A Landman or “Petroleum Landman”—in the United States and Canada—is an individual who performs
various services for oil and gas exploration companies. A Landman might represent an oil and gas company or a broker. For those of you who might be wondering, a female is still called a Landman.
You might need or be approached by a Landman if you own oil and gas, (mineral), rights. According to the website of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), these services include but are not limited to:
- negotiating for the acquisition
or divestiture of mineral rights; negotiating business agreements that provide for the exploration 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; and unitizing or pooling of interests in minerals.