Ryan M. Lance

Ryan M. Lance is counsel in Crowell & Moring's Environment & Natural Resources Group and works out of the firm's Cheyenne, Wyoming office. He advises clients facing complex natural resource and environmental issues.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Ryan served as the director of the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments for Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead. In that capacity, he administered 3.5 million surface acres and 3.9 million mineral acres of state trust lands on behalf of the Wyoming Board of Land Commissioners. Ryan also served as acting chairman of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and presided over contested case hearings and rulemaking at the Commission during his time in Governor Mead's administration. As director, he was responsible for surface and mineral leasing, mineral royalty compliance, easement siting, field inspection, timber management and appraisal operations related to state trust lands in Wyoming. He also was tasked with directing over $100 million in biennial grant and loan funding for local government infrastructure projects through the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board.

Ryan also served as Governor Mead's representative on the federal Regional Coal Team and Coal Sale Panel and chaired the Natural Resources and Energy Policy Team for Governor Mead, which was charged with developing and implementing the Governor's Energy Policy Initiative.

Before his work with Governor Mead, Ryan served as state planning coordinator, deputy chief of staff, policy advisor and Endangered Species Act policy coordinator in the administration of Governor Dave Freudenthal. In these capacities, he directed policy development and implementation related to natural resource matters with Wyoming state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Quality, Game and Fish Department, Department of Agriculture, State Engineer's Office and Water Development Office. Ryan also served as the Governor's policy liaison to federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of the Interior (Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (Forest Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Farm Services).

Early in his career, Ryan administered the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement for the state of Wyoming and advised the Department of Health, Substance Abuse Division as an assistant attorney general within the Wyoming Attorney General's Office.

Representative Matters

  • Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments

Revised the Wyoming state oil and gas and uranium leases to reflect current industry practice and advance the interests of trust land beneficiaries. Initiated and completed a comprehensive review of all state trust land bonding, royalty, surface leasing and mineral leasing policies within the Land Office to strengthen agency operations and streamline permitting for the oil and gas, mining and agriculture industries.
Directed state trust land comments on federal National Environmental Policy Act documents affecting state surface and mineral resources, including matters related to federal oil and gas development, grazing, rights-of-way and renewable energy projects. Specific projects include the Buffalo Resource Management Plan revision, TransWest Express powerline and Gateway West project.
Completed numerous land acquisitions, exchanges and disposals tied to Wyoming state trust lands.
Negotiated federal land exchanges related to state trust lands within Grand Teton National Park, the Fortification Creek Wilderness Study Area, and the proposed Lander Front Area of Critical Environmental Concern to optimize returns on trust lands while being sensitive to public interests related to National Park and other land conservation.

  • Wyoming State Planning Coordinator, Deputy Chief of Staff, Policy Advisor and Endangered Species Act Policy Coordinator

Participated in the drafting and adoption of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission hydraulic fracturing rulemaking.
Helped devise the governor's core area strategy for managing greater sage grouse and its habitat in Wyoming to conserve over 80 percent of the state's sage grouse population while allowing traditional land uses to continue and preclude the listing of the species under the Endangered Species Act.
Facilitated state cooperating agencies in the development of seven Bureau of Land Management Resource Management Plans and numerous project-level Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), including the Jonah EIS and Pinedale Anticline Supplemental EIS.
Crafted the delisting petition for the Preble's meadow jumping mouse to remove the species from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife under the Endangered Species Act.
Supported state efforts to achieve recovery and final delisting of the grizzly bear and bald eagle. Advised industry and state agencies regarding compliance with the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act.


  • University of Wyoming, B.S. political science (1998)
  • University of Wyoming, J.D. (2001)

Admitted to practice: Wyoming

Contact Ryan M. Lance

Crowell & Moring
205 Storey Boulevard
Suite 120
Cheyenne, Wyoming  82009-3565
Phone: 307.996.1404


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Wyoming

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