J. Matthew Snow

Practice Areas

Matt is a founding member of Lear & Lear and his practice is devoted almost exclusively to oil and gas law, including title, transactional and due diligence. He represents numerous independent oil and gas producers throughout the country working primarily with their land departments in matters related to acquiring the rights to explore, produce and transport oil and gas, and has extensive experience in preparation of drilling, division order and financing opinions, as well as acquisitions and sales of producing and non-producing properties, including performing all aspects of curative work and drafting transaction agreements. He represents both producers and service companies in matters related to the creation, perfection and enforcement of statutory and contractual liens and assists clients in negotiations related to acquiring rights of ingress and egress for roads, pipelines, and similar infrastructure. Matt also represents clients in administrative actions and hearings before state and federal agencies. Matt is admitted to practice law in Utah, Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York. He is currently listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Oil and Gas Law.


  • Snell & Wilmer, Associate
  • Justice Michael J. Wilkens, Utah Supreme Court, Judicial Clerk
  • Utah Bar Association, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section: Oil and Gas Chair (2004-2006)
  • Utah Association of Professional Landmen; President 2005-2006
  • Utah Petroleum Association


  • University of Utah (J.D., 1998)
    • Managing Editor, Journal of Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law
    • William H. Leary Scholar
  • University of Utah (B.A., English 1995)

Membership and Activities

  • Member, Utah State Bar
  • Member, Pennsylvania State Bar
  • Member, New York State Bar
  • Member, North Dakota State Bar
  • Member, Texas State Bar
  • Member, Oklahoma State Bar
  • Member, Ohio State Bar
  • Member, West Virginia State Bar

United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Utah
New York
Supreme Courts of Utah, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia

The Best Lawyers in America, Oil and Gas Law (2012 - 2018)
Utah Business Magazine, Legal Elite, Energy/Natural Resources Law (2010 - 2018)
Mountain States Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Energy & Resources (2009)

Other Federal Conservation Mechanisms, Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Pooling & Unitization III, Paper 19 (Rocky Mt. Min L. Fdn. 2006)
A “Primer” in Utah Appellate Practice, 2000 Utah L. Rev. 111 [co-authored]
Chapter XXIII Conflicts in the Development of Other Minerals, 2 LAW OF THE FEDERAL OIL AND GAS LEASES (Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn., Rel. 2008) [co-authored]
Coal and Coaled Methane Development Conflicts Revisited : The Oil and Gas Perspective, PUBLIC LAND LAW, REGULATION, AND MANAGEMENT, Paper 10 (Rocy Mt. Min. L. Fdn. 2003) [co-authored]


Phone: 801-538-5005

Email: matt.snow@learlaw.com


Lear & Lear, PLLC is an energy boutique law firm with extensive experience in traditional and renewable energy sources. Our team of attorneys have years of experience helping clients reach their legal and business goals in a timley and affordable manner.

Office Locations

808 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Phone: 801-538-5000
Fax: 801-538-5001