Special Institute For

Young Natural Resources Lawyers and Landmen

Speakers & committee

Program Chairs

ANN E. LANE is Senior Counsel for WPX Energy, Inc. in Denver, Colorado, supporting WPX’s assets in the Piceance and Powder River Basins, as well as its acquisition and divestiture, infrastructure and exploration teams. Ann has over 25 years of natural resources experience – including 8 years as a Petroleum Landman. Prior to joining WPX, Ann was in-house counsel at XO communications, Kerr-McGee Rocky Mountain Corporation, and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. She started her legal career as an associate at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Dallas, Texas and at Holme Roberts & Owen in Denver, Colorado. Ann graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Business Degree and from Southern Methodist University School of Law with her J.D. Ann is a member of the Texas and Colorado bar associations and the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen. She is a former President of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. She is active in several committees for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and has also served as a former trustee.

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.

Program Committee

STACIE CARTER, is an Associate in the Energy Group of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, in Denver, CO. She received her J.D., graduating magna cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law and B.S. in Chemistry with minors in the Russian and French languages from Baylor University. In law school, Ms. Carter served as the Editor-in-Chief of Volume 46 of the Texas Tech Law Review and received the J. Hadley Edgar award for trial excellence.

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).

JEFFREY 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 resources exploration and operating companies. Jeff handles complex transactions and mining-related matters, including property and corporate due diligence; 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.

MARK BENJAMIN MACHLIS is a Partner at Dorsey & Whitney. He helps clients navigate the complexity of state and federal environmental requirements to achieve their business objectives. He represents clients throughout the life cycle of their projects, from acquisition and permitting to operational compliance, enforcement defense, remediation, closure, and divestiture. He has extensive experience in matters involving state and federal regulations regarding solid and hazardous waste (RCRA), hazardous materials transportation (HMR), toxic chemicals (TSCA), water quality (CWA), community right-to-know laws (EPCRA), and remediation of contaminated property (CERCLA). Ben has been recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star” in Environmental practice in 2014 through 2017 and by Utah Business Magazine as a Utah Legal Elite, Up and Coming lawyer in 2017. He has served as Young Professionals Committee Chairman (2016-2017) of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, as a member of the Board of Directors of Utah Open Lands, and as an adjunct faculty member at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

CONNIE L. ROGERS is a partner with the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP, in Denver. She advises companies in project development, litigation, and transactions, primarily on federal public lands and Indian lands, with particular emphasis on compliance with federal land management statutes, the National Environmental Policy Act, species protection statutes, federal Indian law and cultural resource and religious freedom concerns, and state and local permits. Prior to resuming her practice at Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP in the fall of 2010, Ms. Rogers served as Deputy Solicitor for Energy and Mineral Resources at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she was the lead Interior lawyer on all manner of issues relating to the development of renewable and conventional energy and mineral resources on Interior-managed lands. Ms. Rogers’ project development experience includes renewable/conventional energy and mineral and infrastructure projects on public and Indian lands; environmental and cultural resources compliance in federal permitting; financing, due diligence, land acquisition, and leasing for wind, solar, transmission, and biomass projects; special use authorizations for educational and research facilities on federal lands; working with stakeholder groups; and defense of legal challenges to project approvals. Ms. Rogers is a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and is vice-chair of the Public Lands Committee and a former co-chair of the Native American Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center of the American West. Ms. Rogers has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Native American Law and Who's Who Legal: Mining 2015. She was named to the Denver Business Journal’s 2014 list of Top Women in Energy. She received her JD in 2000 from Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif.

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

Speakers

JOHN ALMY, is a partner in the Houston office of Liskow & Lewis. He is a business lawyer who focuses on the creation, drafting and negotiation of oilfield operational contracts with experience in both domestic and international work.  John has extensive experience helping clients design and implement risk allocation programs using indemnity and insurance concepts for work in Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, and has assisted clients with their endeavors in locations stretching from Colorado to Israel and North Dakota to Venezuela.

JIM BENDER, Hall Estill, Denver, CO

JENNIFER BIEVER is a Partner at Hogan Lovells in Denver. She practices at the forefront of environmental and permitting issues affecting energy and natural resource companies, including the current high-profile issues related to evaluation and regulation of methane in the oil and natural gas industry. Jennifer not only assists in evaluating, commenting on, and contesting state and federal regulatory regimes affecting environmental requirements and compliance, but Jennifer's wealth of knowledge and experience allows her to assist companies in the implementation of compliance evaluation programs, handling of environmental enforcement matters, due diligence in transactions involving such environmental requirements, permitting of significant and comprehensive natural resource projects, and litigation related to such permitting actions. She also helps her clients with all aspects of projects related to federal and state agency review, consultation, and permitting on a range of issues, and governing statutes involving a variety of issues from air quality, to water quality, to wildlife species.

MATT BINGHAM, Hudbay-Rosemont Project, Tucson, AZ; Former Member, Young Professionals Committee

BRITTANY BUCKLEY SALUP, Chevron U.S.A., Inc., Houston, TX and Covington, LA

JEFFREY 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 resources exploration and operating companies. Jeff handles complex transactions and mining-related matters, including property and corporate due diligence; 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.

ARNOLD (ARNE) J. JOHNSON, Santa Fe, NM

MARK BENJAMIN MACHLIS is a Partner at Dorsey & Whitney. He helps clients navigate the complexity of state and federal environmental requirements to achieve their business objectives. He represents clients throughout the life cycle of their projects, from acquisition and permitting to operational compliance, enforcement defense, remediation, closure, and divestiture. He has extensive experience in matters involving state and federal regulations regarding solid and hazardous waste (RCRA), hazardous materials transportation (HMR), toxic chemicals (TSCA), water quality (CWA), community right-to-know laws (EPCRA), and remediation of contaminated property (CERCLA). Ben has been recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star” in Environmental practice in 2014 through 2017 and by Utah Business Magazine as a Utah Legal Elite, Up and Coming lawyer in 2017. He has served as Young Professionals Committee Chairman (2016-2017) of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, as a member of the Board of Directors of Utah Open Lands, and as an adjunct faculty member at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

ERIC L. MARTIN is a partner with Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon. His practice focuses on natural resource development with an emphasis on the oil and gas and mining industries. Eric  helps clients buy, lease and sell subsurface resources; 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, including mining ventures for precious and base metals, industrial minerals and construction materials; natural gas pipelines and underground storage facilities; oil and gas exploration and production projects; and geologic carbon sequestration projects. Eric co-authored the Mineral Rights chapter in the Oregon State Bar’s Real Estate Deskbook and the supplement to the Mineral Resources chapter in the Washington State Bar Association’s Real Property Deskbook. He currently serves as chair of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Young Professionals Committee. 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.

NATHALIE MARTIN is the Frederick M. Hart Chair in Consumer and Clinical Law at University of New Mexico School of Law, where she teaches commercial and consumer law, as well as mindfulness and professional development. She practiced law in large law firms in Philadelphia and Boston before joining the UNM faculty in 1998, primarily doing real estate transactions and representing various parties in the transactional aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Nathalie is part of a growing movement to teach mindfulness and emotional intelligence in the law school classroom. This movement makes explicit that wellness is a core attorney competency, that the interpersonal side of lawyering is critical, and that many lawyers need help finding purpose and meaning in their work. Nathalie is the author of numerous books and articles. Here most recent book is Lawyering from the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence (Cambridge University Press).

DAWN G. MEIDINGER is a director with Fennemore Craig, P.C. in Phoenix, Arizona. She practices in the areas of natural resources, real estate, and environmental law, with a focus on mining, public land utilization (state and federal) and permitting. In the natural resources sector, she has extensive experience permitting mining, renewable energy, and linear projects addressing all aspects of NEPA, NHPA, and ESA compliance. With respect to public lands, she has represented clients seeking a variety of use authorizations (exploration and mine plans of operation, special use permits, rights-of-way, grazing leases, etc.) from federal and state agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, and Arizona State Land Department. Prior to joining the firm, Dawn worked as in-house counsel for Phelps Dodge Corporation (today Freeport-McMoRan Inc.) and in the private sector serving as the operational lead on the entitlement and development of large residential and industrial real estate projects in metro-Phoenix. Dawn received her J.D. from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU) in 1996 and her B.S. in Justice Studies from ASU in 1990 and grew up in Wyoming.

NORA R. PINCUS is a shareholder at Parsons, Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City. Her practice focuses on all aspects of natural resource development, land use, and real estate, with emphasis on oil and gas exploration and production, mining, real estate development, and renewable energy projects. Nora advises clients on asset purchases, mineral leasing, royalty agreements, and public land laws, prepares title opinions for oil and gas and mining properties, and assists clients with permitting and environmental compliance related to energy, mining, and real estate projects on public and private lands. Nora has particular expertise representing clients in high value asset transactions involving oil and gas and mining properties, renewable energy projects, real estate, and ranching. Nora prepares purchase and sale agreements, joint venture and joint operating agreements, and conveyance documents, and performs due diligence on behalf of purchasers and lenders. Nora helps clients permit major infrastructure projects on public lands, and regularly prepares comments on federal land management policies, land and resource management plans, and environmental regulations. Nora also assists clients doing business on American Indian tribal lands, particularly in the energy sector, including issues related to tribal jurisdiction, federal Indian law, tribal employment rights, and environmental compliance. Nora began her legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Alex J. Martinez of the Colorado Supreme Court.

VANESSA L. RAY-HODGE is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Acoma and Partner in the Albuquerque office of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP. Ms. Ray-Hodge works in all areas of the firm’s practice with a special focus in water rights and energy and economic development issues. Ms. Ray-Hodge also regularly advises and represents tribal clients on matters involving land into trust, reservation boundary issues, treaty rights, tribal jurisdiction and regulation, gaming, natural resources development, and infrastructure development. She regularly assists tribes in navigating issues related to federal environmental and regulatory compliance statutes and in working with federal agencies at the local and national level. 

Prior to rejoining Sonosky, Ms. Ray-Hodge served as the Senior Counselor to Solicitor Hilary Tompkins at the Department of the Interior. At Interior, Ms. Ray-Hodge advised the Solicitor on Indian Affairs issues and was integral in a multitude of decisions. Some of her key efforts included addressing the Supreme Court’s decision in Carcieri v. United States, to continue to take land into trust for tribes, culminating in the Solicitor’s M-Opinion 37029 (March 12, 2014); participating in settling tribal trust lawsuits, including working with the Secretary’s Trust Reform Commission; advising senior Departmental officials on tribal consultation requirements, economic and natural resources development issues in Indian country, including oil and gas operations, and Indian gaming and water rights litigation and settlement issues. 

Ms. Ray-Hodge attended Wellesley College graduating in 2000 with a major in Anthropology. She went on to Columbia Law School graduating in 2003 with honors as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Ms. Ray-Hodge is licensed in Oregon, New Mexico and Washington D.C.

CONNIE L. ROGERS is a partner with the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP, in Denver. She advises companies in project development, litigation, and transactions, primarily on federal public lands and Indian lands, with particular emphasis on compliance with federal land management statutes, the National Environmental Policy Act, species protection statutes, federal Indian law and cultural resource and religious freedom concerns, and state and local permits. Prior to resuming her practice at Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP in the fall of 2010, Ms. Rogers served as Deputy Solicitor for Energy and Mineral Resources at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she was the lead Interior lawyer on all manner of issues relating to the development of renewable and conventional energy and mineral resources on Interior-managed lands. Ms. Rogers’ project development experience includes renewable/conventional energy and mineral and infrastructure projects on public and Indian lands; environmental and cultural resources compliance in federal permitting; financing, due diligence, land acquisition, and leasing for wind, solar, transmission, and biomass projects; special use authorizations for educational and research facilities on federal lands; working with stakeholder groups; and defense of legal challenges to project approvals. Ms. Rogers is a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and is vice-chair of the Public Lands Committee and a former co-chair of the Native American Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center of the American West. Ms. Rogers has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Native American Law and Who's Who Legal: Mining 2015. She was named to the Denver Business Journal’s 2014 list of Top Women in Energy. She received her JD in 2000 from Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif.

ELIZABETH (“BETH”) ATKINSON RYAN is senior counsel at Concho Resources Inc., Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she advises asset teams on New Mexico operations, transactions, land, and regulatory matters. 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 (EIB), in 2015 Governor Susana Martinez appointed her to the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission where she served almost four years and sought to achieve the State’s comprehensive wildlife management goals. Beth has also served as a Trustee for the RMMLF since 2008, representing the New Mexico Bar Association. She also served on the Lovelace Regional Hospital Board of Directors, and 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 sixteen years. They have two children: Belle (10 years old) and Kathryn (6 years old).

HUGH THATCHER, Rio Tinto, Phoenix, AZ

ELIZABETH H. (LIZ) TITUS practices in Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Denver, Colorado, office.  She represents clients in the energy and natural resources industries, including mining companies, oil and gas producers, and midstream companies, on a diverse variety of matters. She represents clients with operations on both private and public lands and provides advice regarding commercial issues, surface use, permitting requirements, and regulatory compliance. Liz has represented clients in regulatory enforcement actions before various federal and state agencies, including the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA), the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (FMSHRC), Colorado Minded Land Reclamation Board (MLRB), the Colorado Oil Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).  Liz represents energy clients in both state and federal court in commercial disputes and in class actions. Liz also advises clients on the compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA), and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA).