David L. Hotchkiss
(814) 333-4903
Office: Meadville
J.D. Dickinson School of Law
B.A. Lehigh University, with honors
Licensure: PA
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David Hotchkiss focuses his practice on Pennsylvania oil and gas real estate title work and general legal services directed to serving clients in the oil and gas industry. He has practiced in the areas of general litigation, estate planning and probate, general real estate, transactions, and business formation and counseling.  Mr. Hotchkiss is the Managing Member of the firm's Meadville office.  

Work Experience

2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1975-2010 Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma and Schug, P.C.
1969-1975 First Lieutenant, Navigator/Electronic Warfare Officer, USAF/Pennsylvania National Guard, ret.

Speaking Engagements

"Recent Developments in Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Law," National Association of Division Order Analysts Annual Meeting, 2014

"Pennsylvania Memoranda of Lease, Affidavits in Support of Title and Other PA Quirks." CONSOL Energy Inc. Super School, 2014

"Pennsylvania Title Issues and Curative," National Association of Division Order Analysts Annual Meeting, 2013

Appalachian Estate Issues Roundtable (OH, PA, WV), National Association of Division Order Analysts Annual Meeting, 2013

"Trust Basics as They Apply to Title to Real Estate," CONSOL Energy Inc. Super School, 2012

"Regulations Run Amok (Private ADA Enforcements Against Municipalities)," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2007 Municipal Law Colloquium

"Life Insurance Trusts," National Business Institute seminar and publication on Tax Issues in Estate Planning and Probate in Pennsylvania, 2004

Key Experience

Expanded the exclusion from real estate taxation for equipment, machinery, and tools of industry in an action before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Served as solicitor for several townships, boroughs and authorities in matters which included zoning, land use planning, government regulation of construction and surface water drainage for thirty years
Successful representation of the owner of lumber kilns in a real estate tax appeal to the state supreme court which resulted in the exemption of certain equipment from local real estate tax

Memberships & Awards

Michael Late Benedum Chapter, American Association of Professional Landmen
National Association of Lease and Title Analysts
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Environmental and Energy Law Section, Legislative Review Committee
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
Past President, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, Bar Association
Erie Estate Planning Council
Dickinson Law Review Editorial Board, 1973-1975