Oil And Gas Industry

Strong Legal Representation For Denver Oil And Gas Industry

Owners and Operators of oil and gas interests face many complex, industry-specific challenges. Issues surrounding land title, surface and mineral rights, leases and regulatory compliance make up a small handful of the issues gas and oil industry participants face on a daily basis.

At Cantafio Hammond in Denver, our firm has been representing clients primarily in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming involved in the oil and gas industry since the firm’s founding in 1986. Our clients include oil and gas companies, mineral rights owners and surface users. We also represent clients in other mineral and natural resource industries involving private property, state property and federal property, such as the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

Representing The Oil And Gas Industry

At Cantafio Hammond, we approach each case with an eye toward protecting our clients’ legal rights and financial interests while minimizing the potential for liability. Our firm provides comprehensive legal representation to oil and gas clients. Our services include:

  • Title examination and title curative, including title opinions and ownership reporting
  • Permitting, leasing and surface use agreements, including mineral and lease takeoffs, oil and gas leases, surface use agreements (SUAs), rights of way and easements
  • Litigation regarding oil and gas rights, including royalty disputes, surface damage claims, environmental damage and trespass
  • Pooling and unitization
  • Due diligence, acquisition and divestiture
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Estate planning and administration of oil and gas rights
  • Oil and gas industry mediation and arbitration services

Industry Knowledge + Legal Experience

We pride ourselves on our ability to provide the high-level, sophisticated legal representation often reserved to large law firms, while maintaining the personal attention and service found at small-town practices.

Our firm’s oil and gas representation is provided under the guidance of attorney Ralph Cantafio. In addition to being a lawyer, Mr. Cantafio holds a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master of Science in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a Certificate in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. Ralph Cantafio has also been a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), the Colorado Oil & Gas Commission (COGA), the Denver Association of Lease and Title Analysis (DALTA), the Denver Association of Professional Landmen (DAPL), the Denver Petroleum Club (DPC), the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), the Energy Bar Association (EBA), the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the Institution for Energy Law (IEL), the National Association of Lease and Title Analysts (NALTA), the Petroleum Institute of Wyoming (PIW), and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF).

By combining his legal and technical background, Mr. Cantafio provides insight not available at other law firms. He knows the challenges facing the gas and oil industry, and develops efficient, creative solutions that help clients protect their property, financial and business interests.

For more information about our oil and gas services, contact our firm in Denver at 720-515-5947 or in Steamboat Springs at 970-367-4373. Our offices are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offer evening and weekend appointments via special request. Mr. Cantafio can be reached directly on his cell phone at 970-819-2371, but asks that you not call before 8 a.m. or after 10 p.m. Consultations are available and we accept major credit cards.