Energy and natural resources services

Oil and gas


The oil and gas industry is not new to our firm; we have decades of experience and a strong reputation counseling clients on the myriad of commercial, regulatory and property rights issues affecting the oil and gas industry. 

Our services to oil and gas companies include:
  • Helping pipeline companies acquire and manage easements to transport the gas, natural gas liquids and oil produced by the Utica and Marcellus shale plays
  • Representing production and exploration companies  
  • Helping clients navigate Ohio’s Dormant Minerals Act, having argued a case before the Ohio Supreme Court
  • Making it easier for clients to communicate their views and needs to government offices
  • Helping clients understand and comply with Ohio’s oil and gas regulations
  • Negotiating oil and gas leases on behalf of our clients
  • Representing clients in a variety of transactional matters, including acting as Ohio and Illinois counsel in a utility’s acquisition of 10 power plants from another major utility
  • Sharing our knowledge of the workings of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), having added the former chairman of the PUCO to our team
  • Negotiating road use and maintenance agreements for our producer and midstream clients
  • Representing clients in a variety of lawsuits throughout Ohio, including issues pertaining to:
    • Property and mineral rights 
    • Marketable Title Act issues
    • Rights-of-way
    • Easements
    • Personal injury
    • Water rights
  • Representing a broad spectrum of suppliers to the oil and gas industry in a variety of issues, including: 
    • Contracts
    • Transactions
    • Acquisitions
    • Divestitures
  • Negotiating joint venture agreements for our clients and advising them on tax matters

We also have significant experience advising companies on issues related to Ohio Shale


Dan L. Makee