Jannelle Steger Combs has a broad background in real estate, oil and gas, general business and estate planning law. She assists operators and non-operators in oil and gas litigation and transactional matters, including conducting oil and gas title examinations, advising on title (ownership) rights and preparing drilling, division, mortgage and acquisition title opinions.
Jannelle helps land owners, leaseholders and energy developers identify ownership stakes in the minerals far beneath the earth’s surface. These ownership determinations involve not only the owners of the surface land and the owners of the minerals beneath it, but also within the layers of each of the various mineral formations, creating a three-dimensional ownership puzzle requiring complex mathematical equations to calculate ownership interests in land parcels. She also assists mineral owners with actions or documents to cure title defects found from title examination, as well as assisting surface owners with their rights.
Previously a clerk to Judge Jack Pearson in the Seventh Judicial District in Minnesota, Jannelle began her career as a city prosecutor in Moorhead in northwest Minnesota, litigating as many as nine jury trials in less than a year’s time. She worked as a Mahnomen city prosecutor when she joined the Thorwaldsen Law Firm in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, where she also managed cases in family law, probate and personal injury matters. She also was the Chief Deputy Clerk with the North Dakota Supreme Court.
Licensed since 1999
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|SD||Authorized to practice law||2014||04/27/2015|
|WY||Authorized to practice law||2009||05/30/2015|
|MN||Authorized to practice||2000||06/04/2015|
|ND||Authorized to practice law||1999||07/18/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 40 business and civic leaders under the age of 40||Prairie Business magazine||2011|
|Advocacy Achievement||Northwest Minnesota Legal Services||2004|
|North Dakota debate coach of the year||North Dakota Speech and Theater Association||1999|
|Owner||Combs Law Office||2013 - Present|
|Shareholder||Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A.||2011 - 2013|
|Owner||Steger Law Office n/k/a Combs Law Office||2010 - 2011|
|Chief Deputy Clerk||North Dakota Supreme Court||2009 - 2010|
|Owner||LaFlair Law Office n/k/a Combs Law Office||2003 - 2009|
|Partner||Thorwaldsen, Malmstrom, Sorum, LaFlair & Majors||2000 - 2003|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Landman's Association of North Dakota||N/A||2011 - Present|
|American Association of Petroleum Landmen||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Order of the Eastern Star||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Wyoming State Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|State Bar Association of North Dakota||N/A||1999 - Present|
|University of North Dakota School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|North Dakota State University||History||BS - Bachelor of Science||1996|
|Oil and Gas Rights in North Dakota||Operator and title opinion effects on mineral owners||2014|
|Oil and Gas Rights in North Dakota||Title opinion effects on mineral owners||2013|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Real Estate Institute Committee||If your client has Bakken mineral rights, their family might be from North Dakota||2013|
|North Dakota State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section||Special Issues in North Dakota Real Estate Law, including Oil||2012|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Real Estate Institute Committee||Special Issues in North Dakota Real Estate Law, including Oil||2012|