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About Alex Ritchie

Alex Ritchie joined the University of New Mexico School of Law faculty in the fall of 2012. Previously, he practiced as a partner in the natural resources and corporate departments at an international law firm based in Denver. In private practice, Ritchie focused on mergers and acquisitions and other large transactions involving oil and gas, mining and other natural resources companies, as well as corporate law, securities, financing and commercial law transactions.

Most recently, Ritchie was a senior corporate counsel at one of the largest fully integrated oil and gas companies in North America, managing upstream and downstream oil and gas litigation and transactional matters.

He has represented clients in transactions aggregating in the billions of dollars, and hopes to apply his practical experience to enrich the legal education of his students. In addition, Ritchie has published several papers and model form legal documents and has given numerous talks focused on natural resources related topics.

At the UNM School of Law, Ritchie teaches oil and gas law and other natural resources courses, as well as property and business associations. His research focuses on oil and gas law, with particular emphasis on conflicts between private interest owners and between public and private interests in oil and gas development.

Ritchie is a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and recently co-chaired the Foundation’s Special Institute on Oil and Gas Agreements: Contracting for Goods, Services and People, held on May 2-3, 2013 in Santa Fe. Ritchie has spoken at a number of Foundation programs on oil and gas, mining, environmental and coorporate legal issues.

In addition to his legal interests, he has been actively involved in the Denver community, including service on the board of directors, the executive committee and as pro bono general counsel of Urban Peak, an organization that operates shelters and transitional housing for homeless youth, and The Spot, an organization that operated a drop-in youth center for youth at-risk of gang involvement. He also volunteered with Denver’s Road Home, an organization formed with a mission to end homelessness in Denver.

Ritchie has also been an active singer, directing an a capella singing group and performing for a number of years in bands.


2012 - Present Associate Professor of Law, Leon Karelitz Chair in Oil & Gas Law, University of New Mexico School of Law

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  • Business Associations I
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Oil and Gas Development Writing Seminar
  • Porperty
  • Energy Law


1999 J.D., University of Virginia ‐ School of Law
1993 B.S. B.A, Georgetown University

Contact Information

UNM School of Law
1117 Stanford NE
Office: 3216
Albuquerque, NM

Phone.: 505-277-1772


Books and Book Chapters (1)

Scholarly Works (11)

Presentations (2)