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    Biography

    Jon Beckman focuses his practice in the area of energy and natural resources law, specifically assisting clients with energy and environmental litigation. Jon draws on his mineral title and regulatory experience to assist clients with disputes over mineral ownership, royalties, and leasehold issues as well as environmental and regulatory matters. Additionally, he assists clients with eminent domain proceedings, construction litigation, midstream litigation, insurance litigation, and arbitration proceedings.  Jon is a former Combat Trauma Specialist for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and is active in the firm's Veterans Inclusion Council.

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    Pennsylvania Bar Association, Energy and Environmental Law Section
    Crawford County Bar Association
    Northwest Pennsylvania American Inn of Court
    Graduated magna cum laude, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

    Key Experience

    Litigated oil and gas leasehold and ownership issues for energy clients
    Assisted industry clients in quiet title and partition actions that included complex heirship and mineral title issues
    Represented midstream clients in federal eminent domain actions and landowner disputes

    Work Experience

    2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2005-2011 Combat Trauma Specialist, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
    2003-2010 High School History Teacher, Corry Area School District

    Speaking Engagements

    “Expanded Use of Participation Theory Against Oil and Gas Operators,” PIOGA 2019 Spring Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA

    “A Dent in the Corporate Shield?: Pennsylvania DEP’s Expanded Use of the Participation Theory of Individual Liability,” Shale Gas Law 2018 Seminar, WVU

    “Limits on Limited Liability: A Recent Board Adjudication and Order Imposed Personal Liability for Company’s Failure to Plug Oil and Gas Wells,” The PIOGA Press, January 2018

    Oil and Gas Regulatory Update, Shale Energy Law Section Newsletter, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2017 – present

    Co-author, Pennsylvania Quarterly Update, Rocky Mountain Mineral law Foundation, 2017 – present

    Co-author, Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Update, OneJ Oil and Gas Law Survey, 2016 – present

    “Getting Paid in a Tough Economy: Procedures under PA’s Contractor-Subcontractor Payment Act” National Utility Contractors Association, Northwest/Southwest/Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Meetings, 2015

    “From Venting Skyward to Moving Forward: a Historical Perspective on Coalbed Methane Regulation,” International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, 2015

    Co-Present “Water Management Regulations in the Appalachian Basin” Buckeye STEPS Water Management Conference, 2015

    “Subsurface Trespass to the Oil& Gas Estate: Determining Damages in Pennsylvania,” PBI Oil and Gas Law Colloquium, Pittsburgh, PA September 2015

    2015 Survey on Oil & Gas Law, Texas A&M Law Review, Pennsylvania

    Co-author "A Time of Change: Prepare for Heightened Enforcement," The PIOGA Press, December 2014

    "A State of Mind: Determining Bad Faith in Trespass to Oil & Gas." 2 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 53 (2014)

    "Robinson Township & Act 13," Northwest Pennsylvania Inns of Court, 2014

    "Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Law Update," Crawford County Bar Association, 2014

    "Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law Update," National Utility Contractors Association, Northwest Pennsylvania, 2014