A significant portion of Brian’s practice involves representing energy clients in permitting facilities before the North Dakota Public Service Commission. He has extensive experience in preparation of mineral title opinions. Brian has litigated contract and property law issues before state and federal courts. He also has represented clients in lobbying activities before the North Dakota legislature.
Brian is a board member and treasurer of the Lignite Energy Council, a coal industry trade association. He has been very active in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, serving on the Special Institutes Committee and as chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, several program committees and presenting papers at annual or special institutes. He has been appointed a trustee of the Foundation on two occasions, and twice been elected to serve on the board of directors.
Prior Experience (Employment)
Prior to joining the firm, Brian served as an Assistant Attorney General representing the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands.
Honors & Awards
Best Lawyers in America for Mining Law and Natural Resources Law (2007-present)
Best Lawyers’ 2013 Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Bismarck
Great Plains Super Lawyers - Energy & Natural Resources (2011-2018)
Brian is committed to civic involvement. He has served or is serving on the following charitable boards: the Child’s Hope Learning Center, a preschool for special needs children; United Way, having served as campaign chair in 1997, Board President in 1999 and on the board of trustees; President of the Tom and Frances Leach Foundation, a private foundation granting funds for charitable purposes; the Board of Trustees of the YMCA; and Board of Directors of Luther Seminary. Brian has also been active in the Chamber of Commerce, serving as the government relations committee chair for the 1997 legislative session, and currently on the major employers committee.
Presentations & Publications
“Removing the Operator Under the Joint Operating Agreement,” (1999)
“Management of Water and Water Quality in Coal Mining: A Legal Perspective” (2002)
“Are Landmen Practicing Law? The Legal & Ethical Issues,” (2003)
“Advanced Mineral Conveyancing and Title Issues,” (2007)
Co-authored “Common Issues in Preparation of a Title Opinion,” (2012)
Co-authored “Riparian Rights - Ownership of Minerals Under Rivers and Lakes” (2014)
North Dakota State Bar Association
State Bar of Montana
State Bar Association of Minnesota
American Bar Association
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
American Association of Professional Landmen
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