Serving Energy Industries Nationwide
Attorney Malinda Morain

Malinda Morain

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Practice Areas:

  • Litigation
  • Federal Practice
  • Energy Policy & Legislation


Malinda joined Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. in October of 2013 and focuses her practice primarily on oil and gas litigation and federal lands. Malinda is a zealous industry advocate inside the courtroom and before administrative agencies. She regularly advocates for clients on matters related to natural resources development on public lands as well as environmental issues. Malinda also has experience with contract and land-use disputes, as well as royalty and payment of proceeds litigation. Malinda has extensive experience in state and federal courts and at the appellate level. She takes a thoughtful and efficient approach to litigation and has experience in complex, multi-party disputes and large-scale electronic discovery.

Prior to joining Beatty & Wozniak, P.C., Malinda worked in the New York office of an international law firm, where she represented an industry joint defense group as well as a leading petroleum company in a complex, multi-district environmental and products liability litigation. She also worked as a Law Clerk with the Staff Attorneys' office at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as a Summer Associate in Intellectual Property and Litigation at a top firm in her hometown in Iowa.

As an undergraduate, Malinda co-authored several academic papers on venomous snake locomotion and venom injection and brings her experience as a biologist to her environmental litigation. When she is not working, she can be found marathon training or exploring the mountains.


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Honors: With High Distinction
  • Lafayette College
    • B.S. - 2002
    • Honors: Marquis Scholar
    • Honors: Nalven Memorial Scholarship
    • Honors: Excel Scholarship
    • Major: Biology

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, Advocacy and Regulatory Committee Chair
  • Western Energy Alliance, Board of Advisors
  • Colorado General Counsel Group, 2017 - 2018

Representative Clients

  • Oil and Gas Exploration Companies
  • Midstream Companies
  • Trade Associations
  • Utility Companies

Past Positions

  • McDermott Will & Emery, Associate, 2005 to 2013