Attorneys

M. C. Cottingham “Cottie” Miles

Managing Partner

Location:San Antonio Office

Phone: (210) 227-7591

Email: mcmiles@mdtlaw.com

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Cottie Miles has almost 20 years of experience in these practice areas: Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Natural Resources, including Oil & Gas, Land Use Planning and Corporate Law.

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AREAS OF PRACTICE
EDUCATION
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas (JD, 1997)

  • Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia (BA, 1994)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • Chairman, State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section
  • Editor, Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Reporter
  • Member, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class XXXIII
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • Texas Bar Association
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • "Texas Rising Star," 2006, 2012, Thomson Reuters, as published in Texas Monthly, Law in Politics magazine
  • Member, Rotary Club of San Antonio
  • Partner, Martin & Drought, P.C., San Antonio, Texas
  • Member, Texas Tech University School of Law Energy Law Advisory Board, 2014-Present
  • Chairman, City of Terrell Hills, Texas Planning and Zoning Board, 2014–2015
  • Member and Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of San Antonio, 2004–Present
  • Chairman, Natural Resources Section, San Antonio Bar Association, 2003–2006
  • President, Washington & Lee University Alumni Club—San Antonio Division, 2006–Present
  • San Antonio Business Journal Who's Who in Energy, 2013–Present
  • Selected by his peers to the 2016 list of Best San Antonio Lawyers in the area of Real Estate Transactions, published in San Antonio Scene Magazine
PRESENTATIONS AND SPEECHES
  • Author, Water Wars: A History of the Edwards Aquifer Water Crisis, 6 S.C.ENVT’L. L.J. 213 (1997).

  • Author, A Statutory Lien with an Attitude, Real Estate, Trust and Probate Newsletter (October 2004).

  • Speaker/Author, The Vacancy Hunter and The Landowner – Do Opposites Really Attract?, State Bar of Texas 22nd Annual Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course (September 2004).

  • Speaker/Author, Oil and Gas Leases 101, State Bar of Texas Nuts and Bolts of Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course (September 2008).

  • Co-Speaker/Co-Author, The Top 10 Things Your Momma Never Told You About Oil and Gas Leases, Fundamentals of Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Course, 36th Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Institute (April 2010).

  • Speaker/Author, Not in My Back Yard! Protecting Your Client's Surface Interests Through Surface Use, Water Use, and Seismic Access Agreements, State Bar of Texas 29th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course (October 2011).

  • Speaker/Co-Author, The Top 10 Things Your Momma Never Told You About Oil and Gas Leases, Fundamentals of Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Course, 38th Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Institute (March 2012).

  • Speaker, Introduction to an Oil and Gas Law Practice, Texas Tech University School of Law (April 2012).

  • Speaker, Introduction to an Oil and Gas Law Practice, Texas Tech University School of Law (February 2013).

  • Speaker, Introduction to an Oil and Gas Law Practice, Texas Tech University School of Law (April 2014).

  • Speaker/Co-Author, An Overview of Overriding Royalty Interest, State Bar of Texas 32nd Annual Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course (October 2014).

  • Speaker/Author, Not So Servient Surface - Agreements to Protect the Surface Estate, State Bar of Texas 26th Annual Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course (March 2015).

  • Speaker/Co-Author, An Overview of Overriding Royalty Interests, State Bar of Texas 37th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course (July 2015).

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
  • Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

PUBLICATIONS
  • Co-Author with Paul J. Benavides, Contracting for Clarity: Practical Solutions for Drafting Around the Current State of the Law Affecting Overriding Royalty Interests, 46 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 1043 (2014).

  • “Surface Rights” in Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Reporter, Spring 2007

  • “Statutory Lien” in Real Estate, Trust and Probate Reporter, October 2004

  • “Vacancy Law” at the Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course, September 2004

  • Co-Author, So Your Client Thinks He Wants to Buy Only the Surface…, State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section Report (December 2006).

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS
  • Admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1997

  • Admitted to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in 1999

  • Council Member, State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section, 2006–2009

LANGUAGES
  • English