Energy Law

Extensive experience in surface title opinions and litigation

We help Energy businesses map a course for regulatory compliance, implement strategies to minimize the potential for litigation, and protect against current and potential liabilities through the efficient resolution of civil disputes.

With extensive experience counseling domestic energy, mineral, exploration and extraction companies, as well as petrochemical facilities, the attorneys of the Energy Group draw from diverse backgrounds and industry knowledge to offer a full spectrum of services spanning real estate and property transactions, regulatory compliance, and litigation.

Our offices are located in the heart of the Marcellus Shale region, and we have first-hand knowledge of the opportunities, risks, and issues our clients face. Whether drafting title opinions, handling environmental exposure litigation, or advising on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulations, our attorneys go to great lengths to protect our clients’ legal rights and business interests, while navigating a path toward regulatory understanding.

Land-related services

  • Due diligence review
  • Mineral ownership reports
  • Surface title opinions and litigation
  • Right of way title opinions
  • Lease opinions
  • Drilling opinions
  • Division order title opinions
  • Coal opinions
  • GIS mapping
  • Certified title opinions
  • Standup title opinions
  • Curative work for title defects
  • Heirship searches

Business counseling and transactional services

  • Advisement on risk avoidance and crisis management
  • Advisement and consulting on employment matters, including severance and termination agreements, employee handbooks, and safety rules
  • Preparation, review, and negotiation of contracts for oil and gas producers, including lease agreements, joint operating agreements, farm-out and farm-in agreements, exploration agreements, overriding royalty interests, conveyances, net profits interest, drilling contracts, seismic agreements, master service agreements, joint ventures, pooling and unitization agreements, and gas balancing agreements

Regulatory services

  • Processing of government permits and licenses
  • Handling of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation contests and inspections
  • Counseling regarding federal, state, and local statute and ordinance compliance and violations
  • Representing clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Pennsylvania Utility Commission

Litigation services

Litigation related to energy and mineral resources, including:

  • Wrongful death, catastrophic loss, and personal injury
  • Environmental exposures and contamination
  • Well and pipeline construction issues
  • Commercial
  • Property rights
  • Lease disputes
  • Insurance litigation
  • Real estate, land use, and condemnation
  • Loss of production