Braden L. Christopher


Braden Christopher focuses his practice in the area of energy law and specifically energy transactions. He also has experience in energy litigation in the oil and gas industry.

Representative Experience

  • Worked extensively with in-house legal teams and landmen at production and midstream companies to analyze issues and draft appropriate documents such as contracts, deeds, leases, ratifications, assignments, easements, affidavits, mortgage subordination agreements, purchase and sale agreements, settlement agreements, surface use agreements, water sales agreements, road relocation agreements, reclamation agreements, and meter site agreements
  • Represented seller of E&P assets for $1 Million
  • Counsel for a production company in trade transactions of E&P assets
  • Helped midstream company’s in-house legal team to manage supply chain issues by addressing contractor disputes, providing risk assessments under existing contracts, and drafting various documents including master service agreements, notice to cure letters, and termination letters
  • Litigated land and title matters including approximately 40 partition actions and several missing heirs petitions, working interest declaratory judgment matters, summary proceedings, and disputes over property lines
  • Drafted numerous complaints, motions, briefs, and legal research memoranda associated with land and title litigation matters
  • Defended a midstream company in litigation regarding a compressor station, including working directly with the client on substantive and operational issues
  • Represented clients in litigation involving various contract disputes, including access to a surface estate, recoupment of royalty overpayments, and validity of a forum selection clause
  • Assisted with cases in federal court, including the drafting of a legal brief in support of a motion seeking injunctive relief, against a local municipality that denied a permit to conduct seismic testing and subsequently passed a restrictive ordinance seeking to regulate such testing
  • Participated in the appellate matter, including the drafting of the appellee’s brief, involving oil and gas interests, interpretation of oil and gas severance documents, and application of intestacy law

Licensed In

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia


  • J.D. West Virginia University College of Law
  • B.A. University of Colorado


  • 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
  • CALI Award for Sales and Secured Transactions, Spring 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • “Getting Old and Finding a New Lease on Life,” Shale Insight Conference, October 23, 2019
  • “Be Careful What You ‘Assume’ – Risks Associated with Oil & Gas Contracts,” IEL Energy Transactions Conference, October 10, 2019
  • “Getting Old and Finding a New Lease on Life,” IEL 10th Law of Shale Plays Conference, September 2, 2019


  • “Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania: What Employers Should Know,” PIOGA Press, February 3, 2020
  • Senior Editor of the Year, West Virginia Law Review, Volume 114
  • Senior Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Volume 114
  • Associate Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Volume 113

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