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

PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS & ACCOLADES

  • Trustee at Large, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2018
  • Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Issues Under the 1930 Right of Way Leasing Act - The Impact of Horizontal Drilling, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, 2018
  • President, Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers, 2018
  • Colorado Reporter, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation: Mineral Law Newsletter, 2018
  • Unleased Federal Minerals and Conflicts with Other Minerals, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation: Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Short Course, 2015, 2017
  • How Do We Fix This?: Bankruptcy, Tax Sales, Foreclosures, and Liens - Denver Association of Division Order Analysts, September 2015
  • Overview of Complicating Factors Affecting Title, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation: Nuts and Bolts of Mineral Title Examination, April 2015
  • Advanced Mineral Conveyancing and Title Issues, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation: Advanced Mineral Title Examination - Oil, Gas and Mining, April 2014
  • 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

PERSONAL

In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family. 

Sarah Sorum


PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION
  • J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., University of Washington, with honors, 2003

BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS
  • Colorado, 2007
  • North Dakota, 2011
  • Wyoming, 2016

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy
  • Women's Energy Network
  • Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
  • Colorado Outward Bound School