About Ramona

Ramona has over 20 years of experience representing natural resource companies in matters involving title, leasing, transactions, financing, and compliance with state and local government requirements. Oil and gas companies rely on Ramona to prepare title opinions and assist with asset transactions, surface use and access issues, pipeline rights-of-way, matters arising under unit agreements and joint operating agreements, financing transactions, and compliance with Alaska’s unique oil and gas regulations. Ramona represents mining companies in transactions, access issues, joint ventures, other exploration and project development matters, and prepares title reports on state and federal mining claims. She also represents wind and solar energy developers with respect to leasing and clearing title to obtain financing. Ramona also represents clients with issues arising under the Coastal Zone Management Act and state coastal management programs.

Ramona is a former trustee-at-large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. She has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Oil & Gas Law), 2018-2021.

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Oil & Gas

  • ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., – Seconded to in-house legal department on two separate occasions for a total of 15 months. Analyzed complex issues regarding title, encumbrances, and leasehold obligations; analyzed issues arising under unit agreements and joint operating agreements; assisted with unit expansion application; performed due diligence for lease acquisition; assisted with sale of assets and related issues.
  • Furie Operating Alaska, LLC – Represented independent oil and gas company in obtaining necessary State of Alaska approvals to install new offshore natural gas production platform in Cook Inlet, including 16-mile pipeline and onshore gas processing facility. This was the first new platform installed in Cook Inlet in 15 years.
  • Furie Operating Alaska, LLC – Assisted client in obtaining $160 million to finance installation of offshore infrastructure for natural gas development.
  • Oil and Gas Title Opinions – Prepared complex oil and gas title opinions for various companies in Alaska. Opinions cover leases on state, federal, and Native lands, offshore and onshore, for purposes of drilling, division order, acquisition, and financing.
  • Represented innovative company in determining how State of Alaska regulations affect deployment of new technology in oil and gas operations in Alaska.


  • Assisted mining company with transaction involving exchange of surface rights and mineral rights on different properties so each side ended up with both surface and minerals.
  • Represent junior mineral exploration company in a variety of transactions, including exploration agreements, joint ventures, purchase and sale agreements, and preparing mining and royalty deeds.
  • Hecla/Greens Creek Mine – Prepared comprehensive title report on active large-scale mining comprised of more than 700 mining claims, and later update of the title report, in connection with a significant financing transaction. Assisted client in satisfying lender by completing curative actions identified in title report.

Coastal Zone Management

  • Alaska Coastal Management Program – Analyzed proposed citizens’ initiative to reinstate Alaska’s coastal management program and educated the campaign team on what the initiative would do, contrary to the proponents’ claims. The initiative was ultimately defeated.
  • CZMA – Advised the client with respect to compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act and the coastal management programs of 7 Atlantic states in connection with the client’s application to conduct a geophysical survey along approximately 1,000 miles of the U.S. Atlantic coastline.

Cable Television Franchising

  • Cable franchising – Represented a major telecommunications provider in negotiating cable television franchise agreements with various cities and counties in California, Oregon, and Washington, including appearing before City Councils and Boards of County Commissioners in public hearings to obtain approval of the agreements. Also represented the client in obtaining consent to transfer many of these agreements to a new service provider.
  • Cable franchising – Represented a new cable television service provider in negotiating a franchise agreement with a major midwest city.
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Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Oil & Gas Law), 2018–2021
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Alaska) by Chambers USA (currently: Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries), 2019–2020
  • “Advocate of the Year,” Alaska Miners Association, 2018
  • Trustee-At-Large, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2016–2018
  • Board of Directors, Alaska Miners Association, 2015–present
  • President, Alaska Association of Professional Landmen, 2015–2016 (also served as Vice President 2014–2015 and Past President 2016–2017)
  • Mining Section Chair, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation 61st Annual Institute, 2015
  • Special Institutes Committee, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2010–present
  • President, Board of Trustees, Listen and Talk, 2008–2013 (Member of the Board 1998–2014)
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Alaska Update – The Australian Invasion and Mineral Tenure,” Mining and Land Resources Institute, 2020
  • “Mineral Tenure Under SB 155,” Alaska Association of Professional Landmen, 2020
  • “Alaska Lands and Mineral Interests” (co-author), 3 Am. L. of Mining, chs. 70-73, 2010, 2011 and 2016 updates
  • “State Leases: A Panel Discussion,” RMMLF Special Institute on Drafting and Negotiating the Modern Oil & Gas Lease, 2018
  • “Mineral Property Agreements – 101,” AMA 2018 Fairbanks 26th Biennial Convention: Prospecting Alaska’s Future, 2018 (co-speaker)
  • “Alaska Lands – An Overview of the North Slope,” ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., 2017
  • “What, Why, and How of Title Opinions,” Alaska Association of Professional Landmen, 2017
  • “The Endangered Species Act Meets Alaska,” Alaska Oil & Gas Association Informational Seminar for the 30th Legislature, 2016
  • “Severed Estates in Alaska – A Case Study,” Stoel Rives LLP, 2016
  • “Title Opinions – Why Should I Care?” ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., 2015
  • “Drilling With Other People’s Money: Liens, Liens, and More Liens, Everywhere and on Everything,” Alaska Association of Professional Landmen, 2014 (co-speaker)
  • “Intralimital Rights In, Under, To, and Respecting Lands Within Unpatented Federal Mining Locations,” Advanced Mineral Title Examination—Oil & Gas and Mining, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2014 (co-author and co-speaker)
  • “Alaska’s Constitutional Natural Resource Provisions and REDOIL, Was This the Framer’s Intent?” Law Seminars International, 2013
  • “ORRIs in Passing: Transfers Upon the Death of the Owner,” Alaska Association of Professional Landment, 2013 (co-speaker)
  • “Muddy Water, Section 404 Jurisdiction,” Mining in Alaska: Law, Permitting Issues and Current Trends, The Seminar Group, 2013
  • “Underwater in Alaska, Who Owns What?” Alaska Association of Professional Landmen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2012
  • “Resolving Conflicts Between Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy Development,” Renewable Energy World Conference, Tampa, Florida, 2011

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