Frederick M. MacDonald – Managing Member


Fred is a founding member of MacDonald & Miller Mineral Legal Services, PLLC. He focuses on oil and gas law, including title examination of Federal, fee, State of Utah and Indian lands, farmout, joint operating agreement and other contract drafting and interpretation, unit formation and operation, and administrative practice before the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining and U.S. Interior Board of Land Appeals.

He received his B.S. in engineering from Purdue University in 1983 and his J.D. from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 1986. Prior to forming MacDonald & Miller Mineral Legal Services, PLLC, he practiced for 22 years with the Salt Lake City natural resources law firm of Pruitt Gushee, PC, where he was a shareholder and managing director, and five years with the Denver-based energy law firm of Beatty & Wozniak, PC, where he was a shareholder in its Utah office. Fred is a member of both the Utah and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Associations.  He is an active member of both the Utah and American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). He currently serves as chairman of the AAPL’s Form 610 Operating Agreement Revision Task Force.  In addition, Fred is actively involved with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He previously served on the faculty of the biennial Federal oil and gas leasing short course for nearly 20 years and as a trustee at large for the Foundation.

He has authored many articles and papers, including “Coalbed Methane Units: Making the Square Peg Fit the Round Hole, Regulation and Development of Coalbed Methane,” Paper No. 7 (Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fdn. 2002), “The New AAPL Form 610 Coalbed Methane Checklist: Making the List and How to Check it Twice,” 27 Energy & Min. L. Inst. Ch. 4 (2006), and “Preparing and Finalizing the Unit Agreement: Making Sure Your Exploratory Ducks Are In a Row,” Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Pooling and Unitization, Paper No. 8 (Rocky Mtn. L. Fdn. 2006). He also lectures frequently on various oil and gas topics. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America and in Super Lawyers in the area of oil and gas law every year since 2007 and 2008, respectively. Fred was named Best Lawyers in America’s 2012 Salt Lake City Oil and Gas Lawyer of the Year.

Fred is originally from Detroit, and has a passion for Motown music. He also considers himself Utah’s most rabid Red Wings fan.


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