Our Team

Lyman W. "Nick" Nichols, Jr.

has been the President of Nichols Energy Services since 1981 and is a third generation landman. He has a broad range of experience in oil and gas exploration projects (prospect preparation to pipeline), utility projects (feasibility studies through construction), along with extensive experience in acquisitions and divestitures.  His strengths include structuring and managing projects to efficient completion, conflict resolution and negotiation, foresight to do the job right the first time, and building a team of experienced and highly capable industry professionals. He was named OCAPL Landman of the Year (2006), member of University of Oklahoma Energy Management Board of Directors (2000 – present), member of AAPL, OCAPL, HAPL, DAPL, IRWA and OIPA.



has over 40 years of practical oil and gas experience specializing in exploration and exploitation strategies and project management. He has worked most of the major producing basins of North America, including the Gulf of Mexico, on a diverse array of projects including conventional drilling, secondary and tertiary units, and horizontal shale. His experience also extends into mid-stream services including pipeline systems, compression facilities, and gas storage. Beyond oil and gas, his experience includes that of ranching, construction, and environmental remediation. Active in the Boy Scouts of America, he volunteers in several areas of service at the District and Council level. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of AAPL, OCAPL.



spent 23 years in the land department of ONEOK Resources Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma prior to joining Nichols Energy Services as a consulting landman in 2003.   Her management experience in land administration and division orders ultimately led her to a career path as an inhouse professional landman assigned to work the NW Oklahoma Shelf area that includes Ellis, Woodward, Major, Woods, Harper, Beaver, Texas and Cimarron Counties.  In her capacity as a consultant, she specializes in acquisitions and divestitures, record checking and handling all aspects related to land in Texas and Oklahoma for a major client.  More than 100 wells have been drilled on their Texas position, and in addition to her responsibilities as a landman, she supervises division orders and lease records, which are included in our services to the client.  Everything from the review of title opinions, creation of revenue and JIB decks, preparation and mailing of division orders, monthly revenue releases, etc., are part of what we do. She is a member of the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen and AAPL.

James W. (Jim)


is an attorney licensed in Oklahoma (1980) and Texas (1979) who has worked with Nichols Energy Services since 1991.  Jim was born in Texas (1950), attended Trinity University (1972), served in the U.S. Army (1972-1976) and then attended UT Law School (1979).  He moved to Oklahoma in 1979 and has worked with oil and gas and land matters his entire career with law firms, oil and gas companies and as a sole practitioner.   He has written title opinions and division order title opinions, drafted and reviewed documents, worked on acquisitions and divestitures and counseled clients on oil and gas and land matters.  Jim is past president of OKC Real Property Lawyers and OKC Mineral Lawyer Society and an AV rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell. His present memberships are the Oklahoma Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, OKC Real Property Lawyers Association, Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma City and OKC Association of Petroleum Landmen.  The past few years he has limited his law practice and works with Nichols Energy Services as a landman on various projects.  Jim is married with three children and eight grandchildren.  He jogs (slowly) and plays racquetball and golf.

Paula Fuhrman


is an attorney with over 30 years of industry experience. The daughter of an attorney/landman, after graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she worked in his office while attending the evening program at Oklahoma City University Law School.  She has worked for law firms and as a sole practitioner focusing primarily on oil and gas matters, particularly title examination, as well as preparation and review of various land related agreements and contracts, and has also has filled more traditional “land” roles in title searches and preparation of Ownership Reports, negotiating and purchasing oil and gas leases, drafting and securing title curative and due diligence for acquisitions and divestitures.  Her professional memberships include the Oklahoma Bar Association (Energy and Natural Resources Section; Real Property Section; and Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section), OKC Mineral Lawyers Society and Oklahoma City Real Property Lawyers Association (past president), and she is an AV rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell.



has been with Nichols Energy for more than 25 years. In her role as Office Manager she handles administrative and managerial functions. Her responsibilities include, among countless other matters, client billing, accounts receivable/payable, lease processing, internal accounting, and client reports. Her contribution is vital to the stability and balance in the daily flow of business.



has been a landman at Nichols Energy since 2011.  He is a 2001 graduate from the University of Oklahoma Energy Management Program, having interned at Nichols Energy during his time at OU.  His experience includes project management, mineral title, lease acquisition, A&D Due Diligence, Texas Railroad Commission regulatory compliance, and Oklahoma regulatory research and expert testimony. He is an active member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen (OCAPL). Jonathan also holds a Masters of Divinity Degree from Baylor University.



started her career in the oil and gas industry as an intern for Nichols Energy Services while a student in the Energy Management program at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduation, she accepted a permanent position working as a landman for Nichols where she has worked on various projects. Her experience includes project management from inception to and through distribution of proceeds from production; title review and curative; negotiating letter agreements; purchasing minerals, farmouts, and oil and gas leases; due diligence for acquisitions and divestitures; negotiating seismic agreements; research and composition of mineral appraisals; as well as preparing regulatory applications with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission where she has also testified as an expert land witness. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Energy Management from the University of Oklahoma.  Jennifer is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen and the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen.

Amy Jo


is a career landman, well known in the industry and respected by her peers.  Over the years, Amy has handled mineral acquisitions, due diligence, mineral audits resulting in millions of dollars in revenue recovery, mineral inventory management, lease negotiations, division orders, and revenue tracking as well as reporting.  Over the last 35+ years she has worked for numerous companies, including Hamilton Brothers Oil Company, Tonkawa Land, Hemera Land, Mineral Acquisition Partners (MAP), GHK and Mekusukey Oil Company.  She created her own consulting company, Ranchwood Resources, Inc., in 2001.  In Q3 2016, she concluded a 7-year project for a client which included responsibility for creating an inventory of their 80,000+ net mineral acres, as well as negotiating leases, handling acquisitions and due diligence, verifying division orders and developing a land and revenue management and recovery system. In 1996, Amy authored and self-published a book for mineral owners, Who’s Minding Your Minerals, which is on file with the Library of Congress.  Amy has been an active member of the AAPL since 1993 and holds an RPL certification.  She is an active member of the OCAPL, having held numerous executive and board roles including that of President in 2015. Amy was named OCAPL’s Landman of the Year in 2011 and, in 2012, was chosen to be the landman to spotlight in the Oil and Gas Exhibit currently on display on the 3rd floor of the Oklahoma History Center.   



Since joining Nichols Energy Services in June 2010, Diane Welker has worked with our clients as both a Lease and Division Order Analyst, using LandPro, WolfePak, and SSI lease records systems.  She reviews title opinions, creates client decks, processes division orders, maintains records, and prepares reports as needed.  She is a key contributor to the revenue month end processing via the releases she provides for signed division orders received and any address or interest changes for the month.  She is also in charge of maintaining both the physical files and digital division order and lease record files, and she has been involved in the title curative process. Diane has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Math, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration. She was a teacher for 10 years and a school principal for 20 years. In addition, she has always had a special interest in genealogy, which is helpful for finding mineral owners and their heirs that are difficult to locate.



has been with Nichols Energy Services for 5 years as a consulting landman.  Audra earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Agribusiness from Oklahoma State University in 2007 and her Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University in 2010.  From 2010 to 2014, Audra practiced law at an Oklahoma City firm, specializing in secured transactions.  Her duties included due diligence loan review, title curative, records research and loan assignment document preparation. Since being with Nichols Energy Services, Audra has been able to utilize her previous skill set and gain experience in a variety of Land Management responsibilities including title examination of surface, mineral and leasehold owners, purchase of oil and gas leases, preparation of Oklahoma Corporation Commission Applications, due diligence for acquisitions and divestitures, and title curative projects.  Audra is a current member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.



entered the land business by finding a 35+ year landman to be his mentor, and began learning to run title as an “apprentice” throughout many of the producing regions in Oklahoma. Evan’s passion and core area of focus is running complex mineral and HBP leasehold title. Evan has done title and curative work on mineral and lease acquisitions involving thousands of acres and millions of dollars. He also has experience buying and negotiating oil and gas leases, farmouts, preparing well proposals and pre-pooling agreements. He has frequently prepared spacing and pooling respondent lists, as well as production and well info for location exceptions and increased density hearings before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Evan is an active member of the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen, the American Association of Professional Landmen – where he holds the RL designation and the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Young Professionals in Energy. He enjoys networking and attending industry events with his wife Jena, who is a title attorney in Oklahoma City.

Heather S.


has been with Nichols Energy Services since 2016. She has over 30 years of experience in oil and gas starting out as an Admirative Assistant and advancing to Lease Analyst, Land Tech, Land Specialist and Landman. Companies that Heather has worked with include Atlantic Oil Company, Chesapeake Energy Corp., Chaparral Energy LLC, Questar E&P, Windsor Energy Group and Marathon Oil Company. She has experience with all aspects of Land Management including Lease Records, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Due Diligence, JOA’s and knowledge of Administrative filings as well as a Qualified Witness with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Heather originates from Rochester, New York and has a Master’s Degree from Wright State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Loma Linda University.



is originally from Ardmore, Oklahoma   He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Energy Management in 2015 from the University of Oklahoma.  He has been working at Nichols Energy since the Fall of 2015.  Before working at Nichols, he worked for Texhoma Land.  He has experience working in Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.  After the Great Nichols Race of 2016, he is the undisputed fastest person at Nichols Energy.



began his career with Nichols Energy in the Fall of 2016. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Mathematics and Engineering. As a Land Tech, he has assisted in preparing Pooling Applications, OCC research, Title and Ownership Report analysis, Respondent Lists, Regulatory Research, and Leasing Management.

Tim R.


has worked with Nichols Energy Services since August of 2012. He has performed numerous duties for Nichols’ clients, including right-of-way acquisition, damages settlement, records research and mineral leasing.  He previously lived in Alva, Oklahoma, where performed right-of-way services for clients located in counties in the northwestern part of the state. Tim is extraordinarily skilled at dealing with surface and mineral owners, both in settling damages and negotiating leases.



A native Oklahoman, Matt graduated from the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business in December 2017 with a B.B.A. in Energy Management and from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with a M.L.S. in Oil, Gas and Energy Law in December 2019. Matt has been with the Nichols team since January 2018. He is an active member in the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen (OCAPL), and Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) – Oklahoma City Chapter.

Callie Fay


has worked for Nichols Energy for many years. Originally, she worked during the summers doing miscellaneous projects (shredding/copying/filing/platting). Since graduating from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Callie has officially become a Land Tech. She helps to maintain lease records, prepares pooling respondent lists, creates all in house maps, prepares leases, does regulatory research, and is president of the fun committee.