Malinda Morain


303-407-4477 | direct

303-407-4499 | firm

800-886-6566 | fax

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Malinda joined Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. in October of 2013 and focuses her practice primarily on oil and gas litigation. Malinda also represents clients on matters related to natural resources development on public lands, and advises oil and gas clients on routine matters. She has experience in environmental litigation as well as 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 litigated on behalf of an industry joint defense group as well as a leading petroleum company in a complex, multi-district environmental 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 at a firm in her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa.


As an undergraduate, Malinda co-authored several academic papers on venomous snake locomotion and venom injection. When she is not working, she can be found running or volunteering at a local race.



  • Successful dismissal of state-court action for royalty accounting

  • Successful dismissal of multiple state-court royalty actions

  • Three-month jury trial representing a major petroleum company in complex environmental litigation

  • Represent oil and gas companies in FOIA related litigation

  • Represent oil and gas companies and trade association in endangered species litigation

  • Represent oil and gas companies in appeals to IBLA regarding leasing and enforcement issues



  • U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief

  • Represent oil and gas companies in 10th Circuit appeal relating to BLM land use planning decisions

  • Represent oil and gas companies in 10th Circuit Mediation



  • Obtained hundred-million dollar arbitration award on behalf of an industry client in bankruptcy



  • Represent oil and gas companies in drafting, revising, and complying with joint operating agreements, leases, royalty agreements, and master service agreements


  • Exploration & Production

  • Midstream

  • Natural Resources

Practice Areas

  • Litigation – Exploration & Production

  • Litigation – Royalties

  • Litigation – Environmental

  • Public Lands


  • State of Colorado

  • State of New York

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

  • United States Supreme Court


  • J. D., University of Iowa College of Law, With High Distinction

  • BS Biology, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Professional Activities

  • Colorado and Denver Bar Associations

  • Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen,

    • Legal & Legislative Committee Chair

    • Advocacy and Regulatory Committee Team Member

  • Western Energy Alliance, Board of Advisors

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

  • Colorado General Counsel Group 2017-2018

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