Roger L. Nicholson


Roger Nicholson leverages more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry to advise clients on commercial and transactional legal issues. Roger has previously served as a senior officer and General Counsel for three publicly traded coal producers. His industry experience makes him a trusted advisor to major energy companies, who rely on him for guidance on acquisitions and divestitures, commercial transactions, negotiating supply agreements, commercial disputes and arbitration, mineral title matters, and public offerings.

Most recently serving as a former Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary of Alpha Metallurgical Resources, with mining operations across Northern and Central Appalachia, Roger is uniquely positioned to handle a range of legal issues and transactions in the energy sector.

Representative Experience

  • Negotiated and drafted transactions for the acquisitions and divestitures of businesses, facilities, and operations
  • Represented coal producers and customers in negotiating and drafting coal supply contracts
  • Represented production companies and land owners in negotiating and drafting coal, oil and gas leases, and other commercial transactions
  • Served as senior officer and General Counsel of three publicly traded coal companies
  • As an officer and General Counsel, managed human resources and benefits, land, safety, environmental, and risk management functions, in addition to legal function
  • Oversaw the initial public offering of various coal companies on both NYSE and NASDAQ
  • Served as arbitrator in commercial disputes, particularly coal materials supply disputes, lease disputes, and other commercial issues
  • Served as crisis management counsel for a major energy company
  • Conducted due diligence investigations for acquisitions and divestitures
  • Arbitrated commercial disputes, including lease and supply agreement disputes

Licensed In

  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia


  • J.D. University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law
  • B.A. Georgetown College


  • Board of Trustees, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia
  • Board of Directors, Kanawha Charleston Humane Association

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