Gerard J. Swonke



Houston, TX


888-323-0989 (Toll Free)




GERARD J. SWONKE, a native of Houston, Texas, received his B.A. in economics from the University of St. Thomas and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law. Mr. Swonke served as in-house counsel to Aminoil, Inc. from 1974 to 1985, when he became of counsel to the Greenberg Peden Law firm and then later to the McConn Law Firm. Mr. Swonke is a member of the Houston and Texas Bar Associations, as well as the Federal Southern and Eastern District Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. His areas of primary concentration are oil and gas, and contract law and can practice in both federal and state jurisdictions.

Areas Of Practice

  • Oil and Gas 50%
  • Corporate Governance 20%
  • Employment Law 15%
  • Mergers and Acquisitions 15%

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas
    • J.D.
  • University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas
    • B.A.
    • Major: Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • Texas - Mexico Bar Association, Member
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Member
  • ATP Oil and Gas Company, Board of Directors (1996) and Chairman of the Audit Committee (2001)-2014
  • Pope John XXIII High School, Board of Trustees, 2002-2011
  • Girls, Inc, General Counsel to Board of Directors, 2007 to 2010
  • University of St. Thomas, Served on Alumni Board of Directors, 1981 to 1982

Past Employment Positions

  • The McConn Law Firm, Of Counsel
  • Greenberg, Peden, Siegmyer & Oshman, P.C. , Of Counsel, 1985 to 2001
  • Aminoil, Inc., In-house Counsel, 1975 to 1985
  • McAninch and Haggerty, P.C.

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member Pope John XXIII High School, 2002 to 2011
  • Committeeman, Legal Committee and Corporate Development Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, 2005 to Present
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors Forest Lawn Cemetery of Houston, Inc., 2014 to Present
  • General Council to the Board of Directors of Girls, Inc. , 2007 to 2010
  • President of St. Michael School Board, 1992 to 1996
  • Member St. Michael Parish Counsel , 1993 to 1996
  • Served on the Alumni Board of Directors, 1981 to 1982