Michael Sherman helps those who develop and work the land and what lies beneath it. His practice focuses on land use, transactional, and federal and state wildlife issues for developers, farmers, and mining and oil and gas companies.
For every client and project--big or small--Michael has a drive to never quit until the job is done. Clients value Michael’s hard work, resourcefulness and persistence -- all values instilled in him by growing up and working in the agricultural industry. Prior to practicing law, he owned a custom hay and straw business and worked on his family’s dairy cattle and hog farms in Oregon. This experience guides Michael’s approach to always provide practical and straightforward advice, with an eye on the bottom-line.
Michael’s work with mining companies extends throughout California with experience working on over 50 mine sites in 25 counties. His experience includes examining title for unpatented mining claims, negotiating mining leases, conducting acquisition due diligence, permitting new mines and expansions under SMARA, and resolving compliance issues and enforcement actions by local lead agencies, the SMGB and OMR. This breadth and depth of experience as a California mining attorney makes Michael a more effective advocate and advisor to his mining clients.
Michael also represents upstream oil and gas companies with operations in California. In an industry heavily scrutinized by regulators and the public, oil and gas clients appreciate Michael’s thorough and thoughtful advice when addressing land use, endangered species and regulatory issues. He also regularly assists clients with oil and gas title issues, including resolving disputes with mineral and royalty owners and issuing drilling title opinions and division order title opinions.
Clients in the oil and gas, mining, agricultural, renewable energy and other industries also rely on Michael’s experience with a wide variety of fish and wildlife issues, including federal and California Endangered Species Act permitting, enforcement actions by the USFWS and CDFW, streambed alteration agreements and compliance with the California Fish and Game Code.
Michael currently serves on the board of directors for the California Mineral Education Foundation and as a member of the Young Professionals Committee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
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