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Professor Alex Ritchie

Alex Ritchie

Associate Professor of Law
Leon Karelitz Chair in Oil & Gas Law

B.S. B.A. 1993, Georgetown University
J.D. 1999, University of Virginia School of Law
Member of the Colorado and Texas Bars

 Curriculum Vitae SSRN

Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-1772
 Office: 3216
 ritchie@law.unm.edu

Profile

Alex Ritchie joined the University of New Mexico School of Law faculty in the fall of 2012. Previously, he practiced as a partner in the natural resources and corporate departments at an international law firm based in Denver. In private practice, Ritchie focused on mergers and acquisitions and other large transactions involving oil and gas, mining and other natural resources companies, as well as corporate law, securities, financing, commercial law transactions and environmental matters.

Most recently, Ritchie was a senior corporate counsel at one of the largest fully integrated oil and gas companies in North America, managing upstream and downstream oil and gas litigation and transactional matters.

He has represented clients in transactions aggregating in the billions of dollars, and applies his practical experience to enrich the legal education of his students. Ritchie has published several papers and model form legal documents and has given numerous talks focused on oil and gas and other natural resources related topics. Recently, Ritchie co-authored the Law of Oil and Gas: Cases and Materials with Professors Martin, Kramer and Hall.

At the UNM School of Law, Ritchie teaches oil and gas law, energy law and other natural resources courses, as well as property and business associations. His research focuses on oil and gas law, with particular emphasis on conflicts between private interest owners and between public and private interests in oil and gas development.

Ritchie is a member of the Board of Directors and a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and has co-chaired and served on program committees for a number of their educational programs. Ritchie frequently speaks at Foundation and other programs on oil and gas, mining, environmental and corporate legal issues.

In addition to his legal interests, Ritchie was actively involved in the Denver community, including service on the board of directors, the executive committee and as pro bono general counsel of Urban Peak, an organization that operates shelters and transitional housing for homeless youth, and The Spot, an organization that operated a drop-in youth center for youth at-risk of gang involvement. He also volunteered with Denver’s Road Home, an organization formed with a mission to end homelessness in Denver.

Ritchie has also been an active singer, directing an a capella singing group and performing for a number of years in bands.

Books and Other Publications

The Law of Oil and Gas: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press 10th ed. 2016) (with Martin, Kramer and Hall).

Form 5 LLC – Exploration, Development and Mining Limited Liability Company Forms (Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fnd. 2015) (Lead Drafter on Drafting Committee).

Handbook of Due Diligence Checklists for Oil and Gas and Mining Transactions (Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fnd. 2010) (co-author).

Annual Oil and Gas Law Update (Am. Bar Assn. and Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fdn. J. 2013–2017, Marl Christensen, ed.) (New Mexico update author).

Articles

Developments in Oil and Gas Law, 68 OIL & GAS L. INST. __ (publication anticipated fall 2017).

Fracking in Louisiana: The Missing Process/Land Use Distinction in State Preemption and Opportunities for Local Participation, 76 LA. L. REV. 809 (2016).

Creatures of Circumstance: Conflicts Over Local Government Regulation of Oil and Gas, 60 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 11-1 (2015).

On Local Fracking Bans: Policy and Preemption in New Mexico, 54 Nat. Res. J. 255 (2014).

How Boilerplate Can Bite, 50 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. J. 243 (2014).

Scattered and Dissonant: The Clean Air Act, Greenhouse Gases, and Implications for the Oil and Gas Industry, 43 ENTL. L. 461(2013).

The Due Diligence Process and Its Impact on the Deal: A Primer on Bayoneting the Wounded, Due Diligence in Mining and Oil and Gas Transactions, Paper No. 1, Page No. 1-1 (Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. 2010) (co-author).

Form 5 LLC:  A Modest Proposal for a Limited Liability Company Agreement Based on Form 5, 53 Rocky Mtn. Min L. Inst. 13-1 (2007) (co-author).

Note: Intermediate Sanctions:  Controlling the Tax Exempt Organization Manager, 18 Va. Tax. Rev. 1875.

Presentations

"Environmental Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry: Overview and Recent Developments," New Mexico Bar Association, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section, Living With Turmoil in the Oil Patch: What It Means to New Mexico?, Albuquerque, New Mexico (December, 2016).

"Property Provisions of the Joint Operating Agreement: An Update for the New 2015 Form JOA," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Oil and Gas Agreements: Joint Operations, Houston, Texas (November, 2016).

"Environmental Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Institute for Energy Law and Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, Oil and Gas Law Short Course, Houston, Texas (October, 2016).

"Recent Developments in the Environmental Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry," New Mexico Bar Association Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico (August, 2016).

"Transition Services Agreements," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Oil and Gas Agreements: Purchase and Sale Agreements, Santa Fe, New Mexico (May, 2016).

"The LLC Agreement: Management, Distributions and Related Alternate Provisions," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Workshop on Mining Form 5 LLC: The New Exploration, Development and Mining Limited Liability Company Model Forms, Denver, Colorado (October 2015).

"Environmental Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Institute for Energy Law and Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, Oil and Gas Law Short Course, Denver, Colorado (October, 2015).

"Common Interests Created in Oil and Gas," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Institute for Energy Law and Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, Oil and Gas Law Short Course, Denver, Colorado (October, 2015).

"Fracking in the Bayou: Local Regulation of Oil and Gas in Louisiana, 62nd Louisiana Mineral Law Institute, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (March, 2015).

"Local Regulation of Oil and Gas Activities," New Mexico Bar Association, Oil and Gas: From the Basics to an In-Depth Study, Albuquerque, New Mexico (December, 2014).

"Another Ethics Talk: Recent Changes to New Mexico Rules and Other Ethics Considerations," New Mexico Bar Association, Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Section, Albuquerque, New Mexico (December, 2014).

"Local Oil and Gas Regulation Panel Discussion," University of New Mexico School of Law and Young Professionals in Energy, Energy Issue Roundtable, Albuquerque, New Mexico (November, 2014) (moderator and co-presenter) (conference organizer).

"Fracking in Your Neighborhood," University of New Mexico School of Law, Faculty Colloquium Series (October, 2014).

"Fracking in Your Neighborhood," Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (September, 2014).

Trends in Local Regulation of Oil and Gas, Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico (August 2014).

(moderator and co-presenter) Local Regulation of Oil and Gas: A Panel Discussion, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, Vail, Colorado (July 2014).

Issues involving Local Regulation of Oil and Gas, New Mexico Association of Professional Landmen, Roswell, New Mexico (May 2014).

Issues involving Local Regulation of Oil and Gas, Albuquerque Petroleum Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico (May 2014).

Oil and Gas Regulatory Issues, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico (April 2014).

"Basics of the Clean Air Act," New Mexico Bar Association, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section Continuing Legal Education, Albuquerque, New Mexico (December, 2013).

"Environmental Regulation of Oil and Gas," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Institute for Energy Law, and American Association of Petroleum Landmen Short Course, Denver, Colorado (October, 2013).

"How Contract Boilerplate Can Bite," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Oil and Gas Agreements: Goods, Services, and People, Santa Fe, New Mexico (May, 2013).

"Greenhouse Gas Regulation and the Oil and Gas Industry," Albuquerque Petroleum Association Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico (March, 2013).

"Greenhouse Gas Regulation of the Oil and Gas and Mining Industries," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Air Quality Issues Affecting Oil and Gas and Mining Development in the West, Denver, Colorado (February, 2013).

“New Federal Air Quality Developments Affecting Upstream Oil and Gas Operations,” New Mexico Independent Petroleum Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico (August 10, 2012)

“The Due Diligence Process,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Due Diligence in Oil and Gas Transactions, Houston, Texas (May, 2011).

“The New Draft Form 5 LLC Mining Joint Venture Operating Agreement and Related Agreements,” 56th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, Banff, Alberta, Canada (July, 2010).

“The Due Diligence Process and Its Impact on the Deal,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Due Diligence in Oil and Gas and Mining Transactions, Westminster, Colorado (April, 2010).