DAVID M. LANEY
Mr. Laney, age 67, is an original shareholder in Matador Resources Company and was an original shareholder in Matador Petroleum Corporation. He was one of the original directors on our Board. He is an attorney who since March 2007 has practiced law as a solo practitioner.
Between 2003 and 2007, he was a partner with the law firm of Jackson Walker LLP in Dallas where he practiced in the area of corporate and financial law. Prior to joining Jackson Walker, Mr. Laney practiced at the law firm of Jenkens & Gilchrist from 1977 to 2003 and was Managing Partner of Jenkens & Gilchrist from 1990 to 2002.
Mr. Laney has also served in several capacities as an appointee of Texas Governors William Clements and George W. Bush on state boards continuously from 1989 to 2001. He was Governor Clements’ appointee to the Texas Finance Commission, responsible for regulatory oversight of state chartered banking and thrift institutions from 1989 to 1995. He served as Governor Bush’s Texas Commissioner of Transportation (Chair of the Texas Transportation Commission) from 1995 to 2001. In 2002, Mr. Laney was nominated by President George W. Bush to the board of directors of Amtrak and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a five-year term. In 2007, he completed his term as Chairman of Amtrak’s board of directors. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Laney served as a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees, and for two years as chair of its audit committee. Mr. Laney currently serves on boards overseeing the development and operation of major transportation projects and serves as a director or an advisor to various transportation initiatives. He has also served in various capacities in connection with numerous civic and educational organizations and projects in the Dallas area. Mr. Laney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Mr. Laney’s legal and leadership experience in government and the private sector provide our Board with additional perspective on matters of corporate governance, legal and governmental relations as well as general business issues.