John Beckworth served as Associate Dean in the Law School from 2013 through 2018. He has taught Oil and Gas Law during the past three years. Before joining the Law School faculty, Mr. Beckworth taught as an adjunct professor in the Law School during his career in private practice.
After completing his legal education in 1983, Mr. Beckworth joined Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP in Houston where he was an associate and a partner in the firm’s litigation section. Beginning in 1994 through 2014, he co-founded and practiced in his own law firm in Houston, Watt Beckworth. During his time in private practice, Mr. Beckworth handled and tried multiple civil jury cases and appeals in state and federal court. His later career in private practice focused in oil, gas, and energy law, both as counsel to companies and individuals in domestic and international oil and gas litigation, transactions, and arbitration and as a principal. Mr. Beckworth continues to work as an attorney, and he serves as an arbitrator in complex energy related disputes.
Mr. Beckworth is a former trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation. He is currently a member of the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee.