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Melinda A. Branin


Melinda has a diverse background in both scientific research and technical engineering. Prior to pursuing a career in law, she served as the Assistant Director at a genome sequencing lab supporting academic research. Before her time in genomics, she worked in the dynamic environment of the Permian Basin oil and gas industry as a technical professional designing oil well cement for all stages of the drilling process.

Today, drawing upon her unique blend of experience, she provides clients with comprehensive legal counsel, particularly in oil and gas title and real property matters, including due diligence, and contracts. Melinda is dedicated to advocating for her clients’ interests and achieving favorable outcomes in even the most complex legal challenges.

Professional Experience

Past Employment

  • University of Kansas Genome Sequencing Core, Lawrence, KS

    • Assistant Director

  • Halliburton Energy Services, Hobbs, NM

    • Technical Professional in Cementing



  • Washburn School of Law, Topeka, KS

    • J.D.

  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

    • B.S. Biology, minor English


Professional Associations and Memberships

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

  • Energy and Mineral law Foundation

  • Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Section of the NM State Bar

    • Section Chair 2023

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico

Melinda A. Branin
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