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    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. 

    Memberships & Awards

    2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
    CALI Award for Sales and Secured Transactions, Spring 2012
    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
    Graduated magna cum laude, University of Colorado

    Key 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 production company in trade transaction of E&P assets

    Work Experience

    2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2012-2013 Rose Padden & Petty L.C.
    2010-2011 Summer Law Clerk, Judge Steve P. Leskinen, Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County, PA

    Speaking Engagements


    "Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania: What Employers Should Know," PIOGA Press, February 3, 2020


    “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