Melissa J. Lyon
Of Counsel
(303) 389-4361
Office: Denver
J.D. University of Wyoming
B.A. University of Wyoming
Licensure: CO | WY
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Speaking Engagements


“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


"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

Key Experience

Examination of financing and security agreements for loans secured by oil and gas assets
Significant litigation experience including breach of complex oil and gas contract cases involving securities issues, royalty litigation, fraud/negligent misrepresentation matters, and construction defect litigation
Negotiating and drafting complex oil and gas agreements, including credit agreements and loan documents, surface use agreements, and pipeline rights-of-way

Memberships & Awards

Colorado Bar Association
Wyoming Bar Association
Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association
University of Wyoming College of Law, Denver Law Network Founder
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)