MATTHEW A. HARTFORD is Counsel - Occidental Petroleum Corporation in Denver. Previous to Occidental, Matt was in private practice at Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP where he focused on transactional, title, commission, and litigation matters for both publicly traded and private oil and gas exploration companies with operations in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, and Utah. Before DGS, Matt was with the Wyoming and New Mexico offices of Beatty & Wozniak focusing on transactional, title, litigation and oil and gas commission matters for exploration and production companies. Prior to private practice, Matt interned for the late Senator Craig Thomas and served as his advance team coordinator during his 2006 Senatorial Campaign. Matt has been around the oil and gas industry his whole life. Growing up in Rock Springs and Powell, Wyoming, Matt spent most of his school breaks in the fields of southwest Wyoming, as a production roustabout, and learning about the industry and the processes by which our nation meets its energy needs. Matt received his J.D. from the University of Wyoming School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Wyoming and New Mexico. Matt is a member of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and is a member of the RMMLF Membership Committee. He also contributes as an update author for the Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases and the American Law of Mining. Matt has presented on various topics including surface access, involuntary pooling, and master service agreements.