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Maren Barker

Attorney

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

Maren Barker joined Lear & Lear in 2011 and manages the Oklahoma oil and gas group.  Maren’s primary areas of practice include title examination, due diligence in connection with the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas and other energy assets, regulatory compliance, and providing advice to attorneys and landmen at energy companies.  

Maren has issued hundreds of oil and gas title opinions, including original drilling title opinions, supplemental title opinions, division order title opinions, leasehold title opinions, surface title opinions, and acquisition title opinions.  She also advises land and legal departments in energy companies on a variety of operational and regulatory issues, including pooling and unitization, lease maintenance, payment of royalties and other production proceeds, surface use, and disputes with royalty owners and working interest partners.

Maren also has extensive experience analyzing joint operating agreements, purchase and sale agreements, pooling and unitization agreements, surface use agreements, rights of way, leasehold assignment, royalty and overriding royalty assignments, curative instruments, and various other instruments.

 

Practice Areas

Title Work

  • Drilling & Division Order Title Opinions

  • Acquisition Opinions

  • Financing Opinions

  • Supplemental Title Opinions

  • Curative Title Work

  • Lease Negotiations

  • Financing Title Matters

Transactional & Due Diligence

  • Purchase & Sale Agreements

  • Permitting

Acquisition & Divestiture

  • Due Diligence

  • Title

  • Contract Issues

  • Deal Structuring

    • Transfer of Title

    • Indemnification

    • Confidentiality

    • Lien Priority

  • Third-Party Consents and Waiver

    • Consents to Assign

    • Waiver of Preferential Purchase Rights

  • Transactional Documents

    • Letter of Intent

    • Confidentiality Agreements

    • Purchase & Sale Agreements

    • Title Defects

  • Curative Title Documents

Commission & Regulatory

  • Well Siting and Spacing

  • Pooling, Unitization, and Communitization

  • Surface and Downhole Commingling of Oil and Gas

  • Vertical, Directional, and Horizontal Drilling

  • Surface Use & Bonding

  • Salt Water Disposal & Other Types of Injection Wells

Dispute Resolution/ Litigation

  • Surface & Title Disputes

  • Operational Disputes

  • Contract/JOS Disputes

  • Vendor & Subcontractor Disputes

  • Regulatory Compliance Issues

  • Rights-of-Way Disputes

  • Lis Pendens

  • Quiet Title Actions

Natural Resources

  • American Indian Law

  • Acquisitions of Mineral Interests on Federal, State & Private Lands

  • Compliance & Regulation

  • Permitting

  • Due Diligence

  • Transactions

  • Public Leasing & Permitting

  • Mineral Development

  • Surface Use & Conservation Easements

 

Admissions

Maren is admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions:

  • California

  • Nevada

  • North Dakota

  • Oklahoma

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Wyoming

Professional & Civic Organizations

  • Utah Association of Professional Landmen, President (2017-2018)

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, member

  • Sandy City Council (2016-2019)

  • Sandy City Public Utilities Advisory Board, liaison

  • Sandy City Animal Shelter, volunteer

  • Sandy City Arts Guild, member

  • Healthy Sandy Partnership, member

  • Sandy City Police Citizens Academy

  • Special Olympics, coach

  • Community Theater performer

Education

  • University of Florida, (J.D., 2009)

  • University of Utah (B.S., Magna Cum Laude 2004)