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Pioneer’s Barry Thomas: ‘Making a difference in people’s lives’ in the Permian

Barry Thomas was five when he joined his father, an independent geologist, in East Texas as he met with landowners about leasing their property to drill for oil.

“The family was dirt poor but owned a lot of land,” Thomas remembers. “They lived in a shack. Chickens and farm animals would walk into the house. We walked out of the house and there was a goat standing on my dad’s new Lincoln.

“I always knew I wanted to be an oil and gas lawyer,” Thomas says.

Now an associate general counsel…