William H. Smith
Member (Team Leader)
(304) 933-8176
(303) 389-4300
(303) 389-4300
Bridgeport, WV
Denver, CO
Timothy M. McKeen
Member (Team Leader)
(304) 231-0473
Wheeling, WV

Mineral Title & Due Diligence Services

Providing title, DOTO and due diligence services to all U.S. shale basins.


Steptoe & Johnson’s mineral title services now provide mineral title, due diligence, and Division Order Title Opinions (DOTOs) to all producing shale basins in the United States.

How Are We Doing This?

  • More than 100 years of experience in energy law
  • Multi-year investments in talent and infrastructure
  • Utilization of Quorum Land Management Solutions

What Sets Us Apart from the Crowd?

  • Capacity to undertake major title, DOTO, and due diligence projects
  • DOTOs prepared by a dedicated team of professionals
  • Dependable performance throughout all major basins
  • Capable of delivering uniform opinions
  • Client access to confidential reports
  • Online client file progress monitoring
  • A business model built upon long-term relationships
Imagine, One Firm Providing
  • Experience and capacity to analyze complex division orders
  • Uniform approaches to title analysis
  • Paper, digital or combined reporting formats
  • Firm delivery commitments for large title projects
  • Dedicated professionals for large due diligence projects
  • Turn-key title solutions, from abstracting to final opinion 
Our Strengths


  • Sharon O. Flanery – 30 years’ industry experience; petroleum engineer experience domestically and internationally with Aramco; VP of Fortune 500 natural gas company and in-house counsel for major coal company
  • 12th-Largest Energy Team in the Nation
  • 200 attorneys cross-trained to understand title in multiple states and basins
  • 150 in-house abstractors and landmen available to abstract and build runsheets in county record rooms in all supported basins


  • Digital abstracts and opinions
  • Workflow processes coordinating work across all offices
  • Digital enhancement technology