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    Ben McKinney’s practice is focused in energy and natural resources law, with an emphasis on oil and gas law in the Appalachian Basin, specializing in title, transactional due diligence, and asset acquisitions and divestitures. As a student of the energy industry, Ben analyzes industry updates and breaking news at the local, national, and even global levels in order to be an informed and proactive counselor for his clients. With experience across multiple industry sectors, he regularly assists clients with managing due diligence for asset acquisitions and divestitures, conducting surface and mineral title examinations and preparing corresponding title opinions and risk assessments, and working hand-in-hand with in-house land and legal teams to achieve operational results. Clients enjoy working with Ben because he gets it – he appreciates the importance of knowing a client’s business from the ground up, giving practical advice, and understanding how a particular project or matter fits into the client’s overall business goals, and his attention to detail and down-to-earth style are appreciated by businesspeople as well as in-house lawyers.

    Memberships & Awards

    West Virginia State Bar
    Monongalia County Bar Association

    Key Experience

    Hands-on experience working closely with in-house legal and land groups in both the upstream exploration and production and midstream sectors to help major E&P and Midstream companies achieve operational goals
    Performed due diligence, undertook curative work, and prepared transactional documents for multi-million dollar energy transactions to assist energy clients in development efforts
    Assisted with project management and document review associated with major title and asset development projects for a variety of energy clients

    Work Experience

    2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    Speaking Engagements

    “Update on Recording Requirements and Other Record Room Considerations,” NALA Seminar, May 23, 2018

    “Recording Requirements,” GABALTA Spring Conference, April 25, 2018

    Contributing Author, “Summary of Selected Principles of North Dakota Oil and Gas Law,” 2015