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
Adam C. Smith