William J. Black IV
(304) 598-8120
Office: Morgantown
J.D. West Virginia University
B.S. West Liberty State College
Licensure: ND | WV
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B.J. Black focuses his practice in the areas of energy and mineral law (coal, oil, and gas), and real estate transactions.  Mr. Black regularly assists clients with mineral title examinations and title opinions, coordinating and performing due diligence, and mineral acquisitions.

Work Experience

2006 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

"Lease Life Cycle - Getting In, Getting Out, and Everything in Between," Qnections 2019

"Role of Quality Asset Management in Energy Transactions," Qnections 2018

North Dakota Update on the Law, NADOA Annual Institute, 2017

North Dakota Trusts and Estates, NADOA Annual Institute, 2014

Co-author, "Summary of Selected Principles of West Virginia Oil and Gas Law," 2012

"Appalachian Due Diligence," National Association of Lease and Title Analysts (NALTA) Annual Conference, September 2012

"Transfer of Mineral Rights," The Northern Appalachian Landman's Association, State College, Pennsylvania, November 2010

Key Experience

Managed large abstracting teams in multiple states to assist a major energy client in meeting an extensive drilling plan
Undertook coal, oil, and gas title examinations and drafted the corresponding title opinions to assist a wide variety of clients in acquiring desired property rights
Performed due diligence, undertook curative work and prepared transactional documents for multi-million dollar energy transactions to assist clients in development efforts

Memberships & Awards

Monongalia County Bar Association
Marlyn E. Lugar Trial Association, West Virginia University College of Law
Graduated cum laude, West Liberty State College