Current Landscape of Royalty Dispute Litigation

  • a Virtual Setting
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021


OWEN L. ANDERSON is a RMMLF life Honorary Trustee, former Board member, former Treasurer, and an awardee of the Clyde O. Martz Professorship. He is a Distinguished Oil & Gas Scholar at the University of Texas School of Law, Co-Academic Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy Law & Business at the University of Texas, and is the Eugene Kuntz Chair in Oil, Gas, & Natural Resources Emeritus and George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He has authored or co-authored over 100 articles, several books, and treatises on water law and domestic and global petroleum law, including International Petroleum Law and Transactions (RMMLF 2020), A Students Guide to Estates in Land and Future Interests (Carolina Acad. 2020), Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (West Acad. 7th ed. 2018 and six prior editions), Oil and Gas Law and Taxation (West Acad. Hornbook 2017), the updates to Kuntz on Oil and Gas Law (Matthew Bender, since 1995), and Texas Law of Oil and Gas (LexisNexis Matthew Bender, since 2019). 


STACY BURROWS is a Partner with Barton and Burrows, LLC, in Mission, Kansas. Stacy is a trial lawyer with experience in various substantive areas of the law, including class action oil and gas royalty underpayment matters, mass action employment law related matters, wrongful death actions, medical malpractice claims, mass action oil and gas operator trespass claims and other complex matters. She is currently acting as co-lead counsel in a complicated mineral owner trespass case in the U.S. District Court of Colorado, where she obtained a class certification status for a group of landowners who had asserted trespass claims against one of the largest oil and gas operators in the U.S.


MATT SALZMAN is a Partner with Stinson LLP in Kansas City. He focuses on contract-related and environmental litigation and class actions, particularly in the oil and gas, financial services, and insurance industries. He has represented and advised exploration and production, midstream, pipeline, and refining companies in a wide variety of matters, including 14 royalty owner and overriding royalty owner class actions and numerous individual royalty and overriding royalty owner lawsuits. 


ELIZABETH L. TIBLETS is a Partner in the Fort Worth office of K&L Gates. She is a member of the oil, gas, and resource practice group. She focuses her practice on energy and commercial litigation. She represents energy clients of all sizes in matters involving alleged royalty underpayment, title disputes, and a wide variety of other contract disputes, including disputes involving operating agreements and purchase agreements.