Ben Reiter’s practice focuses on representing the public interest in disputes with large energy companies. Prior to joining Spiegel & McDiarmid, his work focused on upstream natural resources and energy issues. His experience includes negotiating numerous oil and gas leases, representing clients in gas plant lease and pipeline easement negotiations, obtaining significant settlements related to oil and gas surface damages, and litigation related to eminent domain proceedings for major drilling units. He has also represented tribal members in relation to coal surface lease negotiations and clean-up obligations from oil and gas pipeline spills on their property.
During his time at UCLA School of Law, he was on the UCLA Law Review, Chief Articles Editor of the Pacific Basin Law Journal, participated in the Skid Row Housing Clinic, and was an extern for the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ben has argued in front of the Wyoming Supreme Court and is the author of Blowing It: Why Is Wyoming Failing to Develop Wind Projects?, 19 Wyo. L. Rev. 45 (2019).
*Ben is admitted in Wyoming and Montana. He is not currently admitted to practice in DC and will be waiving in to become a member of the DC bar. His work is supervised by principals of the firm.