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Angela Franklin

Partner

222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Angela leverages her 30 plus years of transaction and title experience to provide energy and natural resources clients with the comprehensive services and practical solutions they require.

With experience in matters involving both public and private lands, clients engage Angela to find practical solutions to their business needs. She is from a multi-generational oil and gas family that gives her a deep appreciation for the natural resources industries she serves.

Angela has extensive experience with title examination of private, Federal, State, and Indian lands throughout the Rocky Mountain region and rendering drilling, division order, acquisition, and financing opinions. In addition, she advises clients in complex acquisition and divestiture transactions, including performing all aspects of curative work and preparing transaction agreements.

Experience

Counsels clients on and prepares:

  • Counsel Opinion Letters
  • Due diligence reviews, as lead or local counsel, representing the acquiring, divesting, or financing entity
  • Easement Agreements
  • Exploration Agreements
  • Farmout Agreements
  • Joint Operating Agreements
  • Participation Agreements
  • Pooling or Communitization Agreements
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Surface Access and Use Agreements
  • Title curative
  • Title Opinions – drilling, division order, acquisition, and financing
  • Federal or State Unit and Unit Operating Agreements

Advises clients on:

  • Conveyancing 
  • Distressed assets - acquisition or divestiture
  • Leasing and lease status covering private, federal, state, and Indian minerals
  • Mid-stream marketing agreements
  • Pooling – voluntary and force/compulsory
  • Permitting
  • Surface access and governing state laws and regulatory requirements
  • Units – federal/state exploratory and secondary recovery
  • Water rights
  • Well location, permitting, and spacing

Represents clients before:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Interior Board of Land Appeals
  • Utah Board of Oil, Gas, and Mining
  • Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
  • Wyoming Office of State Lands & Investments

Client Results

    • Conducted due diligence review of a $2.5 billion pipeline in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa on behalf of the financing entity
    • Local counsel for the acquiring entity in a $2.5 billion acquisition of oil and gas properties in Rocky Mountain states
    • Co-counsel in a $400 million exchange of producing oil and gas properties in Utah and Wyoming
    • Co-counsel in a $260 million divestiture of producing oil and gas properties in Utah and Wyoming
    • Local counsel due diligence review of $117 million membership interest in a pipeline and gathering system in Wyoming for the acquiring entity
    • Represented the acquiring entity in a $100 million acquisition of producing oil and gas properties in Wyoming
    • Local counsel for the borrowing entity in a $14 million mining project in Utah
    • Represented the acquiring entity in a $10 million acquisition of royalty and mineral interests throughout the Rocky Mountain states
    • Acted as neutral arbitrator in joint operating agreement and participation agreement dispute

News

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Oil and Gas Law – Salt Lake City, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Oil and Gas Law, 2007-2016, 2018-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent® Rating
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Energy & Resources, 2008-2020
  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Energy & Natural Resources, 2006, 2010-2012, 2015-2018, 2020

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Association of Professional Landmen, Member, 1990-present; Education Development Committee, 2018-present
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Member, 1990-present; Trustee-at-Large, 2005-2008, 2014-2016; Long Range Planning Committee, 1998-2019; Special Projects Committee, 2015-2017; Grants Committee 2017-present
  • Utah Association of Professional Landmen, Member, 1990-present; President, 1995-1996, 2004-2005; Oil and Gas Seminars, Chair, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005
  • Utah State Bar, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section, Member, 1990-present; Oil and Gas Section, Chair, 1994-1995
  • Expanding Your Horizons, Volunteer Presenter, 2008-present
  • Holland & Hart Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2013-present; Volunteer, 2011-present
  • Immune Deficiency Foundation, Volunteer, 2014-present
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