie, and Stark Counties, North Dakota, in a $100 million senior secured revolving credit facility.
  • Represented a private exploration and production company in the $120 million sale of upstream and associated midstream oil and gas assets located in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania.
  • Represented an Eagle Ford gas gathering company in the documentation of a $75 million senior secured revolving credit facility, secured by all of the gathering company’s gathering and related assets.


Professional Recognition

  • Included in the "Ones to Watch" category of Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2021

Bankruptcy Blog

Oil Patch Bankruptcy

Oil Patch Bankruptcy

With the slump in commodity prices persisting, the lawyers of Haynes and Boone’s Energy and Bankruptcy Practice Groups are closely following industry developments and have launched a blog, Oil Patch Bankruptcy, to document recent updates and trends.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Oil and Gas Matters," co-author, State Bar of Texas, March 3, 2020
  • "Security Interests: Oil & Gas," co-author, Thomson Reuters' Practical Law, July 25, 2017.
  • “Volumetric Production Payments in Bankruptcy,” co-author, South Texas Law Review, March 15, 2017.
  • "Quicksilver Rejection Motion Withdrawn; Bar Looks to Magnum Hunter," co-author, Haynes and Boone Oil Patch Bankruptcy blog, April 7, 2016.
  • "Quicksilver 'White-Hot' Issue May Be Placed on the Back Burner," author, Haynes and Boone Oil Patch Bankruptcy blog, April 5, 2016.
  • "Gas Gathering Agreements: The Treatment of GGAs as Executory Contracts in Bankruptcy," presenter, CLE Presentation, April 4, 2016.
  • "Avoiding Bankruptcy Via Distressed Oil And Gas Sales," co-author, Law360 , December 16, 2015
  • "That’s Privileged! Or Is It? Uncovering Lost Privileges and Exceptions in Texas Codes," author, 47 Tex. Tech L. Rev. Online Ed. 1 (2015).

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