Our team works with producers in the Mountain West and beyond, bringing valuable industry experience to the entire life cycle of E&P projects.

Clients engaged in oil and gas exploration and production face a variety of complex issues: buying and selling properties, obtaining financing and permits, regulatory compliance, surface access, and litigation. Our rare industry continuity helps clients turn these challenges into opportunities.

Complex Transactions

The upstream industry is ever-changing, and our upstream clients’ needs change with it. Our experienced transactional attorneys help clients buy and sell companies, assets, minerals, and leases. We negotiate, draft, and implement:

  • Corporate acquisitions, sales, and mergers
  • Asset purchases and sales
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Complex joint operating, unit, and area-of-mutual interest agreements
  • Fee, federal, state, tribal and allotted leases, easements, and rights-of-way
Debt and Equity Financing

Our finance attorneys have extensive experience assisting upstream clients with private and public debt and equity transactions, including:

  • Equity financing
  • Single-project and portfolio financing
  • Financial swaps and hedges
  • Securities regulation
  • Capital market transactions
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) guidance
Regulatory and Commission Practices

Our attorneys have the experience and know-how to navigate the maze of oil and gas permitting, rules, and regulations of federal, state, Indian, and local agencies. Our specialized team brings valuable experience representing oil and gas companies before local, state, and federal commissions, boards, and agencies covering a myriad of matters, including:

  • Well location and drilling and spacing units
  • Operator disputes
  • Pooling and unitization
  • Surface use and bonding
  • Surface and downhole commingling
  • Water disposal and other types of injection wells
  • Permitting – seismic, drilling, flaring
  • Secondary and tertiary recovery projects
Environmental Health and Safety

Our Environmental Health and Safety team leverages sophisticated experience and agency relationships to minimize risk and protect clients’ assets, operations, and reputation. We combine technical expertise and practical know-how to effectively guide clients through:

  • Agency rulemaking and policy development
  • Environmental permitting and compliance
  • Enforcement
  • Workplace safety compliance and risk management
  • Internal investigations
  • Emergency response
Title Review and Opinions

Proper title examination is vital to oil and gas development, acquisitions, and financing, and often is both challenging and time-sensitive. Our experienced title attorneys have the knowledge and resources to efficiently conduct thorough title reviews, including:

  • Examining title to federal, state, fee, tribal and allotted leases, and lands
  • Drilling, division order, acquisition, and financing title opinions
  • Due diligence
  • Curative documents
  • Quiet title actions
Litigation

Oil and gas disputes come in all shapes, sizes, and complexities. Our experienced litigators represent clients in a broad array of civil actions and enforcement proceedings, including:

  • Class action royalty litigation
  • Surface access disputes
  • Environmental litigation
  • Disputes between working interest owners
  • Vendor disputes
  • Loss of well and drilling disputes
Bankruptcy and Troubled Assets

Creditor-debtor disputes and bankruptcies create multi-faceted problems for oil and gas producers. With decades of experience helping clients endure despite industry fluctuations, we know how to take on these challenges and develop innovative solutions to help clients turn them into opportunities. We represent oil and gas companies across the country in bankruptcy and other insolvency matters.

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