What is a professional landman?
Landmen are the public facing (business) side of the oil, gas and mineral exploration and production team. They interact and negotiate directly with landowners to acquire oil and gas drilling leases on the behalf of oil and gas companies. There are three different types of landmen: Company Landmen
Negotiate deals and trades with other companies and individuals, draft contracts (and administer their compliance), acquire leases, clear title, prepare land for drilling and ensure compliance with governmental regulation.
Independent Field Landmen
Serve clients on a contract basis and are generally the industry’s contact with the public as they research courthouse records to determine ownership and prepare necessary reports and locate mineral and land owners. They negotiate oil and gas leases and various other agreements, obtain necessary curative documents and conduct surface inspections before drilling.
Independent Land Consultants
Serve clients on a contract basis to perform the functions listed above. Much effort is directed to due diligence examinations required in the purchase and sale of companies and properties.
How does AAPL serve land professionals and the community?
The mission of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) is to promote the highest standards of performance for all land professionals, to advance their stature and to encourage sound stewardship of energy and mineral resources.
Every AAPL member abides by the high ethical standards outlined in AAPL’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. AAPL members who violate our Code of Ethics are dealt with strictly to ensure accountability to the public and our members. When landowners work with a member of AAPL, they can feel confident they are working with a landman who operates professionally and ethically.
Code of Ethics
AAPL ensures ethical business practices and professional service of its members through enforcement
of its Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, which are found in the association bylaws. Every
member pledges to abide by these principles as a condition of their admission and continuing membership in AAPL.
Why should I look for the Member Mark?
The Member Mark is used by landmen to communicate their commitment to the AAPL Code of Ethics and dedication to the highest standards of performance when dealing with industry peers and the public.
The membership mark is licensed for use by AAPL members only. Because the mark is trademarked, use of the mark by a nonmember of AAPL is prohibited.
The association encourages its members to use the mark in various means of communication, including business cards, letterheads, e-mail signatures, signage, social media, advertisements and more.