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Oklahoma Leadership in Law Profile: Mark D. Christiansen

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Leadership in Law Profile: Mark D. Christiansen

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hen you sit down for a game of poker, and you look around the table for the inexperienced player, the weaker player, the lesser player, and you don't find him - then it's you." Mark Christiansen said this saying by a senior colleague and retired attorney Jim Peabody has been helpful to remember both in his legal practice and in many other areas of daily life.

Christiansen, a director of Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City, has worked hard to establish his national reputation in legal matters involving the energy industry. He has developed a unique mix of legal practice areas within the energy industry since 1980, with substantial experience and involvement in both litigation and transactional matters, including: the defense of statewide, multistate and nationwide class-action energy lawsuits; the representation of energy clients of every size in lawsuits of virtually every size, ranging from routine lawsuits over operational or contractual matters to complex commercial cases involving major potential exposure; energy contractual and transactional projects involving the exploration, production and marketing sectors of the industry; and counseling clients as to the application of statutory and regulatory law, and case law, to their operations and activities.

"Since Oklahoma is second only to Texas in being a national leader in the oil and gas industry, energy lawyers in Oklahoma have a unique opportunity to have an impact well beyond the borders of this state when they impact energy litigation, disputes, law and policy through their work in Oklahoma," he said.

Christiansen is a member of the executive committee for the board of trustees of the Dallas-based Center for American and International Law and recently held the same position for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation in Denver. In addition, he has served as a Legal Committee chairman for the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association of Oklahoma.

Since 1997, Christiansen has been listed in Best Lawyers in America under the practice area of natural resources/oil and gas law. …

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