Joby Rittenhouse

Associate

303-407-4457 | direct

303-407-4499 | firm

800-886-6566 | fax

jrittenhouse@bwenergylaw.com

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OVERVIEW

 

     Joby joined Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. as an associate in 2017 after practicing in the Denver office of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, and his practice focuses primarily on regulatory and litigation matters.

     Joby attended Colorado College as a Boettcher Scholar and played varsity football, subsequent to which he pursued a master’s degree at the Colorado School of Mines.  While at Mines, Joby became increasingly exposed to the role oil and gas has had both nationally and also within the state of Colorado.  Joby ultimately attended law school at the University of Denver, and upon graduation, Joby worked at Noble Energy, Inc. as a division order analyst before moving into private practice.

     Joby has assisted operators with issues pertaining to state and local regulatory compliance issues, land agreement contracts, and provided legal guidance regarding disputes that have not yet escalated to the point of litigation.  In addition, Joby has represented E&P companies in Colorado, North Dakota, and Wyoming in civil actions and provided representation before city and county governments. He has successfully obtained approval for more than 100 requests for relief pertaining to drilling and spacing units, increased well density, reduced setbacks, statutory pooling, and unitization in Colorado and Wyoming. Joby represents clients before state regulatory bodies for contested matters related to horizontal wellbore spacing units, APD approvals, unconventional resource units, and enhanced recovery operations as well as providing assistance in obtaining variances and exceptions to state regulations. Joby has also represented multiple clients in the preparation and/or review of drilling and division order title opinions as well as in drafting, revising, and complying with terms of rig contracts and joint operating agreements.

 

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Litigation

  • Assisted in representation of oil and gas exploration company in dispute regarding oil and gas joint operating agreement resulting in $1.3MM judgment for client

  • Represented Wyoming operator in litigation with fee landowner in $100k-plus dispute regarding surface use agreement; participated in negotiations and mediation resulting in settlement

 

Regulatory

  • Represented DJ Basin operator before municipal government and local community proceedings to acquire local land use permits for development of 22 HZ wells and associated facilities in high-density urban location

  • Represented DJ Basin operator in negotiation and drafting of MOU with municipal government regarding oil and gas operations; represented company in subsequent dispute regarding terms of the MOU and the development of a multi-pad, 139 HZ well project

  • Participated on behalf of DJ Basin operator in regulation promulgation process at state (2015-16 COGCC Rulemaking regarding large facilities in Urban Mitigation Areas) and local level

  • Represented Colorado operators in proceedings for drilling and spacing unit applications, statutory pooling applications, and contested applications before the COGCC

  • Assist operators in obtaining variances and exceptions to COGCC regulations, including preparation of dozens of land agreement contracts

 

Title

  • Represented multiple clients in the preparation and/or review of drilling and division order title opinions in the DJ and Marcellus Basins

 

Transactional

  • Drafted land agreement contracts

Industries

  • Oil & Gas

Practice Areas

  • Regulatory/Commission

  • Litigation

Admissions

  • Colorado

  • North Dakota

  • Wyoming

  • New Mexico (in progress)

  • Texas

Education

  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D., 2013

  • Colorado School of Mines, M.S., 2009

  • Colorado College, B.A., 2008

Professional Activities

  • Permian Basin Landmen’s Association

  • Midland Under the Lights Youth Flag Football Coach

  • Colorado Oil & Gas Association (EnGen, Class of 2017)

  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (Impact Denver, Class of 2016)

  • Leadership Program of the Rockies (Class of 2015)

Speeches and Publications

  • Frequent contributor to the Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. Energy News Alert

  • ​Legislative Updates, 2 TEX. A&M L. REV. (Survey on Oil and Gas), 250-251 (2015) (discussing House Bill No. 1333 and new regulatory developments affecting development of oil and gas in North Dakota)

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