62nd Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute

  • Squaw Valley, California
  • Jul. 21-23, 2016

Speakers & committee

Program Chair

WILLIAM B. PRINCE is a partner in Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s Salt Lake City office where he co-chairs the firm’s Mining & Natural Resources Industry Group. His practice includes domestic and international mining transactions, natural resources-related environmental and compliance matters, and energy development projects. Bill is currently a member-at-large on the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Board of Directors, is the former chairman of the Special Institutes Committee and has served as a trustee of the Foundation and twice as the Annual Institute Mining Section chair. He was a founding member of the International Mining Professionals Society and served for two years as chairman of the Hard Minerals Committee of the ABA Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law. He authored “Joint Development of Coal and Coalbed Methane” presented at the 48th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and at the Foundation’s Special Institute on Regulation and Development of Coalbed Methane, and co-authored “Developing an Environmental Model: The Growing Diversity of International Environmental Standards and Agendas Affecting Mining Companies” published in the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy. Bill is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He earned his J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law. In a prior life, he was a river guide in Colorado, Utah and Arizona.

Environmental Co-Chairs

MICHAEL N. MILLS is a Partner in the Sacramento office of Stoel Rives LLP and serves as Chair of the firm-wide Mining Industry Team. His practice is focused on environmental, mining, oil and gas, natural resources development, land use, and property tax matters. Mike has more than nineteen years of experience with federal and state environmental laws and regulations, as well as permitting and compliance issues associated with mining and natural resources development. He is a frequent speaker and contributes regularly to the firm’s blogs at www.californiaenvironmentallawblog.com and www.minerallawblog.com. Contact Mike at michael.mills@stoel.com or www.stoel.com/mmills.


RACHAEL E. SALCIDO is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Environmental Concentration at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.  She is a scholar of environmental and natural resources law, with particular expertise in ocean and coastal law and ecosystem restoration.  Her articles have appeared in prominent law journals, and she is a trustee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.  She will be speaking at the Natural Resources Law Teachers Lunch.

International Co-Chairs

SCOT W. ANDERSON is a partner in Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Denver office and Global Head of the Energy & Natural Resources Group. Scot’s practice focuses on commercial transactions, regulatory advice, and project development involving the mining, oil and gas, and energy industries. He has represented a number of clients with projects on Indian lands and internationally. Scot advises on the full sweep of issues affecting the oil and gas, hardrock mining, and coal industries. He has worked on complex transactions for natural resources clients, including the formation of new joint ventures, the divestiture of natural resources projects, and the acquisition of leases and reserves for mining and oil and gas clients. He has represented clients in administrative proceedings and in federal and state courts. He has extensive experience addressing issues related to mineral development of federal public lands and Indian lands. Scot’s practice includes international project development and transactions. He has worked on matters throughout North and South America, and in Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia.

PEDRO SERRANO ESPELTA is a partner of Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal and has been a member of the firm since 1997. He regularly advises clients on Argentine anti-corruption regulations and their complex interaction with foreign extraterritorial laws applicable to actions taking place in Argentina. Pedro also advises clients in developing, implementing and auditing compliance programs, as well as in white collar crime, compliance trainings, risk analysis, due diligence and internal investigations. Pedro is involved in corporate, oil & gas, M&A and complex contracts work. He is a regular speaker at international anti-corruption conferences both locally and abroad. Pedro received his law degree from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral in 1992. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley from 1993 to 1995 and earned a Master in Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1997. He was a foreign associate at The Americas Law Group in San Francisco, California, from 1993 to 1996. He is a member of the Bar of the City of Buenos Aires. 

Landman's Co-Chairs

JARED A. HEMBREE is a partner in the Roswell, New Mexico office of Hinkle Shanor LLP and is an adjunct professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he teaches Oil and Gas Law. His primary practice is in oil and gas law, including title examination, transactions, and litigation. Mr. Hembree is a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and is on the faculty for the RMMLF Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Short Course. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico and has served in various capacities for the American Association of Professional Landmen and the New Mexico Landmen’s Association.  Mr. Hembree received a J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 2005.  While at Washington & Lee, Mr. Hembree served as an Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy’s 2005 Symposium Edition and as Chairman of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series.  He graduated with Honors receiving a B.A. in History with a Minor in Museum Studies from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana in 2000.  Mr. Hembree sits on the boards of directors for a number of civic organizations, including the Eastern New Mexico State Fair.

JOHN R. ZIMMERMAN is the Water Resources Manager for the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA), a not-for-profit water utility and the primary municipal water provider for the cities of Reno and Sparks, Nevada. Prior to joining TMWA, John practiced law with Parsons Behle & Latimer in Reno, where he specialized primarily in water law. John has extensive experience with all aspects of Nevada water law and has represented a wide array of clients in water right disputes and transactions. He earned his law degree from Boyd Law School in 2005 and holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in resource economics from the University of Nevada, Reno. As Water Resources Manager, he is responsible for the activities and staff related to water rights, lands, and resource economics, and is also responsible for providing legal review regarding implementation of the Truckee River Operating Agreement and other aspects of TMWA’s operations and assisting with the development, adjustment, and modification of its rates and rules.


Mining Co-Chairs

JAMES F. CRESS practices natural resources law in the Denver office of Bryan Cave LLP, emphasizing international and U.S. mining and oil and gas law transactions and financing, including negotiation of derivatives agreements and implementation and workouts of derivatives trading programs. His international mining experience includes negotiation of substantial investments in developing and developed countries and of mineral agreements on behalf of indigenous peoples. He has advised mining companies and governments on the development, implementation, and interpretation of mining law and regulation in North America, Asia, Africa, the former Soviet Union, and Latin America. He has expertise in private and U.S. federal royalties and has testified as a royalty expert before U.S. House and Senate committees considering mining royalty legislation. He has taught International Oil and Gas Law, Mining Law, and the Sustainable Development of Natural Resources Series in the University of Denver’s Graduate Studies Program in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and at Western State University. He is a director of Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG), a non-profit research organization and a practical source of policy, institutional, and capacity building advice for sustainable development issues. He is also a director of RTC Impact Fund, a philanthropic grant maker and social impact investor that seeks to establish an investment-based funding stream to support communities seeking assistance in negotiating, managing and benefiting from natural resource development. He has been listed as a mining or energy and natural resources law expert in “Who’s Who of International Mining Lawyers,” “Best Lawyers in America” and “Super Lawyers.”

FLORENCIA HEREDIA is senior partner of Allende & Brea, Natural Resources and Energy practice where she joined in August 2017. She is an expert in mining law with 27 years extensive experience advising financing institutions and companies in complex mining and energy transactions in Argentina, having repeatedly represented lenders in all mining project finance taken place in the country. She obtained her law degree with honors (summa cum laude) from Universidad Católica Argentina in 1991 and obtained also with honors (summa cum laude) a Masters degree on Business Law from Universidad Austral in 1995. She has a degree also with honors (summa cum laude) on corporate sustainability from IESC (Instituto de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad Corporativa). She has been researcher in the Doctorate program of Universidad Austral on the areas of natural resources and environmental law. She was founder of HOLT Abogados (2008-2017) natural resources boutique law firm and prior to that member of Estudio Beccar Varela (1992-2008) for 16 years, where she was during 9 years the head of the natural resources and environmental law department. During 1997 she worked for Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener (today Beiten Burkhardt) one of the leading German law firms.  She is an active member of the International Bar Association, where she held the position of Chair of the Mining Law Committee (2014-2015), she is currently council member of Seeril (Section of energy, environment, natural resources and infrastructure law). She has been Trustee at Large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, for which she also served as Secretary to the Board (2014-2015), member of the International Women Forum (Argentinean Chapter) among other relevant entities. She is member of the Academic Board of RADHEM in Argentina, publication specialized in Energy and Natural Resources. She has recently joined the Women Corporate Directors foundation, since as of January 2018 she holds the position of Non Executive Independent director of Galaxy Lithium, Australian public company leader in the lithium sector.  She has been constantly nominated as a leading mining lawyer and star individual by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, etc and has been included in the lists of main mining lawyers of the world by Who’s Who Editions in the last fifteen years, being recipient of the Mining Lawyer of the Year award for 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and one of the highlighted women in the Women in Law reviews.

Oil & Gas Co-Chairs

ANN E. LANE is Senior Counsel for WPX Energy, Inc. in Denver, Colorado, supporting WPX’s assets in the Piceance and Powder River Basins, as well as its acquisition and divestiture, infrastructure and exploration teams. Ann has over 25 years of natural resources experience – including 8 years as a Petroleum Landman. Prior to joining WPX, Ann was in-house counsel at XO communications, Kerr-McGee Rocky Mountain Corporation, and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. She started her legal career as an associate at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Dallas, Texas and at Holme Roberts & Owen in Denver, Colorado. Ann graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Business Degree and from Southern Methodist University School of Law with her J.D. Ann is a member of the Texas and Colorado bar associations and the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen. She is a former President of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. She is active in several committees for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and has also served as a former trustee.

ROBERT L. THERIOT is a shareholder with the law firm of Liskow & Lewis and heads the oil and gas practice in its Houston office. His practice for the past 30 years has focused on oil and gas trials and transactions, with deep experience in land, lease, royalty, operational, marketing, and midstream matters. Robert is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is licensed in Texas, Louisiana, and North Dakota. He has chaired the Oil, Gas & Mineral Section of the Houston Bar Association, chaired the South Texas College of Law Energy Law Institute, serves on the Advisory Committee for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, has been a participant in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation for many years, and has spoken at a number of Foundation institutes. Robert graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and Tulane Law School, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Tulane Law Review, and clerked for the Honorable John Minor Wisdom on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

Public Lands Co-Chairs

PHIL LOWE is an attorney advisor with the Department of the Interior’s Rocky Mountain Regional Solicitor’s Office, in Lakewood, CO. Formerly a hydrogeologist and environmental scientist in the environmental management and licensing section of a major electrical utility, as an attorney he was part of the environmental practice groups of two large law firms in San Francisco and Denver. At the Regional Solicitor’s Office, he advises Interior agency clients on legal and policy matters related to conventional and renewable energy development on public lands and has extensive litigation experience before the Interior Board of Land Appeals and federal courts. Phil also advises Bureau of Land Management clients on NEPA and FLPMA issues associated with environmental impact statements and environmental assessments for a variety of land planning actions and project level records of decision. He has a 1981 B.S. with honors from Rutgers University (where he won several athletic and academic awards) and a 1989 J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. 

SANDRA A. SNODGRASS is a partner in the Denver office of Holland & Hart LLP. She helps natural resource developers, pipeline companies, traditional and renewable energy companies, and other clients successfully navigate the complex federal environmental review and permitting processes for a variety of proposed projects. Her extensive experience includes National Environmental Policy Act compliance and litigation; Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultation, Section 10 habitat conservation plans and incidental take permits, candidate conservation agreements, species listing issues, and litigation; development of avian and bat protection plans and bird and bat conservation strategies under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act; Bald and Golden Eagle Act permitting issues; Clean Water Act Section 404 permits; National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 consultation; right-of-way grants under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and Mineral Leasing Act; voluntary conservation agreements; and certificates of public convenience and necessity under the Natural Gas Act. Ms. Snodgrass joined Holland & Hart in 1999 after graduating from Northwestern University School of Law.

Water Co-Chairs

SUSAN M. BISONG is a shareholder with Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk, P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is a member of Modrall Sperling’s Natural Resources and Litigation Departments. She is also Chair of Modrall Sperling’s Water Practice Group. Her primary areas of interest are in water resources and environmental law, toxic tort, medical malpractice and insurance defense litigation. Ms. Bisong has over 15 years of experience providing representation, advice and counsel to businesses, industries, ranchers, farmers and individuals throughout New Mexico with respect to water rights transactions, administrative proceedings with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and litigation in state and federal court. Her water law practice involves issues of permitting, purchases and leases of water rights, and litigation. Ms. Bisong has also represented clients in administrative proceedings before the New Mexico Environment Department on matters of air quality and hazardous waste permitting. Prior to joining Modrall Sperling, she clerked for the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Ms. Bisong graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2000 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Miami University in Ohio in 1993.

ROBIN KUNDIS CRAIG is the James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and affiliated faculty of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment and the Global Change and Sustainability Center. She also serves on the Executive Board of the University of Utah’s Water Center. Craig specializes in all things water, including the climate change and water; the food-water-energy nexus; water quality and water allocation law; and marine protected areas and marine spatial planning. She is the author, co-author, or editor of 11 books and over 100 law or science articles and book chapters. Craig is an elected member of American Law Institute and a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law. Her comments on contemporary marine, water, and climate change issues have been quoted in National Geographic, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other news outlets. At the University of Utah, she teaches Environmental Law, Water Law, Ocean & Coastal Law, Toxic Torts, Property, and Civil Procedure.


JONATHAN AIREY is of counsel in the Vorys Columbus, Ohio office and a member of the energy group.  His oil and gas practice is broad in scope, as reflected in his appointment as General Counsel to the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.  He has represented numerous oil and gas development and midstream clients in state and federal regulatory proceedings and in connection with all aspects of oil and gas related disputes including royalty class action litigation.  Jon is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. Jon often presents updates on the Ohio oil and gas regulatory program to legal and producer groups and has led discussions of gas royalty issues for the Independent Petroleum Association of America Law Committee. Jon received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law where he was a member of the University of California at Los Angeles Law Review. He received his B.A. with honors from Loma Linda University.

J. THOMAS BECKETT is a shareholder with Parsons Behle & Latimer and the Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Business Restructuring Group.  He is a well-known restructuring lawyer who has handled numerous complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, out-of-court workouts, and distressed mergers and acquisitions across a broad array of industries, including the energy and natural resources business sectors. Tom has been recognized as one of the top bankruptcy and restructuring practitioners over the past decade by inclusion in Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners; The Best Lawyers in America; Mountain State Super Lawyers. Tom is a graduate of Brown University and earned his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from New York University. Prior to joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Tom was an attorney in the bankruptcy/workout department of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York City. Tom is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy issues. His work experience includes a year as a research assistant for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights. He has held a white-water river guide’s license for 40 years, and he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Clark Planetarium.

MELANIE B. BELL is the Executive Vice President of the American Association of Professional Landman (AAPL), which promotes the highest standards of performance for all Land professionals and encourages sound stewardship of energy and mineral resources. AAPL is the managing partner for NAPE Expo, Inc., the world’s largest E&P upstream prospect and producing property exposition. Melanie leads the day-to-day business operations of AAPL and NAPE and serves AAPL’s chief operating officer. She has extensive industry experience in acquisitions, divestments, business development, and new play entry access. As Director of BP’s Onshore U.S. Land teams, she led acquisitions and divestment activities totaling in excess of $12 billion and drilling activities on over 7 million acres of leasehold and minerals, and oversaw all due diligence and integration activities for the firm’s entries into the Eagle Ford, Woodford, Fayetteville and Utica shale plays. Prior to joining BP she was in private practice focusing on oil and gas law and served in various leadership and individual contributor roles with Vastar Resources, Inc. and Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) for their U.S. operations. She joined ARCO upon graduation from Baylor Law School. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Communications. She is a Certified Professional Landman and has previously served as an AAPL Ethics Committee Chairman and as a Director of the Houston Association of Professional Landmen. 

MICHAEL J. BRENNAN is Director of the Wildlife Conservation and Mitigation Program at the Texas A&M University Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. He has practiced environmental and natural resources law since 1983. He is a nationally-recognized practitioner in matters involving the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, other federal and state wildlife laws, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). He has broad experience in the development and execution of innovative project environmental design, review, and permitting strategies. Mike previously served as Executive Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service within the Department of the Interior species from 1989 to 1993, then was in private practice with the firm of Holland & Hart, LLC, where he founded the firm’s Endangered Species Act Practice Group and later served as a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  In 2011, Mike formed Michael J. Brennan, P.C., and in 2015 he joined the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.  He also serves as an Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor, University of Wyoming, Ruckelshaus Institute for Environment and Natural Resources, and is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

CHUCK CARROLL is a Senior Managing Director in the FTI Consulting Corporate Finance practice and is based in Dallas. During his 20-plus-year professional services career, Mr. Carroll has provided corporate finance, interim management, business turnaround and lender services. His engagement experience includes business diagnostics and strategic plan development; capital structure review; cash management; corporate overhead review and reduction implementation; debt negotiations and repayment strategies; financial statement analysis; financial projection development; valuation, and plan of reorganization formation and negotiation. Mr. Carroll has significant experience in the energy industry including matters with power producers, major refiners, oil field service companies, crude pipeline and storage operations, exploration and production companies (both on- and off-shore), coal mining companies, and alternative energy producers. Notable engagements include advising the company or lenders on a $10 billion power producer, a $12 billion refining company, a multi-billion dollar solar developer, a Texas co-generation power plant, two Appalachian coal companies, a major crude pipeline and storage/asphalt storage MLP, a New Orleans-based exploration and production company, a multi-billion dollar South American E&P Company, an offshore drilling rig operator, and serving as interim CFO of biodiesel company.

ROBERT E. CATTANACH is a partner at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis and practices in the areas of regulatory litigation, cybersecurity and privacy. He also counsels clients on privacy and information security compliance requirements, incident response, and International Regulatory Compliance (EU focus); served as co-chair of the Minneapolis/St. Paul KnowledgeNet International Association of Privacy Professionals, and currently Chairs the Sedona Conference Working Group11 – Incident Response Group. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Cattanach received his undergraduate degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He has represented numerous clients in breach responses, development of privacy policies and procedures, and provided counsel to corporate Boards of Directors and Audit Committees on matters of cybersecurity, privacy and internal governance. He represented several security agencies where he litigated various national security matters on behalf of the United States. He is also a much-sought-after commentator and contributor to professional and journalistic coverage of cybersecurity issues, ranging from the New York Times and USA Today to numerous television media.

FRANKA CHEUNG is a senior associate at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Brisbane, Australia.  She is a specialist adviser for the energy and resources industries, having practised in the area since 2006.  Her areas of practice include advising both international and domestic clients in relation to mergers and acquisitions of, and investment in, energy and resources projects in Australia and advising both government and project proponents on the development of energy and resources projects and infrastructure projects such as electricity and rail in Australia. Her clients include the Queensland Government, Aurizon Holdings Limited (Australia’s largest rail freight operator and the owner and operator of one of the world’s largest coal rail networks), AusNet Services (the largest energy delivery service business in the Australian State of Victoria) and Peabody Energy Australia.  She has also worked as an in-house counsel (secondee) with Thiess (the world’s largest mining services provider and a member of the CIMIC group) and as a corporate M&A and private equity lawyer with Macfarlanes LLP in London. Franka is a member of the AMPLA Queensland Committee.

KIPP CODDINGTON is the Director of the Carbon Management Institute at the School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming. A chemical engineer and lawyer, Mr. Coddington has more than two decades of experience in helping fossil and renewable energy companies address some of their most challenging energy, environmental, and climate change issues. He chairs the International Organization for Standardization’s committee that is drafting the first international technical standard for storage of carbon dioxide during enhanced hydrocarbon recovery operations. He has: (1) testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; (2) advised the State of California; and (3) advised the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission. Before joining the University of Wyoming, he represented Peabody Energy in the ongoing Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Social Cost of Carbon proceeding. He is listed in Chambers Global/Climate Change; Chambers USA/Nationwide-Climate Change; Chambers USA/District of Columbia-Environment; International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers; and International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (1986; With Highest Distinction; Outstanding Senior Engineer) and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University (1993; Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif).

SEAN CUMBERLEGE is co-founder and Director of Trubshaw Cumberlege, a purpose driven consulting firm that helps forward thinking companies maximize profits by addressing social challenges at their doorsteps. Sean brings a wide range of legal and non-profit experience to Trubshaw Cumberlege. Sean co-founded Kariega Project, NPC, a thriving non-profit in South Africa that implements a unique and effective development model. Sean is also an attorney licensed to practice law in Colorado (state and federal court), and has extensive legal experience, including commercial litigation, general liability litigation, environmental law, international law, and corporate social responsibility. Sean is the author of two chapters in the highly regarded legal treatise The Law of Transnational Business Transactions. One of these chapters addresses corporate social responsibility and the other addresses foreign direct investment. During law school, Sean attended the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague, Netherlands. Sean currently serves as a board member of The Ved Nanda Centre for International and Comparative Law. Sean is passionate about using his background and ideas to help companies efficiently solve social challenges at their doorsteps to improve stability, increase profitability, and most importantly, create shared value with stakeholders.

SARAH STAUFFER CURTISS is a partner in the Portland, Oregon office of Stoel Rives LLP, where she maintains an environmental regulatory and permitting practice, with an emphasis on protected species and major project permitting.  She joined Stoel Rives after graduating with honors from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2007, where she was an associate editor for Environmental Law. Sarah has significant experience representing clients in matters involving the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.  She regularly represents clients in the mining, forest products, wind, solar, utility, and oil and gas sectors. She received her BA from Pacific Lutheran University and MA from the University of Chicago. A Montana native, Sarah is an avid outdoorsperson and enjoys floating the rivers of the west with her husband and children.   

ASHLEY DILLON is a litigation associate at Stinson Leonard Street LLP in Kansas City, Missouri. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation in a variety of industries, including oil and gas. Ashley’s experience in oil and gas litigation covers a number of areas, including flaring, surface damage claims, oil field services disputes, operator/non-operator disputes, pipeline operations, and royalty class actions. She has assisted clients in oil and gas matters in multiple states, including Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Kansas, North Dakota, and Montana.

MICHAEL R. DRYSDALE has practiced environmental law for over twenty years in the Minneapolis Office of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. In the past decade, he has represented numerous mining interests, especially in the coal sector, in a wide variety of permitting and litigated matters. In addition to assisting several large individual coal companies, Mike has also represented the National Mining Association in a collection of cases involving the ever-expanding array of challenges to federal coal leasing and mining. The matters have required close coordination and planning by the companies, between similarly situated interests, and with multiple agencies of the federal government and affected states. Mike is a frequent speaker at the annual Minnesota Environmental Institute on a variety of environmental topics, including mine regulation, and guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota Law School and other law schools. Mike has a 1988 Masters Degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, and graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1995. Prior to law school, Mike worked in the policy office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

JACK R. HAYES practices in the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson, where he provides legal advice regarding international regulation and compliance, including economic sanctions, export controls, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, anti-boycott, and foreign investment review requirements. Much of this practice involves internal investigations of apparent regulatory violations, including responses to subpoenas and proposed charging letters, voluntary disclosures, reporting and filing obligations, transactional due diligence with negotiation of related contractual safeguards, assessments of compliance risks, licensing support, and development of multi-jurisdictional corporate compliance policies and programs. He regularly furnishes counsel to clients in the mining, energy, agricultural, forestry, and other natural resource sectors, as well as clients financing, investing in, and insuring or reinsuring such industries.

AIMEE W. HEBERT is a partner with the law firm of Kelly Hart & Pitre, the Louisiana presence of Kelly Hart & Hallman, and is a member of Tulane Law School’s adjunct faculty, where she teaches basic oil and gas law. Aimee’s private practice has focused on energy law for over 17 years, successfully representing clients in trials, appeals, and regulatory matters. Her experience has involved many aspects of oil and gas law, including issues related to lease maintenance, implied obligations, royalty payments, joint operating agreements, seismic permitting, and environmental matters. Aimee is a member of the Advisory Council of the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute and sits on a committee of the Louisiana Law Institute studying and developing new legislation for mineral law. A frequent author and speaker, her writing includes a contribution to the Louisiana Mineral Law Treatise and articles published by the Louisiana Institute on Mineral Law. Over the years, she has been recognized as a leader in energy law by “America’s Best Lawyers,” Thomson Reuters’ “Louisiana Super Lawyers,” New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Lawyers,” and Chamber’s USA, and in 2015, was recognized as one of the Women of the Year by “New Orleans City Business.” Aimee received her B.G.S. (1995) and J.D. (1998) from Louisiana State University. She clerked for the Honorable W. Eugene Davis, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, from 2002-2003.

THOMAS A. HENRY is a partner at Stoel Rives LLP in Sacramento, California.  He represents mining and oil and gas companies in a variety of matters, including drafting title opinions and resolving title issues. Tom’s land use practice also involves representing companies, including aggregate and metallic minerals mines, in obtaining operating permits, environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act, due diligence review for acquisitions, transactional matters, and regulatory compliance issues.  Tom also advises companies regarding California’s AB 32 greenhouse gas emissions reporting, Cap and Trade Program, and Carbon Offsets Program.  Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Tom was a partner at Downey Brand LLP. Tom graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, and received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. 

RANDY HUBBARD is a mining lawyer at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver.  Randy’s practice is concentrated primarily in domestic mining law, representing clients in the business of exploring for and developing hard-rock minerals, as well as industrial minerals, coal, uranium, and other energy minerals, primarily on federal lands in the United States. His practice also extends to assisting North American clients seeking mining opportunities outside the United States. Mr. Hubbard represents mining clients in both mining asset and stock purchase transactions, the formation of joint ventures, drafting and negotiating mining agreements, and in conducting day-to-day exploration, development, and mining activities. He also represents clients in obtaining financing for mining operations. In addition, his practice involves mineral title examination.

Mr. Hubbard has authored or co-authored seven papers presented at Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institutes or Special Institutes, has written several other articles on various aspects of the General Mining Law of 1872, and is a frequent speaker on mining law topics.  He is a contributing author to The American Law of Mining. Mr. Hubbard was the chairperson of the committee that prepared the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Form 5 LLC Agreement, published in 2015.  He has also chaired and made presentations at three Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation workshops, one on the BLM’s 3809 regulations in January of 2001, and the others on the Form 5 LLC Agreement in October of 2015, in Denver, and in March of 2016, in Toronto. 

From 2000-2005, Mr. Hubbard was an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, teaching a mining law course.  He is active with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, having served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and also as a member of the Special Institutes Committee and on the editorial board of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal. He was the program chair for the 54th Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute.  In 2009 and 2010, he was on the faculty for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Mining Law Short Course, and in 2014 he was the chairperson of that week-long short course.

Randy had been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® (since 2007), Colorado Super Lawyers (2010-2016) and The International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers (since 2003). Randy was acknowledged by International Who’s Who Legal as “among the most highly regarded” mining lawyers in the world in 2005, 2008, and 2010. He was also named by Best Lawyers as the 2011, 2016 and 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for Mining Law in Denver, and has earned an AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

THOMAS C. JENSEN, Perkins Coie LLP, Washington, D.C.

KEVIN W. JOHNSON is a member of the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities, and Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources departments. While Kevin has significant experience in a number of industrial sectors, he tends to focus his practice on assisting clients to devise structures to create value through transactions related to the purchase, sale, development, financing and commercialization of infrastructure and natural resources projects on a global basis. He has represented both national and international clients in a wide variety of transactions. When dealing with infrastructure and natural resources projects, Kevin likes to say that he helps clients turn dirt into cash.

Prior to joining the firm, Kevin was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Molycorp, Inc., a publicly traded international rare earth mining and processing company with corporate offices in Denver, where he was responsible for all aspects of Molcorp’s legal affairs on a global basis. Before joining Molycorp, Kevin was a partner at Holland & Hart in Denver, Colorado. Kevin began his legal career at The Dow Chemical Company, where he had the opportunity to live and work in Europe for five years. Kevin speaks Spanish.

WILLIAM M. KERR, JR. has practiced law as a partner in the Austin, Texas office of Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP since 2005. During that time, Mr. Kerr has worked primarily in the oil and gas and corporate law arenas, handling numerous transactions involving acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas companies or their assets for domestic and international clients. He also regularly assists oil and gas clients with debt and private equity financings, review and preparation of oilfield-related contracts, and management of oilfield disputes. Prior to joining Kelly Hart, Bill practiced law as a partner with the Midland, Texas firms of Kerr & Ward, LLP and Kerr, Fitz-Gerald & Kerr. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, where he received his bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in 1979, as well as of the University of Texas School of Law, where he received his juris doctor, with honors, in 1981. Bill is a fourth generation lawyer and has been a frequent speaker on oil and gas related topics at CLE events in Texas.

BRUCE M. KRAMER received his B.A. in International Relations from UCLA in 1968, his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1972 and an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1975. From 1974 through his retirement at the end of 2006 he taught at the Texas Tech University School of Law. He is now the Maddox Professor of Law Emeritus. From 2007 through the present he is of counsel to the Texas-based law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore. He has taught at Colorado University School of Law since 2008 and is currently a Thomson Visiting Professor of Law. He is the co-author of several treatises including The Law of Pooling and Unitization, Williams & Meyers Oil and Gas Law (since 1996), Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law and International Petroleum Transactions. He is also the author of numerous law review articles in the field of oil and gas law. His works have been cited by numerous state and federal courts over the past 25 years. He is an honorary trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law, and a trustee to the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation.

WILLIAM A. LAMBERT is a Petroleum Engineer for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Washington, D.C. office, remotely located in Billings, Montana. He is responsible for providing oil and gas program policy, guidance, and oversight related to operations, reservoir management, and inspection and enforcement. He has been in this position since August of 2012.  Will has worked as a Petroleum Engineer for the BLM for over 30 years in Worland, Wyoming, Grand Junction, Colorado, and Billings, Montana. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming. Will is a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

CAMERON M. LEONARD is a Senior Environmental Counsel in Perkins Coie LLP’s Anchorage, Alaska office. Cam has more than 30 years of experience practicing natural resources and environmental law in Alaska. His practice focuses on project development and permitting for the mining, oil and gas, and energy industries. He also represents ANCSA corporations in the environmental and natural resources fields. Cam’s legal career in Alaska began in 1983, when he clerked for the Hon. Jay Rabinowitz of the Alaska Supreme Court. After two years as a trial lawyer with the Alaska Public Defender’s Office, he joined the Environmental Section of the Alaska Department of Law, where he practiced until joining Perkins Coie in 2013. During his career at the state, Cam was fortunate enough to be the lead counsel on two cases that ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court, one an air permitting dispute arising at the Red Dog Mine, and the other a water permitting case involving the Kensington Mine. Cam has a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. 

ANDY LILLIE is a partner in the Denver office of Hogan Lovells US LLP.  He leads the office’s dispute-resolution and litigation group, and helps clients solve their trickiest legal problems so they can focus on their business objectives. An accomplished trial lawyer and dispute-resolution authority, Andy fervently advocates for his clients as their trusted advisor: he’s astute, insightful, attentive, and pragmatic. He has one goal—to lift his client's burden. Andy handles myriad disputes, often for energy and natural-resources businesses with commercial and environmental litigation, regulation, and compliance matters. He counsels clients on dispute prevention and resolution, permitting, cybersecurity, and best business practices. In the natural-resources world, Andy works in the electricity generation, oil and gas, gold and hard-rock mining, wind, solar, and utilities sectors. He handles issues involving toxic torts, land use, air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, and climate change. Andy holds a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, an M.A. in Science Journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a B.S. and B.G.S. from the University of Michigan.

LUCINDA A. LOW is a partner in Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington, D.C. office, where she heads the Compliance, Investigations, Trade and Enforcement Department. Her practice has a twofold focus: investment disputes; and counseling and representation on U.S. and other compliance issues arising from investments abroad, particularly those relating to the dealings of multinational companies with foreign governments. She is considered a leading authority on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws and international anti-corruption standards. Ms. Low’s practice also includes representation in other international regulatory compliance areas, particularly economic sanctions and anti-money laundering laws. She represents cleints in internal and government investigations, conducts due diligence and legal compliance audits, and provides advice on risks and risk mitigation in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and other significant transactions. In addition, Ms. Low has extensive experience litigating before the World Bank Sanctions Board, and representing multinational companies in investigations and audits of international financial institutions. She also has significant experience in investment disputes between foreign investors and host governments, and commercial arbitration, including serving as lead counsel, arbitrator, and an expert witness in ICDR, ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL proceedings. 

PATRICK H. MARTIN is Campanile Professor of Mineral Law, Emeritus, at Louisiana State University Law Center. Professor Martin taught at the LSU Law Center from 1977 to 2011, including courses in Jurisprudence, Contracts, and Mineral Law. From 1982 to 1984, he served as the Commissioner of Conservation for the State of Louisiana. Professor Martin holds the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Louisiana State University and the J. D. degree from the Duke University Law School. His publications include Pooling and Unitization (with B. Kramer) and Williams & Meyers Oil and Gas Law (update and revision author with B. Kramer) and three casebooks, Jurisprudence: Text and Readings on the Philosophy of Law (with Christie), Oil and Gas Cases and Materials (with Kramer, Hall & Ritchie) and Economic Regulation: Energy, Transportation and Utilities (with Pierce and Allison, 1980) as well as numerous articles on oil and gas law, energy regulation, and early modern English history. McFarland & Company, Inc. published his most recent book, Elizabethan Espionage: Plotters and Spies in the Struggle Between Catholicism and Crown, in 2015. Professor Martin has served as an arbitrator, mediator, and consultant in the oil and gas industry.

KENNETH B. MEDLOCK III is the James A. Baker, III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute, the senior director of the Center for Energy Studies, and the director of the Masters in Energy Economics program. Medlock has published numerous scholarly articles on energy market issues ranging from natural gas and crude oil markets to national oil company behavior. In 2001, Medlock was awarded Best Paper of the Year in the Energy Journal. He served as the vice president for conferences and vice president for academic affairs for the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) from 2011-2015. In 2011, he was given the USAEE’s Senior Fellow Award, and in 2013 he accepted the USAEE’s Adelman-Frankel Award for the Center for Energy Studies. In 2012, Medlock received the prestigious Haydn Williams Fellowship at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. In 2015, he was named a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute Energy Economics Japan, and was named to the Board of Scholars of the Center for Policy Research at the American Council for Capital Formation. He has also spoken at OPEC and testified before Congress multiple times on crude oil and natural gas exports. Medlock is an academic member of the National Petroleum Council, and has advised the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission on energy modeling efforts. Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice in 2000.

MARGARET L. MEISTER is a shareholder with Modrall Sperling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she has assisted clients in a variety of natural resources transactions since 1990. Meg serves as the Practice Group Chair for the firm’s Real Estate and Corporate Practice Group and as a co-chair of the Renewable Energy Industry Group. She started her natural resources career with a tax-free exchange of coal and gold properties, the largest in history at the time. Recent highlights of Meg’s work include leading teams through the sale of two coal mining companies and the siting and development of a number of wind and solar electric generation facilities. Representing both sellers and purchasers, she has worked on due diligence in a variety of transaction types. Meg is a fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers since 2001, has been named in Chambers since 2005, is recognized in both corporate and real estate law in Best Lawyers, and is a Southwest Super Lawyer. Meg graduated from Trinity University and the University of Texas School of Law. When not practicing law, she volunteers as the Vice Chair of Membership for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.   

SEAN B. MURPHY is a partner with Day Carter & Murphy LLP, an energy and natural resources law firm located in Sacramento, California. Sean represents major and independent energy and natural resources companies in a full range of transactional matters, and has extensive experience in the negotiation, drafting and analysis of a broad range of energy and natural resources agreements, including purchase and sale agreements, exploration agreements, joint operating agreements, leases, surface use agreements and others. Sean also has significant experience in conducting oil, gas and mineral title review and the issuance of drilling, division order, acquisition, and financing title opinions. A frequent speaker and author on energy and natural resources topics, Sean has addressed the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, West Coast Landmen’s Institute, American Association of Professional Landmen, and numerous other industry groups and educational seminars.  Sean completed his undergraduate studies at Utah State University, and graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law.

KEVIN O’CALLAGHAN is the Leader of Fasken Martineau’s Aboriginal Law Practice Group and he is a founder of their Corporate Social Responsibility Law Practice Group. He is based in Fasken’s Vancouver office. Kevin provides strategic advice on Aboriginal, regulatory, environmental, and other corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues. While his extensive experience is focused throughout western and northern Canada, he also advises a number of clients around the world. Kevin provides ongoing advice to resource companies on obligations to First Nations and agreements with First Nations. Kevin was counsel for a coalition of businesses in two critical aboriginal cases at the Supreme Court of Canada: first on leading case on Aboriginal consultation and accommodation (Haida Nation v. B.C.); and second, on the leading case on Aboriginal title (Tsilhqot’in Nation v. B.C.). 

LARRY PAIN retired recently from his position as Assistant General Counsel of DCP Midstream, LP after having served DCP and its predecessors for over 43 years. He has joined Weber Law Firm, LLC, a midstream energy and pipeline firm, as Of Counsel, opening a Houston outpost for the Denver firm. Larry’s energy career started with Phillips Petroleum Co. in early 1973, where he specialized in natural gas law and regulation, representing Phillips before the FPC and FERC, drafting and negotiating numerous gas contracts and asset transactions, managing litigation, and ensuring regulatory compliance. In 1992 he moved from Bartlesville, OK to Houston when Phillips established separate headquarters for its GPM Gas Corp. subsidiary. He served as sole counsel for GPM from 1996-2000, when GPM joined DCP Midstream, then named Duke Energy Field Services. With DCP, Larry continued as commercial counsel, most recently covering legal matters in the Permian Basin, south and central Texas, and the Texas gulf coast. He has been the chief drafter of the DCP gas contract forms. Larry earned a BA in political science from the University of Oklahoma in 1968 and his law degree from the OU College of Law in 1971. Larry was an Assistant Attorney General of Oklahoma from late 1971 through early 1973, when he joined Phillips.  Larry is licensed to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma.

THOMAS C. PERRY practices with Marten Law in Boise, Idaho, where he advises the firm and its clients in strategic environmental legal matters. His clients do business in a range of industries, including mining, energy, and agribusiness. He served eight years in the Executive Office of the Governor of Idaho, most recently as the General Counsel to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. Tom has a deep understanding of the regulatory process, interfacing with state and federal agencies to negotiate complex multi-year, multi-stakeholder initiatives. Chief among those was the Idaho Roadless Rule, an effort that Tom successfully defended in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also represented the Governor in several high-profile and significant environmental litigation matters, both plaintiff and defense, including successfully overturning the ESA listing of slickspot peppergrass. Tom served as Chair of the Governor’s Sage-Grouse Task Force, a group charged with developing a state management plan. He was an ex-officio member of the Governor’s Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission, providing recommendations to support and enhance the Idaho National Laboratory. Tom also worked as the Director of Air Quality at the National Mining Association in Washington, D.C., advising the trade association and its members on matters involving the Clean Air Act, with particular focus on the EPA’s administrative rules designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

FRED R. PLETCHER is a partner at the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and is Chair of that firm’s mining group, as well as heading up its shareholder activism practice. He advises clients in the areas of mining, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate/commercial law. Fred has served as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and has presented numerous papers on mining, securities law, and shareholder activism topics at conferences and CLEs, including six past RMMLF Annual Institutes and two Special Institutes. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and is on the editorial board for Carswell’s Securities Law and Practice (3rd ed.). Fred is also a member of the Toronto Stock Exchange Listings Advisory Committee and a director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Fred holds an LL.M. from Columbia University, an LL.B from the University of Toronto, and an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 1993.

E. BLAINE RAWSON, a shareholder at Ray Quinney & Nebeker in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Section and the Chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Section. Mr. Rawson has practiced environmental law, natural resources law, and commercial litigation since graduating from the University of Utah in 1995. His expertise covers Clean Air Act, CERCLA, RCRA, and Clean Water Act litigation and counseling, as well as related state issues such as groundwater, underground storage tanks, and state air quality law. Mr. Rawson has represented energy and natural resource companies in matters related to the federal and state permitting of, and litigation and enforcement actions related to, crude oil and natural gas pipelines, coal-fired power plants, syn-fuel facilities, hard-rock mines, and natural gas processing facilities. He also has practiced in many areas of commercial litigation in federal and state courts related to electrical generation, regulated utilities, oil and gas production, transportation, and refining. He has written articles regarding underground storage tank regulation, water rights, injunctive relief in environmental cases and the “overfilling” authority of the EPA. Mr. Rawson has also spoken at several seminars regarding power plant permitting, supplemental environmental projects, Clean Air Act permitting and other environmental topics.

STEPHANIE M. REGENOLD is an environment, energy, and natural resources attorney at Perkins Coie LLP in Portland, Oregon. Her practice includes counseling clients on natural resources law, permitting and regulatory compliance, administrative proceedings, and environmental litigation. She advises on a range of public and private land development projects, from initiation through completion, including commercial development, oil and gas, mining, timber, and renewable wind, solar, and hydro projects. Her experience extends to due diligence and title review in the Bakken Shale Play in Montana and North Dakota, mineral title review in Wyoming and Idaho, and advising clients on mining-related permitting and compliance issues. Ms. Regenold is licensed in several states, including Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Virginia, and received her B.A., with honors, from Montana State University, and her J.D., with honors, from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

THOMAS M. ROSE is a partner at Troutman Sanders in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses principally on U.S. cross-border securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law matters. Tom represents various U.S., Canadian and other foreign issuers and investment banks in a variety of public and private financings, including financings under the U.S.-Canada Multijurisdictional Disclosure System (MJDS), other cross-border public offerings, and U.S.- foreign private placements (including Rule 144A, Regulation D and Regulation S offerings). Tom also advises U.S., Canadian and other foreign issuers with respect to the U.S. securities and corporate law aspects of mergers and acquisition transactions. In addition, Tom advises U.S., Canadian and other foreign issuers in connection with initial listings on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ), and on the continuous U.S. reporting and corporate governance requirements under U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of such Exchanges.

BRIAN A. RUTLEDGE is Vice President of Audubon Rockies, in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has served as an instructor and interpreter since childhood, leading eco-tours to many corners of the globe. Based on extensive world travel and research, Mr. Rutledge is well informed on ecosystems as diverse as the Mopani Woodlands of Southern Africa and the Boreal Forests of Northern Ontario. He has designed exhibits, developed interpretive graphics and innovative, interactive devices in order to deliver this natural history to the general public in an entertaining and exciting form. A long career in captive reproduction has resulted in much needed offspring from all but two species of crane, Nubian vulture and a captive management plan for lion-tailed macaque. His work in national and international conservation has benefited the accomplishments of the National Audubon Society and Audubon Wyoming. Negotiating lasting solutions, such as the Wyoming Core Area Strategy for Sage-grouse and the formation of the Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative of the National Audubon Society have been some of the results.

MATTHEW J. SALZMAN is a partner in the Kansas City, Missouri office of Stinson Leonard Street and is co-chair of the Oil & Gas Practice Group. He represents clients in oil and gas consulting and litigation in various matters such as lease formation, compliance, and termination; AMI and joint development agreements and disputes; JIB and operator/non-operator issues; surface use and right-of-way agreements and disputes; and surface damage, trespass, nuisance, and oilfield service disputes. Matt has represented clients in five antitrust oil and gas class actions, and over a dozen royalty interest owner class actions involving well over a billion dollars of underpaid royalty claims. He does appellate work and recently took the lead in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in a royalty class action resulting in a favorable decision on a removal issue. Matt has assisted clients on oil and gas matters in several states, including Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, North Dakota, Montana, and Arkansas.

STEPHEN SAMUELS is Assistant Chief of the Environmental Defense Section of the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity, Mr. Samuels supervises a staff of 15 attorneys handling federal district court litigation involving all the major environmental pollution statutes. Mr. Samuels has 30 years of experience enforcing and defending the Clean Water Act Section 404 regulatory program. During that time, he has helped lead the federal government’s litigation responses to the Supreme Court’s decisions in SWANCC in 2001and Rapanos in 2006, and he is presently heading the litigation team that is defending the Clean Water Rule throughout the nation. Mr. Samuels has been a frequent speaker on Clean Water Act jurisdiction, having made presentations at approximately 70 conferences and workshops since SWANCC. Prior to joining the Environmental Defense Section, Mr. Samuels was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Energy and with the law firm of Breed, Abbott & Morgan. Mr. Samuels earned his J.D. in 1977 from Stanford Law School and his B.A. in 1974 from Tulane University.

MICHAEL C. SANDERS is a partner in the law firm of Sanders Willyard LLP. He focuses his practice on oil & gas matters. Mr. Sanders is Board Certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has experience with a wide range of oil & gas disputes, including cases involving royalties, operating agreements, liens, exploration agreements, joint interest billings, purchase and sale agreements, lease disputes, surface rights, title questions, and disputes between operators and service companies. Mr. Sanders is an honors graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. He graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with degrees in business and political science. Mr. Sanders is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. Mr. Sanders is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and received an AV Peer Rating from Martindale Hubbell. He was named a Texas Super Lawyer in the area of Energy and Natural Resources in 2015, and he was a Rising Star in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

BAILEY BRENNAN serves as the Wyoming County Commissioners Association's Natural Resource Counsel, supporting the State’s county commissioners on public land matters, including federal resource and land management planning, mineral development, oil and gas leasing, grazing, recreation and other issues. Prior to joining WCCA, Bailey was an associate with Holland & Hart where she practiced natural resource, environment and energy law in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region as well as land use law in Teton County.  Bailey received her Juris Doctor and Master’s in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming. In her free time, she helps her husband and three cow dogs run Second Street Farm in Lander, Wyoming.

KATIE SCHRODER is a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, where her practice focuses on all aspects of energy development on federal lands. Ms. Schroder counsels clients on oil and gas leasing and development on federal lands and agency compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. She has extensive experience with the Endangered Species Act and advises on federal royalty issues.  Ms. Schroder regularly represents oil and gas operators in administrative appeals before the Bureau of Land Management, Office of Natural Resources Revenue, and Interior Board of Land Appeals.  She has defended and challenged agency decisions and rulemakings in federal courts across the country. Ms. Schroder is active with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and recently chaired its 65th Annual Institute.  Previously, she has served as a trustee to this organization, chaired its Publications Committee, and authored several papers. She sits on the board of directors of Western Energy Alliance and is a former chair of the Public Land and Resources Committee within the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Ms. Schroder began her career as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor as part of the Solicitor’s Honors Program. She then spent 10 years with a boutique law firm in Denver. She holds a B.A. from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law. After law school, she clerked for Justice Alex J. Martinez of the Colorado Supreme Court.


DIMITRI L. SELETZKY is Supervising Counsel at Chevron Upstream in San Ramon, California. He manages the Global Legal Services and Support Team, which provides counsel for Chevron’s global upstream operations. Dimitri joined Chevron in 2004, and he has worked in locations throughout the world. His previous roles at Chevron were Legal Advisor, Nigeria Mid-Africa, in Lagos, Nigeria; Deputy General Manager, Tengizchevroil, in Atyrau, Kazakhstan; Lead Counsel, Deepwater Exploration and Projects, in Houston, Texas; and Counsel, Chevron North America Exploration and Production, in Houston, Texas. Dimitri began his career as an attorney in Fulbright & Jaworski’s Washington, D.C. office, where he specialized in federal lands and oil and gas royalty matters. He received his B.A. from Saint John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland.

DIMITRI L. SELETZKY is Supervising Counsel at Chevron Upstream in San Ramon, California. He manages the Global Legal Services and Support Team, which provides counsel for Chevron’s global upstream operations. Dimitri joined Chevron in 2004, and he has worked in locations throughout the world. His previous roles at Chevron were Legal Advisor, Nigeria Mid-Africa, in Lagos, Nigeria; Deputy General Manager, Tengizchevroil, in Atyrau, Kazakhstan; Lead Counsel, Deepwater Exploration and Projects, in Houston, Texas; and Counsel, Chevron North America Exploration and Production, in Houston, Texas. Dimitri began his career as an attorney in Fulbright & Jaworski’s Washington, D.C. office, where he specialized in federal lands and oil and gas royalty matters. He received his B.A. from Saint John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland.

CHRISTINA C. SHEEHAN practices mining, water, and public lands law in the Albuquerque office of Modrall Sperling. After receiving her undergraduate degree in history and political science with a minor in Italian language in 2005 from Vassar College, she obtained her J.D., cum laude, from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2009. Christina currently is a senior-level associate who is actively involved in a wide range of firm and community pursuits. For example, she serves as the editor of Energy & Resources Notes, Modrall Sperling’s digital natural resources newsletter. Christina recently participated in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Mining Law Short Course. Southwest Super Lawyers® selected Christina as a Rising Star in 2015. In her spare time, Christina is a sponsored marathon runner who has made strong showings in thirteen international marathon competitions, including marathons in Paris, Athens, Rome, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.

MICHAEL J. SHERMAN is a partner at Stoel Rives LLP in Sacramento, California. He assists mining and oil and gas companies with acquiring mineral rights and permitting the extraction of oil and gas and other mineral resources. His experience includes title, transactional, and land use and natural resources permitting matters for oil and gas and mining projects. Michael graduated from U.C. Hastings College of the Law, and received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. Prior to practicing law, Michael owned an agricultural products distribution company and worked on his family’s dairy cattle and hog farms in Oregon.

M. RODNEY SMITH, JR. is an attorney in the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor, where he works on a variety of water matters including those related to Upper and Lower Colorado River Basin water use, Lake Tahoe-Truckee River-Pyramid Lake-Carson River water use, hydropower development, electric grid regulation, water contracting, and environmental compliance.  Any views expressed by Mr. Smith in this presentation are his own and do not reflect the views of the Department of the Interior or of the United States.

STEPHEN W. SMITHSON is with Snell & Wilmer in Salt Lake City, where he handles environmental law and policy. He is particularly interested in Clean Air Act, climate change, CERCLA and NEPA issues. For 25 years, he has handled complex permitting, litigation, lobbying, trials and appeals for medium to global companies in banking, mining, chemical, oil & gas, petrochemical, and commercial products industries,as well as for environmental NGOs and local and state governments. Stephen was also Senior Counsel at Rio Tinto, where he handled business-critical environmental permitting and litigation. Stephen has dual bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and English, and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. His law degree is from Rutgers.

FRANCES SPIVY-WEBER of Redondo Beach was first appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board in 2007, reappointed and elected Vice-Chair of the Board in 2009, and reappointed by Governor Brown in 2013 to a four-year term. Before being appointed to the Board, she served as the executive director of the Mono Lake Committee since 1997. From 1983 to 1992, Ms. Weber served as the director of international programs for the National Audubon Society. She previously was a legislative assistant for the Animal Welfare Institute from 1978 to 1982. Ms. Spivy-Weber is currently serving as Chair of the Water Policy Center Advisory Council with the Public Policy Institute of California; Member, Advisory Board of Syzergy; and Member, Advisory Committee on Recycled Water and Direct Augmentation of Surface Waters and Feasibility of Direct Potable Reuse. Ms. Spivy- Weber was a member of the Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee and co-chair of its Water Use Efficiency Committee. She also served as co-chair of the Southern California Water Dialogue and convener of the California Urban Water Conservation Council. She has served on many boards, including the Water Education Foundation, California Council of Land Trusts, and Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund.

EMILY STAPF is a Principal in PwC’s Forensic Technology practice focused on incident response and cybersecurity strategy. Her expertise centers around digital risk management and analysis of sensitive information. With 17 years IT consulting experience, Ms. Stapf leads investigations, assessments and special projects related to data breaches, privacy, cybercrime, information security, data mining, electronic discovery, computer forensics, and IT systems; and helps clients navigate constituent notification, regulatory inquiry and litigation defense. She has advised hundreds of corporate, government and law firm clients across healthcare, retail, financial services, insurance, aerospace, IT, manufacturing and utilities industries on a global scale, and is well connected to PwC’s global forensics network. Ms. Stapf is a frequent speaker on the topics of cybercrime, data breach investigations and information risk management at IAPP, PLI, CSO, ABA and other forums. Ms. Stapf has a Federal Top Secret clearance, is a Certified Information Security Manager and a Certified Fraud Examiner, and is an IAPP and ISACA member.

L. WILLIAM STAUDENMAIER is a partner with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Phoenix, Arizona, where he practices water and natural resources law. Bill specializes in acquiring and protecting water rights for industrial, agricultural, and municipal water users. He represents clients in general stream adjudications, tribal water right negotiations, transactions involving water rights, and in appellate matters in state and federal courts. Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree in forestry and soil science, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. 

STACY J. STOTTS is a partner at Polsinelli in its Kansas City, Missouri office.  Previously she was a member of the Environment and Natural Resources Division at Stinson Leonard Street. Stacy has a wide variety of experience in representing clients in environmental regulatory and administrative matters, enforcement matters, private party suits, compliance counseling, and corporate and property transactions. She has represented clients in the areas of air, water, superfund and hazardous waste law. Her work also includes assisting clients in commenting on proposed agency rulemakings.

ELIZABETH H. (LIZ) TITUS practices in Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Denver, Colorado, office.  She represents clients in the energy and natural resources industries, including mining companies, oil and gas producers, and midstream companies, on a diverse variety of matters. She represents clients with operations on both private and public lands and provides advice regarding commercial issues, surface use, permitting requirements, and regulatory compliance. Liz has represented clients in regulatory enforcement actions before various federal and state agencies, including the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA), the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (FMSHRC), Colorado Minded Land Reclamation Board (MLRB), the Colorado Oil Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).  Liz represents energy clients in both state and federal court in commercial disputes and in class actions. Liz also advises clients on the compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA), and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA).

KRISTEN VAN DE BIEZENBOS joined the faculty of The University of Calgary Faculty of Law & Haskayne School of Business as an Assistant Professor in 2017, formerly serving as an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.  She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane University Law School in 2010.  While in law school, she served as the Senior Notes and Comments Editor of the Tulane Law Review and as an intern for the Honorable Judge Lance Africk at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  After attending law school, Professor van de Biezenbos had a mixed transactional and litigation practice in New Orleans.  Her practice focused on commercial litigation, oil & gas, maritime law, international law, and arbitration.  Prior to joining the law faculty at Oklahoma, she was an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University School of Law and served as a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola New Orleans College of Law.  She teaches and writes on energy law and policy, oil & gas, offshore resources, and international commercial law.  Her articles have been published in the Michigan Journal of Law Reform and the Fordham Law Review.

STACEY L. VANBELLEGHEM is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. Ms. VanBelleghem represents clients in a variety of industry sectors on major project infrastructure and development, administrative petitions and rulemaking, and litigation under federal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act. Ms. VanBelleghem is a frequent speaker and writer about air quality and climate change issues, with an emphasis on the regulation of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions from major stationary sources. She also has in-depth knowledge of federal permitting and approvals for major infrastructure projects, working both to secure project approvals and to intervene and defend approvals in federal court cases.

GIDEON VOLSCHENK is a Director at Rothschild Inc. based in Washington D.C., focusing on metals and mining investment banking. Gideon has worked at Rothschild for over 15 years and has extensive experience in metals and mining transactions around the world, be it restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, disposals, project financings or debt advisory mandates. Gideon’s restructuring experience includes advising a U.S. coal company on its Chapter 11 filing, a Canadian steel company on its CCAA, the bond holders of an Australian listed nickel company based in Brazil on its restructuring and recapitalization, and a Russian aluminum producer on its debt restructuring. Gideon’s sector experience includes advising thermal and metallurgical coal, copper, nickel, steel, gold, platinum, aluminum, and molybdenum companies, as well as diversified miners. Prior to moving to Washington D.C. in 2012, Gideon was based in London with Rothschild. Gideon graduated from the University of Cape Town with B.Bus.Sc. (Hons) and LL.B degrees.

ANNE D. WEBER’s energy sector experience spans four decades, every commodity pricing cycle, and geography from northern Canada, throughout the U.S., to the tip of South America. She has provided the strategic legal analysis, advice, and contracts for hundreds of profitable energy projects across their entire life cycle from new construction to final closure, including billion dollar midstream deals across multiple geographic areas. In 2003, she formed Weber Law Firm LLC, focusing on the full spectrum of midstream oil and gas matters including:  infrastructure buildout and consolidation; commercial and marketing agreements; gas processing and crude oil stabilization; water, gas, crude and NGL transportation by pipeline, truck and rail; regulatory matters; and environmental enforcement. Anne earned a B.S. degree in geology from the University of Wyoming in 1977 and worked as a geochemist for the U.S. Department of Energy, field engineer for Dresser Industries, petroleum geophysicist for Amoco, and chief geophysicist for Britoil’s U.S. operations. She received a law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1990. Anne served as assistant general counsel for Echo Bay Mines, an international gold company, and subsequently the midstream subsidiary of Duke Energy (now DCP Midstream). She is a certified professional geologist (AIPG-CPG 8653).

BRUCE H. WHITE is a shareholder with the law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer. Bruce has over 25 years of experience handling complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and out-of-court debt restructurings. He routinely represents debtors, lenders, committees and other constituents in insolvency matters across the country, as well as buyers and sellers of distressed companies. Bruce has developed particular knowledge and experience in the energy and the natural resources sectors, including significant experience in the exploration and production, crude oil services, crude pipeline, and storage operations. Bruce has been recognized as one of the top bankruptcy practitioners over the past decade by inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy; “Lawyer of the Year,” Dallas Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers; Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners; The Best Lawyers in America. Bruce was also president and Chief Executive Officer of a large manufacturing company in Utah, which manufactures products for the energy and natural resources sectors. In the past, Bruce was a shareholder at the international firm of Greenberg Traurig in Dallas.

ROBERT J. WIEDER is a Partner and co-leader of the Mining and Mineral Resources Group at Bryan Cave LLP, a leading international law firm with 27 offices across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Mr. Wieder’s practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters with a particular emphasis on M&A and fund raising on public markets. He has over 35 years of legal experience and has worked extensively with mining and steel companies, particularly in Africa, Russia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Mr. Wieder has been named in The Legal 500 UK for his work in natural resources projects in 2013 and 2014.  He frequently speaks on corporate law and has contributed to seminars held for the Institute of Directors (City Branch), the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of England and Wales and the Lawyers in Commerce and Industry Group. He is fluent in English, German and Hebrew.

CARLIN A. YAMACHIKA is a partner with Day Carter & Murphy LLP in Portland, Oregon, where she focuses her natural resources practice on oil and gas, renewable energy, and real estate matters in California and the Pacific Northwest. Carlin advises oil and gas companies with respect to their day-to-day operations and in all phases of exploration, development and production. Carlin has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of a broad range of energy and natural resources agreements, preparing all forms of title opinions, including drilling, division order, and acquisition opinions covering private, state and federal lands, and preparing legal opinions in connection with financing transactions. In addition, she regularly conducts due diligence and negotiations for major acquisitions of oil and gas leases, fee properties, pipeline systems, and wind projects. Carlin presented the paper “Everything Old is New Again: Lease Maintenance Issues that Arise When Oil Prices Drop” at the 62nd Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute and currently serves as the Pacific Northwest Reporter for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Mineral Law Newsletter.