Attorneys

John K. H. Akers, Jr., Senior Partner

John Akers has practiced oil and gas law in the state of Colorado for thirty years. He received his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College in 1975 followed by his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law in 1978. He was then admitted to the Colorado Bar in March of 1979.

John started his oil and gas career as a landman and lobbyist for Exxon Minerals Company in Denver and moved through the land business to become a senior landman and finally the land manager for Weeks Energy Minerals Corporation. In 1985 John decided to establish his own practice as a federal unitization consultant and in 1988 expanded his practice to all areas of oil and gas law. In 1991 John was asked to join Hughes Clikeman and Associates as counsel for oil and gas, as well as personal injury. In 1994 he started his own practice with a specific focus on oil and gas law. He has had his own practice ever since.

John has extensive business and legal experience in all aspects of the oil and gas industry including, unitization, contracts, exploration, development, and extensive title experience.

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Eric Thompson, Partner

Eric Thompson is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wyoming, College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Eric graduated from Regis University with a double-major in Business and Economics.

Eric began his legal career at Akers & Thompson LLC, formerly Akers & Associates LLC, in January of 2010, and was promoted to partner in July of 2015. During his time at the firm, Eric opened and maintained a branch office in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He has since relocated to Denver, Colorado, although much of his focus continues to surround exploration and production in the Powder River Basin.

His practice has focused entirely around oil and gas law, including mineral title examination on federal, state, and fee land, the acquisition and divestiture of leasehold and mineral properties, as well as service, joint operating, Communitization, and unitization agreements.

Eric is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers, Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen and Wyoming Association of Petroleum Landmen.

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Sandra J. Carter, Senior Attorney

Sandra earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Idaho and her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado.

Sandra has provided land services for the oil and gas industry for over 20 years, starting her career as an independent landman and as a land and title services broker. She then served as an in-house division order analyst for a mid-sized exploration and production company, and later as an in-house landman for a small independent operator. Her industry experience includes field title work, lease and contract negotiations, project management, and acquisition/divestiture due diligence.

Sandra utilizes her broad knowledge base of the oil and gas industry to provide practical solutions and advice to clients. Her practice includes mineral title examination, due diligence review for the acquisition and/or divestiture of leasehold and mineral properties, drafting agreements and title curative instruments, and most recently assisting clients with Colorado probate proceedings.

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Troy L. Chatman, Attorney

Troy L. Chatman II is an associate at Akers & Thompson and supports the firm’s oil and gas practice. Troy is committed to the firm’s mission of serving clients with personalized service that is specially tailored for each client’s unique needs. Prior to joining Akers & Thompson, Troy worked with an energy consulting and acquisitions firm in Denver.

Troy earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law. While attending law school, Troy clerked for a general civil litigation firm and served on the boards of several student organizations.  Prior to pursuing his goal of practicing law, Troy earned his Bachelor of Science in Financial Planning from Texas Tech University. He worked in wealth management and provided customized financial advice to clients in West Texas, San Antonio, Texas and later in Dallas, Texas.

In his free time, Troy enjoys hiking, traveling, playing recreational sports, and spending time with friends and family. Troy is also an active volunteer in his community.

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Emma K. Knight, Attorney

Emma K. Knight received her Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She was subsequently awarded a law degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where she also earned a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy.

Emma has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, working as a division order analyst, landman and title attorney prior to joining Akers & Thompson LLC as an associate in 2018.

She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association (including the Natural Resources & Energy Law and the Communications & Technology Law Sections), the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and the Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers.

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Arielle M. Schreiber, Attorney

Arielle M. Schreiber received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 2016, where she received the Ved Nanda Center for International Law recognition and was the president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Prior to attending law school, Arielle graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a major in Political Science and a minor in Classical Art and Mythology.

Arielle joined Akers & Thompson, LLC in 2018 where her primary focus is Oil & Gas Law. Prior to joining Akers & Thompson, LLC, Arielle worked in civil litigation in Denver, Colorado.

Arielle M. Schreiber is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Arielle is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

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Jennifer L. Blum, Of Counsel

Jennifer Blum has been practicing law since 1999, and has focused on the title industry for much of her career. She began working at a title insurance company in Summit County, Colorado, in 2003, preparing title commitments and performing stand-up title examinations for real estate transactions, later starting her own title research business and opening an independent title company. She has also worked for top law firms on corporate finance and commercial real estate matters. Jennifer brought her title and real estate background to the oil and gas industry in 2009, working as a field landman, and drafting oil and gas title opinions.

Jennifer received her law degree from Columbia University in New York City, where she also received a Masters of International Affairs with a focus on Economic Policy. A native of Wisconsin, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Jennifer is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and New York. She is a member of the Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota Bar Associations, Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, American Association of Petroleum Landmen and the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen.