Attorney Profile

Kelly Williams’ practice focuses on energy, natural resource and public lands law, with deliberate emphasis on exploration and production, acquisition and financing, permitting and regulation of oil, gas and mineral projects. Ms. Williams provides effective counsel and skilled problem solving, advising industry clients in state and federal administrative hearings and appeals and routinely consulting with state and federal regulators, agencies and commissions.

Ms. Williams has served as a hearing officer for the Idaho Department of Lands’ (“IDL”) oil and gas division; and recently, she assisted in drafting new oil and gas legislation in Idaho, and consulted with the Idaho Governor, several Idaho state legislators and the Director of IDL on governance issues related to oil and gas administration.

Ms. Williams drafts and reviews real property instruments, corporate documents, contracts and agreements pertaining to all types of energy operations. She prepares complex drilling and division order title opinions, and financing and acquisition opinions in conjunction with conducting due diligence for mergers, acquisitions, and mineral financing transactions. She has authored opinions addressing severed estates and surface access issues, drilling obligations, allocation of production, and federal regulations within federal units as well as issues related to operations within the Uncompahgre Indian Reservation in Utah.

In addition to her practice at Ray Quinney & Nebeker, Ms. Williams is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, teaching oil and gas law. She has presented at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Annual Institute, and has been voted by her peers throughout the state as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite,” as published in Utah Business Magazine (2015-2017).

Education

University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D., 1999

  • Editor, Western Energy Bulletin
  • President, Natural Resources Law Forum
  • Legal Writing Teaching Assistant
  • Finalist, Traynor Moot Court Competition
  • Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law

Utah State University, B.A., English, 1994

  • cum laude

Prior Professional Experience

  • Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, Shareholder
  • Van Cott Bagley Cornwall McCarthy, Attorney

Admitted to Practice

  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Affiliations / Memberships

  • Utah State Bar, Energy and Natural Resource Law Section, Member
  • Utah State Bar, Energy and Natural Resource Law Section, Oil & Gas Committee (Chair, 2005-2006)
  • Utah Association of Professional Landmen, Member
  • Utah Petroleum Association, Member
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Member
  • Utah State Office of Education, Professional Practice Advisory Commission, Former Hearing Officer

Publications / Presentations

  • Frontier Flaring: Science & Economics, Politics & Regulation—the Future of Flaring, Co-author and presenter, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, 2014

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