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    Hank Lawrence focuses his practice on energy and environmental litigation. He represents clients before federal, state, and appellate courts and administrative agencies in civil, criminal, and penalty proceedings. In addition, he provides client counseling and advice in permitting, compliance, and transactional matters involving energy and environmental statutes and regulations.  Mr. Lawrence previously served as Head of the firm's Litigation Department.

    Memberships & Awards

    Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation
    Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV, Energy Law, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2018 Morgantown, WV, Litigation, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2016 Morgantown, WV, Energy Law, Lawyer of the Year
    Super Lawyers®
    Trustee, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
    The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law

    Key Experience

    Litigated Marcellus shale well claims on surface use, ownership, drilling rights, pooling and lease interpretation
    Defended gas well hydraulic fracturing damage claims
    Defended major energy producers against claims that leasehold rights were limited to sands and drilling methods known in 1900

    Work Experience

    1982 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    Speaking Engagements

    Lawyer Leadership Institute, WV Bar Foundation (Stonewall Resort) May 2021

    “Shale Gas Law 2016 – Litigation Update”, WVU College of Law CLE (Morgantown), November 2016

    “Hot Topics and Future Disputes,” Litigation Update Panel, IEL 7th Law of Shale Plays Conference (Pittsburgh) September 2016

    "Litigation Update Panel," IEL 5th Law of Shale Plays Conference (Pittsburgh) September 2014

    "Horizontal Well Act & the Pre-Emption Issue," WVONGA Shale Alliance/Unconventional Gas Meeting (Bridgeport) April 2014

    "EPA Investigations," Energy Leadership Summit (Southpointe) September 2013