Oil & Gas Agreements: Surface Use in the 21st Century

  • Westminster, Colorado
  • May 17-18, 2017

Speakers & committee

Program Chair

MARY VIVIANO is an Honorary Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. She is the former General Counsel of Vantage Energy LLC, which sold in early 2017. Prior to that, she was Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Encana Corp. (USA) for 12 years. As General Counsel of Encana’s USA Division, her experiences covered most major onshore basins from Appalachia to the Barnett, Rockies, and everything in between. Mary practiced at the Denver, CO law firms of Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley PC and Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, primarily in the oil & gas, litigation and public lands, areas.  She holds a BS in business/economics from Regis University and a J.D. with honors from the U. of Denver College of Law. Before completing law school, Mary was a landman for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Chevron USA. Mary has served on the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Board of Directors, Trustees Council, as Special Institutes committee chairman, and authored a number of presentations and papers for various institutes. She was also a board member of Western Energy Alliance for 10 years and has presented on natural resources topics as a guest lecturer/symposium presenter for the U. of Denver College of Law; the University of Wyoming, College of Law; the University of Colorado, College of Law and Washburn University College of Law.

Speakers and Program Committee

NICOLLE SNYDER BAGNELL is a partner at Reed Smith LLP where she serves as Vice Chair of the firm’s global Energy & Natural Resources Group. Nicolle focuses on litigation and regulatory issues regarding natural gas production, transportation and storage. She represents natural gas companies in a variety of litigation including lease disputes, royalty class actions, dormant mineral act claims, condemnations, encroachments and contract issues, as well as counsels clients on a variety of environmental matters including permitting and permit disputes, and provides advice on shale transactions. In addition to her trial work, Nicolle has argued before state appellate and supreme courts as well as before panels of the Third and Fourth Circuits. Nicolle graduated from Harvard University, cum laude, in Environmental Science and Public Policy in 1998 and received her J.D. and Masters in Environmental Science from Duke University in 2001. Nicolle was named a “Fast Tracker” by the Pittsburgh Business Times; a Law360 “Rising Star” three times; a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers; a Business Women First award recipient by the Pittsburgh Business Times; and one of the “Pennsylvania Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council.

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. 

LYNNE J. BOOMGAARDEN is a Partner at Crowley Fleck PLLP in Cheyenne.  Her practice areas include oil and gas, mining, administrative law, federal and state land transactions, energy and mineral transactions and projects, outreach and governmental affairs, and appellate advocacy.  She served from March 2003 – April 2010 as Director of the Wyoming Office of State Lands & Investments.  In that position, Lynne worked closely with the State Board of Land Commissioners and State Loan & Investment Board to manage approximately 4 million acres of state trust land and minerals and more than seven grant and loan programs.  She also chaired the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and served on Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission.  Prior to her service with the State, Lynne was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law, teaching Oil and Gas Law, Mining Law, Agriculture Law, Constitutional Law, and Legal Writing.  After graduating from the University of Wyoming College of Law with honors in 1991, Lynne clerked for the Honorable Wade Brorby on the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and was an associate at Holland and Hart in Cheyenne.

BRENT D. CHICKEN is a Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, in Denver, CO. Brent is an experienced natural resources attorney with extensive knowledge of the challenges faced by companies operating in the industry as well as of exploration and production, midstream and downstream oil and gas law. He regularly represents his clients in complex commercial litigation disputes, business transactions, administrative law and procedure, and title examination matters. In his litigation practice, Brent frequently defends his clients’ interests in the courtroom and in mediation and arbitration related to various mineral matters, including constitutional, contract and real property issues. For his clients that are undertaking transactions, he provides guidance on title and contractual issues during due diligence and the purchase and sale of oil and gas properties involving mixed fee, state, federal, and Indian rights. He also prepares accompanying sale, indemnity, surface use, and subsurface penetration agreements. In the regulatory realm, Brent advocates for his clients before various state and federal oil and gas agencies. He prepares and presents applications for well spacing, well density, rule exemptions, and statutory pooling, and undertakes administrative appeals of negative agency decisions and defends application protests. Additionally, Brent regularly prepares comprehensive drilling, division order, and acquisition mineral title opinions involving fee, state, federal, and Indian lands. These include, but are not limited to, specialty opinions involving natural gas storage units, solution mining, and “gob gas” areas. Brent also routinely counsels clients in tackling title curative matters, including negotiating and drafting varied mineral and surface title instruments. 

DONALD T. DULAC, JR. is a principal in the Pittsburgh law firm of Barnes Dulac Watkins, and concentrates his practice in the areas of oil and gas law and real estate. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a 1975 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduating law school, Mr. Dulac was first involved in representing coal operators in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia and by 1980, began to represent independent oil and gas operators in the Appalachian Basin areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York.  In 1982, Mr. Dulac began representing independent oil and gas operators in Texas, Arkansas, on and offshore Louisiana, New Mexico and Colorado. Mr. Dulac’s principal office has always been in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but he has maintained a satellite office in Dallas, Texas since 1984. He is licensed to practice only in Pennsylvania. Mr. Dulac has previously presented papers to the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and has spoken at Pennsylvania Bar Association and Allegheny County Bar Association CLE programs dealing with both coal and oil and gas operations. Mr. Dulac was born and raised in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and today resides in Franklin Park, Pennsylvania.

JIMMY DUPUIS is a partner at Kean Miller LLP in The Woodlands, TX. He has extensive experience representing upstream energy companies in all phases of oil and gas exploration and production in several producing states, including Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana.  His primary areas of practice include title examination, due diligence in connection with the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas assets, negotiating and drafting contracts, regulatory compliance, and providing advice and assistance to attorneys and landmen at E&P companies.

RANDY J. FEUERSTEIN is a Shareholder in the Polsinelli real estate practice in Denver, and concentrates in the area of energy law. With more than three decades of experience in real estate, bankruptcy, oil and gas, and mineral law, Randy has mastered communicating with opposing counsel, brokers, and title company representatives to provide creative solutions to multidimensional client matters. Randy utilizes his knowledge of oil, gas, and mineral law along with his expertise in real estate to analyze, negotiate, and draft complex agreements to govern compatible development of both land and oil and gas or other minerals. As mineral-producing states experience more and more mineral and surface conflicts, Randy has helped many clients in land development and oil and gas exploration with creative and unique solutions to help them reach agreements with businesses having separate goals. This assistance also includes enabling progress with state and local governments in their entitlement processes. Randy’s dedication to understanding the complex and changing statutes and regulations that govern the energy industry allows him to work with companies to address the unique legal needs that arise out of generation, production or consumption of energy and natural resources. He represents clients to protect their interests in state and local regulatory and land use proceedings. His varied expertise leads to a variety of client types, including developers and builders, oil and gas operators and landowners as well as businesses and banks. He is a frequent author and lecturer on surface and mineral conflicts.

JEFFREY R. FISKE is Lead Counsel for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Denver, Colorado. Following graduation from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1981, Jeff began his career with ARCO Oil & Gas Company in Denver including a short stint in Bakersfield, California. He entered private practice in 1987 and spent over 13 years with a mid-sized Denver firm before returning to an in-house position in late 2000 with HS Resources, Inc. HS was later acquired by Kerr-McGee Corporation, which is now a part of Anadarko. Jeff has been an active member and is a former Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation as well as a member of the American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations; the American Association of Professional Landmen; Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen; and the Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers. Jeff has authored and presented numerous papers for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation programs as well as the Colorado Bar Association and various other lease, land, and title organizations. 

JOSEPH B.C. FITZSIMONS is a natural resources, oil and gas, and water law attorney with Uhl, Fitzsimons, Jewett & Burton, PLLC, San Antonio, Texas, and a third-generation South Texas rancher. He has served as Vice-President of the Texas Wildlife Association and is a Director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He is a former Chairman of the Parks and Wildlife Department’s Private Lands Advisory Board and, in 1999, was named by then Governor George W. Bush to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Conservation. In May of 2001, Governor Rick Perry appointed Mr. Fitzsimons to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for a six year term, and Mr. Fitzsimons is now a Past Chairman of that agency. In January of 2002, he was named to represent the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on the Texas Water Advisory Council, which has the statutory responsibility to advise the Office of the Governor, Speaker of the House, and Lieutenant Governor on issues affecting Texas water policy. In October 2003, Governor Perry appointed him as Chairman. Recently, Governor Perry appointed Mr. Fitzsimons to represent the interest of fish and wildlife on the Environmental Flows Advisory Committee. Chairman Fitzsimons identified environmental flow as a priority for his term on the Committee, and continues to work to ensure water for wildlife. He is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College (B.A., History 1979), and the University of Texas School of Law (J.D. 1985).


BARBARA F. FULLMER is Vice President and Chief Counsel for ConocoPhillips Alaska, a business unit of ConocoPhillips Company. Her practice encompasses oil and gas exploration and production plus oil and gas transportation matters in Alaska. Prior to working at ConocoPhillips, Barbara was a partner in a private firm focusing on natural resources issues. She also worked for the State of Alaska in the Department of Law and the Department of Natural Resources. In a prior life, she was a petroleum engineer for ten years in the Lower 48 and Alaska. Barbara serves on the board of the Armed Services YMCA – Alaska. 

KENNETH S. KOMOROSKI is a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, in Pittsburgh. With more than 25 years of experience practicing energy and environmental law, Ken represents and advises oil and gas exploration and production, midstream and downstream companies on a variety of issues involving land use and zoning, permits, water usage, wastewater treatment, environmental concerns, royalties, lease terms, local ordinances, oil and gas regulations, and litigation. In the competitive, fast-changing energy arena, he’s played a significant role in the growth of the Marcellus, Utica, and Upper Devonian shale industry and has represented the shale industry since 2004. Recently, Ken successfully represented an independent oil and gas operator against claims that hydraulic fracturing caused groundwater contamination. The case tried over the course of 20 hearing days before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board in the first trial of its kind before the EHB, which found in favor of the operator and against the landowner.  Following an appeal, the Commonwealth Court upheld the EHB’s ruling. Ken is active in organizations that include the Marcellus Shale Coalition, which he originally formed. Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003, he served as chairman of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO). He also served as the commission’s vice-chairman, secretary/treasurer, and chair of its pollution control standards committee during his ten-year tenure with ORSANCO. Ken brings on-the-ground industry experience to his practice, using his environmental engineering training and background while serving as a production foreman at a large chemical plant complex and as an environmental manager for a Fortune 100 company.

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. 

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.


RAMONA L. MONROE is a Partner with Stoel Rives LLP, in Anchorage, AK. Ramona has over 20 years of experience representing natural resource companies and others in matters involving state and local government, transactions, and financing. Oil and gas companies rely on Ramona for title opinions, asset transactions, surface use and access issues, pipeline rights-of-way, matters arising under unit agreements and joint operating agreements, financing transactions, and compliance with Alaska’s unique oil and gas regulations. Ramona assists mining companies with transactions, title reports, access issues, joint ventures, and other exploration and project development matters. She has also applied her title and due diligence experience to wind energy projects and timberland transactions. Ramona also has experience assisting clients with issues arising under the Coastal Zone Management Act and state coastal management programs. She has negotiated many cable television franchise agreements with local governments and represented these clients in hearings before elected officials to obtain approval of these agreements. Ramona serves as a Trustee-at-Large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

JOHN W. MORRISON, JR., is a Partner in the Crowley Fleck PLLP Bismarck, ND office. He has been a shareholder in the Bismarck firm of Fleck, Mather & Strutz, Ltd. since 1986. He practices in the area of natural resources, public utilities and commercial law, and regularly represents clients in both litigation matters in state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies, including the North Dakota Industrial Commission, the North Dakota Public Service Commission, the North Dakota Tax Department and the Bureau of Land Management. Mr. Morrison received his Bachelor of Arts from Mary College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law. Before entering private practice in 1981, he worked for the North Dakota Legislative Council, the North Dakota State Land Department, and the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office. He is a co-author of “Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance” (West 1996-2008), and has authored “Regulation of Gas Gathering Systems,” 39 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. 18-1 (1993); “Doing the Lateral Lambada: Negotiating the Technical and Legal Challenges of Horizontal Drilling” 43 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. 601 (1997).

KENNETH D. PAUR is the Deputy Regional Attorney for the Mountain Region of the USDA Office of the General Counsel in Denver, Colorado, which provides legal services to all agencies of the USDA in the Interior West. He previously served as the Assistant Regional Attorney in charge of the Ogden, Utah Field Office from 2000-2013, and as an Attorney in the Ogden Office since 1991, where he provided legal services to the Intermountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service. Mr. Paur’s areas of practice emphasize real property, mineral, and water law, but he has worked extensively in all areas of public land, natural resources, environmental and administrative law affecting the Forest Service and the National Forest System. Prior to coming to the Office of the General Counsel, he worked as a forester with state agencies in Utah, Colorado, and Virginia, as a private land surveyor, and as a Land Law Examiner and Natural Resources Specialist with the U.S.D.I. Bureau of Land Management. Mr. Paur earned his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 1989, where he was awarded the Virginia Environmental Endowment Environmental Law Fellowship. He holds an A.A.S. in Forestry and Land Surveying from Paul Smiths College, and a B.S. in Forest Management from Utah State University. He is admitted to the Virginia State Bar.

DAVID E. PIERCE is a professor of law at Washburn University School of Law where he teaches courses in oil and gas law, energy regulation, property, contracts, and legal drafting. He holds the Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law.

JOSEPH C. PIERZCHALA is a shareholder at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C., in Denver, CO.  His practice focuses on representing oil and gas companies before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and business and individual clients in complex commercial and civil litigation before state and federal courts.  Mr. Pierzchala has experience before the Commission involving drilling and spacing units, statutory pooling, well density, setback, surface issues, rulemaking, and enforcement matters.  Mr. Pierzchala’s litigation experience includes litigating and arbitrating a wide array of disputes involving oil & gas, mineral rights, real estate, corporate law, eminent domain, and securities. He was selected for inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List, 2014-2018. He received his J.D. from the University of Denver, where he was Staff Editor or the Denver University Law Review, and he received his B.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University.   

JEFFREY S. POPE is an Associate with Holland & Hart LLP, in Cheyenne, WY. Jeff Pope helps clients resolve complex disputes in and out of the courtroom. He represents mining, oil and gas, refining, pipeline, construction, government contracting, and other businesses before state courts, federal courts, and domestic and international arbitration panels. Jeff learns his clients’ industry and business to counsel them on how to avoid or resolve disputes before litigation begins. But should litigation begin, Jeff uses his experience trying cases before judges, juries, and arbitration panels, and arguing cases before the Wyoming Supreme Court to advocate for his clients’ interests. He uses his experience and knowledge to design a strategy that fits his clients’ needs to help them navigate the litigation process from start to finish.  

URIAH PRICE is a partner in Crowley Fleck’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Department in Bozeman, Montana. Uriah is licensed in Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming and his practice encompasses multiple areas of energy and natural resources law. Uriah represents clients in front of the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Additionally, he handles oil and gas related litigation, title examination, due diligence and Indian law matters. Uriah is a former Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and currently serves on the Foundation’s Special Institutes Committee and as faculty for the Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Short Course. Uriah obtained his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Washburn University School of Law where he focused on oil, gas and natural resources law. Prior to law school, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas.

RANDALL B. REED is a partner at the Cheyenne law firm of Dray, Dyekman, Reed & Healey. He has practiced at the same firm for 26 years, focusing on the areas of real property, oil and gas, mineral tax, regulated utility and business law. Randy has been recognized for his professional achievements by being selected as a top tier attorney in Mountain States Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers/US News and World Report and Chambers and Partners USA. Randy graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1991. Randy grew up on a ranch just outside the small town of Lusk, Wyoming, and appreciates the value of personal property rights, while at the same time understands the value that multiple uses of real property can provide.

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.

MARC RANDAL STRAHN is a Certified Professional Landman with over thirty-five years of field landman and management experience in the Rockies. He is currently the President of The Wolf Haven Corporation and High Story Ventures, Inc., oil, gas and real estate acquisition and divestiture companies specializing in properties in the Rocky Mountain Region. Marc also serves as Executive Counsel to Hoover & Stacy, Inc., of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and was formerly an independent landman and one of the owners of Hanson & Strahn, Inc., one of the most successful land brokerage companies in the Northern Rockies until he retired for the first time in May, 2007. Marc was appointed in 2001, by the Governor to the Wyoming State Energy Commission where he finished his term as its Chairman. He was further appointed in 2002 to the Wyoming Natural Gas Pipeline Authority where he finished his term as their Vice-Chairman. Marc has served all offices including that of President for the Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen. For the term of 2015-2016, Marc was nationally elected and served as the President of the American Association of Professional Landmen. He was the first President ever elected from the State of Wyoming to serve in this office. He currently resides in Story, Wyoming with his wife and life long partner Kathi Hanson.

JOHN T. SULLIVAN is a founding partner of the law firm of Sullivan Green Seavy LLC, where his practice focuses on representing government agencies, individuals, and local and national corporations in litigation involving land use, environmental, real estate, business, commercial, and bankruptcy law. Mr. Sullivan earned his law degree from the University of Colorado, and holds a BA from Colorado College. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1987 and is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Colorado and the United States Court of Claims. Mr. Sullivan presented a CLE seminar to the Colorado County Attorney’s on local government authority to regulate oil and gas activities in 2012, provided testimony to the Governor’s Task Force on Oil and Gas at its meeting in Durango on October 9, 2014, and, more recently, represented Fort Collins in City of Fort Collins v. Colorado Oil and Gas Association, 369 P.3d 586 (Colo. 2016). In his community, Mr. Sullivan has served on the Board of Directors for the CU Alumni Association, the Boulder Rotary Club, the Boulder History Museum, and the Boulder Swim Team.

ISAAC N. SUTPHIN is a Partner with Holland & Hart LLP, in Cheyenne, WY. Isaac specializes in condemnation and other land use and access matters for oil and gas companies. His practice focuses on linear projects ranging from interstate transmission pipelines to local gathering systems. Isaac has successfully negotiated numerous easements and surface use agreements for a variety of energy clients. He has also acquired access rights through condemnation proceedings in both federal and state courts. He counsels oil and gas and other energy sector clients in permitting, licensing, and compliance matters. He has also been involved in complex, multi-party litigation, including trial practice, motion practice, appellate practice, and alternative dispute resolution. He has practiced before the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and other administrative bodies as well as numerous state and federal courts in Wyoming.

JACK M. TANNER helps solve business disputes, employing traditional and atypical litigation tactics to obtain the best results for his clients. He has represented clients in all aspects of complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including oil and gas, contracts, business torts, receiverships, intellectual property, and construction matters. He clients have included Noble Energy, Kinder Morgan, Microsoft, and Time Warner Telecom. Mr. Tanner has served on the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee since 1996, and is a frequent lecturer on legal ethics, particularly ethics for in-house counsel. He has authored several articles on legal ethics, including; "Top 10 Things In-House Lawyers Ned to Know About Ethics," 45 Colo. Law. No. 7, p. 59 (July, 2016) and "The New Rules of Professional Conduct: Significant Changes for In-House Counsel," 36 Colo. Law. No. 11, p. 71 (November, 2007). He also regularly speaks and writes on ethical issues for landmen under the AAPL Code of Ethics, and the interaction between that and legal ethics. Mr. Tanner has practiced with the Denver, Colorado full-service business law firm of Fairfield and Woods since 1987.  After graduating from Duke Law School (with honors) in 1986 and prior to joining Fairfield and Woods, he served as law clerk to Justice (later Chief Justice) Luis Rovira of the Colorado Supreme Court. 

REBECCA W. WATSON is a shareholder in the law firm of Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. in Denver and serves on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Foundation as Vice President and President-elect (2019-2020).  Rebecca has a distinguished 40-year career representing natural resource, oil and gas and renewable energy clients and in high-level public service in the federal government. As Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management of the U.S. Department of Interior in the George W. Bush administration, she had oversight over 3 energy resource bureaus including BLM, led 12,000 employees and managed a $1 billion budget. Prior to that, she served as Assistant General Counsel for Energy Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Rebecca was named the 2011 Distinguished Natural Resources Practitioner-in-Residence at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, her alma mater, and has been repeatedly nationally recognized as a top energy and natural resources lawyer. She speaks and writes frequently on public land and energy topics.  Rebecca is a Trustee on the Board of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West museum in Cody, Wyoming and serves on the Jefferson County, Colorado Open Space Advisory Committee.

STEVEN P. WILLIAMS recently retired after nearly 24 years as Assistant General Counsel-Denver Division for EOG Resources, Inc. in its Denver office. Prior to joining EOG in 1992, he was with The Coastal Corporation in Houston, Texas. Mr. Williams was in private law practice in Texas from 1979 through 1987, devoting most of his time to title examination in all areas of Texas. Mr. Williams’ responsibilities for EOG included domestic exploration and production matters, acquisitions and divestitures, federal, state, and fee royalty matters, public lands issues, government affairs and litigation. Mr. Williams holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the Southern Methodist University School of Law. He has been certified as a specialist in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of Texas since the inception of that specialty in 1986. He is also certified as a barbecue judge by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He served three terms as a Trustee-at-Large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation from 2003–2006, as a Trustee-at-Large and as an at-large member of the Foundation’s Executive Committee in 2007 and 2008, as Program Chair of the 61st Annual Institute in 2015, as member of the Foundation’s Long Range Planning and Site Selection Committees, and has served on its Special Institutes Committee since 1992. In addition to serving on the planning committees for numerous special institutes, Mr. Williams has organized and served as the co-chair of RMMLF’s Special Institutes on Oil and Gas Agreements since 2004. Mr. Williams has presented numerous papers on royalty-related issues at RMMLF institutes, as well as for the Petroleum Landmen’s Association of New Orleans’ Annual Oil and Gas Seminar, the 49th Annual Institute on Oil & Gas Law & Taxation of the Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law, and the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen. In 1994, Mr. Williams was selected by the Secretary of the Interior to serve as the representative of large independent producers on the U.S. Department of the Interior's Federal Gas Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee organized under the federal Negotiated Rulemaking Act and served three terms as the representative of the United States Oil and Gas Association on the Interior Department's Royalty Policy Committee organized under the federal Advisory Committee.

LINDSAY A. WOZNICK is an AV rated partner at Hirst Applegate, LLP where she has practiced law since 2005. Prior to joining Hirst Applegate, Lindsay attended the University of Wyoming College of Law where she graduated with honors, Order of the Coif, and Order of the Barristers. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Wyoming, graduating with honors, Summa Cum Laude. Her practice is focused primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, oil, gas and energy law, real estate law, creditors’ rights and banking law, and estate planning and estate administration. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Wyoming Bar Association, Laramie County Bar Association, Southeast Wyoming Estate Planning Council and WealthCounsel. Ms. Woznick was named as one of the Wyoming Business Report’s 2015 Top 40 under 40, and she has been recognized by Chambers and Partners for her real estate practice. She has extensive experience handling complex real estate transactions and in drafting and negotiating surface use agreements, easements, oil and gas leases, and land use agreements on behalf of oil and gas operators, pipeline companies, utilities, and surface owners.