Our People

Abstract Title & Resources, Inc. is managed and owned by a group of experienced professional men and women with decades and decades in the energy industry along with the next generation of land professionals who bring fresh methods and technological solutions to longstanding problems. Our team is made up of attorneys, in-house and field CPLs, abstractors and entrepreneurs who’ve worked in the oil and gas plays of Texas, New Mexico, Ohio, and Oklahoma. Our diverse experience gives us numerous perspectives to employ when attacking our clients’ latest endeavor. By working across the county we’ve developed local connections that can be called upon as our clients require. Those clients include oil majors, small local operators, governmental entities, utility companies, etc.

Our team of professionals have excellent academic credentials and are committed to extending their knowledge through rigorous study and continuing education in our field. The sophistication of our contractors is equal to any in the country and continuing education is required of all personnel at ATRI. Several principals of the firm are Licensed Attorneys and Certified Professional Landmen by the American Association of Professional Landmen, both of which require annual coursework to maintain certification.

We hire only AAPL members with a proven track record of knowledge and experience in land work, and we continue to educate our contractors through available seminars, course work training and varied work assignments to broaden their ability to assist our clients. We measure the success of our team by their accuracy, diligence, loyalty and honesty. By being upfront about what we expect and following through with our commitments we are able to retain the best and brightest landmen we come across.

Steve Wilbanks - ATRI

Steve Wilbanks

Senior Landman/Manager

As the initial landman to join ATRI, Steve brings over three decades of oil and gas land experience to the firm, having been involved in countless projects in multiple states, including over 80 counties in Texas alone.

Steve began his career in the summer of 1978, cutting his teeth on title in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas for Amerada Hess/Lafayette, Louisiana and quickly moved on to lease acquisitions, securing his first Oil & Gas Leases in Colorado County, Texas in 1979. He was active as an independent for numerous Texas, Louisiana and California firms until beginning his tenure with ATRI in early 2004 where he continues to serve as Senior Landman and Manager.

A graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, he is a Certified Professional Landman having received his certification in 1999. He is an active member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, the San Antonio Association of Professional Landmen, as well as past Vice President of the Hill Country and Southern Landman’s Association.

Steve directly interfaces with the clients, coordinates personnel assignments and oversees all aspects of ATRI’s many land services including title and curative projects, oil & gas lease acquisitions, seismic permitting and due diligence projects, among others. His expertise, guidance and dedication to exceeding the client’s expectations have been integral in ATRI’s rise to become the “go to” oil and gas brokerage.