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Craig R. Carver - Denver, CO

1888 Sherman StreetSuite 400 Denver, CO 80203

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Updated: 02/18/2024

Denver Natural Resources Lawyer


Craig's practice focuses on representing companies involved in extraction, transportation and marketing of oil and gas and other natural resources. It involves both transactional and litigation components...

Craig's practice focuses on representing companies involved in extraction, transportation and marketing of oil and gas and other natural resources. It involves both transactional and litigation components.

Examples include, on the transactional side, negotiation and drafting of natural gas marketing, gathering and transportation agreements, major oil and gas property acquisitions and dispositions, farm-out agreements, joint operating and unitization agreements, project financings, and negotiations with federal and state authorities concerning access rights, permits, royalties and environmental compliance issues.

On the litigation side, Craig has extensive lead counsel trial experience in complex cases in federal and state courts and in arbitration, covering the gamut from take-or-pay and natural gas purchase and transportation issues to operational, royalty and other leasehold disputes, valuation, tax, and environmental issues.

He also has experience in dealing with a wide variety of administrative agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, the Minerals Management Service, the United States Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state oil and gas and public utility commissions. He has also served as an arbitrator in disputes involving oil and gas and surface use disputes. He also provides advice and assistance to land tenants concerning the relationships between mineral development and conservation easements.

Craig served as president of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation in 2007-2008. He is consistently honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America and Colorado Super Lawyers in the fields of Energy and Natural Resources Law.

He is a frequent lecturer on natural resource subjects, particularly those involving the leasing of federal oil and gas interests. He has authored numerous articles in the natural resources area, such as: The New Standing and Ripeness Doctrines: Who Can Challenge Public Lands Decisions, and When? 45 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. (1999) and Natural Gas Price Indices: Do They Provide a Sound Basis for Sales and Royalty Payments? 42 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. (1996).

Prior to the merger of Carver & Kirchhoff into Schwarz McNab & Bailey in 2004, he served as a partner of: Carver & Kirchhoff (2002-2003); Alfers & Carver (1996-2002); Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (1982 1996) and Head, Moye, Carver & Ray (1976-1982).

He has practiced in Denver since 1974. He is a graduate of Stanford University (A.B., with distinction, 1970) and the University of Denver (J.D., order of St. Ives, 1974).

About Craig R. Carver

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Member

Practice Areas

  • Natural Resources
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Energy
  • Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Commercial Real Estate


  • 65%


Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981

Other Affiliations

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2007 - 2008 (President)
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2006 - 2007 (Vice President)
  • Denver Bar Association (Member)
  • Colorado Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2002 - 2004 (Treasurer)

Classes and Seminars

  • "The New Standing and Ripeness Doctrines: Who Can Challenge Public Lands Decisions, and When?", 45 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst., 1999
  • "Natural Gas Price Indices: Do They Provide a Sound Basis for Sales and Royalty Payments?", 42 Rocky Mtn. Min.L. Inst., 1996
  • Frequent Lecturer, Natural Resource Subjects, including Rocky Mountaining Mineral Law Foundation short course on Federal Oil and Gas Leasing

Past Positions

  • Carver & Kirchhoff, LLC, Partner, 2003
  • Alfers & Carver, LLC, Partner, 1996 - 2002
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Partner, 1982 - 1996
  • Head, Moye, Carver & Ray, Partner, 1976 - 1982


  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, 1974
  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1970
    Honors: With Distinction

Office Information


1888 Sherman StreetSuite 400 Denver, CO 80203


  • (303) 893-1829

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; Evening and weekend hours by appointment


Other Sources of Feedback About Craig R. Carver

Included on the 2020 Colorado list

Past Lists

  • 2019 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Colorado Super Lawyers list

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