Robert D. Fluharty
(304) 353-8158
Office: Charleston
LL.M Cambridge University (England)
J.D. Rutgers University
B.A. Washington and Lee University
Licensure: WV
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Bob Fluharty focuses his practice in the area of energy law and has a wide range of experience in commercial financing and transactional issues related to energy and natural resource development.  He has extensive experience representing clients in the coal, oil and gas industries.

Work Experience

2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1997-2014 Jackson Kelly PLLC
1983-1996 Robinson & McElwee
1979-1983 Love, Wise, Robinson & Woodroe

Speaking Engagements

"Take-Or-Pay Settlement Not Subject To Royalty Claim, Says U.S. Fifth Circuit," American OIl & Gas Reporter, July 1998

"Criminal Liability for Environmental Law Violations by Coal Operators," 93 W. Va. L. Rev. 599 (1991)

"Coordinating Adjacent Coal, Oil and Gas Operations," Eastern Min. L. Spl. Institute (1987)

Key Experience

Led in-country due diligence team evaluating possible acquisition of privatized United Kingdom coal mining companies, including evaluation of all commercial and supply contracts with the United Kingdom and foreign customers and power generation companies, and national and local council licenses including environmental requirements and constraints. Facilities included multiple open caste mines on Scottish border, anthracite mines in Wales, and two oceangoing port facilities.
Represented lenders in transactions secured by operating assets
Represented production companies and land owners in negotiating and drafting coal, oil and gas leases, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, and other commercial transactions

Memberships & Awards

Chamber USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The Best Lawyers in America® (Energy Law, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil & Gas Law, Real Estate Law)
Best Lawyers® 2016 Charleston, WV, Oil and Gas Law, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2015 Charleston, WV, Mining Law, Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers® West Virginia 2010
West Virginia State Bar
West Virginia Bar Association
Kanawha County Bar Association
American Bar Association