J. Matthew Snow

Practice Areas

Natural resources and public lands law with emphasis on acquisition, exploration, permitting and production of oil, gas, and mining properties. Matt has extensive experience with title examination of private, Federal, State and Indian Lands in Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and Pennsylvania, as well as the preparation of drilling, lease acquisition, division order and financing opinions. He also assists clients with transactional agreements and real property related instruments, including title related curative documents. Matt also represents clients in administrative matters before the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining, the Interior Board of Land Appeals, Mineral Management Service, county-level boards, commissions and councils. Matt is admitted to practice law in Utah, North Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia. 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 - 2016)
Utah Business Magazine, Legal Elite, Energy/Natural Resources Law (2010 - 2016)
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