Benjamin C. McKinney
(304) 598-8107
Office: Morgantown
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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Ben McKinney focuses his practice in energy and natural resources law, with an emphasis on oil and gas law in the Appalachian Basin, specializing in transactional due diligence, title, and asset acquisitions and divestitures. With experience across multiple industry sectors, including upstream exploration and production and midstream operations, Ben understands and appreciates the importance of learning a client’s business from the ground up, giving practical advice, and understanding how a particular project or matter fits into the client’s overall business goals. He regularly assists clients with coordinating and performing due diligence for asset acquisitions and divestitures, conducting surface and mineral title examinations and preparing corresponding title opinions and risk assessments, preparing transactional documents related to mineral and real estate development projects, and working hand-in-hand with in-house land and legal teams to achieve operational results.

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

“Update on Recording Requirements and Other Record Room Considerations,” NALA Seminar, May 23, 2018

“Recording Requirements,” GABALTA Spring Conference, April 25, 2018

Contributing Author, “Summary of Selected Principles of North Dakota Oil and Gas Law,” 2015

Key Experience

Hands-on experience working closely with in-house legal and land groups in both the upstream exploration and production and midstream sectors to help major E&P and Midstream companies achieve operational goals
Performed due diligence, undertook curative work, and prepared transactional documents for multi-million dollar energy transactions to assist energy clients in development efforts
Assisted with project management and document review associated with major title and asset development projects for a variety of energy clients

Memberships & Awards

West Virginia State Bar
Monongalia County Bar Association