Lori A. Dawkins

Member
Denver, CO

Quick Info

Phone number:
(303) 389-4360
Office:
Denver, CO

Biography

Lori Dawkins focuses her practice in the area of energy and complex commercial litigation.  A former officer in the United States Air Force, she served in Desert Storm and received the Medal of Commendation, the Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal.   Ms. Dawkins leads the firm's Energy Litigation Practice Group and is the Managing Member of the Denver office.

Representative Experience

  • Significant trial experience in energy-related litigation, eminent domain, and complex commercial litigation
  • Litigated cases involving breach of lease agreements, breach of implied covenants, right-of-way disputes, injunctions against landowners, royalty disputes, and all types of energy-related cases in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania
  • Litigated property cases involving express and implied easements, partition actions, missing heir petitions, boundary disputes, and title disputes
  • Litigated complex condemnation actions involving permanent easements for the storage of natural gas, permanent well road easements, and permanent pipeline easements
  • Litigated an antitrust action for a dominant health care provider in Pennsylvania involving a battle for the control of a major hospital
  • Litigated an action for a large multi-national pharmaceutical company to recover for the faulty design, construction and installation of a $4.3 million wastewater treatment plant
  • Defended a preliminary injunction action brought by an unsuccessful bidder on a $30 million construction project for a state university
  • Handled appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on a petition for writ of prohibition involving a complicated discovery issue in a multi-million dollar condemnation case
  • Defended national oil and gas companies in litigation over validity of oil and gas leases and deeds
  • Represented producers with Marcellus and Utica shale wells in suits for excessive surface use, ownership, drilling rights, and pooling
  • Prosecuted partition actions to acquire fractional, unleased mineral interests
  • Litigated against claims by purchasers at delinquent tax sales
  • Defended lessees against claims of lease forfeiture arising from nonproduction and/or abandonment
  • Represented energy clients in multiple appeals before the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, including a case in which the court held that all co-tenants must be joined as plaintiffs in an attempt to invalidate a lease, and a case in which the court held that a natural gas utility had no duty to plaintiffs to re-inspect an appliance after it was red-tagged
  • As lead counsel, prosecuted a claim in excess of $24 million on behalf of a coal operator in an eminent domain matter that went to verdict in a jury trial

Professional Snapshot

Education

  • J.D. West Virginia University
  • M.S. State University of New York
  • B.S. West Virginia University

Experience

2005 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2000-2005 Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling
1995-2000 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1989-1993 Commissioned Officer, United States Air Force

Memberships & Awards

Super Lawyers®
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
Adjunct Professor, West Virginia University College of Law
Advisory Committee, Institute for Energy Law
Western Energy Alliance
Women in Energy
Denver Petroleum Club
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

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