RMMLF Young Professionals Breakfast and Oil and Gas CLE

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 a member of the Young Professionals Committee.  Austin frequently publishes articles and gives presentations on oil and gas issues, including articlces 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 Least 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 with Wilmer Hale in Denver, Colorado. She focuses her practice on energy, environment, and natural resources law. She has experience in advising clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including renewable energy, recreation, mining, and oil and gas, on a variety of regulatory issues that arise during permitting, development, and compliance. Ms. Ruckriegle’s experience also includes assisting clients in litigating matters before state and federal agencies and courts.

JASON STEIERT, Parsons Behle & Latimer, Salt Lake City, UT

PAUL M. TILLEY, DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C., Tucson, AZ

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 a member of the Young Professionals Committee.  Austin frequently publishes articles and gives presentations on oil and gas issues, including articlces 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 Least and Title Analysts, and numerous local chapters of landman and lawyer associations.