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RMMLF Breakfast and Oil and Gas Update CLE

  • Houston, Texas
  • February 6, 2020 at 8:00-10:00am CST

Speakers & committee

Program Chairs

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

AUSTIN BRISTER represents oil and gas companies and landowners in upstream oil and gas litigation, including mineral and leasehold title disputes, surface trespass and damages, royalty calculation and payment disputes, operator/non-operator disputes, removal of operator, lease termination/perpetuation disputes, retained acreage and proration unit issues, and an array of other issues in the upstream oil and gas sector. Austin has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in courtrooms across Texas. Austin strives to find practical business solutions, but if necessary he works hard to implement aggressive strategies in the courthouse. Austin is licensed in Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, and North Dakota. Austin is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Young Professionals Committee. Austin frequently publishes articles and gives presentations on oil and gas issues, including articles and presentations for the Texas Oil and Gas Law Journal, Law360, Texas State Bar, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Wyoming Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, Wyoming College of Law, University of Texas, South Texas College of Law, American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Landman Magazine, National Association of Division Order Analysts, National Association of Lease and Title Analysts, and numerous local chapters of landman and lawyer associations.

Program Committee

STACIE CARTER, Antero Resources, Denver, CO

CASEY FUREY, Crowley Fleck PLLP, Bismarck, ND

KRISTIN NICHOLS is an associate in the Denver Tech Center, Colorado office of Holland & Hart LLP. She advises clients on a wide variety of natural resource issues, including energy development on federal, state, and tribal lands. Her practice involves litigation before the Interior Board of Land Appeals and other federal administrative boards, as well as federal courts. She has worked on administrative appeals before the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, and the Office of the Director for the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Kristin also assists clients in working through complex federal and state regulatory processes to permit and develop projects on public lands, including compliance under NEPA. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her J.D. from the University of Denver.

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.

JASON D. STEIERT is an associate at Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a native of Denver and attended the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Jason works primarily with hard rock mining clients and specializes in title review, transactional agreements, and the land/supply contracts necessary to commence and maintain mining projects. Jason has conducted diligence and advised clients on a variety of aspects of mining including the mining law, regulatory compliance, agency oversight, exploration, leasing, and royalty agreements. Before joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Jason worked at Fabian VanCott in Salt Lake and gained experience in a wide variety of litigation matters, including contest penalty proceedings under the Mine Safety Health Act. When Jason is not working with clients, he enjoys cooking and loves spend time with his partner, Amanda, and their son, especially when it’s outdoors hiking, fly-fishing, or skiing.

PAUL M. TILLEY is an Associate in the Tucson office of DeConcini McDonald, Yetwin & Lacy, PC, and a member of the Natural Resources Practice Group. His primary practice areas include public lands, mining law, natural resources and environmental law, water law, and general real estate matters.  He has experience advising clients on the development of natural resource projects, title considerations involving the acquisition of mineral rights, and due diligence associated with the acquisition and conveyance of water rights.  Paul received his J.D. from Tulane University Law School.

Speakers

AUSTIN BRISTER represents oil and gas companies and landowners in upstream oil and gas litigation, including mineral and leasehold title disputes, surface trespass and damages, royalty calculation and payment disputes, operator/non-operator disputes, removal of operator, lease termination/perpetuation disputes, retained acreage and proration unit issues, and an array of other issues in the upstream oil and gas sector. Austin has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in courtrooms across Texas. Austin strives to find practical business solutions, but if necessary he works hard to implement aggressive strategies in the courthouse. Austin is licensed in Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, and North Dakota. Austin is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Young Professionals Committee. Austin frequently publishes articles and gives presentations on oil and gas issues, including articles and presentations for the Texas Oil and Gas Law Journal, Law360, Texas State Bar, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Wyoming Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, Wyoming College of Law, University of Texas, South Texas College of Law, American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Landman Magazine, National Association of Division Order Analysts, National Association of Lease and Title Analysts, and numerous local chapters of landman and lawyer associations.