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Attorney William E. Sparks

William E. Sparks

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Biography

Bill is a natural resources and energy litigator who has handled cases covering a wide range of issues regarding energy and oil and gas development. Bill also represents clients on regulatory matters involving natural resources development at the state and federal levels.

Bill relocated and opened the firm's Houston, Texas office located in The Woodlands in August 2020.

Bill has handled cases before state and federal courts in Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Montana, North Dakota, Louisiana the District of Columbia, as well as other administrative bodies regarding the issuance and development of oil and gas leases, Joint Operating Agreements, transportation agreements, appeals of state oil and gas regulations, federal units and related environmental law compliance. Bill has also argued cases before federal district courts and the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Bill also specializes in counseling clients on the leasing and development of oil and gas on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Indian lands. Specifically, Bill has represented independent oil and gas producers in litigation, including arbitrations involving the Mineral Leasing Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Energy Policy Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act.

Bill also advises oil and gas companies on regulatory compliance at the state and federal levels, including representing companies before state level oil and gas commissions regarding alleged violations. Bill also counsels companies in negotiations and transactions related to all levels of oil and gas development.

Last, Bill has advised and represented entities related to property tax appeals before the Colorado Board of Assessment Appeals, and before the Appraisal Review Boards of Dallas and Harris Counties, Texas.
Bill joined Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. in 2009 after practicing in the Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado offices of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Education

  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas
    • J.D. - 2003
  • The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Oxford, Mississippi
    • B.S. - 1999
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2008
  • Wyoming, 2008
  • Texas, 2004
  • District of Columbia, 2005

Professional Associations

  • Houston Association of Professional Landmen, Member, Present
  • Denver Association of Professional Landmen, Member, Present
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Member, Present
  • Western Energy Alliance, Member, Present

Classes & Seminars

  • Legislative & Regulatory Update - TX, American Assn. of Professional Landmen, 2021
  • Presentation, Federal Lease and Gas Leases Update and Lease Preservation, Denver Area Petroleum Landmen (DAPL), 2016
  • From a Legal Perspective Suspension of Operations and/or Production, The Rocky Mountain Landmen, Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen Newsletter, 2016
  • Presenter, NEPA Litigation Update, Public Lands Advocacy NEPA Permitting Seminar, 2014
  • Co-Author, Presenter with Bret Sumner, Master Leasing Plans 101, EUCI Web Conference, 2013
  • The Role of Secretarial Discretion in Federal Oil and Gas Leasing, The Rocky Mountain Landmen, Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen Newsletter, 2010
  • Co-Author, Presenter with Kenneth Wonstolen and Jamie Jost, 1) Federal Oil & Gas Compliance Issues Due Diligence in Mining and Oil & Gas Transactions, and 2) Oil & Gas Permitting and Regulatory Compliance, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Special Institute on Due Diligence in Mining and Oil & Gas Transactions, 2010
  • Secretarial Discretion, Public Lands Committee, Petroleum Association of Wyoming, 2010
  • Legal and Regulatory Update: Wildlife and Public Lands, Rocky Mountain Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Peer Group, 2009
  • Co-Author with David Chung, Federal District Court Rules Citizens’ Wilderness Inventory is Not Significant New Information, The Rocky Mountain Landmen, Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen Newsletter, 2007

Published Works

  • Co-Author, Usurping Democracy and the Attempts to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing, The LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources, Vol. V, 313-339, 2017
  • Co-Author, Ninth Circuit Allows “Back-Door” Challenge Based on Global Climate Change, ABA, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, October, 2015

Past Positions

  • Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Associate, 2003 to 2009