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Angela Franklin


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

Angela Franklin has nearly 30 years’ experience representing oil, gas, mining, and water clients in virtually all types of acquisition, divestiture, exploration, production, and financing transactions.

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.


Counsels clients on and prepares:

  • Due diligence reviews
  • Easement Agreements
  • Exploration Agreements
  • Farmout Agreements
  • Joint Operating Agreements
  • Participation Agreements
  • Pooling Agreements
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Title Opinions – drilling, division order, acquisition, and financing
  • Unit and Unit Operating Agreements

Advises clients on:

  • Conveyancing 
  • Leasing
  • Mid-stream marketing agreements
  • Pooling – voluntary and force/compulsory
  • Spacing and location rules
  • Title curative
  • Units – federal/state exploratory and secondary recovery
  • Water rights
  • Well permitting

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

  • $2.5 billion pipeline financing due diligence in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa

  • $2.5 billion acquisition of oil and gas properties in Rocky Mountain states

  • $400 million exchange of producing oil and gas properties in Utah and Wyoming

  • $260 million divestiture of producing oil and gas properties in Utah and Wyoming

  • $100 million acquisition of producing oil and gas properties in Wyoming

  • $10 million acquisition of royalty and mineral interests throughout the Rocky Mountain states

  • Title experience in Bakken, Niobrara, and Permian Basin shale plays



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions


  • 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, 2008-2019
  • 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
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Member, 1990-present; Trustee-at-Large, 2005-2008, 2014-2016; Long Range Planning Committee, 1998-present; Special Projects Committee, 2015-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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