David Mcmahon



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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 

 “West Virginia Surface Owner’s Guide to Oil and Gas"
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Of the West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization (WV SORO)



➤ Physical LOCATION

1018 Kanawha Boulevard East #1200
Charleston, WV 25301

➤ mailing address

1624 Kenwood Rd, Charleston WV 25314

(304) 415-4288

No charge for initial phone call!  

Or send me an email by clicking on and I'll call you.


In Public


November 15, 2018 - An article cited an amicus brief written for WVSORO in a court case about drillers only wanting to pay $300 a year under old flat rate leases for new wells.  Read more . . .


JUNE 19, 2018 - The recent shale boom could benefit West Virginia's economy in different ways, but could also harm surface owners' rights.

Op-Ed in State Journal

March 12, 2017 - Regarding “public use” for pipelines and what landowners should be paid.

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...

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."

West Virginia State Bar Magazine Article

April/June, 2010 - "The Marcellus Shale, The need to change real estate transaction documents."

Op-Ed in Charleston Daily Mail Editorial Page

 July 8, 2016 – West Virginia must get it right with gas and not let small civic contributions from natural gas companies replace just compensation for surface owners and environmental responsibility.

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 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..."

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."

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 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... 

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

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."