John H. Lovell

John H. Lovell


John Lovell is the Managing Partner of Lovell, Isern & Farabough, LLP  where he has worked since 1997. While he has had a wide range of successes in both state and federal courts, he is one of the few trained agronomists practicing cattle law on a regular basis. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, John learned about crop production, plant physiology, soils, irrigation, and more. He also worked on a ranch for five years after college, which contributed to his depth of understanding about cattle.

John takes pride in being extra thorough as he builds strong foundations for his cases by propounding and reviewing all items produced in an extremely thorough and complete discovery process. Being a document and witness focused lawyer gets him the proof he needs to bring the responsible parties to justice. In addition to intensive case-related preparation, John lets his clients know he cares about them as people and that they are not just cases to him. He feels that as a good lawyer it’s important to be mindful of how each case is affecting the client emotionally, gain information about their feelings by listening to them, and provide them with details about what will be required of them so they are prepared and he can help them deal with any anxiety.

John is a trial lawyer who has experience at every stage of litigation, from filing lawsuits through appeals. While a premier cattle lawyer, John also handles an array of litigation for businesses and individuals on both the plaintiff and defense side.  He has represented clients in litigation involving construction, liens, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, RICO, and tortious interference. John is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization – a distinction less than 7% of licensed Texas attorneys hold.

John graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy in 1975, summa cum laude. He earned his law degree from Baylor University Law School in 1984.  During law school, John won the Republic Bank Estate Planning and Trusts Award and the George C. and Albina Kacir Memorial Award.

John has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers every year since 2005, achieving his 15th year of the award in 2020. He has also achieved the highest possible rating, AV Preeminent, by legal industry rating service Martindale-Hubbell.

John was appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Texas Lawyers’ Insurance Exchange – and has served as a board member for the past 13 years. He is also a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Amarillo Area Bar Association, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

  • Baylor University Law School, Juris Doctorate, 1984
    • Republic Bank Estate Planning and Trusts Award, 1984
    • George C. and Albina Kacir Memorial Award, 1984
  • Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, summa cum laude, 1975
  • Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1994
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Lawyers Insurance Exchange, Director for 11 years
  • Amarillo Area Bar Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2005 – 2022
  • “Production in Paying Quantities in Texas,” Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law 2022, March 11, 2022.
  • “Production in Paying Quantities Discussion in a Distressed Environment,” State Bar of Texas 38th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law CLE, Chapter 18, September 2020.
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1968
  • Maverick Boys and Girls Club, Former Director

Oil & Gas Disputes

  • Dimock Operating Co. v. Sutherland Energy Co., LLC, 07-16-00230-CV, 2018 WL 2074643 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Apr. 24, 2018, no pet. h.).
  • BP Am. Prod. Co. v. Red Deer Res., LLC, 526 S.W.3d 389 (Tex. 2017), reh’g denied (Sept. 22, 2017).
  • BP Am. Prod. Co. v. Red Deer Res., LLC, 07-14-00032-CV, 2015 WL 2400252 (Tex. App. –Amarillo May 18, 2015, pet. filed).
  • Clark v. ConocoPhillips Company, 14-14-00034-CV, 2015 WL 1956870 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, no pet. h.).
  • BP Am. Prod. Co. v. Red Deer Res., LLC, 07-14-00032-CV, 2014 WL 3419496 (Tex. App. – Amarillo July 11, 2014, no pet. h.) (per curiam order addressing motion to review supersedeas bond).
  • Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Yarbrough, 405 S.W.3d 70 (Tex. 2013).
  • Bowden v. Phillips Petroleum Co., 247 S.W.3d 690 (Tex. 2008).
  • Chesapeake v. Denson, 201 S.W.3d 369 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2006, pet. denied).
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Pool, 30 S.W.3d 618 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2000), rev’d, 124 S.W.3d 188 (Tex. 2003).
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Pool, 30 S.W.3d 639 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2000), rev’d, 124 S.W.3d 188 (Tex. 2003).
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Law, 65 S.W.3d 121 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2001, pet. denied).
  • Gray v. Helmerich & Payne, Inc., 834 S.W.2d 579 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 1992, writ denied).

Regulatory Preemption

  • Case No. 2:14-CV-0233-J; De Maio Farms and Ranches, Inc. v. Hereford Veterinary Supply, Inc., et al., United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, Amarillo Division.

Federal Procedure

  • Case No. 5:15-CV-083-C; Jerry Monk v. United Rentals, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division.

Crime-Fraud Exception to Lawyer Client Privilege

  • Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, No. 07-00-0375-CV, 2000 WL 1644361 (Tex.App.–Amarillo Nov. 2, 2000, no pet).(not designated for publication.)

Bank Conversion

  • Lonestar State Bank of West Texas v. Rabo AgriFinance, LLC, 2022 WL 5240189 (N.D. Texas 2022).
  •  Lonestar State Bank of West Texas v. Rabo AgriFinance, LLC, 2022 WL 6217980 (Bankr. N.D. Texas 2022).
  • First State Bank N.A. v. C. D. Morse, 227 S.W.3d 820 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2007, no pet.).
  • In re: Morse, 153 S.W.3d 578 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2004, orig. proceeding).

Wills and Trusts

  • Cluck v. Mecom, 401 S.W.3d 110 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2011, pet. denied)
  • Mathis v. Carter, No. 07-07-0390-CV, 2009 WL 102898 (Tex. App.–Amarillo Jan. 15, 2009, no pet.).

Contested Guardianship

  • Cockrell v. Cockrell, No. 07-07-0017-CV (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2007) (pet. dism’d by agr.).

Real Estate

  • Bolinger v. Williams, 07-14-00024-CV, 2015 WL 9473924 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Dec. 21, 2015), reh’g overruled (Jan. 21, 2016).
  • Whipple v. Timber Creek Veterinary Hosp., 07-98-0363-CV, 2000 WL 158322 (Tex. App. — Amarillo Feb. 2, 2000, pet. denied).
  • Guest v. Phillips Petroleum Co., 981 F.2d 218 (5th Cir. 1993).
  • 2027 South Austin Street, LLC v. LaTour Condominiums, Inc, 2021 WL 1032366 (Tex. App.-Amarillo Mar. 17, 2021).

Cattle Transactions

  • Lonestar State Bank of West Texas v. Rabo AgriFinance, LLC, 2022 WL 5240189 (N.D. Texas 2022).
  • Lonestar State Bank of West Texas v. Rabo AgriFinance, LLC, 2022 WL 6217980 (Bankr. N.D. Texas 2022).
  • Foote v. Texcel Expl., Inc., 640 S.W.3d 574 (Tex. App.—Eastland 2022, no pet. h.).
  • Henry v. Smith, — S.W.3d —, No. 02-20-00169-CV, 2021 WL 5506865 (Tex. App. Nov. 24, 2021).
  • Woodrow Nelson & Son, Inc. v. Ed Wright Cattle Co., Inc., No. 07-07-0147-CV, 2008 WL 1903457 (Tex. App.–Amarillo Apr. 30, 2008, no pet.).
  • Cactus Growers, Inc. v. Robert Nichols, et al., (In re: Eastern Livestock Co. LLC, No. 10-93904-BHL-11) 2012 WL 3062791. (Bkrtry. S.D.Ind.).

Racketeering (RICO)

  • Southwest Hide Co. v. Goldston, 127 F.R.D 481 (N.D. Tex. 1989). (judgment, court’s charge jury’s verdict)

Insurance Coverage

  • Indiana Ins. Co. v. American Community Serv., Inc., 768 N.E.2d 929 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002).
  • Indiana Ins. Co. v. American Community Serv., Inc., 718 N.E.2d 1147 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999).


  • Another Attic, Ltd. v. Plains Builders, Inc., et al., No. 07-08-0312-CV, 2010 WL 4941694 (Tex. App.–Amarillo Dec.6, 2010, no pet.).


  • La Tour Condominiums, Inc. v. Keating, 07-17-00201-CV, 2018 WL 1998778 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Apr. 27, 2018, no pet. h.)
  • Remuda Ranch v. Archer Daniels Midland Co., No. 07-05-0234-CV, 2006 WL 2726234 (Tex. App.–Amarillo Sept. 22, 2006, pet.denied).
  • Am. Agri-Corp. v. R. & S. Farms, 800 F.2d 1143 (5th Cir. 1986).


  • Brent v. Field, 275 S.W.3d 611(Tex. App.–Amarillo 2008, no pet.).
  • Farnsworth v. Deaver, 147 S.W.3d 662 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2004, no pet.).

Franchise Agreements, Arbitration

  • Cash America International, Inc. v. Exchange Services, Inc., 83 S.W.3d 183 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2002, no pet.).

Products Liability

  • Hiniger v. Case Corp., 23 F. 3d 124 (5th Cir. 1994).

Civil Theft

  • Ashburn v. Caviness, 298 S.W.3d 401 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2009, no pet.).


  • Campbell v. Pirtle, 790 S.W.2d 372 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 1990, no writ).

Legal Malpractice Defense

  • Baldwin v. Garner, No. 07-03-0408-CV, 2006 WL 54338 (Tex. App.–Amarillo Jan.11, 2006, pet. denied).

Appellate Procedure

  • Jinkins v. Bryan, 733 S.W.2d 268 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 1987, writ denied).

Procedure and Default Judgments

  • American Comm. Serv., Inc. v. Indiana Ins. Co., No. 07-97-0329-CV (Tex. App–Amarillo 1999, pet. denied)

Personal Injury

  • Nutri-Feeds, Inc. v. Jesus Armando Venegas and Lourdes Venegas,No. 12-97-00262-CV (Tex. App–Tyler 1999, no pet) (not designated for publication) (burns, non-subscriber negligence, products liability and venue).
  • Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Burk, No. 07-95-0040-CV (Tex. App.–Amarillo 1995, no writ) (not designated for publication). (H2S inhalation).
  • Harrington v. American Comm. Serv., 68 F. 3d 469 (5th Cir. 1995) (table).

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

  • Oliver W. Bivins v. Jay Roberson, Cause No. 07-88-0047-CV (Tex. App.–Amarillo 1989, no writ) (not designated for publication).
  • Herring Bancorp, Inc. v. Mikkelsen, 529 S.W.3d 216 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2017, pet. denied) (trial only)


  • Scout Energy Mgmt., LLC v. Indian Springs Cattle Co., LLC, No. 07-21-00031-CV, 2021 WL 5150995 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Nov. 5, 2021, no pet.)
  • Sullivan v. Abraham, 07-17-00125-CV, 2018 WL 845615 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Feb. 13, 2018, no pet.)
  • Greer v. Abraham, 489 S.W.3d 440 (Tex. 2016), reh’g denied (June 3, 2016)
  • Sullivan v. Abraham, 488 S.W.3d 294 (Tex. 2016)
  • Abraham v. Greer, 07-12-00494-CV, 2014 WL 3732893 (Tex. App.—Amarillo July 25, 2014, pet. granted)
  • Sullivan v. Abraham, 472 S.W.3d 677 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2014, pet. granted).


  • In re Happy State Bank, 02-17-00453-CV, 2018 WL 1918217 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Apr. 23, 2018, no pet. h.)
  • In re DCP Operating Company, LP, No. 07-18-00416-CV, 2019 WL 1908147 (Tex. App.—Amarillo April 29, 2019, reh’g denied [May 28, 2019]) (pet. pending)

Bankruptcy Jurisdiction

  • Artho v. Happy State Bank (In re Artho), 587 B.R. 866 (Bankr. N.D.Tex., 2018)
  • Lone Star State Bank of West Texas v. Rabo Agrifinance, LLC (In re: Waggoner Cattle, LLC), No. 18-20126-RLJ-11, 2019 WL 469367, at *1 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. Feb. 6, 2019)
  • Lone Star State Bank of West Texas v. Waggoner (In re Waggoner Cattle, LLC), No. 18-20126-RLJ-11, 2018 WL 6060351, at *1 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. Nov. 19, 2018)
  • In re Artho, 587 B.R. 866 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2018)

5th Amendment Privilege

  • In re Nat. Gas Consulting & Measurement, LLC, No. 07-18-00309-CV, 2018 WL 3968238 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Aug. 17, 2018, no pet.)

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