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Alexandria Lay is an integral part of mergers and acquisitions and since 2012, has been involved in transactions totaling more than $7 billion. As an Assistant Practice Group Leader of the firm's Energy and Natural Resources Department Contracts Practice Group, Alex represents coal and oil and gas companies in various matters, including negotiating asset acquisitions and dispositions, conducting and managing wide-scale due diligence projects, and advising on various other operational and property matters. She is named among the 2019 Forty Under 40 in the Oil and Gas Industry by Hart Energy. 

Alex is Co-Team Leader of the Steptoe Cotenancy Team, helping clients understand and utilize cotenancy laws in the Appalachian Basin. She is also a member of the Firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Team, assisting clients in navigating various ESG matters, including emissions offset projects and evolving reporting standards and requirements.  

Memberships & Awards

2019 Forty Under 40 in the Oil & Gas Industry, Hart Energy
Executive Editor, Washington & Lee Journal of Energy, Climate and the Environment
Professionalism and Service Award, Washington & Lee School of Law

Key Experience

Represented energy company in emissions offset credit agreement and other carbon capture-type projects
Represented energy company in the real property aspects of a stock sale divestiture of coal-producing assets, including pre-closing internal entity reorganizations, preparation and recording of instruments transferring coal, gas, and surface assets nationwide, and associated due diligence
Advised company in divestiture of a coal mine and associated properties in various states by both stock and asset sale, including preparation and recording of all property transfer documents and preparation of various agreements addressing coal-gas cooperation, subsidence, transition services, and command center services

Work Experience

2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2011 General Internship, Steptoe & Johnson
2010-2011 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson

Speaking Engagements

“Appalachian Caselaw Update,” Institute for Energy Law, 5th National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference, Austin, Texas, October 2021

“Energy Transactions 101,” American Association of Professional Landmen 2019 Appalachian Land Institute, Corapolis, Pennsylvania, October 2019

“West Virginia’s 2018 Cotenancy Legislation,” 2019 GABALTA Spring Conference, Charleston, West Virginia, and Southpointe, Pennsylvania, April 2019