Water is for Fighting & Creative Compromise 𝘈𝘯 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘞𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘐𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢

  • Multiple Locations
  • May 8, 2018

Speakers & committee

Program Co-Chairs

ERIC MARTIN is a partner with Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon. His practice focuses on natural resource development with an emphasis on property and transactional matters in the oil and gas (upstream and midstream) and mining industries.  Eric helps clients buy, lease and sell subsurface natural resources and renewable natural gas (RNG); obtain financing; permit projects on the federal, state and local levels; and resolve disputes.  He has handled transactional, development and operational issues for a variety of projects on both private and public lands, including natural gas pipelines and underground storage facilities; oil and natural gas exploration and production projects; geologic carbon sequestration and RNG projects; and mining ventures for precious and base metals, industrial minerals and construction materials.  Eric earned his juris doctorate from Stanford Law School, where he served as associate managing editor of the Stanford Law and Policy Review.  He received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College and a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Vermont.  Eric currently serves as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and is a former Chair of its Young Professionals Committee.

KATHERINE GOODRICH is a licensed Colorado attorney and recent addition to the Furtado Law team. She has represented small- to medium- sized businesses in a wide variety of civil matters, including property bad faith, real estate, mining, oil and gas, water, business transactions (international and local), and employment. Mrs. Goodrich obtained her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. During law school, Mrs. Goodrich was on the executive editing board of the Denver Journal of International Law and worked as an editor for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Mrs. Goodrich placed first in the 5th Annual Shanghai International Commercial Arbitration Per-Moot in 2015, and was a quarterfinalist in the 12th Annual William C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Mrs. Goodrich continues to coach the University of Denver Vis Moot team. Mrs. Goodrich is also a Co-Vice Chair of the International Law Section for the Colorado Bar Association, and is Vice Chair of the Young Professional Organization of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. In her free time, Mrs. Goodrich enjoys adventuring in the Rocky Mountains.

Speakers and Program Committee

RHETT BILLINGSLEY is a director in the Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Practice Group at Fennemore Craig, P.C., in Phoenix, Arizona.  Rhett’s practice is focused on water resources and environmental law.  In his water resources practice, Rhett helps clients in all aspects of documenting, acquiring, transferring, and perfecting groundwater and surface water rights.  Rhett graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with his bachelor’s degree in biology.  He also graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2005.  Rhett has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law and Water Law.

‘CODY’ RILEY DENOON is a doctoral candidate in the law of international watercourses at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, California, studying under Dr. Stephen McCaffrey. Previously Cody obtained an L.L.M in the law of international watercourses from the same institution. He received his J.D. from the University of British Columbia, where he studied international watercourses law under Professor Richard Kyle Paisley, Director and Senior Research Associate, Global Transboundary International Waters Initiative. Cody’s work and writing has focused on infrastructure development on international watercourses, dispute resolution mechanisms under international watercourse law and the participation of non-state entities in the negotiation and implementation of international watercourse treaties. Cody is a Barrister and Solicitor in British Columbia and Alberta and has worked in regulatory, environmental, and criminal prosecutions in those Provinces. Cody has worked with Provincial Governments in Canada, international NGOs and IGOs such as UNESCO-IHP (Division of Water Sciences), as well as with local environmental organizations and local stakeholders on the Columbia River Treaty, particularly with the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments Committee.

SARAH Y. DICHARRY is an attorney in the New Orleans office of Jones Walker LLP. She focuses her practice on advising exploration and production companies on, and representing those companies in disputes arising under, the complex statutory and regulatory scheme governing federal oil and gas lessees. Sarah’s experience includes representing federal lessees in dozens of administrative and judicial appeal proceedings, including those involving royalty disputes (e.g., Marketable Condition Rule, civil penalties, vented and flared production, refund demands) and lease maintenance issues (e.g., suspensions of operations and suspensions of production). She also provides advice regarding regulatory compliance (including exposure for operational violations) and represents lessees in government-initiated enforcement investigations (including those initiated by Department of the Interior sub-agencies and the Department of Justice).

JEFF N. FAILLERS is a partner at Erwin Thompson Faillers in Reno, Nevada. His practice includes business, corporate, real estate, and natural resources law with an emphasis on the representation of natural resource exploration and operating companies. Jeff handles complex transactions and mining-related matters, including property and corporate due diligence; project financing; title examination, reports, and legal opinions; business, property, and water right acquisition and disposition; and land-use entitlements. Prior to practicing law, he worked as an independent mineral landman where he assisted clients in the negotiation and acquisition mineral properties throughout the western United States. Jeff currently serves as a trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

TONY FORD is an associate at Crowley Fleck PLLP and a member of the firm’s Oil and Gas Practice Group.  His practice is focused on natural resource development, and he has represented oil & gas and coal companies in litigation matters in North Dakota and federal courts, and in regulatory matters before the North Dakota Industrial Commission, the North Dakota Public Service Commission, and the Bureau of Land Management.  Tony has been an active member of RMMLF since his first year of law school, and currently serves on the Foundation’s Young Professionals Committee and as an update author for the Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases treatise.  Tony is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law and Hamilton College, and is licensed to practice in North Dakota.

ANA M. GUTIÉRREZ is a Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Denver, Colorado. Ana is a preeminent public lands, environmental, and natural resources lawyer. Ana provides counsel to her clients on local, state, and federal environmental regulatory issues affecting project development and operational compliance, with a focus on matters related to the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, as well as various other federal (and state) environmental statutes. Her background involves a wide variety of natural resource projects, including oil and gas development, mining projects, transmission infrastructure, renewable energy infrastructure development, and ski area development. Ana also provides counsel to companies in the implementation of compliance programs, environmental enforcement matters, litigation, and due diligence in transactional matters. Before attending law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Ana took some time away from academics to play semi-professional soccer.

ZOË E. LEES, Xcel Energy, Santa Fe, NM

MARTIN FERREIRA PINHO is a member of the Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.   He has been involved in a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, both public and private.   Martin has also advised on the development and commercial aspects of mining and infrastructure projects in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador, and on the development of construction and services agreements.  Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, he is fluent in English and Spanish.

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.

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.