Sarah Sorum

Sarah Sorum

Main: 303-830-2500
Direct: 303-376-4490
Licensed in: Colorado, North Dakota, Wyoming

OverviewExperience & ResultsPractice AreasHonors & InsightsEducation & Admissions

Sarah handles a variety of operational matters for her energy industry clients. In particular, clients rely on Sarah for her extensive expertise in leasing, land use, site development, and permitting on state and federal lands.

Her practice includes counseling clients on energy project siting issues on private lands, including negotiating with surface owners, drafting conveyance, leasing, and surface use contracts, and handling multiple use conflicts.  Sarah helps clients navigate regulatory hurdles by advising on federal, state, county, and city land use regulation and compliance issues.  Sarah also handles transactional matters for her energy industry clients – negotiating and drafting purchase and sale and exchange agreements, coordinating and conducting due diligence for large scale acquisitions, and settling defect notices.  Sarah also has extensive experience in title examination, drafting hundreds of stand-up and sit-down title opinions covering fee, state, and federal minerals.

Prior to joining WSMT, Sarah practiced for seven years at a boutique oil and gas firm in Denver and served as a law clerk for the Honorable John W. Madden, IV.

Experience & Results
  • Authored over 100 title opinions covering fee, federal, and state lands in the Rocky Mountain region, including Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota
  • Authored acquisition title opinions and conducted due diligence for asset exchange of thousands of acres in the DJ Basin
  • Counseled clients on divestiture, acquisition, and asset exchanges of producing and non-producing properties in Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota
  • Represented solar developer in land acquisition for the development of utility-scale generation facility
  • Counseled clients on issues related to federal units, suspension of federal leases, and permitting of operations on federal lands
  • Represented clients and obtained favorable decisions before the Interior Board of Land Appeals
Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Government Relations
  • Renewable Energy/Utilities
  • Mining
  • Mineral Title Examination
  • Oil & Gas Transactions
  • Public Lands
  • Land Use
  • Acquisitions & Divestitures
Honors & Insights
  • Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy, Colorado Leadership Team (2020 to present)
  • Named a “Top Woman in Energy” by the Denver Business Journal (2020)
  • Mentor, Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP), Colorado Supreme Court
  • Trustee-at-Large, The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law (2018 to present)
  • Co-Author, Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Issues Under the 1930 Right-of-Way Leasing Act – The Impact of Horizontal Drilling, The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law (2018)
  • President, Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers (2018)
  • Presenter, Unleased Federal Minerals and Conflicts with Development of Other Minerals, The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law: Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Short Course (2015, 2017, 2019)
  • Colorado Reporter, The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law: Mineral Law Newsletter (2018 to present)
  • Presenter, Common Mineral Title Defects in Wyoming, Wyoming State Bar Convention (2018)
  • Presenter, How Do We Fix This?: Bankruptcy, Tax Sales, Foreclosures, and Liens – Denver Association of Division Order Analysts (September 2015)
  • Co-Author, Overview of Complicating Factors Affecting Title, The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law: Nuts and Bolts of Mineral Title Examination (April 2015)
  • Co-Author, Advanced Mineral Conveyancing and Title Issues, The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law: Advanced Mineral Title Examination – Oil, Gas and Mining (April 2014)
  • Author, North Dakota’s Dormant Mineral Act, Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen: Rocky Mountain Landman (February 2014)
  • Case Law Reporter, Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers (2009–2017)
  • J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., University of Washington, with honors, 2003
Bar Admissions / Qualifications
  • Colorado
  • North Dakota
  • Wyoming