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    Biography

    Melissa Lyon is a skilled litigator and transactional attorney with a particular focus on the needs of clients in the energy and natural resources sector.

    Staying true to her country-law roots, Melissa is distinguished by her work ethic, leadership, and her charisma, and she is consistently recognized by clients for her dedication to achieving successful resolutions.

    In addition to assisting clients by preparing master service agreements and contracts concerning development, production, marketing, and transportation of crude oil and natural gas, she is an experienced litigator focusing on complex corporate and commercial litigation for oil and gas companies, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, piercing the corporate veil, and fraud and misrepresentation. She also handles a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including business torts, contracts, and real estate matters.

    Before moving to Denver, Melissa protected the interests of Wyoming clients in the oil and gas industries.

    Melissa founded the University of Wyoming Alumni Association—Denver Law Network, in an effort to build the network of Wyoming law alumni in the Denver area. She frequently volunteers for community organizations and activities, including the Arthritis Foundation's Corporate Revenue Committee and Colorado’s 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis, and she is a proud contributor to the Salt Creek Energy Excellence Scholarship for the University of Wyoming College of Law, benefitting students who seek to pursue legal careers in the energy industry.

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    Colorado Bar Association
    Wyoming Bar Association
    Secretary-Treasurer, Wyoming State Bar Energy and Natural Resources Section
    Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association
    University of Wyoming College of Law, Denver Law Network Founder
    National Law Review’s 2019 Go-To Thought Leader in Energy Award
    Selected as one of the “Top Women in Energy” by the Denver Business Journal (2015, 2016, 2018)
    Nominated for the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Awards (2015)
    Nominated for the Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” (2015 and 2016)

    Key Experience

    Negotiation of purchase and sale agreements for oil and gas operators and non-operators, as well as loan documents and energy financing, master service agreements, independent contractor agreements, and other agreements relating to exploration and development
    Drafting and negotiating instruments concerning development, production, marketing, and transportation of crude oil and natural gas
    Merger and acquisition negotiations and asset sales and divestitures of producing and non-producing assets for oil and gas operators and non-operators

    Know-How

    Blog

    Alert

    Work Experience

    2018 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2014-2018 Fox Rothschild LLP
    2012-2014 Burleson LLP
    2010-2012 Murdock Law Firm PC
    2008-2010 Clark D. Stith & Associates

    Speaking Engagements

    ARTICLES

    “Business Friendly: Wyoming Establishes Chancery Court,” The Energy Law Advisor, Institute for Energy Law, Volume 13, No. 4, November 2019

    Lyon, Melissa J., “Ethical Considerations For ENR Attorneys,” Wyoming Lawyer, Vol. 40, No. 6, December 2017

    “One Stop Shopping for Nationwide Well Information? The New National Oil & Gas Gateway,” General Counsel News, October 2017

    “Success: What Habit Do You Wish You Never Started?,” Cordell Parvin Blog, August 2017

    Lyon, Melissa J., “Liability After Assignment Now Applies To Surface Rights,” Law360 (January 8, 2016)

    Energy Law Today Blog author, 2014-2018

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

    "Asked and Answered: A Panel Discussion and Tips for Young Lawyers," Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference, September 2017

    "Oil and Gas Contract Pitfalls that Can Lead to Litigation," Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference, September 2017

    Agricultural Law Class Guest Speaker, University of Wyoming, 2015-2018