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Paula Rauchfuss has more than 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry specifically in land, land administration, and energy software. She has extensive experience in all functions of land work, administration of records, contractual performance and processing as well as supervisory experience in leading a large and highly effective team of lease and division order analysts including mentoring, cross training, and college recruiting.

Memberships & Awards

Key Experience

Extensive land administration experience responsible for all contract, surface, right-of-way, unit, lease, well, and ownership information requiring accurate and timely maintenance
Significant experience with federal, fee simple, state and tribal lands in addition to surface and mineral ownership as well as knowledge in a variety of oil and gas basins
Managed mineral, leasehold and surface payment and performance obligations for leases, deeds, rights of way, and contracts in addition to all division order efforts for new well setups, revenue distribution, payouts, suspense tracking, division order processing, ownership transfers, and escheat

Work Experience

2020 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2017-2019 Land Administration Manager, Centennial Resource Development Inc.
2014-2016 Senior Land Manager, Koch Exploration Company LLC
2013-2014 Senior Land Negotiator, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
2007-2013 Group Lead Land Administration, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
2005-2007 Group Lead - Lease Analysis, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
2003-2005 Lead Lease Analyst, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
2002-2003 Senior Lease Analyst/Properties Administrator, Klabzuba Oil & Gas Inc.
2001-2002 Land Consultant, RTS Corporation
1997-2001 Instructional Designer/Curriculum Developer, Oracle Corporation
1994-1997 Land Coordinator, Samedan Oil Corporation
1985-1994 Senior Lease Analyst/Lease Analyst, Ensign Oil & Gas Inc.
1984-1985 Administrative Assistant to President, Resources Investment Corp.

Speaking Engagements

"Land Admin -When Capital Funds Consolidate,” NALTA Annual Conference 2022

"More than Data Entry- Current Expectations of Lease Analysts," NALTA Annual Conference 2021

"Navigating Small Land Administration Teams," NALTA Annual Conference 2021