In North Dakota, too few lawyers for the work

, The National Law Journal


Oil exploration in North Dakota's Bakken shale formation has flooded the state with legal work, and there simply aren't enough attorneys to go around.

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Originally appeared in print as In North Dakota, too much work for lawyers.

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  • Mike O'Horo

    It would seem that, in a nation of 1.2 million lawyers, there'd be an ample supply of available lawyers who, while not having oil/gas experience, have transactional experience with other asset classes, which would enable them to cross-train pretty quickly. It seems this search for help is unnecessarily constrained by the expectation that the lawyers live in ND. Clearly, that's not necessary, since they're already farming out oil/gas work to MN.

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