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WLS is comprised of a 400+ workforce, scattered throughout the nation, with diverse experience, knowledge, and skillsets. Amidst the diversity, they share a common client-centric attitude, with a natural emphasis on responsiveness, professionalism, and attention to client specific needs. Having a large pool to draw from, we strategically allocate the right people, the appropriate resources, and the necessary experience to each and every project to deliver our best in class promise. Each team member is trained to implement cost effective strategies in relation to the parameters you set forth. Our team realizes that their success can only come from your success – you can rely on them to perform to the utmost potential for successful project completion.

Meet some of the people who work to bring Land, Energy, and People together on a daily basis for WLS:



Jonathan joined WLS in 2012 working title abstract for a leasing project in Western Pennsylvania. He has since progressed to managing title teams and has taken leadership roles in many WLS projects. Currently a Project Manager of a major right-of-way project in PA, Jonathan continues to strive for excellence for himself and his team for WLS and for the oil and gas industry. He is certified for Environmental Review and Compliance for Natural Gas Facilities by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As an avid fisherman and sports fanatic, Jonathan can be found near streams or lakes while proudly wearing one of his Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, or Syracuse Orange hats.



Grant joined WLS in 2011. Since then, he has carried out a variety of land work, including large and small leasing projects in basins from Appalachia to Alaska, as well as ROW acquisition for several large FERC regulated pipeline projects. Grant is recognized for his strong work ethic, keen ability to produce results, and tenacity to see a job through. When not working, Grant enjoys photography, flannel shirts, and spending time with his three young daughters!



Adam serves as a Project Manager of Renewables at Western Land Services, where he brings 8 years of land service experience to the company. Adam most recently served as an Independent Landman at Forward Land, leading several projects for multiple clients. Prior to that, Adam served in various land roles where his responsibilities included project management, mineral and leasehold transactions, and division orders. A graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Adam obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance while playing varsity baseball. As a former college athlete, Adam is a team player with a strong work ethic who values building lasting relationships. He resides in Yukon, OK with his wife Rylee and his daughter, Ellis. Adam enjoys playing golf, live music, and spending time with his family and friends.

marissa granger


Marissa started with WLS in 2013 and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University. Marissa’s expertise includes title, abstracting, curative, heirship, and due diligence for projects nationwide. Now a Curative & Due Diligence team lead, she is helping fuel the growth of Western’s MidCon presence. She is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen. Marissa enjoys ice fishing, road trips, concerts, and spending time with family & friends!

josh gately


Josh has been in the land business since 2010. Over the course of his career, Josh has performed extensive mineral and WI title throughout Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. He has also managed and participated in multiple due diligence and leasing projects. Currently, Josh heads up Western Land’s OCC efforts, maintaining strong relationships with the OCC and various law firms in the area. To date, he has provided expert testimony on over 1300 cases at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Free time is enjoyed by spending time with his wife and three boys!

james thompson


James joined WLS through the Barton Land acquisition and began his career in the industry in 2006. Over the years, James has worked the STACK, SCOOP, Marcellus, Utica, Permian, and Antrim, plays, performing open mineral & HBP title, mineral & surface leasing, site acquisition, curative, due diligence, damage negotiations, and project management. He is a member of OCAPL and AAPL. James enjoys spending time with his wife and 5 children (running from one sporting event to another), and is a life-long St. Louis Cardinals and Notre Dame fan!

kyle andress


Kyle joined WLS in 2011, and started his oil & gas career in 2004. A family trade for 30+ years, Kyle’s parents and brothers are all in the energy business. Kyle has worked in 8 basins across the US and possesses a versatile skillset from acquisition to reclamation and due diligence. He is also fluent with FERC projects. Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife & family. He is also a musician & car enthusiast, spending free time writing, recording and producing music, as well as attending car shows and wrenching on vehicles!

tim dekorte


Tim started with WLS in 2017 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies & Sustainability from Northern Michigan University. Since then, his work experience has included a variety of land work involving title, GIS, ROW acquisition, Oil & Gas land acquisition, spanning from Oklahoma to eastern Appalachia. 

Tim has transitioned his passion for land work into the renewable energy sector where he has leased land for utility scale solar projects and battery storage. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, going skiing, and watching Red Wings hockey!


wayne gill


Wayne started his interest with oil and gas back in the early 1970’s doing shallow well production in Southern Kentucky with his Father. After a long successful career in sales that interest never left. He started with WLS in January of 2012.  As a result of the passion felt,  Wayne has successfully procured thousands of leases for our clients. This has ranged from Oil & Gas land acquisition to securing right of way for pipelines. Including but not limited to gas, oil, water, and transmission lines. Many of these being projects that were either under the guidelines of FERC or working within the constraints of gas storage fields. As our Industry transitioned to adjust for renewable opportunities so did he. He has gained  site control for solar, wind and battery storage within PJM ,MISO, SPP and ISIO-NE consisting of over 3.5 million MW in the past three years. Having Coached High School Athletics for over 25 years, watching his Grandchildren compete is extremely special. He Loves collector cars, hunting and family time.




Keith joined WLS in 2009.  He is a graduate of Ohio University and earned a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University.  Prior to joining WLS, Keith practiced law as a litigator in several areas and was a business owner.  Keith manages a number of renewable projects and has been involved with a variety of land work during his time at WLS including title, abstracting, leasing, right-of-way, curative, heirship, mineral buys, and due diligence.  When not working, Keith enjoys spending time with his family, taking spin classes, and playing guitar.

Brian West


Brian joined WLS in 2021 managing Title projects in the Commercial Real Estate and Renewable Energy divisions of the company. Brian has 11+ years of experience in the land industry with over 8 years of that time being spent in a management role working on a variety of title, leasing and due diligence projects. Coming in with experience in Oklahoma and its surrounding states, along with multiple Appalachian states, Brian now oversees projects covering the majority of the Western U. S. In his spare time, Brian is an avid musician and outdoorsman who enjoys having cookouts and spending time with his friends and family.

Kristen Nelson


Kristen joined WLS in 2011 and over the years has diligently worked her way up to Manager of BPO Services, where she provides oversight on staffing, processes, and technology to facilitate BPO support both externally for our clients and partners, and internally for the benefit of WLS. Kristen actively manages a number of BPO partnerships and works closely with project managers and clients to ensure data quality and consistency standards are being met and that processes across the board are streamlined to maximize efficiencies. Kristen’s background as a team lead on acquisition, data integrity, and due diligence projects in the Renewables, Right of Way, Oil and Gas, and Real Estate sectors has helped her master WLS processes, effectively mentor WLS employees, and develop effective business strategies for continual growth. Kristen is always up for an adventure and loves spending time with her friends and family. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her son and her dogs, running, and quilting.



A native Oklahoman and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Jaime has over 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and joined WLS in 2021. While Jaime started his career in Appalachia, he has since gained extensive knowledge in almost every major basin, with a focus on the Permian and Anadarko. He has managed numerous title, leasing, HBP, and curative projects, including due diligence for transactions valued between $4 million and $3.5 billion. His well-rounded understanding of the industry and breadth of experience allows him to determine the most efficient approach to projects and deliver timely, accurate results to his clients. Jaime is a Certified Professional Landman, as well as a member of the AAPL and OCAPL.

mat dailey


Residing in NE Pennsylvania, Mat brings 11+ years of industry experience to the WLS team. An experienced project manager, he has spanned the country from Texas, to Wyoming, to Appalachia, leading acquisition, title, and due diligence projects, among others. Getting his start in Texas as a turboCAD mapper, Mat has developed into a versatile project manager, ready to tackle any project. He is an active member of AAPL. Mat enjoys the outdoors —hunting and fishing with his kids, coaching little league baseball, running, and golfing.