Craig Smith is a Partner in the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Department. He joined the firm in 2009 after practicing with Fleck, Mather & Strutz, Ltd. in Bismarck, North Dakota, since 1988. He has extensive experience in all areas of oil and gas law, including the preparation of drilling title opinions, division order title opinions, and acquisition title opinions in North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming as well as representing clients in various oil and gas administrative, regulatory and government affairs matters.
Mr. Smith is very active in the industry’s regulatory and government affairs relating to federal, state, and legislative issues, as well as county and local matters. He served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the North Dakota Petroleum Council from 2008 through 2012 and currently serves on the Council’s Board and Executive Committee. He has also participated as a speaker at national, state and local energy seminars including the 2001 , 2010 and 2013 AAPL Annual Meetings, the 2012 National Association of Division Order Analysts Annual Meeting, and Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institutes. He has participated as a contributing author from 2001 to present for the American Association of Petroleum Landmen Nationwide Comparison of Laws on Leasing, Exploration, and Production representing the states of North Dakota and Montana. He has also authored and presented at national seminars regarding the recent Missouri River ordinary high water mark oil and gas title litigation and other water issues involving the Bakken play. See Riparian Rights: Ownership of Minerals Under Rivers and Lakes, Craig C. Smith and Brian R. Bjella, 51 RMMFJ 55 (2014); Rivers Run Wild, American Association of Petroleum Landmen Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C. 2013); and Water Schemes Across The Shale Plays – The Bakken Experience, RMMLF Special Institute on Development Issues in Major Shale Plays, (Pittsburgh, PA 2014).
- Oil and Gas
- Lobbying, Regulatory and Administrative Affairs
- Title Examination
North Dakota, 1988
U.S. District Court of North Dakota, 1990
8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990
1988 – J.D., University of Tulsa
1985 – B.A. in History, University of North Dakota
Honors & Awards
Editor, Notes & Comments, Energy Law Journal, 1987-1988. Student Editor, American Bar Association Natural Resources Law Monograph Series, 1987-1988.
North Dakota Pardon Advisory Board, 2002-2009
North Dakota State Parole Board, Vice-Chairman, 2002-2005
North Dakota State Bar Association
State Bar of Montana
Wyoming State Bar Association
American Bar Association