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Scot Anderson


Scot Anderson

Energy. Mining. Oil and gas. Scot Anderson has been serving clients in those industries for decades. As Global Head of the Energy & Natural Resources Group, Scot employs his comprehensive knowledge and experience to counsel and support clients on nearly every legal issue affecting the extractive industries, both domestically and internationally.

Scot's practice revolves around commercial transactions, regulatory advice, and project development. He oversees complex transactions for natural resources clients, including the formation of new joint ventures, the divestiture of natural resources projects, and the acquisition of leases and reserves. He represents clients in administrative proceedings as well as federal and state courts. He regularly addresses issues related to mineral development of federal public lands and Indian lands. Scot also advises clients on international project development and transactions. He has worked on matters throughout North and South America, as well as Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia.

Scot began his legal career with the Denver office of an Am Law 100 firm and then served 10 years as in-house counsel for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in Denver and England.

Scot is also active in his community. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the Special Institutes Committee and a member of the Board of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He works with the International Senior Lawyers Project to provide legal support and capacity building for developing economies, including Afghanistan, Tanzania, Malawi, and Liberia. Scot is also the Chairman of the Board of Funzeleo, Inc., an organization promoting STEM education in Africa. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado, a multi-denominational nonprofit organization benefiting young scholars. He is also a past president of the Denver Chapter of the International Mining Professionals Association.

Representative experience

Advising on international oil and gas transactions and related due diligence, domestically and internationally.

Daily operational and transactional advice related to shale development and hydraulic fracturing in the Mountain West.

Negotiation of gas processing and sales agreements, and resolution of related disputes.

Representing a Native American tribe in the development of the tribe's oil and gas resources.

Advice concerning development of a world-class molybdenum deposit in Western Colorado.

Advising client on the permitting, development, and financing of a hard rock mine in Colorado and on the financing and re-opening of a mine in Idaho.

Advising on the sale of uranium assets in three states and a related uranium mill.

Representing a coal company in bids for mine mouth power plants in privatization of Victoria, Australia power industry.

Advising on the construction of a power plant in England, including related project financing.

Advising client on the development of offshore and onshore facilities in UK North Sea.

Advise on entry and structure for investment in Mexico oil and gas operations.

Education and admissions


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1989
  • J.D., The University of Iowa, 1987
  • M.A., The University of Iowa, 1982
  • B.A., Augustana College, 1980


  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Colorado Mining Association
  • Denver Coal Club
  • International Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Member
  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • North Dakota
  • Ute Tribal Court

Court admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado


2018 Denver Native American Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Best Lawyers in America


Energy Law

Best Lawyers in America


Oil and Gas Law

Best Lawyers in America


Native American Law

Best Lawyers in America


Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas

Legal 500 US


Top Lawyer - Natural Resources



Who's Who in Energy

Denver Business Journal


People's Choice Oil and Gas Lawyer

Barrister's Best, Law Week Colorado


Who's Who Legal 100


Who's Who in Legal Oil and Gas

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