Gretchen VanderWerf, P.C. - Oil and Gas Law Attorney

Gretchen VanderWerf, P.C. - Oil and Gas Law Attorney

Oil and Gas Law Attorney Helping You Address Your Issues Since 1997

Firm Overview

Combining insight and 39 years of experience to protect your interests
Gretchen VanderWerf, P.C. has been involved in legal matters related to oil and gas for almost 40 years. Representing exploration and production companies and mineral owners throughout Colorado, she handles disputes and litigation that arise during oil and gas exploration, development and production. Whether your issue involves terminating a lease or obtaining a permit, Gretchen VanderWerf, P.C. offers the assistance necessary to achieve an effective resolution.

Attorney Gretchen VanderWerf has a distinguished reputation among her peers and judges and is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible recognition for adherence to standards of professionalism and ethics. Her clients turn to her for her thorough familiarity with all aspects of pipeline operations in Colorado. She has represented many clients in administrative hearings before the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.

Former commissioner of the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission
Gretchen VanderWerf brings to every case the knowledge and skill she gained as the first female commissioner of the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, a post she held for 10 years. With her comprehensive understanding of how the commission regulates oil and gas in Colorado, Gretchen VanderWerf can advise you on contractual matters and help you comply with state and federal regulations.

Effective representation and client-centered services
At Gretchen VanderWerf, P.C., you can expect:
-An uncompromising work ethic - Oil and gas law requires a high level of technical understanding of complex business issues. Through focused planning and diligent preparation, Gretchen VanderWerf works hard to resolve your matter as efficiently as possible without losing sight of your best interests.
-Proactive counsel - Gretchen VanderWerf raises and properly addresses important issues before they become legal problems.
-Personal service - She maintains open lines of communication and keeps clients fully informed and involved, promptly responding to calls and questions.

Main Office

Main Office
1525 17th Street
Denver CO 80202



Personal Injury

Dedicated Denver Oil and Gas Attorney

At Gretchen VanderWerf, P.C., attorney VanderWerf has 39 years of experience helping businesses involved in exploring, discovering, acquiring, developing, producing and marketing Colorado's natural resources. From her Denver office, she handles disputes and litigation that arise during all phases of oil and gas exploration, development and production. She is highly proficient in the complex business issues associated with oil and gas law and has represented clients in a variety of related matters, including:

-Purchase and sale transactions
-Oil and gas titles
-Land exchanges
-Operating issues
-Financing agreements
-Assignments and deeds
-Oil and gas contracts/licenses
-Mergers and acquisitions
-Litigation and disputes
-Federal and state regulatory matters

Applying extensive litigation experience
Oil and gas companies are often accused of not paying royalties to the owners of the land or mineral rights. And because of the dangers of drilling, oil and gas businesses must often deal with property damage, such as oil well fires or explosions. These accidents can lead to litigation over injuries caused to workers. Gretchen VanderWerf has substantial knowledge and experience in disputes over matters such as royalties, mineral titles, operating agreements and commercial transactions involving purchase and sales agreements, as she is accustomed to dealing with problems resulting from industry-related accidents. Regardless of your legal challenges, she works hard to resolve your claims out of court, but you can also be confident that she is an experienced litigator who is prepared for any contested matter or court hearing.

Helping clients comply with regulations
Gretchen VanderWerf helps companies understand their rights and proactively avoid litigation by adhering to regulations. She advises oil and gas companies on contractual matters and helps them understand and comply with Colorado and federal laws, including the General Mining Act of 1872, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Throughout her 39 years in practice, she has worked with public, industrial commissions and natural resources and tax agencies to secure all required permits and licenses. When you hire Gretchen VanderWerf, P.C., you get a professional who understands and actively defends against common oil and gas issues, reducing the strain on your business.

Gretchen VanderWerf

Gretchen VanderWerf, P.C. - Oil and Gas Law Attorney

Bar admissions
-Colorado, 1973
-U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1973
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 1973
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1973

-J.D., University of Colorado, 1973
-M.A., University of Michigan, 1969
-B.A., summa cum laude, Hope College, 1968

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional associations
-Denver, Colorado and American Bar Associations
-Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (Trustee, 1980-1986; -Executive Committee, 1984-1986)
Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association
Denver Petroleum Club (Director, 1980-1983)


University of Colorado
Juris Doctorate ,