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    Biography

    Diana Prulhiere focuses her practice in energy, mineral, and natural resources law, with an emphasis on title, due diligence, transactional, and regulatory matters.  At the center of a multi-specialty and geographically diverse team of lawyers, Diana cut her teeth during the Marcellus Shale energy boom, learning the energy industry at the foundational level of abstracting and drafting complex title opinions.  She appreciates the puzzle pieces that must fit together in order to confirm ownership of coal, oil, gas, mineral, and leasehold assets, and understands that, within the framework of multi-million dollar transactions, incorrect and inaccurate title means real money and can lead to future litigation.  

    Diana’s deep experience in title enables her to advise clients on the value of assets prior to closing a transaction and evaluate appropriate curative measures to resolve title defects.  In addition to performing due diligence review and preparing drilling and division order title opinions, clients trust Diana to draft documents and review contracts that are needed to facilitate stock and asset deals among energy companies and govern the everyday course of business.  Diana also assists her clients in obtaining regulatory approvals which enable them to pursue their desired development efforts. 

    Known by her clients and colleagues as a hard worker and effective communicator, Diana is often sought out to manage projects and maintain contact with clients.  She has also participated in a number of internal and external leadership programs.

    Diana has been key to the firm’s expansion and success in the mid-continent by transitioning to the Denver office in the spring of 2014.  She is licensed in Colorado, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia and is a member of the firm’s Mining Industry Group, Renewable Energy Group, and Bankruptcy/Workout Team.

    Outside of the office, Diana enjoys being involved in her community.  She is active in a multitude of energy organizations and has an affinity for groups that promote growth of young professionals, including the Young Energy Professionals' Committee of the Institute for Energy Law, which she chaired in 2019, and the Mile High Young Professionals, a Denver-based networking group. 

     

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    Institute for Energy Law, Energy Transactions Committee General Officer, 2022-2024 Term
    Institute for Energy Law, Oil & Gas E-Report, Board of Editors, 2021-2022
    Institute for Energy Law, Membership & Development Committee Member, 2020-2022
    Chair, Young Energy Professionals' Committee, Institute for Energy Law 2019 (Vice Chair 2018; Immediate Past Chair 2020)
    Institute for Energy Law Young Energy Professionals’ Rockies General Counsel Forum Chair, 2015-2016, Co-Chair 2017-2019
    Institute for Energy Law Young Energy Professionals' Committee Member, 2011-2021, Public Service Subcommittee Member 2021, Membership Subcommittee Member and National Conference Subcommittee Member 2017
    Institute for Energy Law Young Energy Professionals' Appalachia General Counsel Forum Co-Chair, 2014-2015
    Women's Energy Network Appalachia, Southern West Virginia Networking & Special Events Committee Chair, 2013
    Leadership Kanawha Valley, 2011
    Articles Editor, Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law

    Key Experience

    Managed abstracting and title teams to assist clients with oil and gas development efforts in the Rockies and Appalachian Basin
    Performed title examinations in Appalachian courthouses of surface, coal, oil, gas, and leasehold interests
    Prepared stand up title opinions, original and supplemental drilling title opinions, and original and supplemental division order title opinions to verify clients’ leasehold and mineral title ownership in the Rockies and Appalachian Basin

    Work Experience

    2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2009-2010 University of Pittsburgh Environmental Law Clinic
    2007-2008 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    Speaking Engagements

    Co-Presenter, “A Year in Review: A Look Back at How Oil and Gas Regulation Changed in 2019,” Denver Association of Division Order Analysts Meeting, Denver, CO, January 2020

    Co-Presenter, “A Year in Review: A Look Back at How Oil and Gas Regulation Changed in 2019,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC National Energy Webcast, January 2020

    Co-Author, “Colorado,” University of Oklahoma Oil and Gas, Natural Resources and Energy Journal, 2018 Survey on Oil and Gas, 5 Oil & Gas, Nat. Resources & Energy J. 117 (2019)

    Co-Author, “The Mission Change Whitepaper: A Glimpse Into Future Rulemakings in Colorado,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Energy Alert, November 2019

    Co-Chair and Co-Moderator, “5th Rockies Young Energy Professionals’ General Counsel Forum,” Institute for Energy Law, Denver, CO, October 2019

    Panelist, “Communication and Coordination in Title and Due Diligence Projects,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Mineral Title Examination, Westminster, CO, September 2019

    Co-Presenter, “Lease and Title Issues in Colorado and Texas,” Denver Association of Lease and Title Analysts Meeting, Denver, CO, August 2019

    Author, “Field Landman Question of the Month: Constitutional Challenge to Colorado’s Force Pooling Statute,” Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, The Rocky Mountain Landman, May 2019

    Co-Presenter, “Lease and Title Issues in Colorado and Texas,” Houston, TX, February 2019

    Co-Chair and Moderator, “4th Rockies Young Energy Professionals’ General Counsel Forum,” Institute for Energy Law, Denver, CO, October 2018

    Co-Author, “Colorado,” University of Oklahoma Oil and Gas, Natural Resources and Energy Journal, 2019 Survey on Oil and Gas, 4 Oil & Gas, Nat. Resources & Energy J. 311 (2018)

    Co-Presenter, “Colorado Oil and Gas Update,” Denver Association of Division Order Analysts Spring Seminar, Denver, CO May 2018

    Co-Presenter, “Firestone, Flowlines & More – What Operators Need to Know in Colorado,” National Association of Division Order Analysts 44th Annual Institute, Bastrop, TX November 2017

    Panelist, “Trending Title Topics from Around the Country,” Institute for Energy Law 1st National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference, New Orleans, LA 2017

    Co-Author, "Colorado," University of Oklahoma Oil and Gas, Natural Resources and Energy Journal, 2017 Survey on Oil & Gas, 3 Oil & Gas, Nat. Resources & Energy J. 663 (2017)

    Co-Chair and Moderator, “3rd Rockies Young Energy Professionals’ General Counsel Forum,” Institute for Energy Law, Denver, CO, October 2017

    Co-Presenter, “New Developments Impacting the Oil & Gas Industry in Colorado,” Denver Association of Division Order Analysts Meeting, Denver, CO September 2017

    Co-Presenter, “New Developments Impacting the Oil & Gas Industry in Colorado,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC National Energy Webcast, August 2017

    Contributor, “COGCC Issues Notice to Operators to Inspect Flowlines,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Energy Alert, May 2017

    Co-Presenter, “Trending Title Topics from Around the Country,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC National Energy Webcast, April 2017

    Co-Author, "Colorado," University of Oklahoma Oil and Gas, Natural Resources and Energy Journal, 2016 Survey on Oil & Gas, 2 Oil & Gas, Nat. Resources & Energy J. 139 (2016)

    Chair and Moderator, “2nd Rockies Young Energy Professionals’ General Counsel Forum,” Institute for Energy Law, Denver, CO October 2016

    Chair and Moderator, “1st Rockies Young Energy Professionals’ General Counsel Forum,” Institute for Energy Law, Denver, CO December 2015