Benedict J. Kirchner
Of Counsel
(814) 333-4910
Office: Meadville
Energy
Business
Employment
Litigation
Attorney
J.D. Indiana University Maurer School of Law
B.A. The Pennsylvania State University
Licensure: DC | NY | PA
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Speaking Engagements

“Foreign Direct Investment into the United States Natural Resources Sector,” 61st Congress of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Toronto, Canada, October 2017

“Oil and Gas Under Roads, Railroads, Schools, Churches, Cemeteries and Waterways in OH, PA, & WV,” Greater Appalachian Basin Association of Lease & Title Analysts 2017 Summer Seminar, Canonsburg, PA, August 2017

"4th Appalachia Young Energy Professionals General Counsel Forum," Co-Chair and Moderator, Institute for Energy Law, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2017

"Trending title Topics From Around the Country,” 1st National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference, Institute for Energy Law, New Orleans, LA

“2016 Survey on Oil & Gas: New York Chapter”, University of Oklahoma College of Law Oil, Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal (ONE J)

"3rd Appalachia Young Energy Professionals General Counsel Forum," Co-Chair and Moderator, Institute for Energy Law, Pittsburgh, PA May 2016

“BOOM or Bust: How it is Shaping the Future of the Petroleum Industry in the Americas,” American Bar Association Section of International Law 2016 Spring Meeting, New York, NY, April 2016

"The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Brief Overview," An Introduction to Incoterms," and “A Guide to Legal Issues Regarding the Export of Goods from the U.S.” Guest Lectures at the West Virginia Export Manager class at West Virginia University and Marshall University, 2012-2016

"2nd Appalachia Young Energy Professionals General Counsel Forum," Co-Chair, Institute for Energy Law, Pittsburgh, PA June 2015

"International Petroleum Transactions and Global Negotiations," Institute for Energy Law Hartrick Symposium: Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector, Houston, TX, March 2015

"Introduction to Oil and Gas Law: Property Law for Energy Land Professionals," The Pennsylvania State University, January 2014

"Apportionment of Royalties in Pennsylvania," Appalachian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts, Canonsburg, PA, April 2012

Key Experience

Performed oil, gas, and coal title examinations and drafted the corresponding title opinions and related curative documents to assist a wide variety of clients in acquiring desired property rights
Assisted Private Equity firm in the acquisition of oil and gas portfolio companies and other oil and gas assets in the Marcellus Shale
Researched and analyzed statutes, regulations and cases for oil and gas transactions in preparation for an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange

Memberships & Awards

Professional
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Deputy Technology Officer, ABA Section of International Law
Co-Chair, International Energy & Natural Resources Committee, ABA Section of International Law
Co-Chair, International Investment & Development Committee, ABA Section of International Law
Immediate Past Co-Chair & Senior Advisor, Eurasia & Russia Committee, ABA Section of International Law
Liaison from the ABA Section of International Law to the Institute for Energy Law
Former Chair, Subcommittee on Hydraulic Fracturing, International Energy & Natural Resources Committee, ABA Section of International Law
Member, Customs Law Committee, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, International Anti-Corruption Committee, International Private Equity Committee, International Trade Committee, Islamic Finance Committee, and Middle East Committee, ABA Section of International Law
Admitted to practice before the United States Court of International Trade
Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Phi Beta Kappa
Awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships
Awarded Social Science Research Council Grant