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    • 05/23/2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    ATX-ALTA's February 2024 Webinar

    ANATOMY OF A TITLE OPINION

    featuring Guest Speaker

    Brent Chicken

    Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    CPLTA Credit  | CDOA Credit Pending

    This presentation will walk attendees through a sample title opinion, discussing each section thereof in detail, and in the process providing attendees with an attorney’s-eye-view of the data and information that should be included and why, the legal opinions that should be present, and the ways in which title opinion recipients can vet the quality and reliability of a title opinion.


    Brent is an experienced energy and natural resources attorney with extensive knowledge of the challenges faced by exploration and production, midstream, and downstream/utility companies 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 client’s 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 the title, due diligence, and contractual issues during the purchase and sale of oil, gas, and mining properties involving mixed fee, state, federal and tribal rights. He prepares accompanying sales, indemnity, surface use, and subsurface penetration agreements.


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


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


    Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson, Brent was a partner at a large national oil and gas firm, and two Denver-based energy firms, focusing on energy and natural resources litigation, oil and gas transactions, administrative and regulatory matters, and title examination due diligence.

Past events

04/11/2024 April Webinar | Oil and Gas Deed Interpretation with Lance Joiner
03/07/2024 March Webinar | Solving the Pooling Problem with Multi-Tract Wells with Ben Holliday
02/22/2024 February Webinar | The Administration of Land Administration with Paula Rauchfuss
12/14/2023 4th Qtr Webinar - Retained Acreage Provisions
09/06/2023 2023 NALTA Conference | Building Educational Bridges
08/24/2023 Q3 Webinar | The Implications of Spousal Relationships on the Ownership of Real Property | Bresee Carlson
06/15/2023 Q2 Webinar | Navigating Business Ethics | Guest Speaker: Drew Hopkins
03/23/2023 Q1 Webinar Part 2 | Federal OGLs | Beth Ryan
02/23/2023 Q1 Webinar Part 1 | Federal OGLs | Beth Ryan
11/17/2022 Q4 Webinar | A&D | Speaker: Eli Murray, CPLTA, CDOA, CPL
08/29/2022 2022 NALTA Conference
08/18/2022 Q3 Webinar | Renewables | Speaker: Matt Schlensker of Steptoe & Johnson
05/19/2022 Q2 Webinar | Royalty Payments in TX & NM | Jimmy Dupuis
02/24/2022 Q1 Webinar | Descent & Distribution | Speaker: Roberto Seda of Seda Law Firm
10/21/2021 Q4 Webinar | Lease Savings Clauses
09/30/2021 Q3 Webinar | DOI Demystified
09/08/2021 2021 NALTA Conference
06/17/2021 Q2 Webinar | Renewables Land Management
03/25/2021 Q1 Webinar | Modern Land Management
10/15/2020 Commercial Evolution in the Permian Basin | Free Webinar
08/26/2020 Lower 48: Emerging Land Technologies & Best Practices | Free Webinar
06/18/2020 2019 Case Law Updates | Free Webinar
02/20/2020 2019 M&A Oil and Gas Trends and Deal Analysis

*Event topics and speakers are subject to change.  The changes will be reflected on this page as much in advance as possible.

*Must be an ATX-ALTA member and present to win NALTA membership. Other webinar prizes are open to all attendees, unless otherwise indicated.  Registering for the event will automatically enter you into the prize drawings. Winners will be drawn during the webinar. Some webinar prizes are non-transferable; membership fees, event admission (golf tournament, clay shoot, NALTA conference, etc.), and scholarships. Notify ATX-ALTA at atx.alta@gmail.com immediately if you will not be redeeming your prize. Should a prize be forfeited, a new winner will be chosen at random from the list of webinar attendees.

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Austin, TX  78709

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