An Introduction to

Wildlife Law and Development in the U.S. and Canada

  • Multiple Locations
  • November 1, 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.

Speakers and Program 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.

ERIKA LAMBERT-SHIRZAD is an Attorney with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Vancouver, BC. She has a multi-disciplinary solicitor/litigator practice, practicing a mix of environmental, municipal, expropriation and regulatory law. Erika has extensive experience drafting bylaws and policies, conducting legal research, providing legal advice and opinions, and negotiating and drafting agreements. She has also acted as counsel in legal proceedings before administrative tribunals and in civil litigation, judicial review, and injunction proceedings before all levels of British Columbia courts.

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.

HEIDI K. RUCKRIEGLE is a Senior Associate at WilmerHale. Her practice centers on regulatory matters. She represents clients in oil and gas development, mining projects, transmission infrastructure, renewable energy infrastructure, and water law on private and public lands. She advises on environmental issues and land use permitting and development, and has regional, national, and international experience spanning all stages of permitting, development, and compliance for clients. She has conducted research and advised on the Federal Land Policy Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Clean Water Act.

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.