• J.D., St. Mary’s University, 1984
  • B.A., Trinity University, 1980

License to Practice

  • Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • Oil and gas
  • Property


Burney began teaching at St. Mary’s Law School in 1985, and was the Albert and Helen Herrmann Professor of Natural Resources Law from 1993 to 2004. She has written extensively on oil and gas law issues, and is a frequent speaker at energy resources conferences and courses for attorneys and other professionals in the industry.

She continues to serve as a mediator and arbitrator in oil and gas and other disputes, and has worked as an advocate or expert in oil and gas cases in several states. Cases she has argued before appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Texas include Concord Oil Co. v. Pennzoil and Lesley v. Veterans Land Board.

Burney served on the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Council of the State Bar of Texas for nine years, completing her tenure as chair in 2005. She currently serves on the State Bar’s Pattern Jury Charge Committee for oil and gas disputes. After six years in private practice, Burney returned to the faculty in 2010.

In addition to oil and gas law, Burney teaches first-year property law, serves as adviser to the students’ Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Club, and as director of student and academic affairs. Burney is married to attorney Frank Burney, and has three children and grandchildren.


  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation: Trustee;
  • Faculty Member: Annual Oil and Gas Law Course for Professionals, 2004 to present; Chair: 2008-2010 Programs.


Articles in a Periodical


  • Annual Ernest E. Smith Advanced Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute, Houston, Texas, March 2019 (Oil and Gas Deed Issues)
  • Natural Resources Section, San Antonio, May 9, 2019 (Case Law Update)
  • State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas & Mineral Title Examination Course, Houston, Texas, June 2018 (review of recent title issues)
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