Scot Anderson brings clients a deep understanding of the extractives industries, honed by decades of work in oil, gas, and mining.

Clients rely on Scot's comprehensive approach and strategic view. Scot doesn't think in terms of single issues, rather in holistic, commercial solutions. Having served 10 years in-house, Scot understands how extractives companies think. His engaging approach coupled with vast industry knowledge is why extractives clients turn to Scot to be their trusted adviser.

Much like his approach to client needs, Scot's practice is equally all encompassing. He advises clients on commercial transactions, including the acquisition, divestiture, and financing of natural resource projects. Scot's work on project development is fulsome, covering finance, regulatory compliance, permitting, and commercial and partnership agreements. Scot is also a go-to resource for disputes and is a certified mediator. He represents extractives clients in administrative proceedings as well as in federal, state, and tribal courts. He addresses issues related to mineral development of federal public lands and Indian lands.

Scot's practice knows no borders. He regularly advises on projects throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia. He is also working on the development of natural resources in outer space.

Scot is the former global head of the firm's Energy and Natural Resources group, and is currently the vice president of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Scot is routinely called upon to deliver lectures, presentations, and publications on natural resources matters.

Scot is active in the community. He works with the International Senior Lawyers Project to provide legal support and extractives related capacity building for developing economies, including Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi, and Liberia. He remains engaged with organizations promoting STEM education and youth development.

Awards and recognitions


Energy Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Oil and Gas Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Native American Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Top Lawyer - Natural Resources


Energy & Natural Resources (Colorado)
Chambers USA


Finance: Project Finance
Legal 500 US


2018 Denver Native American Law Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers in America


Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas
Legal 500 US


Who's Who in Energy
Denver Business Journal


People's Choice Oil and Gas Lawyer
Barrister's Best, Law Week Colorado

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


Vice President, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Member, Colorado Mining Association

Member, Denver Coal Club

Member, International Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications


District of Columbia


North Dakota

Representative experience

Assisted Central Resources in the acquisition, development, and financing of oil and gas operations in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil.

Represented a Native American tribe in resource development, including negotiation of oil and gas leases and development of related midstream infrastructure on tribal, private, and federal land.

Provided substantial engagement on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan relating to mining, oil and gas development, and renewable power projects.

Advised client on the permitting, development, and financing of hard rock mines in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, California, and Utah.

Assisted a U.S. coal company in a dispute with an oil and gas company on their respective rights over federal mining and oil and gas leases.

Assisted in a complex transaction related to the sale of water rights to a municipality in return for credits for future water use.

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