Tom RuBane joined Beatty & Wozniak as an associate in April of 2011. He is a member of the state bars of Texas, North Dakota and Oklahoma, and brings with him five years of experience in oil and gas title work. He started out as a landman for a land brokerage firm in Norman, Oklahoma and later joined a boutique law firm in Oklahoma City where he became proficient in preparing title opinions, including drilling, division order, and acquisition opinions. Tom’s practice at Beatty & Wozniak focuses on preparation of title opinions for properties in North Dakota.
Tom graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in German and a minor in Spanish. He went on to enter the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law and graduated in 2006. While attending OU Law, he became a member of the Holmes Inn chapter of Phi Delta Phi, the international legal honor society, and the OU Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Tom’s interest in oil and gas law developed after reading the case of Pierson v Post during his first year in law school. The case dates from 1805 and settled the issue of who owned a deceased fox – Pierson, the man who captured and killed it after happening upon it on his way home, or Post, the foxhunter who was pursuing it with his hounds at the time. After reviewing such august legal authorities as Justinian, Bynkershoek, and Puffendorf the court held in favor of Pierson. Pierson v Post established the rule of capture in the United States, which is the foundation of oil and gas law here and in other common law countries.
Tom is committed to helping build a strong domestic oil and gas industry so that the U.S. can increase its energy independence. He is a current member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Denver Area Oil & Gas Title Lawyers association, and a former member of the Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers association.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys cycling, reading, and exploring his new hometown and the surrounding countryside. He also has a Scottie named Fergus, who stays on reasonably good terms with foxes and who actually is too lazy to chase anyone.