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John received his Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he was Order of the Coif. John is a member and Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, a Regional Director of the American Association of Professional Landmen, and a Past President of the Montana Association of Professional Landmen. He is admitted to practice law in both Montana and North Dakota. John also serves on the faculty of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Short Course, teaching the subject areas of unitization, communitization and operations.
Honors & Awards
Best Lawyers’ 2016 Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Billings
Best Lawyers in America for Energy Law and Natural Resources Law (2003-present)
Chambers USA - Leading Lawyers in Natural Resources & Environment
Board Member, Billings Amateur Hockey League
Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Yellowstone County
Presentations & Publications
Author: “Oil and Gas Operations and Environmental Regulations,” Montana Environmental Law Handbook (1992-1996); “Oil and Gas Title Due Diligence,” 2011 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Special Institute on Due Diligence in Oil and Gas Transactions
Co-Author: “Unitization and Communitization Issues”
• Montana Association of Professional Landmen Past President
• Director, Region VII, American Association of Professional Landmen
• Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Trustee
• State Bar of Montana
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