Elizabeth A. Ryan, Partner

“Understanding the nuts and bolts of the industry itself is the only way to fully and efficiently represent clients in the oil patch.”

Elizabeth “Beth” Ryan focuses her practice on oil and gas matters, including title examination, transactions, operations and regulatory. Ryan prides herself in delivering work product to clients with skill and efficiency  — a drilling opinion is not very helpful after the well reaches the target formation.  Ryan partnered with Joel M. Carson III in creating Carson Ryan LLC after her energy practice grew at a rapid pace in 2012 and 2013. Prior to this, Ryan practiced oil and gas law in some of the top oil and gas law firms in the Rocky Mountains.

To meet her client’s needs in the wake of increased horizontal drilling and development in the oil patch and the NMOCD’s adoption of the new horizontal well and project area rules, Beth has devoted herself to studying the legal and practical implications of the new regulatory environment and has conducted numerous presentations to her clients and industry groups on the rules. A good portion of Beth’s regulatory practice involves consulting with her clients in the planning stages of a horizontal drilling program, from obtaining the permits and pooling agreements, to working through non-standard locations, to advising clients on project areas and force pooling issues. 

Beth is a summa cum laude graduate of Lubbock Christian University with a B.A. in Humanities with an emphasis in pre-law and a minor in Biblical studies. She received her J.D. cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she served as the Executive Student Writing Editor for the Law Review.   She is a published author on issues ranging from appellate review to oil and gas topics, including:

  • The Impact of Unit Events Upon Federal Oil and Gas Lease, Gregory J. Nibert and Elizabeth A. Ryan, Paper 17, Special Institute on Federal Oil and Gas Leases, Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fnd. (Nov. 2006).
  • Salty Standing: An Analysis of Standing as It Relates to Oil and Gas Interests, 2 Tex. J. Oil, Gas & Energy L. 339 (2007).
  • Chapter 20 Update Author for the Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases (2008-current).
  • The 13th Juror: Re-Evaluating the Factual Sufficiency Standard of Review in Criminal Cases, 37 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 1291 (2005).
  •  “Can I Start You Off With Some Drinks?”: An Analysis of Commercial Alcohol Provider Liability  in Texas, 39 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 45 (2006).

Game Commission

Effective January 15, 2015, Beth was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission. This Commission’s purpose is to conserve, regulate, propagate, and protect the wildlife and fish within the State of New Mexico using a flexible management system that ensures sustainable use for public food supply, recreation, and safety; and to provide for off-highway motor vehicle recreation that recognizes cultural, historic, and resource values while ensuring public safety. The Commission seeks to achieve the State’s comprehensive wildlife management goals. Beth’s excitement to serve on this Commission stems from her personal love for hunting and the outdoors. She was raised since a young age to appreciate wildlife and its proper management in order to protect the species. Based on her experience in administrative law and regulation gained while serving on the EIB (see summary below), Beth is great asset to this already dynamic group of Commissioners.

 EIB

Previously, in January, 2011, Beth was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to New Mexico’s Environmental Improvement Board (“EIB”) and served all four years as Board Secretary. This board is both an adjudicatory and appellate board under the administrative agency of the Environment Department of New Mexico. As an attorney who understands the industry, regulatory matters, and administrative law, she was uniquely suited to understand the various industry issues and regulatory concerns and the administrative rules that her Board reviewed.  Some of the largest public corporations in New Mexico appeared in front of her Board to testify, and present experts and other witnesses.  This industry is very highly regulated (by States and the Federal government) and she was been able to understand this first-hand, from the numerous regulations the EIB has passed, amended and repealed during her four-year term on the EIB.  The EIB has repealed cap and trade and greenhouse gas emissions regulations, approved a settlement among the State, EPA, and utility companies regarding several of their coal-fired plans in Northern New Mexico concerning regional haze rules, and passed rules concerning air quality, petroleum storage tanks, hazardous waste, liquid waste, and drinking water.  Her public meetings on the EIB were even interrupted by the Occupy Movement and protest groups.  She has earned the respect of industry, environmental groups, and the media. Her term ended December 31, 2014.

Lovelace Regional Hospital Board of Directors: In early 2014, Beth as appointed to service on the Board of Directors of Lovelace Regional Hospital in Roswell. The Board ensures that that the facilities and the medical staff provide quality medical care that meets the needs of the community and oversees organizational performance improvement of the facility.

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation:  Appointed by the State Bar of New Mexico, Beth has served as Trustee the past five years, the youngest Trustee to currently serve. She has been a member since 2006. 

New Mexico Landman’s Association:  Beth has served on the Board of Directors of the NMLA since 2013 and been a member since 2006.  

DWI Planning Council: Moreover, Chaves County also has the benefit of her long service on the Chaves County DWI Planning Council (since 2009), serving as Chairman in 2011, Vice Chairman in 2014, and continues to serve.  The Council is a sub-committee of the Chaves County Commission. The DWI Program is committed to reducing the incidents of DWI within Chaves County and throughout the State of New Mexico. 

State Bar of New Mexico Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law:  A section of the State Bar of New Mexico, Beth served for three years as a board member of the Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section ("NREEL"). She remains a section member. 

Other Information and Hobbies:  Beth is an accomplished vocalist, currently enjoying her service on her church’s worship team, enjoys hunting and anything outdoors. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She is married to Zack Ryan, a teacher and coach at Gateway Christian School. They have two children, Isabelle Marie (6 years old) and Kathryn Elizabeth (18 months old). Her role as a wife and mother are her greatest and favorite accomplishments.



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