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Chris LeCates


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

Chris counsels oil and gas clients on complex title transactions and in related title and payment disputes.

He has extensive experience assisting oil and gas companies in North Dakota, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah. Chris regularly drafts title opinions, advises on curative, and negotiates other agreements necessary to upstream oil and gas projects, and the acquisition of oil and gas and other mineral assets. He draws upon his deep understanding of complex federal laws and policies affecting public lands and energy development to help clients navigate ever-changing rules and regulations affecting upstream and midstream activity in the Rocky Mountain region.

Clients benefit from Chris's insight into energy and real property-related transactions when analyzing potential outcomes and risks associated with pending and ongoing lawsuits. Oil and gas companies routinely seek his guidance when encountering potential leasehold validity, title, and royalty payment disputes.

In the vanguard of title and oil and gas development on federal lands, Chris is featured as a regular presenter on federal oil and gas leases for the American Association of Professional Landmen.


Chris assists clients in all phases of oil and gas exploration:

  • Drafting title opinions
  • Closing acquisitions and divestitures
  • Financing and restructuring assets
  • Advising on complex issues
  • Performing title curative
  • Oil and gas litigation
  • Midstream negotiation and easement condemnation





Bar Admissions


  • Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch, Environmental Law, 2022

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