Mineral Title Examination

At Welborn, our oil and gas title attorneys have decades of experience analyzing mineral title and preparing title opinions, with particular expertise in Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Texas. We offer our clients a full suite of title services, ranging from due diligence and stand-up title examination to curative and litigation assistance. We have issued thousands of acquisition, due diligence, drilling, division order and supplemental title opinions for oil and gas operators, mining companies, financing institutions, and property owners. Welborn attorneys have served as expert witnesses and title arbitrators in complex mineral title disputes.

We pride ourselves on collaborating with our clients to draft accurate, timely, and thorough title opinions that concisely describe client-relevant issues and provide practical curative solutions specifically tailored to our clients’ needs. When our opinions are completed, we work with our clients to cure title defects effectively and efficiently. With deep industry knowledge, we understand the complexity of title in historic basins, and are able to provide these services in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Our oil and gas mineral title attorneys are recognized in Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America®, Who’s Who in Energy, and Top Women in Energy.


  • Authored thousands of title opinions covering fee, federal, state, and Indian lands throughout the Rocky Mountain West, including historic basins like the Denver-Julesburg and Wattenberg (including the Codell and Niobrara formations), Piceance, San Juan, Uinta, Powder River, Green River, Williston (including the Bakken formation), Permian and Delaware (including the Wolfcamp, Delaware, Spraberry, and Bone Spring formations), Eagle Ford, and many more
  • Authored division order title opinion for a 70,000 acre federal exploratory unit including fee, state, and federal lands
  • Authored title opinion covering a force pooled unit in Adams County, Colorado involving 5 residential subdivisions and over 1,000 mineral owners and lessees
  • Authored title opinion covering a dedicated portion of Big Spring, Texas and several residential subdivisions and hundreds of mineral owners and leases
  • Authored acquisition and financing opinions covering existing and proposed mining properties in Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and California
  • Authored title opinions covering enhanced recovery units in Colorado and Wyoming
  • Directed several large-scale due diligence programs for clients acquiring hundreds of HBP leases in the Denver-Julesburg, Piceance, and Green River basins
  • Provided expert testimony in litigation regarding complex chain of title to HBP federal lease in North Dakota