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Concentrating in oil and gas law.
Representing small and medium land and mineral owners.

• Lease negotiation.
• Lease Amendment review and negotiation.
• Lease review and addendum writing.
• Royalty calculation and payment issues.
• Flat rate royalty cases.
• Analyzing old leases for termination issues.
• Pooling and unitization issues.
• Preparation & filing of comments on oil and gas
   permit applications.
• Appeals to Circuit and Supreme Court.
• Administrative proceedings before D.E.P. in Charleston.
• Consultations with other lawyers.


 “West Virginia Surface Owner’s Guide to Oil and Gas"
More information...

Of the West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization (WV SORO)

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Article in the State Journal
April 12, 2014 -  Our position has always been if it's a fair bill [a forced pooling bill] would be a good thing even though some people might find it philosophically objectionable. The problem is the industry has never offered a fair bill. Read more...

Article in the Gazette-Mail
May 11, 2013 - "The vast wealth of the Marcellus Shale is something beyond our state's collective experience and requires new thinking. Most importantly it means that our state needs to create and use our new wealth without making the same mistakes we made with coal." Read more...

Voted a business leader

January 4, 2012 - Voted 13th out of 30 business leaders by an informal poll conducted by the statewide business newspaper, the West Virginia State Journal. Read article...

Quoted in the New York Times
December 1, 2011 -  “With a gas lease, you’re permitting industrial activity in your backyard, and you’re starting a relationship that will affect the quality of living for you and your grandchildren for decades,” he said.  Read article...

Article in the West Virginia State Journal
November 22, 2011 -  For some mineral owners, an abandoned gas well may complicate the possibility of negotiating a more profitable lease in the Marcellus shale. Read more...

Article in West Virginia State Journal
September 2011 - Authorities Discuss Surface owner Rights
"Lawsuits surround the issue of surface versus mineral rights and one Charleston attorney says oil and gas companies have gone too far..."

WVU Law School Seminar for Practicing Lawyers
June, 2011 - MARCELLUS SHALE IN WEST VIRGINIA 2011 - DVD SEMINAR (R80-1112). The Marcellus Shale in West Virginia: Surface Owner Rights: Rights of the Subservient Estate

West Virginia State Bar Magazine Article
April/June, 2010 - "The Marcellus Shale, The need to change real estate transaction documents."

Oil & gas drillers pushing landowners for fast deals
August 4, 2008 - West Virginia Public Radio Coverage of educational meeting for landowners. "The most important thing is – understand what you are signing."

Difference between shallow, deep wells at issue
June, 2, 2008 - Originally appeared in The WV Times-Record
"...[A] brilliant and entertaining [WVa Supreme Court] brief."

Land Owners Pressured on Gas Leases
May 26, 2008 - Associated Press - Charleston Gazette
"McMahon recently started a campaign . . . through the W. Va. Surface Owners' Rights Organization."

Concentrating in oil and gas law. Representing small and medium land and mineral owners.


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