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Clients have told Christopher Nahley that he’s an important part of everything they do, both legally and operationally.  Although Chris did not originally set out to be an oil and gas lawyer, his early experiences in the field quickly developed into a thorough enjoyment of the subject matter. This enjoyment compelled a tireless desire to absorb all content he could find to develop this specialty practice.  For more than a decade, Chris, an Alabama native, has been working in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays, helping clients secure mineral assets, writing and managing title projects, navigating complex oil and gas operating issues, and leading due diligence projects and transactions involving the sale and acquisition of mineral assets.  Chris is well-versed in the legislative process and closely monitors how legislative changes impact his clients, both at the state and federal level. Although Chris considers it his job to prevent lawsuits, he’s no stranger to litigation and always prepared to prosecute or defend any action relating to his clients’ operations.

Chris’s approach to clients is practical, straight forward, and efficient and he brings a unique perspective to his practice with his previous experience and time spent as a petroleum and natural gas landman and attorney.

Memberships & Awards

Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
Wood County Bar Association

Key Experience

On behalf of Appalachian-based oil and gas client, conducted transactions to secure $6.5 Million in mineral assets
Advised client on the 2019 West Virginia Co-Tenancy legislation and the impact on operations
Led a large team of abstractors in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays

Work Experience

2021 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2012-2021 Bowles Rice LLP
2011-2012 Independent Contractor – Landman / Title Attorney
2010-2011 Law Offices of Stephen McGowan