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    Biography

    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

    Professional
    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
    Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

    Key Experience

    Obtained leasing rights through co-tenancy statute, partition, and missing heir petitions
    Defended class action cases on royalty payments
    WV Supreme Court decisions on duty to develop/protect from drainage and scope of mineral leasehold rights

    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