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 Kyle, Attorney

Sandra Kyle earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in December 2013 and is licensed to practice law in Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Idaho in 2002.

Prior to practicing law, Sandra provided land services for the oil and gas industry for over 15 years, both as an independent landman and as a land and title services broker. She also served as an in-house division order analyst for a mid-sized exploration and production company. Her experience includes field title work, leasing, contract negotiations, project management, and acquisition/divestiture due diligence.

While attending law school, Sandra was chosen to be a part of the Mediation and Arbitration Clinic. She served as a mediator helping to resolve disputes in cases originating in Denver County Court involving landlord/tenant issues, neighbor relations, and contracts issues.

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Quinn J Lance, Attorney

Mr. Lance graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2015, where he served as an Article Editor for the Wyoming Law Review and was a member of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law Clinic. Mr. Lance also received his Master of Public Administration with a Minor in Environment and Natural Resources.

Quinn J. Lance joined Akers & Thompson LLC in May of 2017. Quinn’s primary focus is oil and gas law. He assists oil and gas companies in the drafting of drilling and division order title opinions, due diligence for acquisitions and transactional matters, and legal research regarding title to real property. Prior to joining Akers & Thompson LLC, Quinn worked for a boutique oil and gas firm in Wyoming and for a Denver based land brokerage company.

Quinn is licensed to practice law in Wyoming. He is a member of the Wyoming Bar Association, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen. Quinn grew up in Jackson, Wyoming where he developed his passion for fly fishing and skiing. He enjoys exploring the rivers and streams throughout Colorado and Wyoming during the warmer months and skiing with friends in the winter.

 


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.


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.