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Estee A. Sanchex

Estee A. Sanchez

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Biography

Ms. Sanchez brings over 20 years of experience helping clients in all phases of acquisition, development and operation of properties in the oil and gas/natural resources industry. Licensed to practice in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming, states where natural resources play a leading role, Ms. Sanchez has a deep understanding of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, key industry stakeholders, and local market factors that drive transactions and litigation. She serves as day-to-day industry counsel for clients on issues that face oil and gas companies, particularly on matters related to exploration and production, due diligence, project financing, and mineral title examination. Ms. Sanchez's oil and gas title examination practice focuses on the preparation of comprehensive acquisition, drilling and division order title opinions for fee, state, and federal lands throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

An industry scholar-author, each year Ms. Sanchez writes the chapter on federal royalties in the Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases, the chapter on Oil and Gas for the Colorado Bar Association and is a regularly appearing contributor to the legal column in the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen newsletter. She is frequently sought to research and write industry papers for and to speak at conferences of The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law.

Education

  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 2000
  • University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
    • B.A. - 1994
    • Honors: With High Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2001
  • Wyoming, 2002
  • Kansas, 2006
  • North Dakota, 2011
  • Nebraska, 2011

Professional Associations

  • The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law, Member, Present
  • Denver Association of Professional Landmen, Member, Present
  • Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers, Present
  • Wyoming Bar Association, Member, Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member, Present

Classes & Seminars

  • Oil and Gas Update 2017, Live Program and Webcast; Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, February 2017
  • Extended Oil and Gas Leases: And So Long Thereafter… Happily Ever After?, The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law Special Institute on Advanced Mineral Title Examination, January 2014

Published Works

  • Royalties, Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases, Rocky Mineral Law Foundation, Chapter 13, 2022 - Present
  • North Dakota Operators Can Suspend Royalty Payments Based on the Existence of a Title Dispute, a Successful Dispute is Not Required, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol 39, Issue 7, 2022
  • Federal Lease Suspensions, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 38, Issue 9, 2021
  • Dormant Mineral and Mineral Lapse Statutes, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol.37, Issue 9, 2020
  • Tax Sales and Tax Titles in Colorado, Vol. 37, Issue 2, 2019
  • Conflict Between Federal Oil and Gas Leases and Federal Coal Development in Wyoming, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 35, Issue 9, 2018
  • Scope and Authority of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: Martinez v. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 35, Issue 1, Summer, 2017
  • Tax Deed Validity and Redemption by One Tenant in Common, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 34, Issue 3, 2016
  • Oil and Gas Company Remains Liable for Assigned Wells in Wyoming, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 34, Issue 3, 2016
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty While Providing Professional Landman Services, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 33, Issue 5, 2015
  • Oil and Gas Law, Annual Survey of Colorado Law, Colorado Bar Association, 2005 - 2015
  • Business Entities in Oil and Gas Title Chains, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 32, Issue 7, 2015
  • Extended Oil and Gas Leases: And So Long Thereafter… Happily Ever After?, Advanced Mineral Title Examination: Oil, Gas, and Mining, No. 4 (Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn.), 2014
  • Tax Sales and Tax Titles in Colorado, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 24, Issue 5, 2006
  • Ownership of Minerals Underlying Rights-of-Way, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol 24, Issue 6, 2006
  • Conveyances with Trusts in the Chain of Title, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 24, Issue 4, 2005
  • Wyoming’s New Act for Entry to Conduct Oil and Gas Operations, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 23, Issue 8, 2005
  • Torrens Title In Colorado, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 33, Issue 6, 2005
  • Cabot Decision Interprets Wyoming Royalty Payment Act as to Upstream Transportation Costs, DAPL Rocky Mt. Landman, Vol. 22, Issue 9, 2004

Pro-Bono Activities

  • The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law