Michael is a partner with the firm. His practice primarily focuses on the energy sector in
Oklahoma, North Dakota and Montana. He has significant experience in mineral title
examination, concentrating in the drafting of drilling and division order title opinions in those
states with significant experience concerning Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian
Michael regularly advises mineral and surface owners in Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant, Kingfisher,
Major and Woods counties to protect his clients’ rights and interests including negotiating
favorable oil and gas leases, surface damage agreements, seismic exploration permits, pipeline
easements and right-of-ways, and also represents clients in lease cancellation litigation and
complex class action litigation involving the underpayment of oil and gas royalties.
Michael represents small independent oil and gas producers, working interest owners,
contractors and sub-contractors in the oil and gas industry advising, litigating and negotiating
joint operating agreements, participation agreements, purchase and sale agreement, liens, master
service agreements, lease cancellation, and easements and right-of-ways. Michael also regularly
advises clients concerning state regulatory matters at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
Michael has an extensive commercial litigation and transactional practice representing lenders,
borrowers, sellers and purchasers in all aspects of the financing, purchase and sale of agriculture,
commercial and residential real estate and oil and gas properties.
Michael has also represented hundreds of landowners in the Chisholm View, Breckenridge,
Rocky Ridge, DeWind Novus, DeWind Novus II and Blackwell Wind Farms advising clients,
reviewing and negotiating wind energy lease agreements, wind energy easements and
transmission line/facility easements.
- Civil Litigation
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Oil & Gas
- Real Estate
University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., 2007
Oklahoma State University, B.S., 2004
- North Dakota
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma