The Williams Companies, Inc. has announced that U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Lane Wilson will take over as the company’s senior vice president and general counsel, effective April 17, 2017. Wilson is succeeding Sarah Miller, who previously announced her resignation, and will report directly to Williams’ President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Armstrong.
Wilson, who will oversee Williams’ legal department, has served as the U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma since 2009. In 2016, Wilson was appointed to the Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and from 2003 to 2008, he served as an Adjunct Settlement Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Wilson also was a member of the Grievance Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma from 2007 to 2008.
Before his appointment as a U.S. Magistrate Judge, Wilson was a shareholder and member of the board of directors for Oklahoma-based law firm, Hall Estill, from 1994 to 2008. At Hall Estill, he managed a team of lawyers specializing in trying complex commercial litigation matters in the areas of oil and gas, construction, telecommunications and intellectual property. Wilson also has prior energy industry experience, having worked for Exxon previously in his career.
“Judge Wilson is an outstanding leader with a brilliant legal mind, and we are excited he will be Williams’ general counsel,” said Armstrong. “His vast legal experience, which includes exceptional legal expertise in oil and gas matters, will serve our company well.”
Wilson obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989 from the University of Tulsa and his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1994. He also received the Northeastern Oklahoma Black Lawyers Association Service Award in 2013.