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
(330) 498-3000
Wheeling, WV
Canton, OH

Mineral Title & Energy Real Estate


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

Imagine, One Firm Providing:

Our Strengths


One of the nation’s largest energy departments


  • 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
    • Sharon O. Flanery– 30 years of industry experience; petroleum engineer experience domestically and internationally with Aramco; VP of Fortune 500 natural gas company; in-house counsel for major coal company
    • William H. Smith – more than 20 years of experience in developing, managing, and producing mineral title opinions; manager of Steptoe & Johnson title team responsible for producing more than 7,000 mineral title opinions in 2013
    • 200 attorneys cross-trained to understand title in multiple states and basins
    • 225 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