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    Brian Hopkins focuses his practice in the areas of coal, oil and gas, gas pipeline and commercial real estate law.

    Memberships & Awards

    Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
    Real Estate Section, West Virginia State Bar
    Kanawha County Bar Association
    Past Member, West Virginia Records Management & Preservation Board, appointed by Governor Robert Wise

    Key Experience

    Performed title examinations and rendered title opinions with respect to coal ownership in connection with acquisition and development of coal reserves
    Negotiated and drafted purchase and sale agreements and coal leases
    Provided legal support for the Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia drilling programs of major Appalachian Basin natural gas exploration and production company, including review and curative to clear title for over 120 drilling locations per year, as well as negotiation and drafting of leases, subleases, assignments, farmout agreements, operating agreements, joint participation agreements, unit declarations and division orders, and representation in forced-pooling proceedings

    Work Experience

    2011 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2001-2010 NiSource Corporate Services Company
    1995-2001 Lewis, Glasser, Casey & Rollins, LLP
    1990-1995 Robinson & McElwee