Janette L. Ferguson
Laura K. Granier
Randall E. Hubbard
Zach C. Miller
David Neslin
Constance L. Rogers
Michael C. Eden
Mave A. Gasaway
Charles L. Kaiser
Senior Of Counsel (Retired)

Public Lands

Because much of the land across the West is owned by federal, state, and tribal governments, mineral exploration and development occurs in large part on public lands. Our experienced, comprehensive public lands practice continues the firm’s rich heritage in public land law. Our public lands team includes lawyers who have served in senior legal positions responsible for public lands issues within federal and state government entities and who maintain excellent relationships with relevant agencies throughout the West and in Washington, D.C.

We assist companies ranging from the largest in the world to small startups in acquiring, operating, and defending mineral rights on public lands for oil and gas, coal, hard rock minerals, and other mineral resources. DGS assists clients in acquiring mineral development rights on public lands, including obtaining oil and gas and coal leases, perfecting and maintaining mining claims, obtaining and renewing rights-of-way, completing land exchanges, and prosecuting mineral patents. Operational issues DGS lawyers work on include assisting clients with applications for permits to drill, plans of operation, access rights, unitization, acreage limitation issues, lease assignments, lease suspensions, notices of non-compliance, bonding, logical mining units, and the proper payment of royalties and severance taxes. DGS lawyers routinely litigate widely-reported public lands cases in federal courts across the Rocky Mountain West, California, Alaska, and the District of Columbia and before the Interior Board of Land Appeals, Minerals Management Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Office of Surface Mining.


August 2012

DGS Attorneys Appointed to Leadership of the ABA SEER Public Lands and Resources Committee

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP partner Connie Rogers has been appointed Chair and associate Elizabeth Titus has been appointed a Vice-Chair of the Public Lands and Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) for 2012-2013.

July 2012

DGS Attorneys to Speak at the 58th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP partner Connie Rogers and associate Sam Niebrugge will be speaking at the 58th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute on July 19-21 in Newport Beach, California. The Institute is organized by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF), a collaborative educational non-profit organization dedicated to the scholarly and practical study of the law and regulations relating to mining, oil and gas, water, public lands, land use, conservation, environmental protection, and other related areas.


July 2011

The Icarus Solar Project: Public (and Private) Land Issue Impacts

29th Annual Real Estate Symposium

Federal and state research has documented levels of solar radiation suitable for utilityscale solar power plant development on a significant portion of land administered by the BLM in southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. In connection with initiatives of Congress and the Obama and Bush administrations to promote development of renewable energy nationwide, the Department of the Interior under both Interior Secretaries Salazar and Kempthorne has adopted policies and initiatives to help speed such development.


October 2010

Noted Public Lands Attorney Constance Rogers Returns to DGS

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP today announced that Constance L. Rogers has returned to the firm as a partner, effective October 1. Ms. Rogers recently served as the Deputy Solicitor for Energy and Mineral Resources in the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she provided counsel to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Interior Department agencies on matters involving the development of energy and mineral resources on public lands and the Outer Continental Shelf. She returns to one of the largest energy, public lands and natural resources practices in the Rocky Mountain West.


August 2010

Air Quality Constraints on the Public Lands

Law Seminars International Energy Development on Public Lands

January 2010

DGS Partner Constance Rogers to Join U.S. Department of the Interior

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP today announced that natural resources partner Constance L. Rogers has been selected to serve as the Deputy Solicitor for Energy and Mineral Resources in the U.S. Department of the Interior, effective February 15, 2010. Ms. Rogers will be relocating to Washington D.C.


January 2009

Bob Lawrence to Speak at Program on Native American Religious Practices and Public Lands in the West

Bob Lawrence was one of the panelists for a special evening program held at the CU Law School on January 21, 2009, "Public Lands-Private Ceremonies: Native American Religious Practices and Public Lands in the West."


Public Lands-Private Ceremonies: Native American Religious Practices and Public Lands in the West

University of Colorado School of Law and Center of the American West

August 2006

Davis Graham & Stubbs Expands Its Natural Resources Practice

Davis Graham & Stubbs is pleased to announce that Constance L. Rogers has joined the firm as an associate. She will continue her focus on natural resources law.


October 1999

Narrowing Scope - Widely Used Nationwide Permits Will Become More Restrictive

The Colorado Journal

Over the last 25 years, the federal regulation of wetlands and other aquatic sites has become increasingly strict and now affects virtually every major construction and development project. Although one recent case has confirmed a significant supposed 'loophole' in the federal wetlands program, several other recent and pending developments will make this strict program substantially more complex and restrictive.