Armando F. Benincasa
(304) 353-8147
Office: Charleston
J.D. University of Virginia
B.A. Washington and Lee University
Licensure: PA | VA | WV
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Armando Benincasa combines state agency experience, real-world business perspective, and deep understanding of complex environmental issues in a practice focused on energy and environmental law, environmental litigation, administrative law, government affairs, and lobbying. He manages cases involving permitting and regulatory requirements for natural resources, including coal, oil, and gas, solid waste, water resources, underground storage tanks, voluntary remediation, and the drafting of rules and statutes related to the environment. He has extensive experience in governmental matters, as well as in representing energy companies before state agencies and the West Virginia Legislature.

Work Experience

2002 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1995-2002 In-house Counsel, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Legal Services

Speaking Engagements

“EPA Releases Draft Oil & Gas Wastewater Management Study,” Oil & Gas E-Report, Institute for Energy Law, Issue 3, September 2019

"The Marcellus Shale: Challenges for Tomorrow," Law360, April, 2009

"Marcellus Shale and Water Resources: Use, Regulation and Unintended Consequences," 2008, 3rd Mineral Law Conference (EMLF)

Key Experience

Negotiated orders with multiple Appalachian regulatory agencies on behalf of client regarding status of oil and gas wells
Conducted due diligence for $10,000,000 acquisition of drilled wells and undeveloped leases in the Appalachian Basin
Represented energy companies with regard to permitting and compliance issues before state and federal regulators and boards, including multi-media Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act enforcement actions

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2016 Charleston, WV, Water Law, Lawyer of the Year
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Best Lawyers® 2013 Charleston, West Virginia Lawyer of the Year
The State Journal, West Virginia's Top Lawyers 2008
Graduated magna cum laude, Washington & Lee University
Phi Beta Kappa