Laura Lindley

Laura Lindley

Special Counsel

llindley@wsmtlaw.com
Main: +1 303 830 2500
Licensed in: Colorado


OverviewExperience & ResultsPractice AreasHonors & InsightsEducation & Admissions
Overview

Laura has represented oil and gas producers, a large wind energy project, coal and geothermal operators and other natural resources developers during her more than 35-year career.

She has also served as an arbitrator on a number of matters involving contract disputes between natural resources developers.

Laura has particular expertise in public land issues, including maintenance, extension, suspension and unitization of federal oil and gas leases, and permitting issues for resource development projects on federal lands, including National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act and National Historic Preservation Act compliance.

Experience & Results
  • Counseling a major wind farm project on National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and other statutory requirements for constructing a project on federal lands.
  • Counsels numerous oil and gas producers on issues related to federal units, suspensions of federal leases, federal royalties and permitting of operations on federal lands.
  • Has worked on acquisitions and divestitures of producing and non-producing properties.
  • Has prepared many drilling and division order title opinions for oil and gas operators.
  • Has obtained favorable decisions in several Interior Board of Land Appeals matters.
Practice Areas
  • Mining
  • Public Lands
  • Oil & Gas Transactions
  • Environmental Law
  • Mineral Title Examination
  • Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • Renewable & Alternative Energy
  • Mediation & Arbitration
Honors & Insights
  • Listed as one of Denver’s Top Lawyers compiled by 5280 Magazine in the practice area of Natural Resources Law, 2015-2019
  • Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Administrative / Regulatory Law 2007-2019, Energy Law 2007-2019, Natural Resources Law 1991-2019 and Oil and Gas Law 2007-2019.
  • Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2018.
  • Selected for inclusion in the Denver Business Journal’s 2016 edition of Who’s Who in Energy, October 2016
  • Selected as one of Best Lawyers® Women in the Law in the practice areas of Administrative / Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law and Oil & Gas Law, featured in their Spring 2016 Business Edition, the inaugural Women in the Law issue, May 2016.
  • President of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 1999-2000.
  • Instructor, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation biennial Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Short Course (1990-2009, 2015-2019).
  • Vice-Chair, Committee on Public Lands and Land Use, ABA Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, 1988-1999.
  • Chair, Mineral Law Section, Colorado Bar Association, 1987-1988.
  • President, Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers, 1988.
  • Author, “A Roadmap to the Administrative Appeals Process,” 34 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 14-1 (1988).
  • Author, “Participating Areas,” Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Pooling and Unitization II, Paper No. 13A, Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. (1990).
  • Author, “Of Teapot Dome, Wind River and Fort Chaffee: Federal Oil and Gas Resources,” 10 Natural Resources & Environment 21, ABA (Summer 1995).
  • Author, “Non-Endangered Wildlife and Mineral Operations—Opportunities and Obligations,” 42 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 12-1 (1996).
  • Author, “The Life Cycle of a Federal Unit,” Onshore Pooling and Unitization, Paper No. 14, Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. (1997).
  • Author, “The Alternatives Analysis,” Ch. 5, The NEPA Litigation Guide (ABA 1999); Co-Author, “The Alternatives Analysis,” Ch. 5, The NEPA Litigation Guide, 2nd Ed. (ABA 2012).
  • Author, “Formal and de Facto Federal Land Withdrawals, 48 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 25-1 (2002).
  • Author, “NEPA and Federal Land Use Planning,” Public Land Law III, Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. (2003).
  • Author, “Unit and Federal Lease Suspensions and Extensions,” Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Pooling and Unitization, Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. (2006).
  • Co-Author, “Advanced Mineral Conveyancing and Title Issues,” Advanced Mineral Title Examination, Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. (2014).
  • Co-Author, “The Impact of Unit Events Upon a Federal Oil and Gas Lease,” Federal Onshore Pooling & Unitization, Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. (2014).
  • Co-Author, “Overview of Complicating Factors Affecting Title,” Nuts & Bolts of Mineral Title Examination, Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. (2015).
  • Co-Author, “Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Issues under the 1930 Right-of-Way Leasing Act—The Impact of Horizontal Drilling,” 64 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 23-1 (2018).
  • University of Denver College of Law Natural Resources Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, 1993.
Education
  • J.D., University of Denver, 1980, Order of St. Ives
  • B.S., Louisiana State University, 1975
Bar Admissions / Qualifications
  • Colorado