Lauren Matthews

Lauren Matthews grew up in the small town of Ozona, Texas, where her family owns and operates a sheep and cattle ranch. She first moved to Colorado in 1998 to obtain her bachelors degree from the University of Denver, but later returned to Texas to attend the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.  In 2008, Lauren permanantly returned to Colorado and began her career in the oil and gas industry as an associate with a small Denver law firm specializing in mineral title examination. Since that time, Lauren's practice has focused primarly on drafting drilling and division order title opinions. She has extensive experience preparing opinions covering all types of complex chains of title, including subdivisions, riverbeds, multiple formations and sizeable spacing units.  Lauren also specializes in advising clients on title curative and due diligence measures, representing clients in probate and determination of heirship proceedings, and interpreting all types of industry agreements and contracts.  Lauren is also renowned for creating and maintaining a template for calculating division of interests for oil and gas operators. Her expansive and diverse experience in the industry makes her a priceless part of the Matthews Michalak Reis team. 

 

Lauren is an active participant and leader in the oil and gas community.  She is currently Chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and formerly served as the section's Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer.  Lauren also recently completed the Denver Petroleum Club's Mentor/Mentee Program and is involved in several other industry related associations. 

 

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys golfing, hiking, and spending time with her family.   

 

Bar Admissions

Colorado 

Texas

 

Education

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY DEDMAN SCHOOL OF LAW

Graduated Cum Laude

Member of the Energy Law Association 

 

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Psychology

Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Member of the Golden Key Honor Society

Member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society 

 

Publications

CHAPTER 47: BASICS OF OIL AND GAS LAW

Orange Book Handbook Colorado Estate Planning handbook

 

OIL AND GAS CONVEYANCES - NATURAL RESOURCES ISSUES IN ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR

CLE in Colorado, Inc. and CBA Trusts & Estates Section 

March 8, 2013 

 

OIL AND GAS LAW ADVANCED TOPICS - TITLE CURATIVE

Colorado Bar Association CLE

March 12, 2015

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Colorado Bar Association

Natural Resources and Energy Law Section 

Chair 2015-2016

Vice Chair 2014-2015

Secretary/Treasurer 2013-2014

Executive Council 2012-2013

Texas Bar Association

Colorado Women's Bar Assoication

Denver Bar Association 

Denver Petroleum Club

     Mentor/Mentee Program 2014-2015

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers

Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen

Women In Energy

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