Modrall Sperling Law Firm

Jennifer Bradfute is an associate in the natural resources practice group. Her legal interests include Indian law, oil and gas, employment and transportation law. Jennifer has represented major energy companies, working interest owners, royalty owners, and overriding royalty owners in lawsuits and negotiations in issues ranging from royalty disputes to preferential purchase rights and other disputes arising under joint operating agreements. She also advises oil and gas operators concerning regulatory issues with the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division, the Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue. In addition, she has advised energy companies and other major employers on employment law issues, and assisted with litigation arising under the New Mexico Human Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jennifer has been selected as a Southwest Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers®.

Jennifer also has represented clients in matters involving railroad accidents, railroad property disputes, and preemption under the Interstate Commerce Commission. Prior to attending law school, she worked for a petrochemical broker in Houston, Texas. Her work experience included the management of a tank car fleet that was dedicated to the transportation of petrochemical products, and the management of hundreds of tank truck shipments throughout the U.S. She also worked as a non-vessel owning common carrier (“NVOCC”) for the transport of oversized and intermodal freight. This work included contracting with numerous transportation providers, warehouses and heavy equipment companies.

A graduate of George Mason School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, Jennifer served as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy and was selected as the Steel Scholar in Business Law for 2009-2010. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern New Mexico University, where she served as Student Body President, was listed on Dean’s List for all four years and received the Myrtle Moore Women in Business Scholarship.

Education

George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 2011, cum laude, 2011; Managing Editor, Journal of Law, Economics & Policy; Steele Scholar in Business Law 2009-2010; awarded by GMU’s Corporate Federalism Initiative

Eastern New Mexico University, B.B.A., 2001, magna cum laude, 2001; Student Body President, Dean’s List 1997-2001; Myrtle Moore Women in Business Scholarship

Bar Admissions

New Mexico 2011

U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico 2011

  • Experience litigating complex disputes involving hydraulic fracturing and the enforcement of preferential purchase rights provisions within joint operating agreements.
  • Representing clients in regulatory proceedings before the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division involving compulsory pooling, pool rules, and unitization.
  • Currently working on appeals of decisions rendered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue related to development on federal, Indian and allottee oil and gas leases, including appeals involving oil and gas leases in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Nevada.
  • Advised major oil and gas producers concerning compliance with the royalty regulations on Federal and Indian leases.
  • Assisted clients with disputes concerning suspended royalty payments under the Oil and Gas Proceeds Payment Act.
  • Reviewed agreements with oil and gas companies and the Bureau of Land Management, including a Master Agreement for the reimbursement of agency costs incurred in the processing of right-of-way and land use applications.
  • Reviewed master service agreements for major energy companies in order to ensure compliance with New Mexico law and the New Mexico Oilfield Anti-Indemnity statute.
  • Recently obtained a complete defense verdict, as the second chair attorney, in an intra-corporate defamation lawsuit filed by a local associate attorney against his former law firm/employer and each of the individual partners at the firm.
  • Successfully defended a national employer in the air traffic control industry against claims asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New Mexico Human Rights Act.
  • Obtained summary judgment from the United States District Court of New Mexico in a case asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act by the parents of an elementary school student who was handcuffed by a public school police officer.
  • Defended a regional property management company against a claim of pregnancy discrimination.
  • Currently defending a global mining company in two complex collective actions asserting violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, selected as a Southwest Rising Star, 2014-present

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