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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

    Conducting Unitization Hearings before the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

    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