EDUCATION, LICENSURE & COURT ADMISSION
University of Oklahoma, College of Law (2003)
Licensed in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska
Admitted to practice before the 10th Circuit; District of Colorado; and the Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma
Andrew received his bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma, during which time he interned for Senate Majority Whip, Don Nickels in the United States Senate. In 2003, Andrew graduated the University of Oklahoma College of Law where he was a member of the American Indian Law Review. He began practicing law at Pitchlynn & Associates, in Norman, Oklahoma, a dedicated Indian Law firm representing numerous tribal governments in state and federal Courts.
From 2004 to 2007, Andrew was a partner at Montgomery, Dixon & Schill where he maintained the firm’s long history in probate, estate planning, and title examination in central Oklahoma. His litigation practice involved real property disputes, will contests and representation of landowners in oil and gas matters such as pollution, leasing and surface damages. He has successfully utilized creative approaches to obtain injunctive relief on behalf of clients in state and federal Courts, along with successfully defending clients in highly politicized criminal matters.
Since moving to Durango in 2007, his practice now focuses on the preparation of acquisition, drilling and division order title opinions; assisting clients with leasing, development, and operations of oil and gas properties on fee, federal, state and Indian lands; and representing clients in the acquisition and divestment of oil and gas properties, the formation of federal units, and related civil and administrative litigation.
Andrew has worked for numerous clients on the Fort Berthold, Southern Ute and Navajo Reservations. His practice has a distinct history of success in the leasing and development of Tribal and allotted lands, as well as disputes with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Land Management.
In addition to an active law practice, Andrew and his family travel frequently to the Middle East. He and his wife, Jan, are passionate about building close relationships that cross traditional faith and cultural boundaries. Their circle of friends from around the world are frequent visitors to Durango, where Andrew and Jan seek to facilitate a global conversation in their local community where peace, justice and forgiveness are shared values. He speaks frequently on issues related to energy, Federal Indian Law and conflict resolution.
Andrew and his wife Jan have three children: Olivia, Harper and George. They enjoy skiing, biking, rafting and time outdoors in the San Juan mountains and nearby desert lands.