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Old 12-02-2009, 02:39 PM
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A move may be in the works, folks, and I don't know much about Colorado.

I will be working as an attorney either in private practice handling upstream oil and gas work or at an exploration and production company. All things being equal, I'd prefer to avoid living in some soulless suburb. Please share the names of any nice, safe cities with lively walkable historic districts/downtowns and oilpatch law jobs. The combination may be more difficult to come by than I imagine.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:16 PM
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Most of the oil patch itself is on the Western Slope, over in the area of Grand Junction and north of there. If both types of work you seek typically locate in or near the oil patch, then the western side of COLO is the odds on favorite for where you'll be. The western slope of COLO is nowhere as developed as the suburb-heavy Front Range area (Fort Collins to Pueblo, along I-25). We have many threads on GJ and the towns over there, find them in the index of by using our search engine.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:20 PM
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I'll check into that. Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:26 PM
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Denver might have oil law jobs and it has a nice walkable downtown. Not sure though just guessing.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:36 PM
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Grand Junction has (actually had since the gas boom has somewhat busted) a lot of blue collar oil and gas jobs, but relatively few white collar jobs. Those are all centered in Denver--and those "soulless suburbs." Sorry. I also don't consider Denver metro particularly safe, nice, or walkable. In all of those, I would regard it middling, at best.

While Denver is absolutely the regional center in the Rocky Mountain West for administrative and legal aspects of the energy industry, there are some of those jobs in the other "sub-center" towns in the region--Casper, Wyoming and Billings, Montana come to mind. They are nice smaller communities that are not the megapolitan blobs that Denver is.

Finally, attorneys of all stripes--including oil and gas attorneys--are a dime a dozen in Colorado. Law schools here pump out jillions of 'em who want to stay in Colorado. The good and experienced attorneys have work, the inexperienced or mediocre--well . . .
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:39 PM
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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jazzlover has a preference for the wide open spaces, which is good for him. He seems to be able to find employment in small towns. However, an oil attorney, as has been said, will almost have to live in Denver. You could however, investigate the many suburbs within driving distance which are more small town like: Arvada, Littleton, Golden, Louisville, Lafayette, etc. And then there's Boulder, though it's pretty saturated with lawyers as well.
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