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    Neal Pierce brings almost 40 years of oil and gas industry experience to the Steptoe & Johnson Energy Team.  For over 15 years, he served as general counsel for one of the largest exploration and production companies in the Appalachian basin. He focuses on energy law, Utica and Marcellus shale gas law and conventional oil and gas law, working in the firm's Columbus, Ohio office. His experience includes legal due diligence in reviewing land records and in managing administrative land teams, oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures, mineral leases, joint operating agreements and contracts and administrative regulatory practice related to mineral development, including rulemaking and legislative negotiation and drafting in several Appalachian Basin states and the Province of New Brunswick.

    Memberships & Awards

    Past President, Virginia Oil and Gas Association
    Past President, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
    David M. Young Award
    John McClaugherty Award, 2004

    Key Experience

    Involved in numerous due diligence and transactional matters focusing on joint operating agreements and substantive oil and gas issues arising out of such transactions
    Directed internal due diligence team in reviewing major Appalachian producer's land records
    Directed post-closing due diligence team reviewing land administration records

    Work Experience

    2011 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2006-2011 Principal, Law Office of R. Neal Pierce, LLC
    2003-2007 Robinson & McElwee, PLLC
    1986-2003 Columbia Natural Resources, Inc.
    1978-1985 Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation
    1977-1978 West Virginia Legislative Services

    Speaking Engagements

    Co-author, " The Quick and the Dead, Cessation of Production and Shut-Ins During the Secondary Term of an Oil and Gas Lease," 88 North Dakota Law Review, 2012

    Co-author, "Orphans, Foundlings and Wards of the State: Liability for Orphaned and Abandoned Wells in the Eastern United States," 14 Eastern Mineral Law Annual Institute Proceedings, 1994