Jessica E. McDonald
Of Counsel
(304) 598-5377
Office: Morgantown
J.D. University of Oregon
B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: MT | WV
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Jessica McDonald focuses her practice in real estate and commercial transactions. She assists local businesses, banks, and developers with all aspects of transactions, including contract preparation and review, real estate transfers, and title insurance. While embedded in-house at a publicly-traded energy company for over a year, Jessica had the unique opportunity to observe and participate in day-to-day business operations and to see the practical implications of her legal work on the organization.  She has also helped energy companies secure title to their mineral investments and advised litigators on title issues implicated in missing heirs petitions, partition suits, and quiet title actions.

Work Experience

2014-Present Stone Energy Corporation
2010-Present Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2009-2010 Attorney, Legal Aid of West Virginia
2007-2008 LSU Press
2006-2007 Law Clerk, 18th Judicial District, Bozeman, Montana
2005 Associate Editor, Oregon Review of International Law

Speaking Engagements

Co-authored “Defining ‘Production in Paying Quantities’: A Survey of Habendum Clause Cases Throughout the United States,” 90 North Dakota Law Review 383, May 2015

"Oil and Gas under Roads, Railroad Rights-of-Way and Waterways: A Comparative Law Review for Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia," The Appalachian Basin Energy Symposium, June 2013 and Appalachian Association of Petroleum Landmen, December 2013

Contributor to "Summary of Selected Principles of West Virginia Oil and Gas Law," 2012

Co-author, "Oil and Gas Leasing," WV Executive, Spring 2012

Key Experience

Helped clients obtain financing and title insurance for multi-million-dollar real estate transactions
Drafted option contracts, purchase and sale agreements, deeds, and easements associated with real estate transfers
Issued both mineral and surface title opinions and advised clients on title defects and appropriate curative actions

Memberships & Awards