Special Counsel

John F. (Jeff) Welborn specializes in serving as a mediator/facilitator in disputes that involve (U.S. and international) oil and gas, mining or other natural resource matters.

He has almost 40 years of experience in oil & gas and mining transactions and matters, both in the U.S. and globally, in natural resource regulatory matters and in negotiating and drafting natural resource development agreements, financing arrangements, and conveyance documents.

Representative Matters

Mr. Welborn worked at the senior management level in business development for a large international mining company (1997-2005). He served as a Commissioner (1982-1992) and Chairman (1987-1992) of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and as Chairman (1983) of the Mineral Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association.

He has been an Adjunct Professor of oil & gas, mining and natural resources law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He has taught in the natural resources area for continuing education seminars and has produced numerous papers for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

He is currently on the faculty for a course on Mineral Exploration Management that is presented annually in Denver, Perth and other locations globally.

Practice Areas
  • Mediation Services
  • Oil and Gas
  • Mining

  • J.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1972
  • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1968

Bar Admissions / Qualifications
  • Colorado, 1972

Professional & Community Activities
  • Cherry Hills Village, Council 1990-2002; Mayor 1998-2002
  • Numerous community boards and commissions