G. Kurt Dettinger
Member (Team Leader)
Office:
Charleston, WV
Alexandria D. Lay
Associate (Team Leader)
Office:
Charleston, WV

About

Steptoe & Johnson’s Cotenancy Team attorneys have a deep understanding of cotenancy laws in producing states, including West Virginia’s 2018 cotenancy legislation and Pennsylvania’s apportionment issues.
 
Our attorneys were directly involved in the negotiations that contributed to the creation of West Virginia’s bill and were actively engaged in voicing industry concerns during the legislative process.  Accordingly, we not only know the meaning of the statute, but we also know the intent behind its various provisions.  Our detailed understanding of the new law’s components, and how they work together with existing law, allows us to counsel our clients on risk mitigation measures and best practices in implementing their new cotenancy development programs in West Virginia. 
 
With extensive knowledge of cotenancy law across the Appalachian Basin and related development issues, Steptoe & Johnson is well equipped to provide our clients with important guidance and counsel that helps them achieve their business objectives.

What sets us apart

  • Intimate knowledge of intent of cotenancy legislation
  • Curative team dedicated to providing solutions to the oil and gas industry
  • Team includes:
    •  Attorneys who work hand in hand with industry to shape legislation
    •  Former in-house counsel for a major Fortune 500 energy company
    •  Counsel to West Virginia House of Delegates Committee on Energy
HOW WE HAVE HELPED
  • Represents exploration and production companies in connection with implementation of all aspects of the newly-enacted Cotenancy Act in West Virginia allowing producers to expedite development of their West Virginia oil and gas assets.
  • Represents energy companies in challenges to the validity of oil and gas leases, partition actions, missing heirs petitions, and other issues relating to mineral title  
  • Litigates partition actions, missing heirs petitions, and other issues relating to mineral title
  • Handles matters involving mineral transactions and acquisitions, including the coordination and performance of title defect curative work
  • Files petitions to lease an incapacitated person’s mineral interest