Tess N. Wafelbakker


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Tess Wafelbakker's developing practice reflects a passion for corporate work and a comfort working with complicated details. Resourceful and collaborative, she has assisted team members on a variety of transactional matters, including drafting purchase agreements involving cash and stock consideration, drafting and reviewing public company disclosures on Forms 8-K, 10-K, 10-Q and proxy statements, and drafting corporate governance documents for joint venture transactions and mergers and acquisitions. She also has experience drafting non-disclosure agreements and overseeing a corporate reorganization.


  • Assisted in due diligence for oil and gas acquisition, including in-depth review of purchase and sale agreements, joint development agreements and joint operating agreements.
  • Assisted in client acquisition of approximately 38,230 net acres of oil and gas properties in Texas and New Mexico for an aggregate consideration of $291 million, consisting of $264 million in cash and $27 million of common stock, financed by an Amended and Restated Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility with a $1 billion maximum facility.
  • Assisted in client acquisition of approximately 4,763 net acres of oil and gas assets in the Central Basin Platform for stock consideration of approximately 2.6 million shares.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers


  • Southern Methodist University Board of Advocates, Dallas Kids Project: Mock Trial Coach (2016)

Pro Bono

  • As former pro bono case assistant, collaborated with attorneys to enforce judgment for a nonprofit organization, liaised with Los Angeles County Assessor's Office to obtain property information, prepared writs of execution and more.

Prior Positions

  • Human Rights Initiative of North Texas Inc.: Extern (2017)
  • Children At Risk: Legal Intern (2016)
  • The Honorable Martin Hoffman, 68th Civil District Court: Judicial Intern (2016)


  • Texas


  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2018, cum laude; SMU International Law Review Association, Associate Managing Editor; Student Bar Association, Mentor; Association for Public Interest Law, Executive Board
  • B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 2012


  • Dutch