Sharon O. Flanery

Member, Chair, Energy & Natural Resources Department
Charleston, WV

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(304) 353-8155
Charleston, WV


Sharon Flanery concentrates her practice in the areas of energy and natural resources law and Chairs the firm's Energy & Natural Resources Department.  As a petroleum engineer with both an operating and legal background in the industry, she brings real world experience to her practice. This experience includes acquisitions and divestitures, mineral leases, joint ventures, contract mining agreements, joint operating agreements, and sales and marketing agreements, as well as gathering, transportation, and processing agreements. In addition, she has substantial experience in land and legal due diligence associated with mineral transactions, as well as in the legislative and regulatory arenas. Her general property background includes leases, rights of way, deeds, land use, and damage issues.  Flanery is also a member of the advisory board of the WVU College of Law Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.

Representative Experience

  • Led teams responsible for numerous asset and stock transactions, lease transactions, and land and legal due diligence for acquisitions as lead or local counsel involving over 4,000,000 gross acres
  • Drafted legislation on behalf of a Fortune 500 energy client which clarified the requirements for notification of land and mineral owners
  • Led team drafting a multi-million dollar supply agreement for the production and sale of biomass to an electric generating plant. The project involved traditional contract issues, clean air and greenhouse gas regulations, potential tax credits and subsidies for renewable energy sources, corporate tax, and intellectual property.
  • Drafted legislation on behalf of a Fortune 500 energy client which clarified the requirements for notification of landowners in connection with coalbed methane development situations and prepared implementation guidelines and procedures for the client to use under the new legislation

Professional Snapshot


  • J.D. Duquesne University
  • B.S. West Virginia University


2004 Steptoe & Johnson, Charleston, WV
2001-2003 Vice President, Exploration, Columbia Natural Resources, Charleston, WV
1998-2001 AGC, Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., NiSource Corporate Services Company, Charleston, WV
1993-1998 Legal Department, CONSOL Energy, Pittsburgh, PA
1991-1993 Attorney, Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, Pittsburgh, PA
1987-1990 Reservoir & Production Engineering Supervisor, CNG Development, Pittsburgh, PA
1983-1985 Reservoir Engineer, Aramco, Saudi Arabia
1978-1982 Special Projects Engineer, Columbia Gas Transmission, Charleston, WV

Memberships & Awards

Law 360 Female Powerbroker
United States Patent and Trademark License
Past President, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 2013-2014
Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Band One Leading Lawyer, Natural Resources
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® Charleston, West Virginia Lawyer of the Year 2011
Super Lawyers®
Outstanding Alumni of the Year, WVU Mineral & Energy Resources Department
Guest Lecturer, Distinguished Lecture Series, WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Duquesne University Law Review
Graduated cum laude, West Virginia University, Petroleum Engineering
Institute for Energy Law
WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Visiting Committee
Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Chair, Energy Law Committee, West Virginia State Bar
EMLF Representative, Appalachian School of Law Energy Symposium Steering Committee
Vice President & Trustee, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
Advisory Board, WVU College of Law Center for Energy and Sustainable Development


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