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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2002, Water Law Review, Staff Member, 2000-2002; Awards for Scholastic Excellence in Administrative Law, Oil & Gas Law, and Trusts & Estates
    • B.S., University of Maryland, 1993, Geology; Dean's Award for Scholastic Excellence
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2002
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2006
    • State of Colorado, 2002
    • State of Utah, 2012
    • State of North Dakota, 2012
    • State of Pennsylvania, 2012
Clients look to Matt Costinett for counsel on complex oil and gas and energy projects and development matters. As a natural resources and real estate attorney, Matt provides clients with counseling, drafting and negotiation services at all phases in the life cycle of developing their assets. Having worked with people in a range of industries as a consultant and attorney, his experience enables him to provide clients with well-reasoned and efficient solutions to the problems that are inherent in owning and developing real property assets in the Rocky Mountain West. 

Matt represents a variety of clients with interests and operations throughout the Rocky Mountain West, including: 
  • Oil and gas companies 
  • Residential and commercial real estate developers and owners 
  • Wind and solar energy companies 
  • Coal and hardrock mining companies 
  • Private landowners 
Matt’s practice includes substantial experience in: 
  • Complex title examinations 
  • Surface and mineral access, use, and compatible development issues 
  • Surface and mineral due diligence for transactions and financing 
  • Preparing transactional and operational instruments and agreements 
  • Providing advice on mineral royalty disputes 

  • Representation of coal company in $7 million purchase of surface, coal, and oil and gas interests in 2,500-acre ranch property located in Moffat County, Colorado 
  • Provided real estate due diligence for wind farm operation in Elbert, Lincoln, and Arapahoe counties, Colorado comprised of 125 wind turbines, a multi-county transmission line, and related facilities 
  • Mineral due diligence for purchase of 310-acre residential development property in Jefferson County, Colorado 
  • Mineral due diligence for purchase of property for small-scale solar power facility in Weld County, Colorado 
  • Assisted with due diligence for $18 million acquisition of oil and gas assets in North Dakota and Montana 
  • Authored over 100 title opinions covering fee, federal, and state lands for oil and gas drilling operations in Colorado, North Dakota, and Montana 
  • Negotiation of agreement for oil and gas well plugging and abandonment and surface rights relinquishment for residential real estate development in Adams County, Colorado 
  • Preparation of joint exploration and cost-sharing agreement for a multi-year test well drilling program associated with a coal mining operation in Moffat County, Colorado
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Surface Damage Compensation Statutes
The Rocky Mountain Landman, Volume 32, Issue 4
November 2014
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Preparing and Reviewing Oil and Gas Title Opinions
Halfmoon Education’s Oil, Gas and Mineral Land Title Seminar, Co-presenter
June 5, 2014
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Royalty Payment Statutes in the Rocky Mountain Region
The Rocky Mountain Landman, Volume 31, Issue 10
May 2014
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Landman’s Legal Handbook: A Practical Guide to Mineral Leasing
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 5th edition, Contributing Editor; Westminster, CO
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Colorado Beneficiary Deed Basics
The Rocky Mountain Landman, Volume 30, Issue 5
November 2012
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Surface and Mineral Conflicts and Surface Use Agreements
National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) Convention, Rockies Chapter
June 2011