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I began my professional career in 1979 as Petroleum Geologist for ARCO Exploration Company. Fourteen years later, when BP acquired ARCO, I enrolled in law school and became an attorney focusing on oil and gas transactions and environmental issues.  Following several years of private practice at large law firms, I became VP and General Counsel for a mid-sized oil and gas company on the NYSE that later sold out to Noble Energy for $4.9 billion. Following that employment, I formed my own law firm and now represent land owners and small to mid-sized E&P companies.  I pride myself on common sense legal solutions that result in symbiotic business relationships.  For land owners, I can assist in negotiating oil and gas leases that maximize your economic return without pricing you out of the market or otherwise making your lease less desirable to an oil company.  For E&P companies, I provide a wide range of skills including drafting and negotiating legal documents tailored to enhance your business plan.  My background enables me to effectively communicate complex technical matters into easily understandable concepts to a variety of audiences.  It would be an honor to assist you with your oil and gas legal needs.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Oil & Gas: 75%
    20 years, 150 cases
  2. Contracts: 15%
    20 years, 150 cases
  3. Environmental: 10%
    20 years, 22 cases

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9876 South Clairton Way
Highlands Ranch, CO, 80126

9876 S Clairton Way
Highlands Ranch, CO, 80126-4541

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
COActive199706/15/2016
WIGood Standing199603/23/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Poster AwardAmerican Association of Petroleum Geologists1998
A.I. Levorsen Memorial Award (Best Paper)American Association of Petroleum Geologists1992
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of International Petroleum NegotiatorsN/A1996 - Present
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
5th Annual International Petroleum Environmental Conference ProceedingsThe Potential Federal Regulation of Hydraulic Frac Wells1998
Colorado Journal, Arizona Journal, Nevada Journal, and Washington JournalEnvironmental Law Supplement1998
GeotimesGeoscience and Law: Strange Bedfellows or Interdisciplinary Teambuilding1998
American Association of Petroleum Geologists ExplorerThe Validation of Scientific Evidence1998
Denver University Law ReviewEnvironmental Law Survey1995
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1996
Texas A&M UniversityGeological OceanographyMS - Master of Science1982
Syracuse UniversityGeologyBS - Bachelor of Science1978