Robert D. Fluharty


Bob Fluharty focuses his practice in the area of energy law and has a wide range of experience in commercial financing and transactional issues related to energy and natural resource development. He has extensive experience representing clients in the coal, oil and gas industries.

Representative Experience

  • Led in-country due diligence team evaluating possible acquisition of privatized United Kingdom coal mining companies, including evaluation of all commercial and supply contracts with the United Kingdom and foreign customers and power generation companies, and national and local council licenses including environmental requirements and constraints. Facilities included multiple open caste mines on Scottish border, anthracite mines in Wales, and two oceangoing port facilities.
  • Represented lenders in transactions secured by operating assets
  • Represented production companies and land owners in negotiating and drafting coal, oil, and gas leases, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, and other commercial transactions

Licensed In

  • West Virginia


  • J.D. Rutgers Law School
  • LL.M Cambridge University (England)
  • B.A. Washington and Lee University


  • Trustee, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Energy & Natural Resources (2003 – Present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law (2024-Present), Energy Law (2006-Present), Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2024-Present), Mining Law (2009-Present), Natural Resources Law (2003-Present), Oil and Gas Law (2009-Present), Real Estate Law (2003-Present)
  • Best Lawyers® 2016 Charleston, WV, Oil and Gas Law, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2015 Charleston, WV, Mining Law, Lawyer of the Year
  • Super Lawyers® West Virginia 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • “Take-Or-Pay Settlement Not Subject To Royalty Claim, Says U.S. Fifth Circuit,” American Oil & Gas Reporter, July 1998
  • “Criminal Liability for Environmental Law Violations by Coal Operators,” 93 W. Va. L. Rev. 599 (1991)
  • “Coordinating Adjacent Coal, Oil and Gas Operations,” Eastern Min. L. Spl. Institute (1987)

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