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David Sutter Bio

David Sutter has over thirty-five years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His practice focuses on oil and gas title examination and transactional law. Mr. Sutter has extensive experience with pooling, unitization and setting up allocation wells for horizontal drilling in the Permian Basin. David has served as lead negotiator in over fifty domestic and international acquisitions and exchanges involving oil & gas operations.

A native Nebraskan, Mr. Sutter has been a resident of Midland, Texas off and on since 1981 and continuously since 1999. Mr. Sutter started in Midland, Texas with Atlantic Richfield Company as a Landman and ultimately served as Manager of International Negotiations in the Eastern Hemisphere for ARCO. David is a former managing shareholder with Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy Laughlin & Browder. Before joining LC&A in 2019, he served as Permian Basin Vice President of Land for Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. David has been active in the community, volunteering and serving on the boards of several nonprofits. His most proudest accomplishment is his family and marriage of forty years.



Recognitions and Memberships
  • 2017: Volunteer of the Year, Midland Teen Court
  • 2010: Member Texas Bar Foundation
  •  1999: Appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior to Alaska OCS Advisory Board
  • 1996:  Recognized by Alaska State Legislature for drafting Area Wide Leasing Legislation
  • Lifetime Member of the Arctic Ocean Polar Bear Club
  • Current Board Member, Midland Teen Court
  • Current Member of AAPL, PBLA and AIPN
  • Member and former Board Member, Midland YMCA
  • Member and former Board Member, Greentree Country Club
  • Former Board Member, Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale
  • Former Board Member, Greentree North Homeowner’s Assn.
Work History
  • 2010-2019: Vice President Permian Land, Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc.
  • 2000-2010: Managing Shareholder, Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder, Inc.
  • 1997-2000: Manager of International Negotiations, ARCO International, Inc.
  • 1991-1997: Land Manager, ARCO Alaska, Inc.
  • Calculating Net Beneficial Interests, CDOA Review Manual, 1991 and Dalworth Landman’s Assn
  • J.D.  University of Nebraska, College of Law
  • B.S.  University of Nebraska, College of Business
Bar Admissions
  • 1981, Nebraska
  • 1989, Texas
  • 2000, New Mexico
  • 2008, North Dakota
  • Producing Allocation Wells in the Permian Basin, AAPL Convention, June 2017, Seattle, WA
  • Legal Issues with Commingling Production, PALTA, March 2011, Midland, TX
  • Acquiring and Leasing Community Property in New Mexico, PBLA, May, 2007; PALTA, 2010, Midland, TX
  • Production and Ad Valorem Taxation in Texas, PBLA March 2001, Bar Assn. ,2003, Midland, TX
  • Title and Curative Problems in TX and NM, AAPL Convention, June 2001, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Married to Rebecca Diane Sutter, with two children, Stuart, a Texas Tech Energy Commerce Graduate and Sophie, a University of Nebraska Business Graduate
  • Summitted Mount Rainer WA
  • Completed two marathons, London and Lake Superior


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