Oil, gas and other minerals, as well as wind farms, solar and other energy-related ownership rights are becoming a big issue for title insurance professionals throughout the country as the race for clean energy continues. With the increase in these transactions continuing to surface, the title industry needs to adapt both in the way it searches for ownership on property and the way it insures that ownership.
This 90-minute training session not only discusses both the big picture of what is happening in various parts of the country with land rights and land use when minerals and other clean-energy issues are concerned, but it also drills down on the specific things title agents need to consider in their title searches. Title agents are finding more and more that simple surface ownership is no longer the case in many regions, where someone may own the rights to what is underground and even overhead. Title agents need to know what to look for when searching title records for who owns these particular rights so that the surface owner doesn't get surprised when a mineral owner or other energy-related owner comes on their property.
This Webinar navigates these increasingly important areas and discusses dealing with certain title issues that can arise because of new mineral discoveries, the push for increased drilling on U.S. soil and the great movement toward clean-energy solutions.
Attorney, Nyemaster Goode P.C.
Kathleen Law is a member of Nyemaster Goode's Business, Finance and Real Estate Department and practices in the area of real estate law. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in business from William Penn University. Kathleen graduated Order of the Coif from Drake University Law School and was named Outstanding Graduating Senior by the Iowa State Bar Association.
Kathleen has represented wind energy developers on project site acquisition, negotiating and preparing agreements with landowners, zoning and other permitting and title matters for more than 400MW generating capacity that is now in service or under construction, as well as several hundred megawatts in earlier stages of development. She also works with others in the firm's wind energy group on project finance and asset sales of developed sites and sale of project companies.
Kathleen served on the Business Law Section council (2007-2008) and currently serves on the Real Estate Section council of the Iowa State Bar Association. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Des Moines Chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation. She is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. Kathleen is one of six attorneys in the nation selected for the ABA RPTE Fellows Class of 2008-2010.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hollerbach & Associates, Inc.
Jim Hollerbach is the owner and president of Hollerbach & Associates, a Texas-based title research and abstracting company based in San Antonio, with research centers in Houston and Dallas. The firm has served oil and gas, mortgage, title and vendor management businesses nationwide for over 25 years.
Before co-founding Hollerbach & Associates, Jim served as a paratrooper in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg. He attended San Antonio College and Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He is an active member of the American and Texas Land Title Association; Texas Association of Realtors, County and District Clerks
Association; the American and San Antonio Association of Petroleum Landman; the Title Appraisal Vendor Management Association; National Association of Land Title Examiners and Abstractors and the State Bar of Texas. He is also an endorsed member of the Texas Bankers Association.
Vice President, Senior Underwriter, Stewart Title Guaranty Company;
Commercial Production Manager, Stewart National Title Services.
With more than 25 years' experience in the industry, Canaras began his career as an examiner with Commonwealth Land Title while working toward his J.D. at South Texas College of Law. He worked in the real estate departments of Hinton and Morris and with Thomas J. Lykos prior to joining Stewart and becoming an integral part of the company's National Title Services (NTS) division where he now serves as manager of the Houston commercial group.
Throughout his 14 years with NTS, Canaras has presided over transactions involving some of the largest clients in Stewart's portfolio and has developed a deep level of expertise in transactions involving power plants, cogeneration plants, pipeline, terminals, LNG, renewable energy and wind farms across the United States.