Our Attorneys

Ronald Merrill Barnes

Ron Barnes brings over 36 years extensive legal experience counseling and representing small and large production companies in all aspects of oil and gas issues with special emphasis in matters before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. He served as Chief Trial Examiner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in 1981. Ron was a partner at McKinney Stringer in Oklahoma City and founded their Tulsa office. In 2001, he and Clyde Crutchmer established the law firm of Crutchmer & Barnes, P.L.L.C. in Tulsa and in 2015 he founded Barnes Law PLLC in Tulsa.

Ron holds a BBA degree from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Petroleum Land Management and a J.D. degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

His professional affiliations include the Tulsa and the Oklahoma Bar Association (former OBA Chair of the Mineral Law Section in 2004) and is a member of the Tulsa Association of Petroleum Landmen. Mr. Barnes has attained Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent® rating which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Ron is a native of Okmulgee and has resided in Oklahoma all of his life. He is an active member of First United Methodist Church of Tulsa and serves on its board. Ron has been married to Deborah Browers Barnes for 42 years.

John B. Nicks

John Nicks brings 36 years experience as a trial lawyer in the practice areas of civil litigation and oil and gas law. His oil and gas practice includes drilling and division order title opinions and representation of business and individuals in transactional and pipeline related matters.

John attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1970-1972. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma receiving a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1974 and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1976. John graduated from the OU College of Law in 1980 where he received a J.D.

John is admitted into the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma and the Western District of Arkansas. His professional affiliations include the Tulsa and the Oklahoma Bar Association and is also a member of the Tulsa Association of Petroleum Landmen. Mr. Nicks has attained Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent® rating which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. John has been married to Linda Morrissey for 35 years.

Grayson Merrill Barnes

Grayson Barnes earned his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2013 where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for Professional Responsibility. While in law school, he focused on oil and gas law, attended the OU College of Law Summer Oxford Program and worked in the OU Legal Clinic. Grayson graduated with a BBA Degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2010 majoring in Entrepreneurship and Venture Management. He was a state finalist in the Donald W. Reynolds Oklahoma Governor's Cup Competition and a member of the JCPenney Leadership Program and the Presidents Leadership Class.

Grayson's practice focuses on all aspects of oil and gas law with regard to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. He served as a panelist at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's 2015 and 2016 Oil and Gas Institutes. He also served as a presenter for the Tulsa Association of Petroleum Landmen’s Spring Seminar in 2016. Grayson currently is a candidate for the Oklahoma Bar Associations 6th Leadership Academy. Grayson is a native of Tulsa and has resided in Oklahoma all of his life. Grayson's professional affiliations include the Tulsa and the Oklahoma Bar Association and he is a member of the Tulsa Association of Petroleum Landmen. Grayson has been married to Laura Ellis Barnes, an interior designer, for two years.