Special Institute on

Oil & Gas Mineral Title Examination

Speakers & committee

Program Co-Chairs

HEIDI HANDE, Hande Law Firm, Denver, CO 

BRUCE RUDOY is a shareholder and director of Babst Calland, co-chair of its Energy and Natural Resources Group and chair of its Mineral Title Department, in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Rudoy concentrates his practice in the areas of oil and gas, business transactions, corporate and real estate law. He counsels various oil and gas related clients on title, transaction and regulatory matters. Those matters are diverse and include oil and gas title issues and opinions, purchase and sale of oil and gas assets, due diligence examination and analysis, midstream title and transactional matters, and financial & joint venture operating structures (both as operator and non-operator). Mr. Rudoy graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1987 with a B.S. in Finance. He attended London Metropolitan University in London, England in 1986 where he studied law and economics. Mr. Rudoy received his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1992. During law school, he served on the Cleveland-Marshall Journal of Law and Health. Mr. Rudoy was also a visiting student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Mr. Rudoy is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Alaska, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia. Mr. Rudoy is past chair of the Oil and Gas Committee of the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. He is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF), Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), Permian Basin Landman’s Association (PBLA), Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL), Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), Northern Appalachian Landman’s Association (NALA), and National Association of Division Order Analysts (NADOA). Mr. Rudoy has been named in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Law sections of The Best Lawyers in America® since 2012 and to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for Energy & Natural Resources since 2015. He has also been named in the Pittsburgh Business Times Who’s Who in Energy for the Marcellus/Utica Region since 2011.

Speakers and Program Committee

PAUL ATENCIO is a shareholder in Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group and serves as a vice-chair of the firm’s Mineral Title Department. Paul is an experienced and creative problem solver specializing in oil and gas law and assisting clients in the development of oil and gas assets.  He counsels oil and gas companies on a wide range of energy matters, including title, due diligence, title defect curative work, mineral and lease acquisitions, joint ventures, oil and gas lease and leasing issues, and voluntary and forced pooling.  Paul also assists clients in their defense of disputes regarding royalty and bonus payments, ownership of oil and gas, and surface use and damage claims.  He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Texas and New Mexico.

PARKER AULD, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, The Woodlands, TX

BRIAN R. BJELLA is of counsel in the Bozeman, Montana, office of Crowley Fleck PLLP. He worked for 38 years in the firm’s Bismarck, North Dakota office. Brian received his law degree from the University of North Dakota in 1979.  Prior to joining the firm, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of North Dakota, representing the Board of University and School Lands.  Brian is admitted to practice in the States of North Dakota and Montana. Brian’s primary areas of practice are mineral law and public utilities law. He has extensive experience in preparation of mineral title opinions, and the siting of energy facilities before state regulatory agencies. Brian has been very active in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He twice served on the Board of Directors, and several terms as a trustee. He was chair of the Long Range Planning Committee for nine years. He was on the program committee of the following special institutes: Mineral Title Examination III (1992); Oil & Natural Gas Pipelines (1995); The Electric Industry (1997); and Water Quality and Wetlands (2002). He served as co-chair of the landman’s section for the 2006 Annual Institute and of the oil and gas section for the 2011 Annual Institute.  Brian authored the following papers: “Removing the Operator Under the Joint Operating Agreement,” (1999); “Management of Water and Water Quality in Coal Mining: A Legal Perspective” (2002); “Are Landmen Practicing Law? The Legal & Ethical Issues,” (2003); and “Advanced Mineral Conveyancing and Title Issues,” (2007).  He co-authored “Common Issues in Preparation of a Title Opinion,” (2012) and (2015); and “Riparian Rights: Ownership of Minerals Under Rivers and Lakes” (2014).

MARK L. BURGHARDT represents clients in the energy and natural resource industry in litigation, administrative hearings, and transactions. Mark engages with clients to prevent and solve issues with the location and development of their oil, gas, mining, and renewable energy projects. He has worked with companies on projects involving federal, state, private, and Indian lands. Mark has also represented clients in a wide range of transactions and joint ventures. He has litigated energy development and land use disputes in both federal and state court and has routinely appeared before Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining and the Utah Division of Environmental Quality.

C. ELAINE CARLETON is a Denver-based attorney licensed in Colorado and Texas, and the managing partner of Carleton Gotlin Law PC. Her practice primarily focuses on oil and gas and energy development. She has extensive business and legal experience in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including acquisition/divestment, exploration and development. Elaine administers and directs the resolution of various legal issues relating to exploration and drilling, including surface and mineral owner conflicts, title defects, and oil and gas transactional issues. Her practice includes complex multi-formation title opinions, including issues covering large spacing and pooled units and horizontal wells. She specializes in advising and representing clients on challenging title curative matters, due diligence projects and in Determination of Heirship actions.  Elaine received a BBA from the University of Texas with an emphasis in Petroleum Land Management. For 10 years she worked for ARCO Oil & Gas Company in various capacities, including landman, crude oil marketer, land administrator, and project coordinator for development of a gas/oil marketing system. In 1991, Elaine began law school at the University of Denver while working for Apache Corporation, Basin Exploration, Inc., and Amoco Production Company in Denver. Her primary duties were managing drilling projects including Commission oversight thereof, acquisitions, surface and contract negotiations. Elaine has authored and presented numerous papers covering complex title issues, pooling and spacing, determinations of heirship actions, surface issues, and conveyance of minerals.  

TIMOTHY C. DOWD is an attorney with Elias, Books, Brown & Nelson, P.C., in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Mr. Dowd is a past President of the Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers Society (1996-97); and is past Chairperson of the Oklahoma Bar Association Mineral Law Section (2005-06). Mr. Dowd is the author of the Oklahoma chapter of AAPL’s Nationwide Comparison of Laws on Leasing, Exploration and Production (2011) and the chapter on Oil and Gas Titles in West Publishing Company’s Oklahoma Real Estate Forms and Practice. Mr. Dowd has written numerous articles for publication including:

Trespass in the Age of Horizontal Drilling Under State Conservation Statutes, 63 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 6A-1 (2017);

Current and Emerging Issues in Oil and Gas, Title Examination, Oil & Gas 2 Nat. Resources & Energy J. 505 (2017);

Clearing Title of Long-Lost Mineral Owners, 54 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 30-1 (2008); and

Preferential Rights to Purchase in Oil and Gas Transactions, 49 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 5-1 (2003).

Mr. Dowd’s primary area of practice is oil and gas law, including the rendering of title opinions and the drafting and negotiation of industry contracts.

JAMES F. ENGLISH, Lewis Brisbois LLP, Houston, TX

KEITH B. HALL is Director of the Mineral Law Institute and the Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law at Louisiana State University (LSU). He teaches Mineral Rights, Advanced Mineral Law, International Petroleum Transactions, Civil Law Property, and an Energy Law Seminar that focuses on environmental issues relating to oil and gas development. His publications have focused on oil and gas leases, pooling and unitization, hydraulic fracturing, and induced seismicity that is associated with oil and gas activities.  He is co-author of a textbook on oil and gas law that is used in U.S. law schools and also is co-author of a book published by the American Bar Association on the legal issues relating to hydraulic fracturing. He is a frequent speaker at national and international oil and gas conferences and is a contributing co-author to the forthcoming new edition of a leading textbook on international petroleum transactions. In prior years, Professor Hall has taught International Petroleum Transactions as a Visiting Professor at Baku State University in Azerbaijan, International Energy Transactions as a Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and Introduction to Mineral Law as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in New Orleans. Before joining the LSU Law School faculty, he practiced law for 16 years, with a focus on oil and gas litigation and transactions. Professor Hall is the Editor-in-Chief of the Institute for Energy Law’s Oil & Gas E-Report. He serves on the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Trustees Council, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators’ Educational Advisory Board, and the Executive Committee of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. He is a former Chair of the Oil & Gas Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He also is a registered professional engineer.

DAVE B. HATCH is an oil and gas title and transactional attorney in the Salt Lake City office of Holland & Hart. Dave has extensive experience with drilling title, division order, financing, and acquisition title opinions, leading the oil and gas title group in New Mexico. He provides efficient and reliable work on simple to complex issues involving federal, state, Indian, and private lands from the Bakken to the Permian. He also represents clients in all types of oil and gas transactions, including conducting due diligence, drafting and negotiating agreements, resolving issues, and getting deals to the closing table. Before joining Holland & Hart, Dave gained valuable experience and deeper understanding of issues from the client’s perspective working as a landman for an independent oil and gas company. During that time, he gained broad exposure to workings of an upstream oil and gas company by running title in the county records, negotiating oil and gas leases and assignments, and managing the company’s land database. Dave speaks frequently at industry conferences. He is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the American Association of Professional Landmen. He received his J.D. from University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Utah.

JARED A. HEMBREE is a partner in the Roswell 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.  He is a Past President of the New Mexico Landmen's Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico.  Mr. Hembree is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the American Association of Professional Landmen, the New Mexico State Bar, and the Chaves County Bar Association.  He is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Supreme Court.  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, Chairman of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series, and President of the W&L Federalist Society Chapter.  Mr. Hembree 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 board of directors for a number of civic organizations, including the Eastern New Mexico State Fair, the Roswell Museum and Art Center Foundation, and Roswell Sunrise Rotary.

KRIS C. KOSKI, Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP, Cheyenne, WY

JESSICA LARAMIE is a Lecturer in Energy Management at Western Colorado University.  She teaches a wide array of oil and gas land management topics such as strategic negotiations, oil and gas law, property and contracts, federal land management, energy regulation and policy, oil and gas agreements, title, and business law. Jessica is also a principal at Whetstone Resources, LLC, a land services company headquartered on the Western Slope of Colorado.  Prior to her role at Western, she worked in various land-centered roles for oil and gas exploration and production companies in Denver, Colorado. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she developed and taught Oil & Gas Agreements and Contemporary Issues in Oil & Gas.  Jessica co-authored “Social License to Operate: Hydraulic Fracturing Related Challenges Facing the Oil & Gas Industry” presented at the RMMLF Institute in Cartagena, Colombia, and “Where ‘Shale’ We Go From Here: Opportunities and Challenges in Shale Plays Located Outside the United States” presented at the RMMLF Institute in Quito, Ecuador.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Denver and is a native of Homer Glen, Illinois. She is a currently admitted to practice in Colorado and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the American Association of Professional Landmen, the Denver Association of Professional Landmen, and the Colorado Bar Association.

SEAN MARSHALL, Centennial Resources Company, Denver, CO

JOLISA MELTON DOBBS is a Partner in Thompson & Knight’s Oil and Gas Practice Group in the Firm’s Dallas office. She has expertly navigated clients through sophisticated oil and gas transactions totaling billions of dollars, with a focus on acquisition and disposition transactions throughout all oil and gas plays – including the Eagle Ford, Barnett, Haynesville, and Marcellus. Jolisa’s past experience as a Certified Public Accountant and an internal auditor for a major oil and gas company gives her an edge in assessing, understanding, and allocating various risks associated with oil and gas properties. In addition, she counsels clients in midstream and upstream transactions, including lending diligence and dispositions, oil and gas secured lending, joint venture and development arrangements, and acquisitions and dispositions of natural resources companies. Jolisa also has expertise in oil and gas title due diligence in acquisitions of properties, and she regularly advises clients regarding exploration and production activities, including preparation of agreements and COPAS issues, and regarding leasing issues. Jolisa is a frequent lecturer on oil and gas related topics at conferences and seminars, and has published numerous articles in prestigious industry journals. She is also a deep contributor to numerous leading oil and gas legal and accounting organizations, including serving as the current Treasurer and former Trustee and Executive Committee member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Jolisa’s accolades include being honored by The Best Lawyers in America®, The Legal 500 US, Texas Super Lawyers®, and Who’s Who Legal: Energy. She received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and her M.A. and B.A. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma.

AMY MOWRY is an attorney with a solo practice focusing on natural resources, energy and real property law. She is licensed in Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana and Utah. Amy has prepared all types of oil and gas title opinions in all of her licensed jurisdictions, beginning in Colorado in 2006. Her current practice focuses on the preparation of oil and gas title opinions for both large and small oil and gas operators and investors, and she also provides a wide range of oil and gas and real property services to her clients, including the preparation of mineral and real estate purchase and sale transaction agreements, surface use agreements, pipeline and transmission line right-of-way agreements, land leases and opinions on mineral concerns for commercial real estate purchasers, among other transactional services. In her free time Amy likes to help out on the family cattle ranch in Wyoming, and she travels and explores new countries as much as she can.

SAM NIEBRUGGE is a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, Colorado. His practice focuses primarily on transactional matters for the oil and gas and mining industries. In addition to his work with oil and gas and mining producers at DGS, he worked in-house for a large independent oil and gas producer. He is experienced in drafting and negotiating purchase and sale, development, exploration, joint operating, farmout, and master services agreements, as well as various other agreements in the oil and gas and mining industries. He has experience in both asset and equity transactions. He also has extensive experience preparing all forms of title opinions covering fee, state, and federal lands. He is a trustee, member of the Financial Advisory Committee and Special Institutes Committee, and the co-chair of the Oil and Gas Section for the 2018 Annual Institute for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF). He is also the former chair of the RMMLF Young Professionals Committee. He has authored several papers and spoken extensively to in-house counsel and at continuing legal education events on all matters associated with the oil and gas industry.

TJ ORAM is a founding member of Oram & Houghton, PLLC, and he leads a group of twenty attorneys who draft title opinions in Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.  He has experience drafting and supervising the drafting of numerous drilling and division order title opinions on federal, fee, state, and Native American lands.  Prior to forming Oram & Houghton, TJ was the Rockies Case Manager and District Coordinator for a Texas based law firm, where TJ personally supervised and managed a large group of attorneys who drafted title opinions for and provided other drilling and division order advice to many oil and gas operators in the Rocky Mountain Region. Before joining that firm, TJ was trained by many of the finest and most well respected natural resource law and business law attorneys in Montana and North Dakota at Crowley Fleck, PLLC in Billings, Montana.  TJ also has experience with oil and gas transactions, administrative and regulatory matters, oil and gas commissions, condemnation actions, health care law, large real estate transactions, probates and estates, commercial litigation, entity formation, and other commercial legal matters.  TJ graduated Cum Laude with a J.D. from the University of Idaho and an M.B.A. from Washington State University. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, the Montana Petroleum Association, and has spoken at a number of events on oil and gas title issues and Native American law. He is currently admitted to practice in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Utah.

MARGARET G. PATTON is a Member of the law firm Bradley, Murchison, Kelly & Shea, LLC based in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana office, where her practice focuses primarily on oil, gas and energy law. Ms. Patton represents major and independent oil and gas companies in title examination, division order work, and litigation, and she routinely advises her clients in all aspects of oil and gas exploration and production operations, including matters related to lease disputes, mineral owner demands, risk fee issues, contract negotiation and interpretation, statutory interpretation and other issues relevant to the drafting and operation of clauses found in mineral leases, joint operating agreements, and conveyances of mineral rights.  Ms. Patton has drafted hundreds of title opinions for numerous energy companies on acreage in Louisiana’s Haynesville Shale, Cotton Valley and Lower Cotton Valley, Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, Austin Chalk, and other Louisiana plays in both North and South Louisiana and has handled numerous curative projects involving complex title issues.  In addition to her work in the area of oil and gas exploration and production, Ms. Patton has represented industrial clients, including oil and gas operators, before LDEQ, LDWF and LDNR, handling permitting and regulatory compliance matters in the areas of air, water and waste. Ms. Patton spoken on a variety of mineral law issues at various Louisiana landman’s associations and has authored two papers for the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute.

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.

DIANA PRULHIERE, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Denver, CO


DAVID G. RIES, Clark Hill PLC, Pittsburgh, PA

TARA K. RIGHETTI is an associate professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law and the UW School of Energy Resources and is the director of the University of Wyoming’s AAPL accredited academic program in Professional Land Management. She teaches classes on oil and gas law and leadership, and coaches the schools energy negotiation competition team. She has written numerous articles on legal topics related to oil and gas and carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration. Tara is a trustee-at-large for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. She is licensed to practice in California and Texas and is a Certified Professional Landman.

ELENA RORABAUGH is a shareholder in the Energy and Natural Resources Group at Babst Calland in Pittsburg, PA, where she assists companies navigate the legal obstacles to oil and gas exploration and production. Elena’s practice focuses on energy, oil, gas and mineral-related transaction matters, including title examination and title curative work.  Elena also counsels clients with respect to acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas assets and has experience in all aspects of title due diligence. She is a regular contributor to the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association’s monthly publication and has experience with title law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. 

ELIZABETH (BETH) ATKINSON RYAN is senior counsel at Concho Resources, Inc., Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she advises on New Mexico operations. Prior to moving in house with Concho, Beth was a partner with Carson Ryan, LLC in Roswell, New Mexico, where she focused her practice in the areas of oil and gas title examination, regulatory, complex transactions, corporate, public lands, and operational matters primarily for E&P companies operating in the State of New Mexico. After serving four years as a Member of the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board, in 2015 Governor Susana Martinez appointed her to the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission where she seeks to achieve the State’s comprehensive wildlife management goals. Beth has been a Trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation since 2008, representing the New Mexico Bar Association. She also serves on the Lovelace Regional Hospital Board of Directors, and is active in the New Mexico Landman’s Association, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, and the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico. She is also an accomplished published author on issues ranging from appellate standards of review to oil and gas. Beth graduated from Texas Tech School of Law in May 2006. She has been married to Zack Ryan for fifteen years. They have two children: Belle (9 years old) and Kathryn (4 years old).


BRIAN R. SULLIVAN, McElroy Sullivan Miller & Weber, LLC, Austin, TX. In 1982, Brian Sullivan and Mike McElroy founded their law firm. The firm is now named McElroy, Sullivan, Miller & Weber, LLP. Brian is a Partner Emeritus and continues to practice with the Firm. Brian is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Brian is currently a grader for the Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Certification Examination. Starting in the Spring of 2019, Brian joined the faculty of the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches Oil and Gas Law to upper division engineering students. Prior to founding his law firm, Brian was a Legal and Technical Examiner (now Administrative Law Judge) in the Oil and Gas Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas. Prior to leaving the Railroad Commission, Brian was appointed Staff Counsel to Commissioner Buddy Temple. Brian was previously employed as a Production Engineer at Amoco Production Company and a Consulting Engineer with Max F. Powell. Brian has served as the Chairman of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Council of the State Bar of Texas; Chairman of the Visiting Committee for the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at UT; and serves on the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. He has also served as a Trustee at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas and at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas; and as an Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. Brian has been recognized by Texas Lawyer as one of five “Go To” lawyers for Energy Law and has been a Texas Monthly “Super Lawyer” every year from 2007 forward.  He graduated with Honors in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas in 1976 and subsequently graduated from the University of Texas Law School. Brian has been licensed to practice law since 1979. Brian has been married for more than thirty-five years to his law school classmate, Cynthia Marshall Sullivan.  They have three children and two grandchildren.

JEFF TAYLOR is a partner at Lear & Lear PLLC.  He graduated magna cum laude in 2002 from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Wildlife and Range Resources. After graduation, but before law school, Jeff worked for the U.S. Forest Service’s Shrub Sciences Laboratory. Jeff graduated from law school in 2006 from the University of Utah, where he was a Leary Scholar and a member of the Utah Law Review.  Though born and raised in Southern California, Jeff chose to spend his summers at his grandparents’ cattle ranch, where he learned to irrigate, vaccinate cattle, cut, bail and haul hay; and “fix fence”. Jeff enjoys climbing, back packing, skiing, hiking and fly fishing. Jeff’s current passions are climbing, his family, and wife Ashlee.

SCOTT TURNER, Shareholder, Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C., Denver, CO

PAUL UPSONS is a Member of Poulson, Odell & Peterson, LLC in Denver, Colorado.  He has been with the firm since 2001, specializing in title examination and the preparation of oil and gas title opinions covering fee, state, and federal lands in Colorado, North Dakota, and Wyoming. He obtained a B.A. from the University of Denver in 1991, and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1994. Mr. Upsons has given presentations on real property and mineral law issues to various organizations, including the presentation of papers at the 2007 and 2015 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institutes on Mineral Title Examination. He has published various articles and papers, and he is the updating author of the chapter on Bonds in "The Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases."

LEIA G. URSERY is a member of the Wealth Strategies Group in the Denver office of Lathrop Gage LLP. Her practice focuses on estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration, protective proceedings, and related litigation. Ms. Ursery is the current Chair of the Executive Council for the Colorado Bar Association - Trust and Estate Section and a prior Chair of the Statutory Revisions Committee and the Orange Book Committee. Additionally, Ms. Ursery serves as a member of the Colorado Bar Association - Legislative Policy Committee. Ms. Ursery was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) in October 2017 and was selected as a Colorado Super Lawyer - Rising Star between 2010 and 2015 and as a Colorado Super Lawyer since 2016 in the area of Estate Planning & Probate. Ms. Ursery serves as an adjunct professor at both the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (probate practicum) and the University of Colorado – Denver (estate and gift taxation). She received her Juris Doctor and Master of Law (Taxation) from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Ms. Ursery concentrates her volunteer efforts within the community by serving as a frequent volunteer for the Pro Se Clinic at the Denver Probate Court, LawLine 9, and the Wills Lab Clinic and the Tribal Wills Program provided through the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.