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Who We Are

We offer a unique vision for legal services demanded by businesses in the ever-changing energy industry.

Our firm views each client relationship as a partnership. We seek to build the confidence and trust of our clients through establishing meaningful working relationships with each client, and by gaining an in-depth, comprehensive view of their business.

We have a demonstrated track record of always being accessible to our clients to help navigate complex legal challenges, while providing predictable and reasonable fee structures. Our firm is invested in our clients – as they grow, so do we. Our attorneys work with our clients and for our clients.

Miguel Suazo · Managing Partner
Phone: 512-991-4788 • Email: mas@suazolegalgroup.com
Miguel Suazo is an energy and natural resources attorney with a decade of experience in energy, natural resources, government, and business. As founding partner at Suazo Legal Group, PLLC, Miguel is responsible for advising clients on a broad range of energy and natural resources matters in Texas and New Mexico. Miguel’s practice focuses on advising clients on operations on state and federal lands, compliance with regulations enforced by the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division, the New Mexico State Land Office, the Office of the New Mexico State Engineer, the New Mexico Environmental Department, the United States Bureau of Land Management, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Department of Interior.

Miguel’s natural resources experience began at an early age. Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Miguel grew up a true steward of the land as part of the seventh generation to work his family’s northeastern New Mexico cattle ranch.

Miguel attended New Mexico Military Institute and subsequently earned his bachelors degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After college, Miguel worked in Washington, DC and New Mexico as an aide to United States Senator Jeff Bingaman, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Miguel earned his law degree from the University of New Mexico where he focused his legal education on natural resources and business law. Subsequently, Miguel worked as Energy and Environment Associate with Wellford Energy where he assisted a broad range of clean energy companies develop from pilot and demonstration scale to commercial scale companies.

Miguel’s passion for assisting young companies led him to the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) where he dedicated his work to assisting biotechnology companies understand policy and regulatory matters related to the United States Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Defense, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Prior to becoming a partner at SLG, Miguel practiced oil and gas law for a prominent Houston oil and gas law firm. Miguel is also the Executive Director for Young Professionals in Energy for the State of New Mexico and works to educate New Mexico’s youth about careers in energy-related fields.

Licenses:
• State Bar of New Mexico
• State Bar of Texas
• State Bar of Colorado


Kevin Lockhart · Of Counsel
Phone: 512-669-1171 • Email: kel@suazolegalgroup.com
Kevin Lockhart has been examining title and rendering opinions on private, state, and federal lands throughout Texas and New Mexico for several years. He has experience rendering many types of title opinions, including limited acquisition, original drilling, supplemental, and division order title opinions. Prior to rendering title opinions, Kevin worked as a field landman in the Eagle Ford Shale, completing due diligence projects as well as building runsheets and handling curative matters. Kevin completed his undergraduate education at Texas Tech University and earned his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Kevin is well-versed in water rights issues in Texas, and is committed to staying on the forefront of this increasingly important area of law. Kevin assists clients with water rights matters as they relate to oil and gas development. In his free time, Kevin enjoys fishing on Texas rivers, camping, and cookouts with his friends and family. He also enjoys spending time with his 11-year old dog, Maxey.

Licenses:
• State Bar of Texas
• State Bar of New Mexico
• State Bar of Nebraska
• State Bar of Colorado
• State Bar of Wyoming


Sharon Heaton · Of Counsel
Phone: 202-494-9942 • Email: sbh@suazolegalgroup.com
Sharon Heaton is an attorney and finance professional with nearly 30 years of experience at the intersection of law, business and public policy. Most recently, she was Managing Partner of Wellford Energy Group, a debt, equity and strategic advisory services company and served as Chief Compliance Officer of Wellford Capital Markets, a broker-dealer registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission that is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).

In the private sector, Ms. Heaton has served as general counsel, senior business executive, board member, principal investor and policy advisor for publicly traded Fortune 500 companies as well as start-up and established privately held companies. Her clients have included utilities, independent power producers, electric transmission companies, gas pipelines, electric and gas distribution entities and upstream oil and gas companies. She served as General Counsel of Trans-Elect, the first independent transmission company in the United States and Emerald Automotive, a hybrid electric vehicle design and manufacturing companies recently purchased by Geely Holdings.

Ms. Heaton served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Columbia Energy Group, one of the nation’s largest integrated natural gas systems with assets in excess of $6 billion. While at Columbia, Ms. Heaton led the effort to obtain regulatory approval from over a dozen federal and state regulatory agencies required to complete a $12 billion merger of regulated utilities in record time. Ms. Heaton also directed teams in over 20 acquisitions or divestitures, advised the company and its board of directors on corporate governance and internal investigations, established compensation plans and developed policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Federal and state laws.

In the public sector, Ms. Heaton served as Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. In more than 5 years of service in senior roles in the Senate, Ms. Heaton has worked on matters before the Senate Energy, Environment, Finance, Banking, Commerce and Judiciary Committees. As Counsel and then Senior Counsel on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Ms. Heaton worked on matters related to federal banking and securities laws and markets. In this role, she drafted and negotiated amendments to the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, among other statutes.

Sharon Heaton holds a Doctor of Law from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. magna cum laude in political science from Barnard College at Columbia University. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Heaton served as a Federal law clerk for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She has been an associate with the law firms of Skadden, Arps and a Counsel with the firm of Latham & Watkins.

Ms. Heaton has been an author and speaker on a wide range of topics, including developments in the energy industry, the legislative process, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, legal ethics, lobbying reform and disclosure requirements, the banking and finance industries and issues confronting executive women.

Licenses:
• State Bar of Maryland
• District of Columbia Bar


Clinton M. Goos · Of Counsel
Phone: 316-617-2681 • Email: cmg@suazolegalgroup.com
Clint Goos focuses his practice on oil and gas, energy, corporate, and real estate law. Clint began his legal career as Assistant General Counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission, where he handled regulatory matters involving oil and gas environmental issues. In 2008, Clint joined the Wichita office Midwest regional firm, where he maintained his oil and gas focus, but also expanded his practice to include a wide variety of natural resource, real estate, corporate, and general practice matters. In 2012, Clint joined a prominent Houston energy law firm, where he led the Kansas practice group and first worked with Mr. Suazo. Clint spent two years working for a national land-services company, first as a Senior Title Examiner and then as Regional Manager-Rocky Mountains, where worked closely with his clients to examine and manage all aspects of drillsite, surface, and due diligence projects in the major producing basins across the United States. In 2014, Clint joined the Denver office of a Rocky Mountain regional firm where he continued his focus on natural resource and energy law, assisting clients with various regulatory, title, and transactional matters across the country. Clint was born and raised in Kansas, currently resides in Denver, with his wife Megheen, and their three children.

Admitted to Practice:
• State of Kansas, September 2004
• State of Texas, February 2013

Education:
• Pittsburg State University, B.A. History (Political Science), December 2000
• Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2004


TRAVIS D. HARVILL · Of Counsel
Travis D. Harvill, born Springfield, Missouri, November 16, 1973; admitted to bar: Texas (2000); Arkansas (2007). Education: Baylor University School of Law (J.D., 2000). Member: State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Arkansas, United States District Court-Southern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, Northern District of Texas.

Travis focuses on providing the highest quality of legal services that are specifically tailored to the needs and demands of each client. His oil and gas practice includes advising exploration and production companies concerning upstream matters including acquisition and divestiture of assets, ownership disputes, pooling, conveyance interpretation, leasehold issues, joint operating agreements, farmout agreements, purchase and sale agreements, production sharing agreements and litigation related issues. In his title and due diligence practice, he has personally rendered hundreds of title opinions on various types of issues, including division order analysis, lease acquisition, pooling and mineral and leasehold ownership throughout Texas, Arkansas, and other jurisdictions. Travis has a specialty of dealing with the largest and most complex of titles. He has extensive experience in leading teams rendering title opinions for high number tract opinions. Travis has also prepared and presented numerous CLE presentations and training seminars regarding various aspects of oil and gas law and title examination. In addition to consulting regarding JOA, PSA, pooling and unitization agreements, he has been involved in defending litigation related to a variety of oil and gas operations.


STEVEN LEHRBASS · Partner
Phone: 210-262-7117 • Email: sal@suazolegalgroup.com
Steven Lehrbass focuses his practice primarily on oil, gas and mineral law and title examination. He received a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006, before attending St. Mary’s University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, he gained valuable experience in the industry working as a petroleum landman in various counties in South Texas and conducting stand-up title examinations throughout Texas while working as an associate with a San Antonio based law firm focusing on energy law and title examination. Today Steven specializes in highly complex tract ownership and conducts in-house and stand-up oil and gas title review in the preparation of original drilling title opinions, supplemental title opinions and division order title opinions. Steven is also a member of the following organizations:

Licenses:
• State Bar of New Mexico
• State Bar of Texas


Chelsea Allen · Law Clerk
Phone: 505-345-1400 • Email: cea@suazolegalgroup.com


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