Attorney, David G. Ebner

David G. Ebner negotiates and documents exploration and production deals around the world. He has devoted a substantial amount of time to coal, uranium and hard rock transactions over the years, but the majority of his practice now focuses on oil and gas. For the past decade, he has worked on increasingly unusual transactions, especially custom production sharing agreements with foreign governments and sophisticated vendor finance transactions for domestic drilling, but he still does title opinions, farmouts and other everyday oil and gas work.

Mr. Ebner relishes the challenge of taking complicated business transactions and distilling them into clear, logical documents. He enjoys the chance to work with clients who know and appreciate high quality documentation prepared under tight time constraints, as well as the chance to work with other members of the relatively small natural resources legal community, many of whom are personal friends.

Mr. Ebner graduated from Brown University in 1973 and Harvard Law School in 1976. He has served as chair of the Mineral Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, president of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, AMAX Distinguished Natural Resources practitioner-in-residence at the University of Denver College of Law, and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver teaching the negotiation of Natural Resources Agreements. He has been with the firm since he graduated law school.

Areas of Practice
  • Oil and Gas
  • Mining
  • International Natural Resources Law
Bar Admissions
  • Colorado, 1976
  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. – 1976
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • B.A. – 1973
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Published Works
  • American Law of Mining (Ch. 130 and 131 concerning land acquisition alternatives and fee mining leases), 1984
  • The Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases (Ch. 24 concerning state and local regulation of activities on federal oil and gas leases), 1985
  • Ethics and Efficiency in Mineral Title Examination, Advanced Mineral Title Examinational Special Institute, 2014, Reprinted in 51 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fdn. Journal 35, 2014
  • Ethical Exploration, Oil & Gas Agreements Special Institute, 2004
  • Smaller Exploration Companies on the International Frontier, 37 Natural Resources Journal 707, 1997
  • Advanced Purchase Agreement Issues, Oil & Gas Acquisitions Special Institute, 1995
  • Professional Responsibilities of Mineral Title Examiners, Mineral Title Examination III Special Institute, 1992
  • Crossing the Border: Issues in the Multi-State Practice of Law RMMF Gold Mine Financing Institute, 35 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 2-1, Jan, 1989
  • Mineral Ownership Beneath Railroad Rights-of-Way 31 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 17-1, 1985
  • Disclosure, Ethics and the Natural Resources Attorney, 26 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 1, 1980
  • The Mineral Patent, 24 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 269, 1978
  • The Uranium Mining Claim, Uranium Exploration & Development Special Institute, 1976
  • AMAX Distinguished Natural Practitioner-in-Residence, University of Denver College of Law, 1994
  • Adjunct Faculty, Negotiation of Natural Resources Agreements, University of Denver College of Law, 1999 – 2002
Honors and Awards
  • Super Lawyer (Oil & Gas), 2007 – 2017
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, President, 1996 – 1997
  • Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers, President, 1989 – 1990
  • Colorado Bar Association, Chairman, Mineral Law Section, 1990 – 1991
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • American Association of Professional Landmen