Braden L. Christopher

Biography

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

  • Assisted supply chain and procurement teams with the negotiation and review of 100+ master agreements necessary to support oil and gas production and midstream operations
  • Resolved several disputes with suppliers and service providers based on the successful assertion of warranty or other contractual rights under master agreements
  • Negotiated several solar option and lease agreements
  • Reviewed compressor lease agreement associated with biogas project
  • Performed due diligence for multi-million-dollar energy transactions
  • 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

Licensed In

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Education

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

Achievements

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

Speaking Engagements

  • “Hydrogen Energy Projects: A Review of Legal Issues,” AAPL webinar, May 3, 2023
  • “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

Publications

  • “US FERC Issues Proposed Rule to Improve Regional Transmission Planning and Related Cost Allocation – Too Little, Too Late?,” IEL Energy Law Advisor, July 2022
  • “Carbon capture and sequestration forecast for Pennsylvania by a look at West Virginia’s recent CCS statute,” The PIOGA Press, July 2022
  • “New guidance for unconventional natural gas operators following settlement relating to 25 Pa. Code Chapter 78a,” The PIOGA Press, February 2021
  • “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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