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    As a Captain in the army national guard, Joseph Negaard knows the value of camaraderie and teamwork and employs those tactics to his clients’ benefit. In his role as in-house counsel for a major energy company he further honed his skills as a negotiator and transactional lawyer. Joe’s business experience is an added resource for his clients as he works with them to structure and finalize deals and mitigate disputes.  

    Memberships & Awards

    Active DOD Top Secret Clearance, with Access to Sensitive Compartmentalized Information
    Anti-terrorism Officer Level 2 Certification
    Intelligence Basic Officer Leadership Course Certification
    Military Intelligence Captain's Career Course Certification
    Numerous Army Medals and Awards

    Key Experience

    Provided legal advice and services to a high-growth, fast-paced public oil and gas exploration and production company on a wide range of legal issues including corporate compliance, corporate governance, employment, procurement, litigation, and environmental compliance
    Assisted in the negotiating and drafting of several large corporate M&A transactions, including a $130 million sale of water services subsidiary to public utility and a $120 million purchase of Marcellus shale assets
    Lead a corporate M&A transaction of more than 300 conventional natural gas wells across seven counties in Pennsylvania and New York

    Work Experience

    2020 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2019-2020 Chief Intelligence Officer, NATO Battlegroup Poland
    2018-2019 Staff Attorney, Penn State Law Rural Economic Development Clinic
    2014-2018 Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, Rex Energy Corporation
    2013-2014 Legal Intern, Rex Energy Corporation
    2012 Research Assistant, Penn State Law Rural Economic Development Clinic
    2010-Present Military Intelligence Officer, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
    2004-2010 Paralegal Non-Commissioned Officer, Montana Army National Guard

    Speaking Engagements

    Guest Lecturer for Penn State University Undergraduate Energy Business and Finance Class, 2018, 2017, 2016

    Co-author, Penn State Marcellus Shale Law Blog, 2012

    Co-author, Penn State Agricultural Law Blog, 2012