Benedict J. Kirchner
Of Counsel
(814) 333-4910
Office: Meadville
Energy
Business
Employment
Litigation
Attorney
J.D. Indiana University Maurer School of Law
B.A. The Pennsylvania State University
Licensure: DC | NY | PA
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Biography

Benedict J. Kirchner focuses his practice on energy and natural resources law related to the acquisition and disposition of oil and gas assets, as well as the areas of commercial and international transactions, and export and foreign investor matters.  Mr. Kirchner regularly assists upstream exploration and production companies, midstream companies, and private equity firms with mineral title examinations, title curative, and land and legal due diligence associated with acquisitions and dispositions throughout the Appalachian Basin. He completed multidisciplinary graduate coursework related to Central Asia, Russia, and China, including language training in Russian, Uzbek, and Uyghur.  Mr. Kirchner has worked in the Middle East, as well as studied in Central Asia and Europe. He is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for the Program in Energy Land Management at the Pennsylvania State University and the Strategic Planning Committee of the Institute for Energy Law. He is the Deputy Technology Officer for the American Bar Association Section of International Law and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Work Experience

2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2010 Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma & Schug
2006-2010 Private Practitioner, Meadville, PA & Washington, DC
2005 Summer Associate, Husseini & Husseini, Ramallah, Palestine

Upcoming Events

Speaking Engagements

"3rd Appalachia Young Energy Professionals General Counsel Forum," Co-Chair and Moderator, Institute for Energy Law, Pittsburgh, PA May 2016

“BOOM or Bust: How it is Shaping the Future of the Petroleum Industry in the Americas,” American Bar Association Section of International Law 2016 Spring Meeting, New York, NY, April 2016

"The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Brief Overview," An Introduction to Incoterms," and “A Guide to Legal Issues Regarding the Export of Goods from the U.S.” Guest Lectures at the West Virginia Export Manager class at West Virginia University and Marshall University, 2012-2016

"2nd Appalachia Young Energy Professionals General Counsel Forum," Co-Chair, Institute for Energy Law, Pittsburgh, PA June 2015

"International Petroleum Transactions and Global Negotiations," Institute for Energy Law Hartrick Symposium: Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector, Houston, TX, March 2015

"Introduction to Oil and Gas Law: Property Law for Energy Land Professionals," The Pennsylvania State University, January 2014

"Apportionment of Royalties in Pennsylvania," Appalachian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts, Canonsburg, PA, April 2012

Key Experience

Assisted upstream and midstream energy and natural resource companies in the acquisition and disposition of mineral rights and properties to include leasing, asset sale and purchase transactions, and due diligence associated with such transactions to include the drafting of rights-of-way, affidavits, corrective deeds, and division orders
Acted as local counsel at a lease signing event which aided a major oil and gas production company in the acquisition of more than 80,000 leasehold acres
Coordinated teams of attorneys, abstractors, and landmen in the performance of pre-closing and post-closing due diligence for oil and gas transactions; reviewing title opinions; organizing defect and curative reports; and preparing closing documents

Memberships & Awards

Professional
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Deputy Technology Officer, ABA Section of International Law
Immediate Past Co-Chair and Senior Advisor, Russia & Eurasia Committee, ABA Section of International Law
Vice Chair, International Energy & Natural Resources Committee, ABA Section of International Law
Chair, Subcommittee on Hydraulic Fracturing, International Energy & Natural Resources Committee, ABA Section of International Law
Vice Chair, ABA Section of International Law, International Investment & Development Committee
Liaison from the ABA Section of International Law to the Institute for Energy Law
Member, Customs Law Committee, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, International Anti-Corruption Committee, International Private Equity Committee, International Trade Committee, Islamic Finance Committee, and Middle East Committee, ABA Section of International Law
Admitted to practice before the United States Court of International Trade
Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Phi Beta Kappa
Awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships
Awarded Social Science Research Council Grant

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