Carleton Gotlin Law, PC

C. Elaine Carleton


Elaine’s practice primarily focuses on the upstream side of oil and gas development. Elaine has extensive business and legal experience in numerous aspects of the oil and gas industry based on her diverse experience as an attorney, landman, crude oil marketer and division order analyst.  Elaine has over 30 years of experience in the industry, half of which was working within several major oil and gas companies. With this practical experience, she has developed a practice that emphasizes her background in title examination, acquisition and divestment, exploration and development, and drafting and negotiation of industry contracts.

Originally from the Permian Basin of Texas, in 1980 Elaine received a BBA from the University of Texas in Petroleum Land Management.  In 1995, she graduated from the University Of Denver College Of Law.  Elaine was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1995 and in Texas in 1996.

Education & Affiliations

Elaine is a member of the following professional and volunteer organizations:

Colorado Bar Association

  • Natural Resources & Energy Law Section
  • Trusts and Estates Sections

Texas Bar Association

  • Mineral Law Section

Denver Bar Association
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation – Special Institutes Committee
Denver Association of Oil & Gas Title Lawyers (Past President and Treasurer)
Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen (Past co-chair of Legal and Legislative Committee, Past member of Education Committee)
American Association of Professional Landmen

  • Certified Petroleum Landman – 1987

Colorado Women’s Bar Association
Women’s Estate Planning Council (Past President, Vice President and Board Member)
Denver Probate Court Pro Se volunteer attorneys

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