Biography

Brent is an experienced natural resources attorney with extensive knowledge of the challenges faced by exploration and production, midstream and downstream operating in the energy industry. He regularly represents his clients in complex commercial litigation disputes, business transactions, administrative/regulatory law and procedure, and title examination matters. In his litigation practice, Brent frequently defends his clients’ interests in the courtroom, in arbitration and in mediation related to various mineral matters, including constitutional, contract and real property issues. For his clients that are undertaking transactions, he provides guidance on title, due diligence and contractual issues during the purchase and sale of oil and gas properties involving mixed fee, state, federal and Indian rights, and prepares accompanying sale, indemnity, surface use and subsurface penetration agreements.

In the regulatory realm, Brent advocates for his clients before various state and federal oil and gas agencies, prepares and presents applications for well spacing, well density, rule exemptions and statutory pooling, undertakes administrative appeals of negative agency decisions, and defends application protests.

Additionally, Brent regularly prepares comprehensive drilling, division order and acquisition mineral title opinions involving fee, state, federal and Indian lands. These include, but are not limited to, specialty opinions involving natural gas storage units, solution mining and “gob gas” areas. Brent also routinely counsels clients in tackling title curative matters, including negotiating and drafting varied mineral and surface title instruments.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Brent was a partner at a large national law firm dedicated to serving the oil and gas industry. He also previously practiced with two Denver-based energy firms, focusing on natural resources litigation, oil and gas transactions, administrative and regulatory matters and title examination.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Among his many activities, Brent is a faculty member for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, the National Association of Division Order Analysts, the National Business Institute, the Denver Association of Lease Title Analysts, and the American Association of Professional Landmen. Brent is also a student mentor, presenter and mock oral argument judge for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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