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Biography

Armando Benincasa combines state agency experience, real-world business perspective, and deep understanding of complex environmental issues in a practice focused on energy and environmental law, environmental litigation, administrative law, government affairs, and lobbying. He manages cases involving permitting and regulatory requirements for natural resources, including coal, oil, and gas, solid waste, water resources, underground storage tanks, voluntary remediation, and the drafting of rules and statutes related to the environment. He has extensive experience in governmental matters, as well as in representing energy companies before state agencies and the West Virginia Legislature.

Memberships & Awards

Professional
The Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law (2011-Present), Energy Regulatory Law (2016-Present), Environmental Law (2011-Present), Litigation - Environmental (2011-Present), Natural resources Law (2013-Present), Oil and Gas Law (2012-Present), Water Law (2008-Present)
Best Lawyers® 2016 Charleston, WV, Water Law, Lawyer of the Year
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law
Best Lawyers® 2013 Charleston, West Virginia Lawyer of the Year
The State Journal, West Virginia's Top Lawyers 2008
Graduated magna cum laude, Washington & Lee University
Phi Beta Kappa

Key Experience

Negotiated orders with multiple Appalachian regulatory agencies on behalf of client regarding status of oil and gas wells
Represented energy companies with regard to permitting and compliance issues before state and federal regulators and boards, including multi-media Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act enforcement actions
Represented energy companies, including coal and oil and gas clients, in performance of due diligence related to potential past, current, and future environmental liabilities, including review of compliance status, permitting and other regulatory issues related to transactions

Work Experience

2002 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1995-2002 In-house Counsel, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Legal Services

Speaking Engagements

“EPA Releases Draft Oil & Gas Wastewater Management Study,” Oil & Gas E-Report, Institute for Energy Law, Issue 3, September 2019

"The Marcellus Shale: Challenges for Tomorrow," Law360, April, 2009

"Marcellus Shale and Water Resources: Use, Regulation and Unintended Consequences," 2008, 3rd Mineral Law Conference (EMLF)