Allison J. Farrell
(304) 933-8124
Office: Bridgeport
J.D. West Virginia University
M.A. University of Buffalo
B.A. University of Montana
Licensure: PA | WV
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Allison Farrell focuses her practice in the area of energy litigation.  She represents the interests of the oil and natural gas industry and has been involved in all aspects of litigation facing the industry.

Work Experience

2009 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2005-2006 Public Relations Director, Glenville State College
2002-2005 Political Reporter, Lee Newspapers, Helena, MT
2000-2002 Reporter, The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, NY
2001 Reporter, The Leader Herald, Johnstown, NY
2000-2001 Associate Editor, The Amherst Bee, Amherst, NY

Speaking Engagements

“Analyzing Gastar Exploration v. Contraguerro,” West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association Conference, October 2016

“Holdouts & Houdinis: Partition Actions, Missing Heirs Petitions, & Dormant Mineral Acts,” MLBC/IRWA Joint Seminar, March 2016

“One Stick In The Bundle: Characterizing Nonparticipating Royalty Interests Under West Virginia Law,” Vol. 117 W. Va. Law Review

"Update: Missing Heirs and Unknown Mineral Owners," Steptoe & Johnson Webcast, April 2013

"Missing Heirs and Unknown Mineral Owners," MLBC, November 2012

"Surface Use In The Age Of Horizontal Drilling: Will Horizontal Wells Be Considered A 'Reasonably Necessary' Use Of The Surface?" North Dakota Law Review, Volume 88, No. 3, 2012

"One Man v. The 800-Pound Gorilla: An Argument for Truly Just Compensation in Condemnation Proceedings," Vol. 110 W. Va. Law Review

Key Experience

Defended large oil and gas company in litigation over validity of oil and gas leases
Represented oil and gas producer in eminent domain proceedings in state and federal court
Represented drilling and production companies working to develop the Marcellus shale in surface-use disputes and litigation with surface landowners

Memberships & Awards

Leadership Harrison County 2012
Super Lawyers® Rising Star
Student Notes Editor, West Virginia Law Review
Order of the Coif
Past Director, W. Va. Fund for Law in the Public Interest