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Prior Experience: Mediation, arbitration, litigation, and appellate proceedings related to oil and gas issues and general commercial disputes in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Alaska. Briefing to the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, Wyoming Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Wyoming and Utah, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

As lead trial and appellate counsel, secured a zero jury verdict in defense against a claim for more than $90 million in purported contract damages in Wyoming state district court in 2013, affirmed on appeal by the Wyoming Supreme Court in May 2014. As lead trial counsel in 2011, obtained breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty judgments against a federal unit operator in Utah state district court. As lead trial counsel in 2009, participated in defeating a speculative railroad condemnation action in Wyoming federal district court. Served as arbitration co-counsel in the successful defense of a $45 million claim regarding midstream issues in Texas. Served as trial and appellate co-counsel in obtaining a $3 million jury verdict regarding the purchase of an Alaskan fishing lodge (verdict upheld in its entirety by the Wyoming Supreme Court). 

Frequently advise clients regarding surface access agreements and the Wyoming Surface Entry Act and represent clients in a wide variety of business transactions, including acquisition and divestiture of multi-million dollar oil and gas assets and other commercial properties. 

In my free time, I am a private pilot who loves to explore backcountry airstrips throughout the western United States. 

Martindale Hubble Rating: AV

Specialties: 
Civil Litigation
Surface Use Agreements
Transactions
Entity Formation and Advising
Mediation

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Licensed

  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Oil & Gas: 30%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Appeals: 10%

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Crowley Fleck PLLP

Po Box 147
Farson, WY, 82932-0147

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
COActive200101/07/2016
WYAuthorized to practice law200111/27/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
FellowAmerican Bar Foundation2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Order of the BarristersUniversity of Washington School of Law2000
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Wyoming1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior CounselCrowley Fleck PLLP2016 - Present
AttorneyBjork Lindley Little PC2001 - 2015
Law ClerkWashington State Supreme Court2000 - 2001
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Conference of Bar Examiners2015/2016 MEE/MPT National Committee2015 - Present
Wyoming Lawyer MagazineEditorial Committee2015 - Present
Wyoming Board of Law ExaminersBoard Member/Bar Examiner2014 - Present
ABA House of DelegatesWyoming State Bar Delegate2014 - Present
Farson School Advisory BoardBoard Member2012 - Present
Eden-Farson Fire DepartmentVolunteer Firefighter2007 - Present
Central Wyoming College FoundationBoard of Directors2006 - 2008
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
20 DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman 8"Drill First, Ask Questions Later: The Remedies Available to Non-Operators Under Joint Operating Agreements"2002
AAPL Landman Magazine“Rogers v. Westerman: ‘At the Well’ Just Ain’t What it Used to Be"2002
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawN/AJuris Doctor, With Honors2000
University of WyomingN/ABachelor of Science, With Honors1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wyoming State Bar Annual Convention“The Nuts and Bolts of Surface Use Agreements”2014
AAPL Santa Fe Land Institute“The Wyoming Split Estate Act: More Questions Than Answers?”2005