WSMT attorneys Keith Tooley, Laura Lindley, Kendor Jones, Rebecca Watson, Brian Tooley and William Rapson have been selected to the 2017 Colorado Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. WSMT extends congratulations to all of you.
WSMT attorney Joseph Pierzchala has been selected to the 2017 Colorado Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Congratulations on this accomplishment.
WSMT Shareholder, Rebecca Watson, served as Program Co-Chair for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Special Institute on Advanced Public Land Law-The Continuing Challenge of Managing for Multiple Use. The Institute was held in Santa Fe, NM January 26-27. A link to the presentations can be read here.
Seven WSMT attorneys are included in the 2017 edition of Denver's Top Lawyers List compiled by 5280 Magazine. Keith Tooley and Brian Tooley-Civil Litigation; Ed Blieszner-Transportation; Carolyn Burr-Water; and Rebecca Watson, Laura Lindley and Steve Sullivan-Natural Resources Law.
WSMT Associate, Allison MacKinnon, has been accepted into the Denver Petroleum Club's 2017 Mentor/Mentee Program. The program brings together established oil and gas industry leaders with young industry professionals to provide insight, guidance and advice regarding their professional career development.
WSMT Shareholder, Steve Bain, presented at the Colorado Bar Association's Live Program and Webcast on December 8, 2016. The program reviewed topics covered in the new edition of Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property. The 2016 edition of the book can be purchased through this link.
U.S. News - Best Lawyers® releases 2017 "Best Law Firms"™ list. WSMT received Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in Natural Resources Law. Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Read the full WSMT Tier Report here.
WSMT shareholder, Jim Noble, has been appointed to a four year term on the Colorado Ground Water Commission by Governor Hickenlooper. The appointment took place last week. The Colorado Ground Water Commission is a regulatory and adjudicatory body authorized by the General Assembly to manage and control ground water resources within eight Designated Ground Water Basins in eastern Colorado. Designated Basins are areas in the eastern plains with very little surface water where users rely primarily on ground water as their source of water supply.
October 24, 2016
Our firm provided a tee box sponsorship at the 3rd Annual Denver Petroleum Club (DPC) Charity Golf Tournament held October 10th. WSMT attorneys Joe Pierzchala, Heidi Ruckriegle, Bill Rapson and Jim Noble enjoyed a great day on the course.
WSMT extends congratulations to John A. Masterson, an attorney in our Casper, WY office. He has been elected President of the Wyoming State Bar. The 2016/2017 election results were announced last week in Laramie, Wyoming at the Bar's Annual Business Meeting.
September 19, 2016
Ten Lawyers in Fourteen Practice Areas from WSMT were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Congratulations to Carolyn Burr, Laura Lindley, Ed Blieszner, Rebecca Watson, Keith Tooley, Brian Tooley, Kendor Jones, J. Kenneth Barbe, Hampton O'Neill and John Masterson. Read the Press Release for detailed information.
Congratulations to WSMT Shareholder, Ken Jones who was selected as a 2016 Distinguished Recipient of the Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award by the Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation at their Annual Institute. The Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award was established in 1993, named in honor of the eighth president of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, an esteemed teacher of natural resources law whose casebook pioneered the teaching of the law of natural resources development and who made many other contributions to the growth and stature of the Foundation, including the editing of the first edition of the American Law of Mining. This award recognizes excellence in teaching natural resources law as the primary criterion, with consideration given to the fostering of a broad understanding of the law, mentoring of students, and innovative style, together with other relevant teaching qualities.
WSMT Shareholder, Amy Seneshen, has been elected Managing Partner of our firm. Read the Press Release for more details.
Read The Denver Post article authored by WSMT Shareholder Rebecca Watson entitled How to Prevent Loving Colorado's Outdoors to Death.
Congratulations to Amy Seneshen, managing partner at WSMT, who has been named by the Denver Business Journal as one of the Top Women in Energy for 2016. These women come from a variety of industries within the sector, such as exploration, production, engineering, renewable, law, well services, finance, manufacturing, education, training, public policy and environment. Nominations were accepted online for three months, then were reviewed and scored by a panel of judges. The top 40 were selected based on their expertise, leadership and personal commitment to their communities. A special publication highlighting the 40 honorees will publish both in print and online with the July 8 issue of the Denver Business Journal.
WSMT Extends Congratulations to John Masterson selected as a 2016 Mountain States Supers Lawyers as well as Alaina Stedillie selected as a 2016 Mountain States "Rising Star". To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nomination and peer evaluations.
Chambers USA ranks J. Kenneth Barbe in the practice areas of Real Estate and Corporate/M&A in Wyoming; John A. Masterson in the practice area of Litigation: General Commercial in Wyoming and Keith D. Tooley in the practice area of Natural Resources in Colorado.
Chambers USA ranks Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley as one of twelve Colorado law firms in their Natural Resources & Environment practice area.
Rebecca Watson and Laura Lindley were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® Women in the Law - Business Edition | Spring 2016. Rebecca in the practice areas of Energy Law & Natural Resources Law; Laura in the practice areas of Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law and Oil & Gas Law. This was the inaugural Women in the Law issue.
WSMT provided sponsorship at the 6th Annual Western Energy Alliance (WEA) Golf tournament held on May 26th at Arrowhead Golf Club. Blake Leavitt from Bayswater Exploration & Production, LLC joined WSMT attorneys Chelsey Russell, Joe Pierzchala and Scott Turner for a great day on the course.
WSMT Shareholder, Sheryl Howe, presented at the Denver Association of Division Order Analysts ("DADOA") 2016 Spring Seminar. The topic of the afternoon session was Enhance Your General Oil & Gas Knowledge. Sheryl's presentation was entitled The Uniform Probate Code. Take a look at her power point presentation here.
WSMT Shareholder, Rebecca Watson, is quoted in an article entitled "Locals worry BLM plans may exclude their voices" published in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. Read the article here.
WSMT Shareholder, Rebecca Watson, participated in a panel discussion during the 25th Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute held at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law on March 10th. The topic was "Federal Public Lands: The Heart of the Rocky Mountain West." Professor Robert Keiter was the moderator and former BLM CO State Director, Ann Morgan, was the other panelist. You can review the power point presentation that formed the basis of the discussion here.
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley is Thrilled to Announce the Addition of Preeminent Denver Oil & Gas Attorneys Laura Lindley, Sarah Sorum and Allison MacKinnon to the firm. Read the entire Press Release here.
Alaina Stedillie, an associate in our Casper, WY office, has been appointed to the Wyoming State Bar Association's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She will serve a three year term. Read the complete committee member list here. The purpose of this committee is to promote diversity in the legal profession and to facilitate equal access to the justice system by persons of diverse backgrounds.
WSMT shareholders, Keith Tooley and Rebecca Watson, were included in the 2016 Denver's Top Lawyers List compiled by 5280 Magazine. Keith in the practice area of Civil Litigation and Rebecca in the practice area of Natural Resources. You can search the entire list here.
Ken Jones, managing partner at WSMT, has been selected as a member of Who's Who in Energy by the Denver Business Journal ("DBJ") 2015-16. This special report is a joint project with American City Business Journals publications in four other cities - Houston, Pittsburgh, Dallas and San Antonio. The Denver leaders, as well as those selected in the four other markets, are featured in the special report published in the November 27th issue of the DBJ that includes more than 500 business leaders across multiple industries and states who are driving energy deals and making daily contributions to this industry. Read the entire list here.
U.S. News - Best Lawyers® releases 2016 "Best Law Firms" list. Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley received Metro Tier 1 Ranking in Natural Resources for Colorado and Metro Tier 1 Ranking in Corporate Law for Wyoming. Firms included in the 2016 Best Law Firms™ list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive rankings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity. Read our All Tier Report here.
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley is pleased to be a sponsor of the Annual Renewable Energy Law & Policy Summit which will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at The University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Here is a link to the program's pertinent information and registration: http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/enrlp/renewable-energy-law-policy-summit
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley is excited to announce the roll-out of our "Law of the Land" Blog. The focus of the blog is to bring you news and information that will help you stay “one step ahead” in our rapidly changing world. Blog topics span the range of our practice areas, covering everything from developing issues in employment law, to new BLM or EPA policies or rules, business deals, to recent court decisions affecting our clients. Blog posts are authored by WSMT attorneys, who understand the topic, can provide analysis and highlight what matters to you and why. See something of interest but want to know more? We are happy to come to your office and present a free “lunch and learn” on these and other topics impacting your business. View the Constant Contact announcement at http://conta.cc/1FCBU0R
WSMT is pleased to welcome two new attorneys to our Casper, WY office. John A. Masterson and Alaina M. Stedillie joined the firm on September 1, 2015. Read the Press Release here
Rebecca W. Watson was selected as a member of the Advisory Board to the Draper Natural History Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The Draper Natural History Museum opened in Cody, Wyoming in 2002. The museum is designed to integrate natural sciences with the humanities to present a broader perspective on the American West.
WSMT Shareholders J. Kenneth Barbe, Hampton K. O'Neill, Kendor P. Jones, Keith D. Tooley, Edward J. Blieszner, Brian S. Tooley and Rebecca W. Watson were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016. Read the Press Release here.
During the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's ("RMMLF") Annual Institute held in Anchorage July 15-18 Amy Seneshen was elected chairperson of the Site Selection Committee for the Annual Institute and Rebecca Watson was selected to the Board of Directors of RMMLF. Both are shareholders at WSMT.
WSMT Extends Congratulations to J. Kenneth Barbe selected as a 2015 Mountain States Super Lawyer® as well as Nora Pincus selected as a 2015 Mountain States "Rising Star". To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nomination and peer evaluations.
WSMT Attorneys, Amy Seneshen and Chelsey Russell, presented "How to Attract and Retain Top Female Talent" at the GGI North American Conference held in Las Vegas on May 14-16, 2015.
WSMT Shareholder, Steve Bain, was elected to the Advisory Council of the CBA's Environmental Law Section during their annual meeting held on May 25, 2015. The term runs for three years.
Chambers USA Ranks WSMT as one of eleven Colorado firms in their Natural Resources & Environment Practice Area. Our shareholder, J. Kenneth "Ken" Barbe, was also recognized as "Leaders in Their Field" in the Corporate/M&A and Real Estate Practice Areas in Wyoming.
WSMT extends Congratulations to our very own Stacie Hedrick in achieving the Association of Legal Administator's ("ALA") Presidents' Award of Excellence. Stacie, along with other members of last year's Board, put in the hard work and dedication it took to achieve this Award. Her leadership and efforts will be recognized at an Awards Dinner which will be held in Nashville later this year.
WSMT Shareholder, Sheryl Howe, presented at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Special Institute on Nuts and Bolts of Mineral Title Examination | Mineral Law Series. You can read her paper entitled Putting the Substance of the Opinion on Paper here
WSMT Associate Jennifer Cadena has been selected to the Advisor Program of the Colorado General Counsel Group (CGCG)
WSMT Proudly Congratulates Kendor P. Jones on being selected for Ten Years as a Colorado Super Lawyer®
WSMT Extends Congratulations to Keith D. Tooley, Brian S. Tooley, Rebecca W. Watson and William R. Rapson selected as 2015 Colorado Super Lawyers® as well as Jennifer Cadena and Joseph Pierzchala selected as Colorado Rising Stars.
WSMT Shareholder James Noble has been selected to become a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal Editorial Board.
Kelly Williams, one of our Salt Lake City attorneys, has been named as a 2015 Legal Elite | Top Lawyers in Utah by Utah Busines Magazine.
Nora Pincus, who practices in our Salt Lake City office, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Bar Examiner Committee for the Utah State Bar.
WSMT Associate, Jennifer Cadena Fortier, has been appointed to the Law Committee of the Board of Law Examiners by the Supreme Court of Colorado. Her term will run from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2021. The Law Committee consists of eleven volunteer attorneys.
Three WSMT Shareholders are named in the 2015 Top Lawyers list compiled by 5280 – The Denver Magazine. Congratulations to Ken Jones (Natural Resources), Keith Tooley (Civil Litigation) and Rebecca Watson (Natural Resources). Click here for detailed information about the process as well as the complete lawyer list.
WSMT Extends Congratulations to our very own Kendor P. Jones who was Presented The Lifetime Achievement Award by The Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen (“DAPL”) at their Annual Holiday Luncheon held December 17th. This award is presented to a current/past DAPL member who has exemplified the land profession and demonstrated leadership by contributing to the industry, the DAPL, the community and the land profession. Read the Article from The Rocky Mountain Landman here: WSMT-DAPL Hall of Fame-KPJones
WSMT Shareholder, Sheryl Howe, recently presented at the CLE in Colorado, Inc. Real Estate Fall Update. Her presentation was entitled Identifying the Mineral Fee or Leasehold Estate Holder - Tactics, Resources and Off-Record Complexities. The program was co-sponsored by the Real Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association.
U.S. News - Best Lawyers® releases 2015 "Best Law Firms" list. Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley received Metro Tier 1 Ranking in Natural Resources Law for Colorado and Metro Tier 1 Ranking in Corporate Law for Wyoming. Firms included in the 2015 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practive and breadth of legal expertise. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity. Read the All Tier Report for our firm here.
WSMT Shareholder, Sheryl Howe, presented at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Special Institute on Federal Onshore Oil and Gas & Unitization. You can read her paper entitled Plans of Development, Expansion, or Unit Contraction here
WSMT Associate, Scott Turner, is a member of the 2014-15 Denver Petroleum Club Mentor/Mentee Program. Read more about the program requirements here.
WSMT Shareholder, Rebecca Wunder Watson, is named in the Denver Business Journal's 2014 Who's Who in Energy list.
WSMT provided sponsorship for the 1st Annual Western State Colorado University PLRM golf tournament fundraiser in association with the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen (DAPL). WSMT associates Scott Turner, Chelsey Russell and Joe Pierzchala represented the firm at the event.
WSMT Shareholder, Rebecca Watson, presented to the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board earlier this month at the Rifle Branch Library. Read The Sopris Sun news article here.
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley partnered with Noble Energy to sponsor the monthly event for Women In Energy held at our 17th Street office on Thursday, August 21st. Approximately 100 women were in attendance. Our managing partner, Ken Jones, served beverages for the evening, check out the photo. Women In Energy, with 1,000 members, is a Denver based networking group which was founded to provide a platform to support conversation among women that work in the energy industry in any capacity.
WSMT Shareholders Kendor Jones, Keith Tooley, J. Kenneth Barbe, Brian Tooley, Edward Blieszner and Rebecca Watson were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. Read the Press Release.
WSMT Shareholder, J. Kenneth Barbe, has been named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" | Casper.
WSMT Shareholder, Edward J. Blieszner, has been named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Litigation-Municipal "Lawyer of the Year" | Denver.
WSMT Associate, Joshua Cannon, is quoted in August 3rd Wall Street Journal article entitled Dispute Flares Over Burned-Off Natural Gas. Read complete article here.
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley is a proud sponsor of the 60th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Annual Institute being held in Vail, CO July 17-19, 2014. Our very own Rebecca Watson has the honor of serving as the Program Chair. Kelly Williams and Joshua Cannon, attorneys in our SLC office, will present "Frontier Flaring: Science & Economics, Politics & Regulation-the Future of Flaring" during the Thursday afternoon session. WSMT Shareholder Amy Seneshen serves as a Trustee-At-Large for the Foundation and will attend the Trustee Council Meeting on July 16th. Other WSMT attorneys attending the 3 day event will be Kendor Jones, Lisa Perry, Edward Blieszner, James Noble, Sheryl Howe, John Meck, Stephen Sullivan, Brian Tooley, Keith Tooley, Danielle Wiletsky, Carolyn Burr, Scott Turner, Joseph Pierzchala, Jeffrey Flege, Chelsey Russell, Jennifer Cadena and Nora Pincus. Program information can be read by clicking the link above.
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley is pleased to announce that Jennifer L. McDowell Has Accepted the Position of Special Counsel with the firm. Read the Press Release.
Chelsey Russell and Scott Turner present Understanding Interests in Oil & Gas Lands & Production at the HalfMoon Education Oil, Gas & Mineral Land Titles Conference.
Lisa V. Perry presents Death of a Record Title Owner: Solving Estate Related Title Problems in Colorado (co-authored with Julie A. Clark) at the HalfMoon Education Oil, Gas & Mineral Land Titles Conference.
Steve Bain and Jennifer Cadena present Use of Easements in Oil & Gas Law at the HalfMoon Education Oil, Gas & Mineral Land Titles Conference.
WSMT is participating in the 3rd Annual Utah Governor's Energy Development Summit being held June 3-4 at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. This year's event will host over one hundred expert speakers from around the country, as well as elected officials and energy industry leaders. The 2014 Summit will address regional issues, encouraging the participation of energy professionls from throughout the Intermountain West. Pictured from left to right are attorneys Joshua Cannon, Lisa Perry, Kelly Williams and Nora Pincus at the WSMT booth. Read the Deseret News article here
WSMT managing partner and shareholder, Kendor P. Jones, attended the Denver Petroleum Club Charity Ball where $30,000 was raised for three nonprofit organizations. Mr. Jones serves on the Board of the DPC. Edward Blieszner, Chelsey Russell and Jennifer Cadena also attended the event. Read The Denver Post article here.
WSMT Shareholder Stephen A. Bain will speak to the Colorado Environmental Partnership about the Legal Framework for Colorado Industrial Stormwater Permitting on May 16th. Click here to read his handout.
WSMT Shareholder Thomas McKee and Associates Chelsey Russell and Scott Turner recently presented FEDERAL LEASES AND EXPLORATORY UNITS: Issuance, Assignment and Administration of Federal Leases and Units at the Denver Association of Lease and Title Analysts ("DALTA") 2014 Spring Seminar held in Denver, Colorado. Their power point presentation can be viewed here.
Joshua Cannon, an associate in our Salt Lake City, Utah office was elected as the incoming Treasurer for the Utah Association of Professional Landmen ("UAPL"). Josh will serve in this position for the next year.
On March 12, 2014, shareholder Rebecca W. Watson spoke to the Boone and Crockett Club dinner at the 79th Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver, CO. The Boone and Crockett Club is the oldest conservation organization in the U.S. and the invitation only event included wildlife professionals from state and federal government, as well as Club members. Ms. Watson’s remarks focused on domestic energy production and regional wildlife mitigation. Click here to read the entire speech.
Jennifer Cadena, an associate at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. Established in 1977, the CHBA is comprised of dedicated lawyers committed to improving the life of Hispanics in Colorado and has been involved in several issues in that regard. The CHBA is also actively working on expanding the number of Hispanic attorneys in Colorado. Ms. Cadena's term began in January
Sheryl Howe and Scott Turner Recently Presented At The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Special Institute on Advanced Mineral Title Examination-Oil & Gas and Mining. Click here to read their presentation entitled Advanced Mineral Conveyancing and Title Issues.
January 23, 2014
J. Kenneth Barbe, a shareholder at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, has been appointed as Commissioner of the 7th Judicial District for Natrona County, Wyoming.
Rebecca W. Watson, a shareholder at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, has been named in the 2013-14 Who's Who in Energy special supplement by the Denver Business Journal. This is the second consecutive year Ms. Watson has been included in the listing. Rebecca's professional areas of expertise include public land access and energy development for oil and gas, solar, wind, geothermal, and transmission with an emphasis on federal environmental law. She is an experienced advisor and trial lawyer in the areas of Federal Land Policy Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act and Clean Water Act.
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley has received Metro Tier 1 Ranking for Natural Resources Law in Colorado by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" for 2014. Read Press Release for additional information and rankings.
U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" has ranked Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley in the Metro Tier 1 for Corporate Law in Wyoming. Press Release provides additional information.
The WSMT annual attorney retreat was held on October 24-25 at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. After meetings both days, Amy Seneshen, Danielle Wiletsky, Keith Tooley, Carolyn Burr, Julie Clark, Scott Turner, Kelly Williams and Sam Bacon enjoyed horseback riding at Sombrero Ranch. Steve Bain, Steve Sullivan, Joe Pierzchala, Pat Tolley, Jeff Flege, Sheryl Howe, Ken Barbe, Josh Cannon, Jennifer McDowell and Brian Tooley hiked to Hallet Peak (pictured) while John Meck, Jim Noble, Dick Harring and Jed Franklin hit the golf course
The weather was picture perfect the first afternoon of the WSMT annual attorney retreat so they enjoyed a hike to Gem Lake. Pictured are: Brian Tooley, Bill Rapson, Nora Pincus, Keith Tooley, Danielle Wiletsky, Lisa Perry, Julie Clark, Chelsey Russell, Joe Pierzchala, Ken Barbe, Steve Bain, Jeff Flege, Pat Tolley, Jim Noble, Jennifer McDowell, Carolyn Burr, Sheryl Howe, Jennifer Cadena and Jed Franklin
Rebecca W. Watson, a shareholder at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley and Don Smith, Director of University of Denver Sturm College of Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Program have written an op-ed on fracking for Christian Science Monitor. Read the article at http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2013/1023/Oil-and-gas-development-is-key-to-US-future.-Don-t-ban-it.-Regulate-it?cmpid=addthis_email#.Umg1Fwn8lxE.email
WSMT is a proud sponsor of the Third Annual Renewable Energy Law & Policy Summit entitled The World of Renewable Energy being held on October 18th at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
The Casper (Hampton O'Neill) and Denver (Rebecca Watson, Jennifer Cadena and Joe Pierzchala) offices of WSMT successfully represented UR Energy USA Inc. in a federal challenge brought by Biodiversity Conservation Alliance under NEPA and FLPMA to the Bureau of Land Management's authorization of the Lost Creek In-Situ Uranium Recovery Project in Sweetwater County. A preliminary injunction action was defeated in early 2013 and the Court ruled on the merits on September 18, 2013 upholding BLM's decision to issue the Lost Creek ISR, LLC permit to mine. Attached is a Casper Star Tribune news article describing the in-situ uranium lawsuit
WSMT Shareholders, J. Kenneth Barbe and Stephen J. Sullivan, serve on a panel of speakers addressing the question: Can Wyoming Have It All? Multiple Mineral/Energy Development in Wyoming: How to Make it Work at The Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference in Gillette, Wyoming
WSMT Associate, Scott Turner, participates in a panel discussion regarding Mineral Title Issues for the General Practitioner at The Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference in Gillette, Wyoming
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. has become an Independent Member of Geneva Group International ("GGI"). As members of GGI, one of the top ten international accounting, consulting and law firm alliances, we are able to deliver the best possible advice on a global scale. Through GGI we have access to experts around the world who are able to give advice on local regulations, compliance and go-to-market strategies. GGI’s broad international presence opens up a gateway to the global marketplace for both us and our clients. Through our GGI membership we have access to high quality firms in nearly every major financial and commercial centre worldwide. This remarkable facility applies whether you are looking for business opportunities beyond national boundaries, or need international support in addition to services in your home market. We are here to help and support your success wherever your business takes you. For more information, visit GGI at www.ggi.com
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WSMT is thrilled to announce the opening of our Salt Lake City, Utah office at 299 South Main Street in the Wells Fargo Center.
Read Chapter 9 of The Landman's Legal Handbook authored by our very own Kendor Jones, John F. (Jeff) Welborn and Chelsey Russell entitled Split Estates & Surface Access Issues. Click here to download a one-page order form for the entire handbook from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Read the article The Global Impact of U.S. Oil and Gas Development authored by Rebecca W. Watson, a shareholder at WSMT, and Don Smith who directs the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Environmental & Natural Resources Program featured in The Denver Post on Sunday, August 25, 2013.
We are pleased to announce that Six (6) Attorneys from Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).
James M. Noble, a shareholder at WSMT, will serve as a Vice Chair of the ABA Mining and Mineral Extraction Committee for 2013-2014. The Mining and Mineral Extraction Committee provides a forum for research, study and discussion of the multitude of natural resources, energy and environmental issues facing the hardrock and coal mining industry, including sustainable development and climate change. Through articles and programs, the Committee brings together those with interest in national and international laws and policies guiding and regulating the mining industry.
Jennifer Cadena, an associate at WSMT, was nominated and will serve on the ABA Public Lands and Resources Committee as Vice Chair for Social Media for 2013-2014. The Public Land and Resources Committee focuses on a broad array of federal land issues, as well as local, state and public land and resource issues. In the federal context, the Committee will consider federal land matters pertaining to the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Park Service, Wildlife Refuge Management system, military installations and other federal land holdings.
Our firm has become a member of the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC). The NDPC's purpose is to provide governmental relations support to the more than 350 companies it represents who are involved in all aspects of the oil and gas industry including oil and gas production, refining, pipeline, mineral leasing, consulting, legal work, and oil field service activities in North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Rocky Mountain region.
Rebecca W. Watson has been named Program Chair for the 60th Annual Institute of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation to be held in Vail, CO the third week of July 2014. In that position, she will be responsible for working with Foundation volunteers to develop, manage, write and present 29 separate educational presentations on oil and gas, mining, environmental and natural resource topics for lawyers and landmen at the two and a half days conference.
The 59th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute takes place in Spokane, WA this year. Two of our shareholders, Amy Seneshen and Rebecca Watson, serve as Trustees-at-Large for the organization and will attend the Trustees Council Meeting on July 17th. Several other WSMT attorneys will also attend the 3 day conference. Complete details can be read by clicking the link above.
WSMT is pleased to be a Reception Sponsor at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's 59th Annual Mineral Law Institute.
Stephen A. Bain, a shareholder at WSMT, was re-elected to the 2013-2014 Board of Advisors of Western Energy Alliance at their annual meeting.
Rebecca W. Watson, a shareholder at WSMT, was re-elected to the 2013-2014 Board of Directors of Western Energy Alliance and Re-Appointed as Secretary during the June annual meeting.
Congratulations to J. Kenneth "Ken" Barbe, a shareholder in our Casper, WY office on his selection to the 2013 Mountain States Super Lawyers list.
We recently celebrated our 20th Anniversary! The firm has grown to 33 attorneys since 1993. Back row: Jim Noble, Joe Pierzchala, Jeff Flege, Brian Tooley, Tom McKee, Ken Barbe, Keith Tooley, Kathryn Haight, Steve Bain, Scott Turner and Sam Bacon. Middle Row: Ed Blieszner, Rebecca Watson, Carolyn Burr, Amy Seneshen, Jennifer Cadena and Chelsey Russell. Front Row: Steve Sullivan, Sheryl Howe, John Meck, Lisa Perry, Danielle Wiletsky and Jed Franklin. Not Pictured: Kendor Jones, Richard Harring, Julie Clark, Jennifer McDowell, Hampton O'Neill, Jeffrey Peterson, and Patrick Tolley
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, along with other members of Colorado's energy industry, contributes to fundraiser for Wounded Warrior Project. Read the article at http://blogs.denverpost.com/thebalancesheet/?p=8867&preview=true
Take a look at the WSMT 2013 Denver's Best Lawyers® profile on page 12 at http://www.bestlawyers.com/Docs/Viewer.aspx?pub_id=31&year=2013. We extend congratulations to our six attorneys selected for this honor: Kendor Jones, Keith Tooley, Brian Tooley, Edward Blieszner, Rebecca Watson and Kenneth Barbe
Congratulations to Kendor P. Jones, Keith D. Tooley, Brian S. Tooley and William R. Rapson who were selected to the 2013 Colorado Super Lawyers list as well as James M. Noble selected to the 2013 Colorado Rising Stars list. | (PDF)
Several WSMT attorneys attended the firm's annual ski trip. Pictured from left to right are Carolyn Burr, Jed Franklin, Steve Bain, Danielle Wiletsky, Chelsey Russell, Lisa Perry, Sam Bacon, Sheryl Howe, Brian Tooley, Joe Pierzchala, Scott Turner and John Meck
Rebecca Watson will speak to the Public Lands Committee of the Utah State Bar in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The focus of her talk will be a look back at the first term of the Obama administration’s public lands energy policy and a look forward at what a second term under a new Secretary might bring. This lunch event is co-sponsored by the Wallace Stegner Center and is free. Visit http://today.law.utah.edu/?events=public-land-energy-in-the-obama-era-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly for additional information.
Congratulations to our legal administrator, Stacie Hedrick, who has been chosen as President-Elect of the Mile High Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators for the 2013-2014 Board year.
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley's client, Fresh Takes Kitchen, is partnering with organizations such as recreation centers, after-school programs, neighborhood clubs and other community groups to offer affordable meal delivery/pickup programs to participants. For more information on this Denver-based company visit www.freshtakeskitchen.com or read the January 10, 2013 5280 magazine blog feature at www.5280.com
WSMT is proud to sponsor the Denver Center Theatre Company's Directors Society. We believe the arts are a vital part of every community and are delighted to support The Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley will serve as the Breakfast Keynote Sponsor for the Second Annual Renewable Energy Law & Policy Summit: Driving the Development of Renewable Energy on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Edward J. Blieszner, a Shareholder at WSMT, has been named the Best Lawyers' 2013 Denver Litigation - Municipal "Lawyer of the Year"
Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year" making this accolade particularly significant.
Congratulations to Rebecca W. Watson Being Named Barrister's Best For Colorado's Best Renewable Energy Lawyer
This honor originated from Law Week Colorado, Vol. 10 | No. 36 "It's hard to pick a standout in this category - given the amount of news and work in this area - but Rebecca Watson is a star in our eyes. There's not much she doesn't know, so we tip our hat to her". To see a full list of winners, visit www.LawWeekOnline.com
Mineral Resources Development Water Needs: Water Supply Considerations, RMMLF Special Institute on The Water-Energy Nexus
Presented by WSMT Attorney James Noble.
Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Supply Protection - Federal Regulatory Developments, RMMLF Journal, Vol. 49 | No. 2 | 2012
Initially presented by Rebecca W. Watson and Nora R. Pincus at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute entitled "The Water-Energy Nexus: Acquisition, Use and Disposal of Water for Energy and Mineral Development" and appeared in the Institute manual as Paper 6 (Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. 2012).
The University of Colorado Denver Business School along with the Global Energy Management (GEM) Program will present its third annual energy forum, Energy - Moving Forward 2012 in October. Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley is proud to participate as a Bronze Sponsor of the event.
2012 Colorado Bar examination is a Memorable Anniversary for Chelsey Russell, an associate at WSMT
Chelsey gave birth to her daughter Hayden the Saturday before last year's bar exam.
Shareholder Lisa V. Perry has passed the Nebraska State Bar examination.
Shareholder Edward J. Blieszner moderates Water/Wastewater Trends Roundtable Discussion. Members of eight companies from the water/wastewater industry gathered at our offices to discuss current trends in the industry, including how recent economic and other factors are impacting their work. Click on the link to read complete article published in the ENR Mountain States June 25, 2012 edition.
Rebecca W. Watson, a shareholder at WSMT, was re-elected to the 2012-2013 Board of Directors of Western Energy Alliance and Re-Appointed as Secretary during the June annual meeting.
Stephen A. Bain, a shareholder at WSMT, was re-elected to the 2012-2013 Board of Advisors of Western Energy Alliance at their annual meeting.
Darcy Levy will serve as the At-Large Council Member on the 2012-2013 CBA Natural Resources & Energy Law Section Executive Council joined by Kendor Jones as the NREL Delegate to CBA Board of Governors.
Several attorneys and employees of WSMT participated in a Weed Warrior & Native Garden project through Volunteers of Outdoor Colorado at South Platte Park~Carson Nature Center on Friday, June 8, 2012. Pictured from left to right are Steve Sullivan, Danielle Wiletsky, Steve Bain, Carolyn Burr, Julie Clark, Jim Noble, Dean Stalnaker, Joan Hoover, Rebecca Watson, Lisa Perry, Jed Franklin and Chelsey Russell.
WSMT Shareholder, Rebecca Watson, will present The Role of Natural Gas as a "Bridge" Fuel during the Natural Resources Law Center's Annual Clyde O. Martz Summer Conference on June 7, 2012
WSMT Attorneys, Carolyn Burr and Rebecca Watson, present at The University of Denver Water Law Reviews 5th Annual Symposium
Carolyn Burr and Rebecca Watson presented Water, Give Us Energy! at The University of Denver Water Law Reviews 5th Annual Symposium entitled "2012: The Year of Water". Please contact JoAnne Gann at email@example.com if you would like a copy of their power point presentation.
WSMT has again been recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court for its commitment to providing pro bono legal services.
Amy Seneshen, a shareholder at WSMT, participates in Law Week Colorado's 1st Quarter Managing Partner Roundtable
The topic for the 1st Quarter Roundtable was Should Firms Consider An Overhaul? It took on some big ideas, including a discussion about whether the legal industry should approach the game differently.
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley teams with VOC
WSMT will host a breakfast with representatives from the oil and gas industry on March 27, 2012 to learn more about Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado ("VOC") and opportunities to strengthen our mutual interests in statewide stewardship. Rebecca Watson, a shareholder with the firm, became a board member at VOC in July of 2011.
WSMT provides "double diamond" sponsorship for GeoLand Ski Day.
On March 9, 2012 six of our attorneys attended a unique gathering of geologists, landmen, geophysicists, managers, attorneys and vendors at Breckenridge Ski Resort benefitting the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen (DAPL) and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG). Pictured from left to right are: Joe Pierzchala, Darcy Levy, Chelsey Russell, Jed Franklin, Lisa Perry and Sheryl Howe.
Congratulations to Ken Jones, Keith Tooley, Brian Tooley and Bill Rapson recognized for inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers® as well as Amy Seneshen and James Noble recognized for inclusion in Rising Stars 2012 | (PDF)
Sheryl Howe Presents Putting the Substance of the Opinion on Paper at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on the Nuts and Bolts of Mineral Title Examination February 9, 2012 | (PDF)
Rebecca Watson Presents Energy Policy on Public Lands "New" and Old Energy, February 9, 2012 | (PDF)
Announcing Expansion of WSMT's Casper, Wyoming Office | (PDF)
Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Has Ranked Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. in the National Tier 2 Firm for Oil & Gas Law | (PDF)
Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise.
Attorneys Joseph C. Pierzchala and Chelsey J. Russell Join Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley | (PDF)
Associates Scott Turner and Jeff Flege have passed the Wyoming Bar examination.
This will allow Scott and Jeff to assist clients with their oil and gas title needs in Wyoming. Associate Nora Pincus passed the Montana Bar examination.
Rebecca Watson Presents at CLE Seminar | (PDF)
September 29, 2011
Attorney Rebecca Watson presents “Energy & Water: Federal Clean Water Act Case & Policy Update” at the CLE Seminar on Water Law in Helena, MT.
Rebecca Watson Presents to UR 2011 | (PDF)
September 19, 2011
Attorney Rebecca Watson presents "Uranium Mining: Challenges of Coordination Between Federal Agencies" at the National Uranium Conference in Casper, WY. See related paper (PDF)
Rebecca Watson to Serve as Co-Chair at RMMLF Annual Meeting
Rebecca Watson was asked to serve as co-chair of the Public Lands Section for the 2012 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) Annual Meeting.
Amy Seneshen elected to serve as RMMLF Trustee
Amy Seneshen was elected in July 2011 to serve as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation for a two-year term. Amy recently completed her term as the Chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association.
Rebecca Watson Joins Board of Directors of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
In July 2011, Rebecca Watson joined the Board of Directors of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. On September 20, 2011, Xcel Energy donated $23,500 to Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Throughout the 2011 season, Xcel Energy donated $250 to Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado for every home run hit at Coors Field. Jonathan Adelman from Xcel Energy presented the check to Ann Baker Easley (VOC Executive Director),Bob Van Wetter (VOC Board Chair), Jay Kenney (VOC Board Vice Chair), and Rebecca Watson (VOC Board Member). Support from companies like Xcel Energy means that Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado can continue to provide hands-on volunteer opportunities for Coloradoans to help protect, enhance, restore, and preserve our State's natural resources.
Firm Attorneys Win in Oil and Gas 60-day Lease Issuance Case Cheyenne, Wyoming »
June 2011 (The Associated Press)
A judge has ruled that the Interior Department must abide by a deadline in the Mineral Leasing Act...
Rebecca Watson Hosts Wind & Solar Webinar | (PDF)
June 21, 2011
Rebecca Watson hosts "Public Land Wind & Solar: 2010 Lessons Learned and New 2011 Guidance" webinar.
Attorneys Carolyn F. Burr and James M. Noble Join Welborn Sullivan | (PDF)
June 2011 (Denver, CO)
Attorneys Carolyn F. Burr and James "Jim" M. Noble join the Energy and Natural Resources firm of Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley P.C.
Nora Pincus Speaks at the Colorado Women's Bar Association Conference
June 11, 2011
Ms. Pincus gave a presentation entitled "Natural Resources Issues for Non-Natural Resource Practitioners: An Introduction to Basic Principles and Commonly-Encountered Issues" to conference attendees in Vail, CO
Firm Attorneys Challenge BLM's Oil & Gas Policies »
May 2, 2011 (Oil & Gas Journal)
Litigators Rebecca Watson, Brian Tooley, Steve Bain, Kathryn Haight and Nora Pincus file a nationally significant lawsuit in USDC for the District of Wyoming on behalf of the Western Energy Alliance (formerly IPAMS) and six (6) oil and gas companies challenging the BLM's failure to timely issue federal oil & gas leases.
Rebecca Watson Presents to DU Law School | (PDF)
April 27, 2011
Rebecca Watson presents "New (and Old) Energy on Public Lands" to DU Law students studying Oil and Gas Law.
Steve Bain Presents to the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen
Steve Bain presents an "Overview of International Oil and Gas – Contracts, Customs and Corruption" to the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen in Denver, CO.
Rebecca Watson Presents at RMMLF Special Institute | (PDF)
March 3, 2011
Rebecca Watson presents "Managing Cultural Resource Issues on Indian Lands" at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute.
Jeff Welborn Offering Mediation and Arbitration Services
Founding member John ("Jeff") Welborn focuses his legal practice on mediation and arbitration. Jeff serves as a mediator and arbitrator in disputes involving oil and gas, mining, and other natural resources issues. He has extensive experience in domestic oil and gas law, in domestic and international mining law, in natural resources regulatory matters, and in negotiating and drafting natural resource development agreements, financing arrangements, and conveyance documents. Jeff's experience includes a variety of relevant legal and industry positions as: senior management in an international mining company; Commissioner and also Chair of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; Chair of the Mineral Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association; Adjunct Professor in oil and gas, natural resources, and water law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; and, instructor on natura resources matters for continuing education seminars. Jeff is a graduate of Dartmouth (1968) and the University of Colorado School of Law (1972).