Stephanie Barber-Renteria


 (801) 538-5025
stephanie.barber@learlaw.com


Stephanie’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. Her primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, lease acquisition, and division order opinions for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands. Stephanie is admitted to practice and has prepared opinions for lands in Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, and California. She also has experience in administrative hearings and appeals and natural resources litigation. Stephanie also assists clients with drafting and negotiating transactional agreements and real property related instruments.

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Maren Barker


 (801) 538-5027
maren.barker@learlaw.com


Maren’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. Her primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, lease acquisition, and division order opinions for fee, federal, and state lands in New Mexico. Maren is admitted to practice in California, Nevada and Utah. She also has experience with complex commercial and general civil litigations, real property law, contract drafting negotiations, family law, contract disputes, and resolving disputes through settlement conferences, arbitration, meditation, and bench trials.

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Kristin A. Burnham


 (801) 538-5022
kristin.burnham@learlaw.com


Kristin’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. Her primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing division order opinions for fee, federal, and state lands in New Mexico. Kristin is admitted to practice in Utah.

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Alec E. Cannon


 (801) 538-5039
alec.cannon@learlaw.com


Alec’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on mineral law, oil and gas law and litigation, complex title examinations, administrative hearings and appeals, natural resources litigation and appeals, and timber and logging law. His primary focus is on natural resources litigation and appeals for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands. He is admitted to practice in Utah.

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Russel B. Cohen


 (801) 538-5042
russell.cohen@learlaw.com


Mr. Cohen's area of interest and practice is natural resource law as it pertains to public lands. His background emphasizes on labor, employment corporate law in addition to management-level positions within Fortune 500 and 1000 companies. In his spare time, Russell enjoys golfing and outdoor recreation. His practice area includes natural resources and public lands law with emphasis on mineral law, oil and gas law and litigation; complex title examinations; administrative hearings and appeals; public land law.

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Liana E. Gregory


 (801) 538-5036
liana.gregory@learlaw.com


Ms. Gregory's background is in natural resource law and transactional practice, with an emphasis on oil and gas title. Her primary interest pertains to public lands and complex title issues. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor recreational acitivies to include backpacking, cycling, skiing, and snowboarding. Her practice includes natural resources and public lands law with emphasis on mineral law, oil and gas law and litigation; complex title examinations; administrative hearings and appeals; public land law; timber and logging law.

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Rebecca J. Holt


 (801) 538-5004
becky.holt@learlaw.com


Rebecca’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. Her primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling and division order opinions. Rebecca is admitted to practice in Utah. She also advises and assists clients with transactional agreements, federal units, and real property related instruments including title curative documents. Becky is admitted to practice in Utah.

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William J. Houser


 (801) 538-5028
william.houser@learlaw.com


William J. Houser joined Lear & Lear, L.L.P. in 2013 and has focused his practice entirely in the areas of Energy Law and Title Examination. Combining his legal education with his training and experience as an independent petroleum landman, Mr. Houser has helped serve the needs of oil and gas exploration and production companies in the preparation of drill site and division order title opinions and acquisition title opinions, as well as Oklahoma Corporation Commission matters, and employment law. Mr. Houser has also been active in the acquisition and mergers of Energy related companies from the drafting of purchase and sale agreements through closings and the settlement of post-closing issues. Mr. Houser has extensive experience with title examination, leasing and operating on tribal lands, especially in the areas within the jurisdictions of the Five Civilized Tribes, as well as with the Osage and Pawnee Tribes. Mr. Houser is experience in surface damage negotiations, lease and other industry document preparation and analysis generally related to the oil and gas industry.

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David B. Hubbell


 (801) 538-5030
david.hubbell@learlaw.com


David’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. His primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, lease acquisition, and division order opinions for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands. David is admitted to practice in Utah. In his practice, he has experience with old federal lease and unitization issues, ghost towns, meandering rivers, ambiguous depth limitations and railroads.

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Benjamin J. Lear


 (801) 538-5032
ben.lear@learlaw.com


Benjamin’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. His primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, lease acquisition, and division order opinions for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands. Benjamin is admitted to practice in Utah. He also has experience in litigation including contract disputes and professional negligence in all areas or criminal defense.

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Jon M. Lear


 (801) 538-5003
Rubymt@aol.com


Jon’s practice involves natural resource and environmental policy development for public and private sector interests. In recent years, his primary focus has been the use of alternate fuels in the nations’ transportation fleet focusing on natural gas and liquefied natural gas products as method to improve air quality and reduce the emission of particular matter. Jon has also organized and implemented projects across a broad range of natural resource and energy issues including coal leases and electrical generation on native lands (Navajo); off shore Alaska drilling negotiations in Bering and Beaufort Seas between National Environmental groups and six major oil companies; North Slope Native American environmental and energy issues (Gwitchen); and the development of an integrated energy plan for Yellowstone National Park.

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Jonathan D. Lear


 (801) 538-5012
jonathan.lear@learlaw.com


Jonathan’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil, gas and hard minerals. His primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, drilling and division order, acquisition, financing, perfection, and supplemental title opinions for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands. Jonathan is admitted to practice in Utah and North Dakota. He also represents clients on lease acquisition, transactional, and financing title matters, and has extensive experience preparing title-curative documents, negotiating leases and administrative matters before the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining. Jonathan has extensive knowledge of title matters in North Dakota, Montana, Utah and California.

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Phillip Wm. Lear


 (801) 538-5002
phillip.lear@learlaw.com


Phillip’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with emphasis on acquisition, exploration, permitting and production of oil, gas, and mining properties; oil and gas conservation matters; complex title examinations; administrative hearings and appeals; natural resources litigation and appeals; mergers and acquisitions; mineral financing; water rights; and natural resources law on Indian reservations. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, United States Court of Claims, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. Phillip is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Top 100 Legal Elite, and Utah Business.

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Kirstin A. Lindstrom


 (801) 538-5037
kirstin.lindstrom@learlaw.com


Kirstin’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. Her primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, lease acquisition, and division order opinions for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands. Kirstin is admitted to practice in Idaho. She also has experience in real estate and land use.

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Mitchell S. Maio


 (801) 538-5041
mitchell.maio@learlaw.com


Mitch’s practice focuses on many areas of complex oil and gas title analysis, including federal leases and holdings, water rights and split estates. Mitch also has experience in various civil and domestic areas, including victim advocacy, contract negotiation, appellate practice, and public policy. Because of his legal experience and that of a Policy Advisor for the Governor's Public Lands Policy Coordination Office, one of Mr. Maio’s main areas of interest is natural resource law as it pertains to public lands.

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Megan B. Parkinson


 (801) 538-5035
megan.parkinson@learlaw.com


Megan’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on mineral law, oil and gas law and litigation, complex title examinations, administrative hearings and appeals, natural resources litigation and appeals, and timber and logging law. Her primary focus is on natural resources litigation and appeals for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands. She is admitted to practice in Utah. She also has experience with civil litigation firms in Utah and Australia and helped immigrants procure legal aid at the Utah Hispanic Community Center.

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Arati Raghavan


 (801) 538-5008
arati.raghavan@learlaw.com


Arati’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. Her primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, lease acquisition, and division order opinions for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands. Arati is admitted to practice in Utah. Arati also has experience with town site title matters.

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Rohit Raghavan


 (801) 538-5026
rohit.raghavan@learlaw.com


Rohit’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. His primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, lease acquisition, and division order opinions for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands. Rohit is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York. He also represented large and mid-size corporate and municipal clients in several jurisdictions and resolved disputes through settlement conferences, arbitration and trial to a jury verdict; negotiating and drafting large bid procurement and other contracts and legislation; rendering formal opinions; and practice in areas such as insurance, local government, employment, tort, real estate, bankruptcy, commercial contracts and consumer fraud.

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Jacob C. Schipaanboord


 (801) 538-5040
jacob.schipaanboord@learlaw.com


Jacob’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. His primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, lease acquisition, and division order opinions for fee, federal, and state lands. Jacob is admitted to practice in Oregon and Utah. He also has experience in litigation and administrative appeals of natural resources on public lands with an emphasis on mineral law and Forest Service actions. He also has strong knowledge and familiarity with environmental statutes, civil litigation and intellectual property matters.

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J. Mathew Snow


 (801) 538-5005
matt.snow@learlaw.com


Matthew’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the acquisition, exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. His primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, lease acquisition, and division order opinions for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands in Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. Matthew is admitted to practice in Utah, Pennsylvania, New York, North Dakota, Texas, and Oklahoma. He also assists clients with transactional agreements and real property related instruments including title related curative documents. Matthew also represents clients in administrative matters before the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining, the Interior Board of Land Appeals, Mineral Management Service, county-level boards, commissions and councils. He is currently listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Oil and Gas Law.

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Jeffery R. Taylor


 (801) 538-5009
jeff.taylor@learlaw.com


Jeffrey’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. His primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, lease acquisition, and division order opinions for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands. Jeffrey is admitted to practice in Utah. He also has experience with natural resources litigation including disputes concerning joint operating agreements, contractual matters, and matters involving liens against real property. He has also participated in proceedings before the Interior Board of Land Appeals and in the judicial review of such. He also was the Legal Counsel for the Western States Water Council.

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Simon Tolbert


 (801) 538-5021
simon.tolbert@learlaw.com


Mr. Tolbert focuses his practice on advising oil and gas companies through drilling and division order title opinions, supplemental title opinions, and acquisition title opinions for lands located primarily in Colorado and Wyoming. He has advised clients on interpreting and drafting complex oil and gas leases, surface use agreements, and joint operating agreements. Before practicing law, Simon worked for various oil and gas companies over a six year period as an independent petroleum landman in Texas and Colorado, leasing mineral interests, running title, and curing title opinion requirements. Concurrent with his landman career, Simon also served in the Marine Corps Reserves as a logistics officer, finishing his service with the rank of Captain. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his proudest achievement was bringing the eighty Marines under his command back from Iraq safely.

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Deborah R. Van Alstyne


 (801) 538-5024
debie.vanalstyne@learlaw.com


Deborah’s practice involves natural resources and public lands law with an emphasis on the exploration, permitting and production of oil and gas. Her primary focus is conducting complex title examinations and preparing drilling, lease acquisition, and division order opinions for fee, federal, Indian, and state lands. Deborah is admitted to practice in Montana, New York and New Jersey. She also has counseled clients on oil, gas and mineral title issues, pooling and unitization, community leases, and undivided mineral ownership and leasehold estates.

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Brett B. Wiersum


 (801) 538-5017
brett.wiersum@learlaw.com


Mr. Wiersum's background is comprehensive as to water rights, the forest service and public lands. His main area of interest is natural resource law as it pertains to public lands. Outside of the office, Brett enjoys hiking and outdoor recreational actitivies. Mr. Wiersum's pratice involves natural resources and public lands law with emphasis on mineral law, oil and gas law and litigation; complex title examinations; administrative hearings and appeals; public land law; timber and logging law.

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