What is a Landman?
As defined by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), a “Landman" shall mean a land professional who has been primarily engaged in negotiating for the acquisition or divestiture of mineral rights and/or negotiating business agreements that provide for the exploration for and/or the development of minerals. Landmen, based on their education and years of experience, can apply for certification with the AAPL and become a Registered Landman (“RL”), a Registered Professional Landman (“RPL”) and/or a Certified Professional Landman (“CPL”). Most commonly, landwork can consist of:
- Negotiating for the acquisition or divestiture of mineral rights.
- Negotiating business agreements that provide for the exploration for and/or development of minerals.
- Determining ownership in minerals through the research of public and private records.
- Reviewing the status of title, curing title defects and otherwise reducing title risk associated with ownership in minerals.
- Managing rights and/or obligations derived from ownership of interests in minerals.
- Unitizing or pooling of interests in minerals.