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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

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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 and commercial law transactions.

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 hopes to apply his practical experience to enrich the legal education of his students. In addition, Ritchie has published several papers and model form legal documents and has given numerous talks focused on natural resources related topics.

At the UNM School of Law, Ritchie teaches oil and gas 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 trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and recently co-chaired the Foundation’s Special Institute on Oil and Gas Agreements: Contracting for Goods, Services and People, held on May 2-3, 2013 in Santa Fe. Ritchie has spoken at a number of Foundation programs on oil and gas, mining, environmental and coorporate legal issues.

In addition to his legal interests, he has been 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.

Publications

Handbook of Due Diligence Checklists (Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. 2010) (co-author).

Articles

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.

Essays

Fracking surrounded by misinformation,ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL (Jan. 28, 2013), available at http://www.abqjournal.com/163942/biz/fracking-surrounded-by-misinformation.html.

Presentations

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).