65th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute

  • Monterey, California
  • July 18-20, 2019

Speakers & committee

Program Chair

KATIE SCHRODER is a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, where her practice focuses on all aspects of energy development on federal lands. Ms. Schroder counsels clients on oil and gas leasing and development on federal lands and agency compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. She has extensive experience with the Endangered Species Act and advises on federal royalty issues.  Ms. Schroder regularly represents oil and gas operators in administrative appeals before the Bureau of Land Management, Office of Natural Resources Revenue, and Interior Board of Land Appeals.  She has defended and challenged agency decisions and rulemakings in federal courts across the country. Ms. Schroder is active with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and recently chaired its 65th Annual Institute.  Previously, she has served as a trustee to this organization, chaired its Publications Committee, and authored several papers. She sits on the board of directors of Western Energy Alliance and is a former chair of the Public Land and Resources Committee within the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Ms. Schroder began her career as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor as part of the Solicitor’s Honors Program. She then spent 10 years with a boutique law firm in Denver. She holds a B.A. from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law. After law school, she clerked for Justice Alex J. Martinez of the Colorado Supreme Court.


Corporate Counsel Chair

ERIKA ZIMMER ENGER is Senior Counsel for WPX Energy, Inc., an oil & gas exploration and production company, and previously worked as in-house counsel with Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.  Prior to assuming an in-house role, she worked for several Denver law firms and for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, generally concentrating on oil & gas and environmental work, as well as environmental and litigation matters for mining clients.  Erika earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her A.B. cum laude from Smith College and is a past Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Environmental Chair

KIRSTEN L. NATHANSON is a partner in the Environment & Natural Resources Group at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington DC, focusing on environmental litigation, enforcement defense, risk assessment, and regulatory counseling under the major federal environmental and public lands statutes. She currently serves as a member on the firm's Environment & Natural Resources Group Steering Committee. Her litigation experience encompasses citizen suit defense, regulatory challenges, remediation cost recovery and defense, Administrative Procedure Act actions, and EPA enforcement across nearly all federal environmental laws. Among her current representative engagements, she is engaged in CERCLA contribution litigation against the United States for a major energy company, represents leading crop protection companies in ESA-FIFRA litigation challenging product registrations, serves as federal environmental counsel to a corporation across multiple facilities and CERCLA sites, and works as Clean Water Act regulatory and litigation counsel to multiple national trade associations. Kirsten has been recognized as a leading environmental lawyer in Washington, D.C. by Chambers and Partners USA (2013-2015). Her experience includes federal district court motions and trial practice and federal appellate oral arguments. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal appellate and district courts nationwide. Kirsten currently serves on the Board of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Women's Energy Network and was a founding President of the Chapter in 2011-2012. She is a past president and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and has also led the Crowell & Moring Women Attorneys' Network.

International Co-Chairs

JUAN SONODA is a partner of the Buenos Aires law firm Beretta Godoy, where he chairs the Energy and Natural Resources departments. His practice focuses on the areas of energy and natural resources, foreign investment, international business transactions, and dispute resolution. He has represented extractive companies in arbitrations conducted under the rules of the ICSID and he has assisted several companies in important and complex commercial litigations. He has published several articles on natural resources, BITs, bankruptcy, conflicts of laws and foreign investment. He directed and co-authored a book on indigenous rights in South America from the perspective of the natural resources industry, published by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He graduated cum laude at the University of Buenos Aires School of Law and holds a Masters in Corporate Law from the New York University School of Law. Juan is admitted to the Buenos Aires and New York Bars. He has been singled out by Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal and Legal 500, among other publications.

FRANCE M. TENAILLE is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and a member of the firm’s Business Law and Energy, Infrastructure and Mining Groups. She is also leader of the firm’s Latin America and Cuba teams. France is an experienced business lawyer who has practised in Canada for more than 20 years, advising and leading on Canadian and international commercial and M&A, capital markets, and project finance transactions, with an emphasis on Latin America, energy and natural resources. Before moving to Canada, France practised for more than five years at a major law firm in Caracas, Venezuela. Her civil law background and fluency in Spanish, coupled with her common law training and Canadian experience, allow her to advise Canadian and international clients on a full range of Latin American matters. Similarly, she is also well-positioned to advise Latin American clients on Canadian business and transactions. In addition to The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, France has been recognized for her service and expertise in several prominent publications, including Chambers GlobalChambers Latin AmericaWho’s Who LegalIFLR1000 and Latinvex. France is a founder and former vice-chair and secretary of the New York State Bar Association’s Latin American Council.

Landman's Chair

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.

Mining Chair

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.

Oil & Gas Co-Chairs

TERRY CROSS is a founding partner of McClure & Cross LLP, established in 2008, and practices in the Dallas office of that firm. He has 40 years’ experience in providing legal counsel to the oil and gas industry as in-house counsel in a major oil company, partner in a large law firm energy practice and now in the boutique oil and gas firm of McClure & Cross.  He is licensed in North Dakota and Texas and board certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Board of Specialization of the State Bar of Texas.  He regularly teaches Texas Land Titles as Adjunct Professor at SMU Dedman School of Law and is a frequent speaker and author on energy finance, oil and gas law and industry contracts.  He is a member of the joint editorial board for the development of title examination standards established by the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Sections of the State Bar of Texas. Cross was selected for the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Energy and Natural Resources Law and named the Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Natural Resources Law for Dallas/ Fort Worth for 2018.

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.

Public Lands Chair

MURRAY FELDMAN is a partner with Holland & Hart LLP in Boise.  He represents project developers, state and local governments, landowners, and others in NEPA, Endangered Species Act, public lands, and general environmental litigation and administrative matters.  He also represents parents under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.  Murray co-edited of the 2016 Idaho Book of the Year, Idaho Wilderness Considered.   He co-authored “NEPA’s Scientific and Information Standards—Taking the Harder Look” in the 2018 RMMLF Journal, and was the Public Lands program chair for the 65th Annual Institute.  Murray received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and his M.S. degree from the University of Idaho’s then College of Forestry, Wildlife & Range Sciences (now Natural Resources), and a B.S. from the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, where he attended the Forestry Summer Program in Plumas County and worked on a timber cruising crew on the Plumas National Forest.  He’s written and worked on national forest issues for over 30 years, an interest that began in his teens when he first visited the San Gorgonio Wilderness on the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California with his Scout troop.

Water Chair

RAMSEY LAURSOO KROPF is a shareholder with Somach Simmons & Dunn P.C., a leading firm shaping water law throughout the West. Before joining the firm, she served as Deputy Solicitor, Water Resources, Office of the Solicitor, in Washington, D.C. As Deputy Solicitor, she was the lead water lawyer at the U.S. Department of the Interior from January 2015 - January 2017. Before her appointment, Kropf practiced water law in Colorado for 17 years and was a shareholder with Patrick Miller Kropf Noto, P.C. From 1995 to 2014, she served as the Special Master for the Fifth Judicial District Court in Wyoming’s Big Horn River General Adjudication. Ms. Kropf received her joint J.D./M.B.A. degree from the University of Colorado in 1991 and her B.S.B.A. from the University of Denver in 1984. She is admitted to the bar in Arizona, Wyoming, and Colorado, to the U.S. District Court of Colorado, and to the United States Supreme Court. She loves skiing, biking, soccer, art, travel and enjoying those things with her family.


KARIN S. ALDAMA is a partner in the Phoenix, Arizona office of Perkins Coie LLP. Karin is a commercial litigator who focuses on complex insurance recovery matters. She has represented policyholders on a number of issues, including in successful London arbitrations under the Bermuda Form. She also has extensive experience with complex commercial and appellate litigation in both federal and state courts, as well as with alternative dispute resolution domestically and in the cross-border context. Ms. Aldama’s clients include Fortune 500 large and mid-size companies, and governmental entities operating in a wide range of industries, including the utility, aerospace, and semiconductor industries. Ms. Aldama is a co-chair of the American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. She also has long been involved with the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, and she currently serves as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors and as the President of its Maricopa County Chapter. Ms. Aldama received her B.A., with honors, from National Louis University, and her J.D., summa cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.

JOHN W. ANDREWS is of counsel with the Salt Lake City office of Snell & Wilmer. Before joining Snell & Wilmer in 2018, he spent 24 years as chief legal counsel for Utah’s state land management agency, the School & Institutional Trust Lands Administration, which manages over 4.5 million acres of lands and minerals for the financial benefit of Utah’s K-12 public school system. John was part of a small team that re-organized the agency, bringing Utah’s permanent school endowment from near depletion to a $2.5 billion fund balance in 2018. This work included negotiating, obtaining necessary federal legislation, and implementing a series of state-federal land exchanges that involved almost 1 million acres of land in Utah. John’s current practice is concentrated in public lands, natural resources, energy, and Native American law issues.

ELIZABETH BASTIDA is a senior lecturer specialised in law, policy and the governance of natural resources - with specific expertise in mining and minerals - and their transformation in the context of Agenda 2030. Her work encompasses international, comparative and multidisciplinary approaches to the study of law, and multi-level and multi-stakeholder perspectives in the analysis of law and governance, with a particular focus on mining and minerals. She publishes in law, development and economics journals. She works on two interconnected areas of enquiry in her current research. On one hand, on the interface between global production networks and natural resources extraction, and their impact on local development due to 'governance gaps'. On the other hand, on the role of law and legal systems in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. She is interested in the extent to which law can promote or hinder equity and social justice and democratic governance. She approaches the study of the law applicable to mining and minerals from these perspectives. In the first years of her academic career she focused particularly on the study of Latin American regimes and it is still an important area of my research, even if she has expanded the scope of work to encompass a global perspective.Professor Bastida collaborates with various organisations, acting as external advisor to governments and institutions. These have included assignments with governments (Argentina, Armenia, Côte d' Ivoire, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Mozambique, Mongolia, Montserrat and St Helena Islands), intergovernmental organizations (IADB, UN, UNECA, IFC, World Bank, GIZ, DfID), companies (Anglo American, Rio Tinto, De Beers) and non-governmental organisations (IUCN, RWI, Global Witness, Open Society Justice Initiative) as well as corporate institutions (International Tin Research Institute). She has participated in major international initiatives aimed at transforming concepts and practices in the sector, including the Mining, Metals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) (2002), the International Study Group for the Review of African Mining Regimes (a technical taskforce of which developed the African Mining Vision) as a member (UNECA, from its inception in 2007), and the Model Mining Development Agreement Project (IBA, 2009). Her academic career started as a research fellow at the Institute of Social and Legal Sciences 'Ambrosio Gioja', Law Faculty, University of Buenos Aires. She practised law with the firms Tomás de Pablos & Associates, and Hope, Duggan & Silva in Buenos Aires, with responsibilities in the Mineral and Environmental Law section. She is a qualified lawyer in Argentina (Specialisation in Natural Resources Law, University of Buenos Aires (cum laude); LL.M in Resources Law and Policy (CEPMLP, Dundee; with distinction), Ph.D (CEPMLP/Dundee). Member of the Environmental Law Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2000; Programme Officer of the Mining Law Committee, International Bar Association; nominated in the Who’s Who of Mining Law consecutively from 1999; member of the Academic Board of Revista Argentina de Derecho de la Energía, Hidrocarburos y Minería; associate editor of Resources Policy; member of the Editorial Board of RAW Talks -rawtalks.org an innovative platform on resource governance and economics-; former Deputy Managing Editor of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law.

MARISA BASUALDO is Manager of Legal Affairs and Compliance at Total Gas Marketing Cono Sur S. in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is responsible for providing legal advice to Total Group’s Marketing Subsidiary, Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Assets in Argentina as well as Infrastructure Assets in Brazil. She has broad experience in cross-border energy projects in the Southern Cone, as well as in international arbitration, commercial and investment transactions, and administrative and regulatory issues. Her practice is mainly focused on international and local gas, infrastructure, and power transactions, and a wide range of contracts, such as gas supply agreements, gas transportation contracts, power purchase agreements, debt restructuring arrangements, and the renegotiation of long term contracts, among others. She also has a significant practice in corporate law and complex international M&A transactions. She also acts as board member and regularly seats as representative in private companies and public utilities in Argentina, Chile and  Brazil. Since 2014, Marisa has served as a professor at the Post-Graduate Course of Electricity Market at the School of Engineering ITBA (Technologic University of Buenos Aires).

DIEGO BRIEBA was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Toronto, Canada. He holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law School, an LL.M. degree from Columbia University Law School in New York, and an MBA (Mining Version) from the University of Chile, Department of Industrial Engineering. Diego began working in the fields of natural resources and corporate law as an articling student in the late 1990s, after which he worked at small Chilean law firm engaged in corporate and mining law. After earning his LL.M. degree, Diego moved back to Canada where he joined the international mining practice group of a major Bay Street firm as a foreign legal consultant. Upon return to Chile, Diego joined a major Chilean law firm where he spearheaded the mining practice group attending junior, mid-tier and major players in the mining industry. In 2013 Diego moved to in-house practice as Senior Counsel at Codelco.

MARCILYNN A. BURKE is the Dean and the Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law at the University of Oregon School of Law. Dean Burke’s areas of expertise include leadership, as well as property, land use, and environmental and natural resources law. She has served as a public lands section co-chair and a speaker at RMMLI and a trustee of RMMLF. From 2009-2013, Dean Burke served at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) as a political appointee of President Barak Obama. She initially served as Deputy Director for Programs and Policy for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). President Obama later appointed her as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. In that role, she oversaw the BLM, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement—with almost 12,000 employees and combined budgets of more than $1.7 billion. Following her service at DOI, she resumed her position as an associate professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, where she had been a member of the faculty since 2002. She served as associate dean from 2015-2017, before joining Oregon Law as dean.

STEFANIE L. BURT is a partner in Reed Smith's Energy & Natural Resources Group. Her practice is primarily commercial litigation with a focus on oil and gas litigation, energy litigation, and environmental litigation and regulatory work. Stefanie represents natural gas companies in a wide variety of litigation, including lease and contract disputes, royalty disputes, encroachments, condemnations, statutory disputes, personal injury claims, and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy. She regularly practices before federal and state trial and appellate courts, and has tried cases to decision, including federal court jury trials and American Arbitration Association arbitration.  Stefanie also provides counsel on pipeline and natural gas storage issues, including negotiating and drafting rights-of-way, easements, and other agreements for her clients. Stefanie has a broad environmental law background, with experience representing clients in federal and state environmental enforcement actions and in environmental administrative proceedings. Her environmental practice includes experience in responding to EPA and other governmental notices of violation and requests for information, as well as representing clients in negotiation of consent agreements with regulatory bodies resolving alleged environmental violations. Stefanie also advises clients on federal and state regulatory compliance and permitting issues and performs environmental due diligence.

JEFF M. COHEN is a Partner in the Washington, DC Office of K&L Gates LLP and a member of the Firm’s Energy, Infrastructure & Natural Resources Group.  Jeff focuses his practice on the development and financing of domestic and international energy, mining, oil & gas, and infrastructure projects. Jeff’s experience includes the representation of developers, equity sponsors, financial institutions, borrowers, and sovereign governments in projects in Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Germany, Ghana, Guam, Guyana, India, Kazakhstan, Liberia, New Zealand, Mexico, Nigeria, Northern Mariana Islands,  Palau, Panama, Pakistan, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts & Nevis, Tanzania, the United States, and Vietnam. Jeff has drafted and negotiated all key contractual arrangements in such projects including power purchase, off-take, construction, operation and maintenance, fuel supply, interconnection, transmission, shareholder, joint venture, government support/implementation, and guarantee agreements, as well as debt and equity arrangements in connection with such projects. Jeff also has significant experience in privatizations, public-private partnerships (P3), and restructuring of state-owned assets (primarily electricity, oil, gas, mining, and telecommunications), representing the Governments of Guyana, India, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, and Seychelles in such initiatives.

ANELIYA S. CRAWFORD is a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel in the global Shareholder Activism and M&A and Securities Groups. She represents hedge funds and other large investors in matters concerning shareholder activism, proxy contests, hostile takeovers, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Aneliya is one of the leading attorneys representing activist investors globally with close to 200 major shareholder activism contests, including campaigns in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. Aneliya has extensive experience providing strategic guidance to investors on activist strategies, including proxy contests, settlement negotiations, corporate governance, consent solicitations, letter-writing campaigns, hostile takeovers, and M&A transactions. She provides counsel to clients on their equity investments in public companies, and also represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and asset purchase and stock purchase transactions. Aneliya was named to Crains 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 and has been named a New York “Rising Starby Super Lawyers magazine each year since 2014 for her shareholder activism and M&A practice. Aneliya earned her M.L.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Scholar, and her B.A. from American University in Bulgaria.

ELIZABETH B. DAWSON is a counsel in the Environment & Natural Resources Group in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office. Ellie’s practice covers the range of environmental and natural resources statutes. She counsels clients in navigating these statutes and supports them in agency rulemaking challenges, enforcement defense, and affirmative litigation. Ellie’s prior experience includes over five years at the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where as a trial attorney in the Environmental Defense Section she gained invaluable insight into agency policies, procedures, and thought processes; presented oral argument in three different U.S. Courts of Appeals; and litigated in federal district courts across the country. Ellie holds a Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude, served as notes and comments editor of Environmental Law, and co-chaired the school’s annual Public Interest Law Project auction.

RICHARD D. DEUTSCH is a partner in Houston, Texas, and heads the U.S. division of the International Arbitration Group at McGuireWoods. In his international arbitration practice, he advises leading energy and financial services companies, among others, in international commercial arbitrations and investor-state arbitrations worldwide. He has more than 15 years of experience representing international companies in high-stakes international arbitrations under all major institution rules, including the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He also advises companies in investor/state disputes arising from bilateral investment treaties at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Rich, a fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, teaches International Commercial Arbitration and International Investor-State Arbitration at the University of Texas School of Law and serves on the advisory board of the school’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business. He also is on the adjunct faculty for the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) Institute of International Law. He is a member of the Houston-based advisory committee for ICDR, is on the advisory board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and is president of the Houston International Arbitration Club.

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).

HOLLY DOREMUS is the James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation at the University of California, Berkeley, Co-Director of the Law of the Sea Institute, and Co-Faculty Director of the UC Berkeley Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity. She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She holds a B.S. in biology from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), Ph.D. in plant physiology from Cornell University, and J.D. from UC Berkeley. Her scholarship focuses on biodiversity protection, the intersection between property rights and environmental regulation, and the interrelationship of environmental law and science.

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.

AMY FLAKNE currently serves as the General Counsel of Aspect Holdings, LLC. Formerly, she was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Gates Corporation, after having previously worked as an in-house lawyer at DigitalGlobe and WPX Energy, Inc. Before that, she worked for more than five years as a transactional lawyer at Gibson Dunn and for one year at Akin Gump. Amy graduated from Yale University and received her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. Amy has extensive experience advising U.S. public companies on compliance with SEC disclosure rules from both her time working as an in-house lawyer and also from when she worked in private practice. Amy understands complex upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions from her work for nearly five years with WPX Energy, Inc.

CELIA C. FLOWERS is a partner in Flowers Davis and oversees the Oil & Gas, Real Estate and Civil Litigation Sections. She is triple-Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of Oil & Gas Law, Residential Real Estate Law, and Civil Trial Law. In addition to her law practice, Celia owns East Texas Title Companies serving 25 counties in Texas and worked as a petroleum landman over ten years. The depth of her expertise in the oil and gas, real estate and title insurance fields, and her experience as a small business owner uniquely qualifies her to advocate for her clients, her industries and her community. Celia has served on the Oil and Gas and Real Estate Counsels of the State Bar of Texas. She is a past president of the Texas Land Title Association and served in leadership positions in the American Land Title Association putting her in a position to speak out on national or statewide issues before the CFPB and Texas Department of Insurance. Since 2011, she has served on the Texas Title Examination Standards Board, impacting title examination standards for the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section (REPTL) and for the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Celia is a Fellow in the College of the State Bar of Texas.

RICHARD M. GLICK practices water and environmental law in the Portland Office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He began his career with the California State Water Resources Control Board as staff counsel, and then served as Deputy City Attorney for Portland, responsible for the Bureaus of Water, Hydroelectric Power and Environmental Services. For the past 35 years in private practice, Rick has advised and represented individual and corporate farms, irrigation districts and municipal water utilities around the state. He is a founder of the National Water Law Forum and first president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Rick has conducted water rights audits for a number of high value farmland, vineyard and aquaculture transactions in Oregon, California and Washington State. Rick also counsels clients on regulatory compliance, permitting for major infrastructure projects, water rights, water quality permitting and certifications, wetlands, endangered species, and environmental impact review; assists in assessing and managing environmental risk associated with business or real estate transactions; and represents clients in state and federal Superfund matters. Rick received his J.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

BURKE W. GRIGGS is an associate professor of law at Washburn University. He specializes in American water law, and has published articles on groundwater law, surface water-groundwater issues, interstate water litigation, and water policy. In his prior capacity as an assistant attorney general for the State of Kansas, Mr. Griggs represented the state in Kansas v. Nebraska & Colorado (2009-2015), an original action before the Supreme Court to enforce the Republican River Compact. Professor Griggs also served as counsel of record in Kansas’s first reserved tribal water rights settlement, with the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas. As Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief Engineer of the Kansas Division of Water Resources, he defended DWR in court and drafted legislation enabling the formation of Local Enhanced Management Areas for high-stress regions of the High Plains-Ogallala Aquifer in Kansas. Professor Griggs is a fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, where he contributes to its Water in the West Project. He holds a B.A. from Stanford, a Ph.D. from Yale, and a law degree from the University of Kansas.

ANA M. GUTIÉRREZ is a Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Denver, Colorado. Ana is a preeminent public lands, environmental, and natural resources lawyer. Ana provides counsel to her clients on local, state, and federal environmental regulatory issues affecting project development and operational compliance, with a focus on matters related to the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, as well as various other federal (and state) environmental statutes. Her background involves a wide variety of natural resource projects, including oil and gas development, mining projects, transmission infrastructure, renewable energy infrastructure development, and ski area development. Ana also provides counsel to companies in the implementation of compliance programs, environmental enforcement matters, litigation, and due diligence in transactional matters. Before attending law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Ana took some time away from academics to play semi-professional soccer.

JENNIFER L. HARDER is an associate professor at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, where she teaches courses in water, environmental, and administrative law. She also serves as McGeorge’s Faculty Director for Online Learning. From 1999-2008, Professor Harder was an attorney and partner in the water practice group at Downey Brand LLP, in Sacramento, where she practiced water rights and environmental compliance, and served as general counsel to local public agencies. She previously clerked at the California Department of Water Resources and the Alaska Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the Water Leaders program at the Water Education Foundation, a member of the steering committee for the Anne J. Schneider Memorial Lecture Series Fund, and coauthor of the water law textbook, Cases and Materials on Water Law, 9th ed. (West American Casebook Series, 2014). Her research focuses on integration of classic water rights principles into contemporary regulatory systems, water and growth, and issues of water justice.

DAVID B. HATCH is an oil and gas title and transactional attorney with Walker, Steiner & Schmidt, P.C.  He previously worked for seven years in the Salt Lake City office of Holland & Hart. Dave has extensive experience with drilling title, division order, financing, and acquisition title opinions, with considerable experience in New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. He provides efficient and reliable work on simple to complex issues involving federal, state, Indian, and private lands. 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 his legal career, 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 the 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 both his B.A. in Business Administration and J.D. from the University of Utah.

LYNN P. HENDRIX is a partner in the Denver office of international law firm of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Lynn was formerly with the Denver based law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP until it combined with Bryan Cave in 2012. His practice emphasizes energy and natural resource law and intellectual property law. Lynn graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, and graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1978. During law school he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Nebraska Law Review. Lynn is a former President of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (“RMMLF”). Lynn has authored or co-authored five papers presented at the RMMLF’s Annual Institutes, and over twelve papers presented at the RMMLF’s Special Institutes. Lynn served as Program Chair of the RMMLF’s 45th Annual Institute, and Landmen’s Chair of the RMMLF’s 43rd Annual Institute. Lynn has also presented to the Annual Institute on Oil and Gas Law and Taxation and the Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law both sponsored by the Center for American and International Law (formerly Southwest Legal Foundation), and the Eugene Kuntz Conference on Natural Resources Law & Policy sponsored by the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

MARY ROSE HUGHES is a partner and corporate commercial litigator in the Washington, D.C. office of Perkins Coie LLP. She has extensive experience representing corporate clients in state and federal courts and in state regulatory proceedings and arbitrations throughout the United States. She represents policyholders in the energy industry, including in successful London arbitrations under the Bermuda Form. Mary Rose co-founded the firm’s electronic discovery practice and has served on the faculty of the Sedona Conference eDiscovery Negotiation Program for a number of years. Previously, Mary Rose served as the U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environmental, Health and Natural Resources where she managed international environmental negotiations and chaired the U.S.-Panama Joint Committee on the Environment. Ms. Hughes received her B.S., summa cum laude, from  Georgetown University and her J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

TRACY K. HUNCKLER is a founding partner of Day Carter & Murphy LLP, an energy and natural resources law firm located in Sacramento, California. Tracy has over 20 years’ experience as an energy and oil and gas lawyer, and she is a seasoned litigator in state, federal, appellate, private arbitration and administrative forums. She litigates a wide variety of disputes relating to upstream and midstream operations, including those involving operating agreements, oil and gas leases, processing agreements, surface access, and title issues. She assists her clients with permitting issues and provides advice on the evolving laws governing energy operations in the State of California. When Tracy is not practicing in the energy and oil and gas industries, she handles general real property, easement, and eminent domain disputes. Tracy is a frequent speaker at the West Coast Landman’s Institute and has addressed the American Petroleum Institute and numerous other industry groups and educational seminars.

H. MAX KELLN is a partner in the environmental group in Faegre Baker Daniels’ Indianapolis office. Max represents a variety of business and governmental entities in transactions and enforcement matters, including Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, and other state and federal environmental laws. Before joining FaegreBD, Max worked in Indiana state government as the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) counsel at an international pharmaceutical company in New York, and most recently at a large, multinational law firm in Chicago. Max is the creator, executive producer, and host of the “Notice & Comment: Environmental Law Podcast.”

ALLISON KOSTECKA has been practicing since 2010 with the Denver office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She practices in the firm’s litigation department, where she focuses on complex commercial litigation including securities, antitrust, transnational, and data privacy matters. Allison has extensive experience representing clients in the mining and oil and gas industries, including defending multiple mining companies in derivative lawsuits and securities class actions before federal district and appellate courts and state courts in Colorado and Delaware. Allison also represented an oil and gas company conducting an internal investigation into allegations of antitrust violations involving bidding for state leases of oil/gas parcels. Allison spent several years representing a large energy company in multiple federal court actions aimed at exposing and preventing enforcement of a fraudulently obtained, multi-billion dollar judgment. In addition to working on extensive discovery and motions practice related to this matter, Allison was on the trial and appellate teams that obtained overwhelmingly favorable opinions for the client. Allison continues to represent that same energy company to defend allegations related to climate change in multiple state and federal courts across the country.

RANDALL KULHANEK has over 25 years of utility industry experience. He is currently a Platform Manager for DTE Energy’s Major Enterprise Projects business unit. His previous roles at DTE have included managing consolidated budget forecast and internal reporting for the enterprise and various business unit controller roles. Randall has significant experience in strategy, development, and execution of large capital projects for the company including several regulation driven projects. Randall has also participated in research projects the Construction Industry Institute (CII). In his current project, Randall is serving as the Co-Chair of a research topic focusing on Identifying and Evaluating the Impact of Regulations throughout the Project Life Cycle. This is a multi-year research effort exploring the effects of regulatory changes on capital projects in the power, utilities, and infrastructure sectors to identify ways for companies to better anticipate and adapt to regulatory changes.

WADE C. MANN is a Partner in Crowley Fleck’s Bismarck, ND office. He is part of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources group and focuses his practice on energy and natural resources related regulatory work and litigation. He regularly represents clients before the North Dakota Industrial Commission and North Dakota Public Service Commission as well as in state and federal courts. Wade has previously served as an Assistant Attorney General representing the NDIC Oil and Gas Division and as a hearing officer for NDIC hearings. Through a gubernatorial appointment he also had a stint as the Director of the North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings where he served as an administrative law judge in addition to heading the agency. He is a co-author of “Reservoir Development: Competing Rights of Horizontal and Vertical Developers and Other Oddities of Vertical Legal Principles Gone Sideways,” 58 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 11-1 (2012).

SARAH E. MCLEAN is a founding partner of Shearman & Sterling’s Houston and Austin offices. Sarah is a trusted advisor to private equity funds and management teams with over 20 years of experience representing them in connection with portfolio company investments, acquisitions and divestitures of upstream and midstream oil and gas assets and companies, formation of joint ventures, and various private equity transactions, project documents, and operating agreements across the entire value chain. After growing up in northwest Oklahoma, she obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with honors, from Oklahoma State University and JD from the University of Texas School of Law.

DUANE T. MECHAM is a senior attorney with the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior based in Portland, Oregon. He has been with the Interior Department for 30 years and recently served as Acting Associate Solicitor for the Office’s Division of Water Resources. Duane advises several Interior agencies on federal and tribal water right matters and on compliance with the Endangered Species Act and other laws with respect to federal management of hydropower and irrigation projects. He has served as lead federal negotiator in several Indian water right negotiations and currently serves as chair of the federal teams negotiating the Umatilla (Oregon) and Salish-Kootenai (Montana) Indian reserved water claims. He has authored several articles on state and federal water law and policy issues.

MAX MINZNER is a partner in the energy practice at Jenner & Block. Before joining the firm in 2017, he was General Counsel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He previously helped lead the enforcement arm of the Commission as Special Counsel. He is also a former federal prosecutor with deep experience in complex criminal and enforcement matters. Before his time at FERC, he was a tenured law professor and is one of the country’s leading scholars on administrative enforcement. As General Counsel at FERC, Mr. Minzner oversaw the legal aspects of all of the agency’s work, including matters involving electricity, natural gas, and oil. He supervised the appellate defense of the agency orders in the United States Courts of Appeals. During his time as General Counsel, he was responsible for the agency’s role in litigating and implementing the United States Supreme Court decisions in FERC v. EPSA, 136 S. Ct. 760 (2016) and Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, 136 S. Ct. 1288 (2016). While Special Counsel to the Director to the Office of Enforcement, he helped develop many of the core policies shaping the enforcement program at FERC including the agency’s approach to calculating civil penalties.

SANTIAGO MONTT joined BHP in April 2011 in Chile. As Vice President Legal Copper (today Minerals America) he had accountability for all legal matters impacting BHP’s Global Copper Business. After the Samarco dam failure in November 2015, Santiago moved to Brazil to lead BHP’s legal response. In early 2018, Santiago relocated to Melbourne where he assumed the role of Vice President Regulatory and Disputes. Since January 2019, Santiago holds the role of VP Corporate Affairs, Americas, having responsibility over community, government relations, and communications matters of BHP operations in both North and South America.  Before joining BHP, Santiago was the director of the Centre of Regulation and Competition at Universidad de Chile Law School. He commenced his career at  Montt y Cia in Chile, and at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, focussing on litigation, international and domestic arbitration, and regulatory matters. Santiago holds an LLB from Universidad de Chile, a LLM and JSD from Yale University, and a MPP from Princeton University. He is the author of “State Liability in Investment Treaty Arbitration” (Hart, Oxford, 2009), and “The Public Domain” (LexisNexis, Santiago, 2002).

ALI MOSTAFAVI is assistant professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Purdue University in August 2013. He also holds a Master of Science in Industrial Administration degree from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Ali supervises the Urban Resilience, Networks and Informatics Lab. His research focuses on a system-of-systems paradigm that bridges the boundaries between complex systems science, network theory, and civil infrastructure systems to address sustainability and resilience challenges. He has been a principal investigator (PI/Co-PI) in multiple research projects funded by different agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Construction Industry Institute (CII), and Miami-Dade Expressway (MDX). He is also a member of the Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Power, Utility, and Infrastructure Committee of CII.

DAVID E. PIERCE is a professor of law at Washburn University School of Law where he teaches courses in oil and gas law, energy regulation, property, contracts, and legal drafting. He holds the Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law.

FRED R. PLETCHER is a partner at the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and is Chair of that firm’s mining group, as well as heading up its shareholder activism practice. He advises clients in the areas of mining, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate/commercial law. Fred has served as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and has presented numerous papers on mining, securities law, and shareholder activism topics at conferences and CLEs, including six past RMMLF Annual Institutes and two Special Institutes. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and is on the editorial board for Carswell’s Securities Law and Practice (3rd ed.). Fred is also a member of the Toronto Stock Exchange Listings Advisory Committee and a director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Fred holds an LL.M. from Columbia University, an LL.B from the University of Toronto, and an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 1993.

KYLE P. POLOZOLA is a partner in the Lafayette, Louisiana office of Kean Miller. He practices in the firm’s oil and gas, business and corporate, and real estate groups. Kyle has more than 22 years of experience handling complex oil and gas and commercial litigation disputes, environmental litigation, oil and gas transactional matters, including mineral title examination, due diligence, acquisition and sale of oil and gas properties, and energy regulatory matters. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas. Kyle is a 1992 graduate from the LSU business school, and a 1996 graduate, cum laude, from Loyola Law School in New Orleans, where he served as Managing Editor of the Loyola Law Review.  Following law school, Kyle worked as a judicial law clerk for the Louisiana Supreme Court. Kyle is a member of the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute Advisory Council, and he contributes regularly to mineral law education programs for lawyers and landmen. Since 2016, Kyle has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Oil and Gas Law.

DALE T. RATLIFF is an Associate at Lewis, Bess, Williams, & Weese in Denver, Colorado. Dale’s practice focuses on environmental and administrative law, with a particular emphasis on natural resource projects on public lands, including oil and gas development, transmission infrastructure, renewable energy infrastructure development, and ski area development. He has experience working under a broad spectrum of environmental and public-lands statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. Dale is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he finished first in his class and focused his scholarship on environmental, natural resource, and water issues. Before law school, Dale worked as a fly fishing guide in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, Chilean Patagonia, and Southwestern Alaska.

STEPHANIE M. REGENOLD is an environment, energy, and natural resources attorney at Perkins Coie LLP in Portland, Oregon. Her practice includes counseling clients on natural resources law, permitting and regulatory compliance, administrative proceedings, and environmental litigation. She advises on a range of public and private land development projects, from initiation through completion, including commercial development, oil and gas, mining, timber, and renewable wind, solar, and hydro projects. Her experience extends to due diligence and title review in the Bakken Shale Play in Montana and North Dakota, mineral title review in Wyoming and Idaho, and advising clients on mining-related permitting and compliance issues. Ms. Regenold is licensed in several states, including Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Virginia, and received her B.A., with honors, from Montana State University, and her J.D., with honors, from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

NÉSTOR JOSE RIGAMONTI is a lawyer who has 20 year of working experience with local and foreign investors in Argentina, mainly in the natural resources sector. During the last 11 years, Néstor has acted as a member of the Board and General Counsel of Minera Santa Cruz S.A. and, in the last years, also as Vice-President of Hochschild Mining (Argentina) Corporation S.A. Minera Santa Cruz S.A. is a corporate joint venture between Hochschild Mining and McEwen Mining, that owns and operates a gold and silver mine located in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, has 1,200+ employees and is one of the main producers of silver in Argentina. In addition to his law degree, Néstor received a Master in Business Law from Austral University and an Executive MBA from IAE Business School.

PETER ROBINSON is U.S. legal counsel for Suncor Energy Inc. He is responsible for the commercial side of Suncor’s U.S. businesses, which includes Colorado’s only oil refinery, an interstate pipeline system, a crude oil trading portfolio, a wholesale jet fuel, gasoline, diesel, and asphalt sales business, and a retail gasoline station network. Before joining Suncor, Peter was a natural resources transactional attorney at Bryan Cave LLP (formerly Holme Roberts & Owen LLP) where he worked on upstream oil and gas acquisitions, divestitures, and financings. Peter received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He received Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and in American Studies from the University of Wyoming.

ALEAVA R. SAYRE is a partner at Stoel Rives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She assists mining clients in all stages of mineral exploration, development, operations, and closure. For more than a dozen years, Aleava has assisted mining companies with securing federal, state, and private surface and mineral rights and with navigating the complex regulatory and environmental review and permitting proceedings triggered by proposals to explore or develop minerals. She works closely with financial, technical, and communications teams to develop and implement effective inter-disciplinary strategies to obtain favorable and timely regulatory approvals consistent with applicable law and the companies’ business and social license objectives. And, in the event that administrative proceedings turn contentious or result in litigation, Aleava is experienced in vigorously defending her clients’ interests in contested proceedings whether before an administrative decision-maker or in court. As part of her long-term commitment to the industry, Aleava has served as a reporter for the RMMLF Mining and Water Newsletters and frequently presents to industry and legal organizations on mining-related subjects.

DEBORAH SHINBEIN HOWITT is a Director with Lewis, Bess Williams & Weese in Denver, Colorado. Her law practice has focused on privacy, internet, technology, and marketing law since 1997, and she is a Certified Information Privacy Professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Deborah’s work includes developing comprehensive data privacy and security programs, drafting privacy and security policies, data breach preparation and response, vendor management programs, technology transactions, and marketing and advertising compliance. She offers CLEs and practical training programs for law firms, in-house legal departments, and business executives regarding data privacy and security, data governance best practices, and marketing law. Deborah previously held in-house legal positions with subsidiaries of the Anschutz Company and The Walt Disney Company, and has taught privacy law as an adjunct professor for the University of Colorado Law School. She attended Hastings College of Law and worked in the software industry in Silicon Valley before attending law school.

JOHN M. SMITH is a member, partner, and co-founder of the law firm of Smith Butz, LLC in Washington County, Pennsylvania. He focuses his practice in the areas of Municipal Law and Energy Law. He is at the forefront of gas lease negotiations, local zoning regulations on drilling, and the litigation of ownership of oil and gas rights. Mr. Smith was the lead attorney who successfully argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on behalf of Pennsylvania local municipalities in the landmark case of Robinson Township vs. Commonwealth and was appointed to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's (PBI) “Oil and Gas Law Advisory Committee.” Mr. Smith’s article, “The Prodigal Son Returns: Oil and Gas Drillers Return to Pennsylvania with a Vengeance: Are Municipalities Prepared?” was published in the Duquesne Law Review at Volume 49, Number 1, 2011. Mr. Smith has spoken on oil and gas lease issues at various venues including: the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) conventions, Yale Law School on Local Government Regulation of Fracking, the Society of Environmental Journalists Shale Oil and Gas Development at Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University's, Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law on “Forensics of Fracking.”

SHANISHA Y. SMITH is an associate at Baker & Hostetler LLP in Houston and Denver. Shanisha focuses her litigation practice in the energy and natural resources industry. She represents clients in oil and gas litigation and environmental disputes governed by the Mineral Leasing Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the False Claims Act, the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act, and numerous other environmental statutes and related regulations. Shanisha holds an LL.M. in Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law from the University of Houston Law Center. While obtaining her LL.M., she worked at the Texas Railroad Commission and the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos during the Mexico Energy Reform. Shanisha also has a wealth of experience working in courts. She has had the opportunity to work with a Texas state civil court judge, a federal magistrate judge, two federal district court judges, and a federal appellate circuit judge. Prior to joining Baker’s Energy Team, Shanisha clerked for the Honorable Judge George C. Hanks, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Shanisha is originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and loves to travel.

SARAH P. STEWARD is Counsel, Upstream Commercial and Operations for Exxon Mobil Corporation. Her current practice supports the company’s onshore production operations in the Mid-Continent region and Louisiana. Before joining Exxon, Sarah served as Corporate Counsel, Americas for the Weir Group. She also served as Oil & Gas Counsel with Denbury Resources, where she supported the company’s oil, natural gas, and CO2 commercial marketing group. Before joining Denbury, Sarah was Legal Counsel with Hess Corporation, where she served as the asset attorney for the company’s operations in offshore Gulf of Mexico and North Dakota. Sarah started her legal career with Liskow & Lewis in Houston, Texas, where her practice focused on commercial oil and gas litigation as well as admiralty and maritime law. Ms. Steward holds a B.A. from Austin College in Sherman, Texas; a M.S.W. from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University—St. Louis; and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law, where she served as the Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Criminal Law.  Sarah is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

RYAN STOA is an Associate Professor of Law at Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho, where he teaches Property Law, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and Natural Resources Law. He is the author of Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry (MIT Press, 2018), as well as numerous scholarly articles that address energy regulation, agriculture policy, natural resources management, and international development. Professor Stoa’s popular writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Salon, The Daily Beast, and The Conversation, and his research has been featured in Rolling Stone, Wired, and Gizmodo, among others.

SARAH A. STRUNK is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Fennemore Craig, where she has practiced since 2000. She practices in the area of business and finance law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and finance. In addition, she has substantial experience with international sales contracts and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance. Prior to joining Fennemore Craig, Sarah was the chief legal counsel for the copper/molybdenum division of Cyprus Amax. She represents numerous clients in the mining and natural resource industry. In addition to her legal practice, she current Chairs the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was Chair of the Board of Brio Gold, Inc. (now, Leogold Mining Corporation LMC-T) and a member of the Audit and the Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees. Ms. Strunk received a LL.M. (Corporations), from New York University School of Law and her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. She has been recognized by the International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers, AzBusiness Magazine, Best Lawyers in America, Southwest Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA, among others.

HILARY C. TOMPKINS is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells. She has expansive experience in natural resources and environmental law at the highest levels of government. Most recently, she served in the presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed position of Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) – the agency responsible for the management and conservation of public lands, natural and wildlife resource programs, and the trustee for Native American tribes. In that role, she led over 300 attorneys in 16 offices nationwide and acquired significant experience in onshore and offshore energy development (conventional and renewable), the administration of federal water projects, conservation and wildlife legal requirements, and public land law. Before serving as DOI Solicitor, Hilary was counsel to New Mexico's governor, acting as his chief legal adviser on all matters from appointment of judges and interpretation of constitutional authority to enactment of legislative initiatives. She was also a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York. Hilary began her legal career as an honors program trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she handled civil prosecutions in environmental cases nationwide. Hilary is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.

CARLIN A. YAMACHIKA is a partner with Day Carter & Murphy LLP in Portland, Oregon, where she focuses her natural resources practice on oil and gas, renewable energy, and real estate matters in California and the Pacific Northwest. Carlin advises oil and gas companies with respect to their day-to-day operations and in all phases of exploration, development and production. Carlin has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of a broad range of energy and natural resources agreements, preparing all forms of title opinions, including drilling, division order, and acquisition opinions covering private, state and federal lands, and preparing legal opinions in connection with financing transactions. In addition, she regularly conducts due diligence and negotiations for major acquisitions of oil and gas leases, fee properties, pipeline systems, and wind projects. Carlin presented the paper “Everything Old is New Again: Lease Maintenance Issues that Arise When Oil Prices Drop” at the 62nd Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute and currently serves as the Pacific Northwest Reporter for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Mineral Law Newsletter.

WENDY YU is the Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary at Centerra Gold Inc., an intermediate gold mining company with operations in the Kyrgyz Republic and Canada, development properties in Turkey and Canada, and exploration activities in Turkey, Mexico and Finland. In this position, Wendy provides legal advice on the full spectrum of mining related matters including exploration, confidentiality agreements, international joint ventures, operating agreements, engagement of technical consultants, international law considerations, arbitration and litigation, compliance, and investment agreements. Wendy also oversees the Company’s anti-corruption program. Wendy also works closely with Centerra’s board of directors to oversee the company’s international group of subsidiaries, including subsidiaries in the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkey, the Netherlands, and Mexico.

JAIME P. ZALDUMBIDE has been a partner of Perez Bustamante & Ponce, the largest and oldest law firm in Ecuador, since 1987. He is an experienced attorney in energy, exploration, and exploitation of natural resources and environmental law. He has spent decades advising oil and mining companies on their operations and negotiations in Ecuador. From 2012 to 2016, Jaime practiced in Chile as Senior at Carey Abogados. Jaime has a Juris Doctorate degree in law from the Catholic University of Quito, a Masters Degree in Environmental Law from the University of the Vasque Country, Spain, and has attended post graduate studies at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the Southern Methodist University. During his professional career he was the Private Secretary to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Arbitrator at the Construction Chamber of Quito Arbitration Center, and a manager of the Legal Department of Kerr McGee Ecuador Energy Company (currently part of Anadarko). In 2016 he contributed with the Ecuadorian Chapter of The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, “Indigenous Rights Q&A Book.” Admitted to the bar in Chile and Ecuador, Jaime is one of the few Ecuadorian attorneys to be distinguished as a foreign expert by Chambers Global.