Michael McQueen

Who We Are

Michael L. McQueen — Attorney

  • About / Qualifications
    • Undergraduate degree in Geology with emphasis in Economic Geology and Hydrology
    • 10 years experience as legal counsel to world's largest geothermal energy producer
    • 15 years experience in private practice
    • Registered California Lobbyist representing California Oil and Geothermal Industry
    • Experienced with oil and gas; oil shale; uranium; gold; rare earths; molybdenum; geothermal, water projects and complex transactions
    • Trained and experienced natural resource landman
    • Extensive negotiation experience in a wide variety of transactions in several different industries
    Michael McQueen
  • Education
    Legal Education
    Southwestern University School of Law
    J.D. May 1977
    Honors:
    Associate Editor of Law Review 1976-1977
    Dean's List 1975-1976
    Law Review Editor for the publication of
    Compendium of California Statutes of Limitation And Compendium of Federal Statutes of Limitation (First Edition)
    Certificate of Distinguished Service from Southwestern University School of Law 1976
    Certificate of Appreciation from Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity 1976
    Undergraduate Education
    California Lutheran College
    B.A. in Geology 1972
    University of Oregon
    Geology Field Course Summer 1971
  • Energy, Natural Resources & Water

    SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE:

    • Degree in Geology with emphasis on economic geology and hydrology,
    • Law degree with ten years experience as Unocal Geothermal Division
    • Landman for oil & gas, mineral, water, oil shale and numerous natural resource interests.

    ENERGY TRANSACTIONAL EXPERIENCE:

    • OPERATIONAL COUNSEL: handling day-to-day operational issues
    • Legal counsel for worlds largest geothermal energy producer
    • Represented Geysers Geothermal project, Santa Rosa, California
    • Represented and structured Salton Sea Geothermal projects — received Unocal Board Commendation
    • Represented projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, Guatemala, Chili, Italy and New Zealand
    • PROJECT NEGOTIATIONS & LEGAL STRUCTURING:
    • Negotiated and drafted co-generation project for Unocal San Francisco Refinery
    • Negotiated and drafted co-generation agreement for Contra Costa Co-generation project for Unocal Chemical Division
    • Negotiated and drafted co-generation projects for off-shore drilling platforms
    • Negotiated and drafted co-generation projects for Los Angeles Refinery and Santa Maria refineries
    • Drafted geothermal development co-venture agreement with Chevron
    • Negotiated and acquired geothermal mineral acreage from Sante Fe Railroad
    • Consulted on application of co-generation regulations for Oil shale project in Colorado
    • ENERGY RELATED DRAFTING EXPERIENCE
    • Assisted in drafting Standard Energy Power purchase contracts for California PUC
    • Drafted energy wheeling agreements with SCE, LADWP, PG&E, SDG&E
    • Drafted numerous mineral leases involving oil & gas, gold natural gas, geothermal, molybdenum, rare earths, etc.
    • Negotiated numerous wind farm leases, easements and power sales agreements
    • Negotiated water rights agreement with Imperial Valley Irrigation District
    • Negotiated and resolved numerous access and surface use disputes involving natural resource development and surface access rights.

    ENERGY RELATED REGULATORY

    • Registered Federal and California energy lobbyist
    • Extensive experience negotiating with Minerals Management Service
    • Extensive experience with CPUC, Energy Commission, FERC, BLM and DOGGR
    • Negotiated dispute resolutions with State and Local Water Boards

    LITIGATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    • Lead counsel for $150 million lawsuit against Chevron re geothermal contract dispute
    • Lead counsel for $950 million lawsuit against PG&E for breach of energy contract
    • Lead counsel for $130 million lawsuit involving geothermal waste clean-up
    • Lead counsel for geothermal lawsuit against LADWP
    • Lead counsel for $125 million lawsuit against SDG&E re geothermal contract
    • Co-counsel for landmark decision re geothermal surface use rights
    • Co-counsel for Supreme Court amicus brief re 10th Amendment State Rights involving National Energy Policy Act
    • Lead Corporate counsel for major New Mexico water rights dispute involving Apache Indian water rights
    • Lead counsel for significant Imperial Valley Water rights dispute
    • Lead counsel for water inundation and flooding cases
    • Qualified Court Expert witness for water and flood litigation
    • Court appointeted Mediator for Oil & Gas Development dispute
    • Legal counsel for numerous access and surface use disputes
  • Contact

    Email — mmcqueen@mcqlaw.com

    Phone: 805-445-9751
    Fax: 805-445-9537

    1000 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 126
    Camarillo, CA 93010

Heather E. Lindquist — Paralegal

  • Biography
    Heather E. Lindquist

    For over six years, Ms. Lindquist has worked alongside numerous litigators in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Ventura areas. She has extensive legal support experience, including legal research and writing, preparing discovery, drafting pleadings and assisting with trial preparation in the areas of wills, trusts, bankruptcy, corporate, civil and family law.

    Her focus now is on marital litigation and mediation, with a special interest in cases involving domestic violence.

    Ms. Lindquist received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Pre-Law from Mount St. Mary's College in 2007. While earning her undergraduate degree, she was awarded a Pre-Law Scholarship and the Barbara Boxer Academic Recognition Award. Ms. Lindquist received her ABA Paralegal Certification from West Los Angeles College where she finished in the top 1% of her class in 2008.

    Ms. Lindquist interned for the Honorable Maureen Duffy-Lewis in the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2004.

    Ms. Lindquist regularly volunteers for Habitats for Humanity, Relay for Life, and the St. Mary Magdalene Church, where she provides assistance to needy children. She is also a member of Phi Alpha Delta.

  • Experience
    Law Offices of Michael L. McQueen (Civil Law)
    Paralegal
    Camarillo, CA
    June 2009 - present
    Joy Stanley Law Corporation (Family Law)
    Senior Paralegal
    Beverly Hills, CA
    July 2010 - October 2012
    Mintz & Bille(Civil Law)
    Paralegal
    Century City, CA
    June 2009 - March 2011
    Law Offices of Kristi Peariso (Criminal Defense Attorney)
    Paralegal
    Ventura, CA
    September 2008 - June 2009
    Law Offices of Theresa L. McConville (Real Estate/Family Law)
    Paralegal
    Camarillo, CA
    October 2008 - April 2009
    Nass Law Firm (Civil Law)
    Legal Assistant
    Beverly Hills, CA
    March 2008 - April 2009
    Landau & Landau (Civil Law)
    Paralegal
    Culver City, CA
    January 2008 - March 2009
    Los Angeles Superior Courthouse/Criminal Court
    Intern
    Los Angeles, CA
    May 2004 - September 2004
  • Education
    Southern California Institute of Law
    Candidate - Juris Doctorate Degree
    Ventura, CA
    2008 - 2009
    West Los Angeles College
    Paralegal Certification
    Culver City, CA
    May 2008
    Mount St. Mary's College
    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science Major; Minor in Pre-Law
    Los Angeles, CA
    May 2007
    Honors
    Pre-Law ScholarshipFall 2006
    Academic Recognition and Improvement by Senator BoxerSpring 2007
  • Contact

    Email: hlindquist@mcqlaw.com

    Phone: 805-445-9751
    Fax: 805-445-9537

    1000 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 126
    Camarillo, CA 93010

Markus H. McDowell, Ph.D. — Legal Research Assistant

  • Biography

    Markus McDowell is a legal research assistant at the Law Office of Michael L. McQueen. He has worked as academic researcher, writer, and editor since 1999, and is the author of a number of books, articles, and essays. He has also taught as a professor in numerous institutions of higher education in both the U.S. and Europe.

  • Experience
    Law Offices of Michael L. McQueen
    Research Assistant
    Camarillo, CA
    2010 - present
    U.K. Law Students' Association
    Law Review Editor
    London, England
    2013-present
    Hendrickson Publishers
    Freelance Editor
    Boston, MA
    2002-2010
    Leaven
    Pepperdine University

    Managing Editor
    Malibu, CA
    1999-2007
    Westmont College
    Assistant Professor
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    2007-07 passim
    Pepperdine University
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    Heidelberg, Germany
    2004-05
  • Education
    University of London
    LLB
    London, England
    2014
    Fuller Theological Seminary
    Ph.D.
    Pasadena, CA
    2004
    Pepperdine University
    M.A., M.Div.
    Malibu, CA
    1997,1998
    Abilene Christian University
    B.S.
    Abilene, TX
    1983
  • Select Publications
    • Curator and writer of A Legal Yankee in King Arthur's Court, a blog and resources site for UK and US Law students (est. 2010).
    • Articles in Encyclopedia of Christian Literature. Peabody, Mass: Hendrickson Publishers, 2009.
    • Article: "Is Capitol Punishment Ethical?" The Horizon Think Tank LXV, Issue 19 (2007): 2.
    • Articles in The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Volumes One and Two: Notable Americans Who Died Between 1985 and 1995. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001 and 2002.
    • Prayers of Jewish Women: Studies on Patterns of Prayer in the Second Temple Period. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament II/211. Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2006.
    • Six articles in The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: Sports Figures, Volume 1, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 2002.
  • Contact

    Email — mmcdowell@mcqlaw.com

    Phone: 805-445-9751
    Fax: 805-445-9537

    1000 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 126
    Camarillo, CA 93010