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    Sandy Fraley is a leader in the oil and gas industry with more than 25 years of experience in assessing risks, developing strategies, and reducing legal costs by applying a broad range of legal skills and experience across multiple oil and gas basins. She has a diverse background in managing litigation, advising on challenging legal issues and devising solutions to fit business needs. Her experience as part of senior management teams at leading exploration and production companies brings practical, real-world perspective to her practice. Her experience includes upstream oil and gas agreements, acquisitions and divestitures, exploration, development and joint operating agreements, farmouts, leases, deeds, assignments, easements, mineral title, managing results-driven litigation, and managing legal and land teams.

    Memberships & Awards

    The Best Lawyers in America®
    West Virginia Bar Association
    Oklahoma Bar Association
    Kentucky Bar Association
    Virginia Bar Association
    Registered Professional Landman (RPL)

    Key Experience

    Developed and implemented uniform litigation and risk assessment methodology that enhanced client communications and drove resolutions
    Managed large docket of oil and gas-related litigation
    Drafted and negotiated exploration, development, joint operating and other agreements related to oil and gas transactions and operations, including farmout, release, master service and contract service agreements and deeds, leases, easements and assignments

    Work Experience

    2018 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2017-2018 Assistant General Counsel, E&P, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
    2014-2017 Lead Counsel, E&P, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
    2009-2014 Managing Attorney, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
    2007-2009 Vice President, Land and Legal and General Counsel, Enervest Operating, LLC
    2005-2007 Vice President and General Counsel, Equitable Production Company
    2000-2004 Director of Legal Affairs, Equitable Production Company
    1999-2000 Attorney, Penn, Stuart & Eskridge
    1998 Associate General Counsel, Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company
    1996-1998 Senior Attorney, Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company
    1991-1996 Staff Attorney, Equitable Production Company