C. Elaine Carleton is a Denver-based attorney who is licensed in Colorado and Texas. Her practice primarily focuses on upstream oil and gas and energy development. Elaine has extensive business and legal experience in all aspects of the oil and gas industry. She has over 35 years of practical experience in the oil and gas industry including acquisition/divestment, exploration, marketing, and development. Elaine currently serves as the managing partner of Carleton Gotlin Law PC, and she specializes in advising and representing clients on challenging title curative matters, due diligence projects, complex multi-formation title opinions, issues covering large spacing and pooled units, Determination of Heirship actions and as an expert witness in mineral title matters.
Elaine graduated with a BBA from the University of Texas with an emphasis in Petroleum Land Management. Prior to returning to school (University of Denver Sturm College of Law), for her law degree, she worked as a landman, crude oil marketer, division order analyst and project coordinator for development of a gas/oil marketing system. Elaine has authored and presented numerous papers covering complex title issues, pooling and spacing, determinations of heirship actions, quiet title actions, surface issues, and conveyance of minerals for the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law (f/k/a Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation), Colorado Bar Association’s Natural Resources section and Trust and Estate sections, the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, National Association of Division Order Analysts, and other local Denver associations.
Elaine is a member of the Colorado, Texas, Denver and Colorado Women’s Bar Associations and is active in the Natural Resources sections and the Trusts and Estates sections of the State Bars. She is also a member of the Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers, as well as being a past president and treasurer. Elaine is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen and is a Certified Professional Landman, having been certified in 1987 and keeping her certification current. Elaine is also a member of the Denver Association of Professional Landmen and previously served on the Education Committee and as co-chair of the Legal and Legislative Committee. She is a member of the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law and serves as a Special Institutes Committee member and previously served as a trustee of the Foundation. Elaine previously served as president of the Women’s Estate Planning Council. In 2016, Elaine was nominated by the Denver Business Journal as a top Energy Attorney in Colorado.