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Nathan K. Davis

Nathan K. Davis

Partner| Denver


Nathan's practice focuses on representing clients in civil litigation matters, including oil & gas, product liability and commercial disputes. Nathan has tried numerous cases to verdict in multiple state and federal courts, as well as before the American Arbitration Association.

Nathan regularly represents oil & gas companies in a wide variety of disputes venued throughout the region, including Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, California and Arizona.

Oil & Gas Cases
  • Defend oil & gas companies in royalty disputes in multiple states, including state-wide class actions
  • Represent oil & gas company in connection with claims against mineral owners for alleged breach of lease option agreements covering millions of acres of mineral rights
  • Advise oil & gas company regarding federal royalty payments and unbundling strategies
  • Advise oil & gas companies regarding natural gas purchase contracts
  • Represent midstream oil & gas company in connection with claims for breach of natural gas purchase contract
  • Defend oil & gas companies against claims for alleged breach of implied lease covenants
  • Defend oil & gas companies against claims by surface owners, including claims for alleged ground water contamination and conflicts with current and planned surface operations
  • Represent oil & gas company in connection with claim against working interest partner for failing to convey agreed-upon assignment of thousands of acres of mineral rights
  • Represent oil & gas company in connection with claim against surface owner for breach of gas supply contract
  • Represent oil & gas company in connection with claim against other energy companies for breach of joint operating agreement
  • Defend oil & gas company in lien foreclosure lawsuit
  • Defend oil & gas company against claims by working interest partner for alleged breach of express and implied obligations in farmout agreement and joint operating agreement
  • Defend oil & gas company against claim by working interest partner for alleged breach of preferential right to purchase clause in joint operating agreement
  • Defend oil & gas company against claims for alleged breach of settlement agreement and fraudulent inducement

Nathan’s commercial trial and arbitration practice covers all areas of business litigation.  He has a broad and varied practice with experience in corporate, contract, trade secrets, business torts, construction, and real estate litigation.

  • Defend general contractor in construction arbitration against claims of alleged breach of contract and unjust enrichment by subcontractor
  • Represent international franchisor in franchise termination arbitration involving counterclaims for race discrimination
  • Defend construction company at trial in employment dispute with former salesman
  • Defend principal of international technology company at preliminary injunction hearing
  • Represent international franchisor at preliminary injunction hearing in franchise termination lawsuit
  • Represent pharmaceutical company in breach of contract dispute involving counterclaims of fraud and negligent misrepresentation
  • Represent start-up technology company at trial in dispute between company principals for control of company
  • Represent company at trial in breach of contract dispute involving allegations of unfair competition
  • Defend lender in mechanic’s lien foreclosure lawsuit

Nathan regularly defends clients in product liability, tort and personal injury investigations and lawsuits throughout the region, including matters involving allegations of wrongful death, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, and other catastrophic injuries.

  • Defend manufacturer of mining equipment in jury trial in product liability lawsuit arising out of accident in underground coal mine that resulted in serious personal injuries
  • Defend manufacturer of flow meter and associated electronic equipment in product liability lawsuit arising out of natural gas pipeline explosion that resulted in serious personal injuries
  • Defend manufacturer of ladders and other climbing products in product liability lawsuits in multiple state and federal courts, including several jury trials
  • Defend manufacturer of consumer and industrial refrigeration equipment in fire and explosion investigations and product liability lawsuits
  • Defend manufacturer of industrial tools in product liability lawsuit arising out of fatal pipeline explosion
  • Defend manufacturer of gas valve in product liability lawsuit arising out of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Defend manufacturer of thermal protector in product liability lawsuit arising out of house fire
  • Defend manufacturer of natural gas and propane regulators in fire, explosion and carbon monoxide investigations and product liability lawsuits
  • Defend industrial truck manufacturer in product liability lawsuit arising out of vehicle fire
  • Defend manufacturers of consumer and industrial gas valves in fire, explosion and carbon monoxide investigations and product liability lawsuits
  • University of Denver College of Law (J.D.)
    • Top 10% of class
  • University of Chicago Law School, visiting student
  • Wabash College (B.A., Philosophy, cum laude)
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • "Kansas Limits Oil & Gas Producers' Implied Duties under the Marketable Condition Rule," Author, S&W Environmental & Natural Resources Law Blog (August 7, 2015)
  • "Selecting Your Jury and Handling Your Voir Dire," Co-Presenter, Colorado Bar Association CLE (August 3, 2011)
  • "The Disappearing Jury Trial," Co-Author, Law Week Colorado (April 26, 2010)
  • "Admissibility of Subsequent Remedial Measures: Bad Law Lurking in the 10th Circuit," Author, Law Journal Newsletters Product Liability Law & Strategy, Volume 23, Issue 5 (November 2004)
  • "Applicability of C.R.E. 407 in Federal Court," Author, The Colorado Lawyer, Volume 34, Issue 1 (January 2005)
  • Denver Business Journal, Who's Who in Energy (2017)
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition,  Environmental Litigation (2010-2011); Business Litigation (2010-2011, 2013); Personal Injury Defense: Products (2010-2012)
  • Colorado Petroleum Association, Government Affairs Committee
  • Denver Petroleum Club, Emerging Leaders Council
  • Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Board of Governors
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

    • Impact Denver
    • Colorado Energy Coalition
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation
    • Development Committee
    • Special Event Committee
  • Denver Public Schools Educational Outreach Program
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers
  • Legal Night at Mi Casa
  • Colorado Lawyers for the Arts
  • Junior Achievement
  • First Judicial District Court, State of Colorado, Law Clerk to the Honorable Leland P. Anderson
  • Colorado
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit