The firm began in 1974 with four partners, F.P. Jones, Jr.; Joseph H. Stephens; William W. Bell, Jr.; and J. Hugh Willey, Jr. All four partners were licensed to practice law in both Texas and Louisiana. Each of the original partners had been engaged in the practice of oil and gas law for a number of years before forming the firm, either in the law department of a major independent or integrated oil and gas company or a law firm.
The name of the firm has undergone a number of changes through the years as partners have either left the firm or retired and new partners have joined. O. Brandt Edwards joined the firm as a partner in 1985, and Susan G. Wright joined the firm as a partner in 2006. Before joining the firm, both of these partners served the oil and gas industry for a number of years as private practitioners.