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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