Gary Holland focuses his practice on energy, mineral, and natural resources law, property law, and commercial and real estate transactions. Clients across the energy industry trust his sophisticated and strategic deal counsel to (i) negotiate and handle all facets of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financing related to coal, oil and gas, coalbed methane, and other commercial assets and operations, (ii) lead wide-scale transactional due diligence projects, and (iii) advise on various operational and business development matters, including evaluating appropriate curative measures. Gary is adept in leading and managing multi-million-dollar stock and asset deals and effectively preparing the associated transactional and corporate instruments.
Armed with a practical understanding of his client’s overall business goals, Gary regularly represents (i) coal companies in the purchase and sale of active and idled mining assets and coal operations and (ii) E&P companies in the negotiation and preparation of asset purchase agreements, operating agreements, acreage trade agreements and other contractual agreements, and arrangements concerning the acquisition and disposition of shale assets, leases, and leasehold interests. Working together with in-house counsel and legal and land departments, clients also seek his advice on day-to-day operational issues, risk assessment, and related business matters.
Serving in his management role as Title Coordinator of Steptoe’s Mineral Title & Property Practice Group, Gary is an Assistant Practice Group Leader and an integral part of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Department and energy management team. In addition to Gary’s strong transactional background, he has extensive experience in abstracting and preparing complex coal, oil and gas, and other mineral titles throughout multiple states. His deep understanding of mineral title and property law has provided a practical approach in drafting, reviewing, and issuing coal and mining title opinions, oil and gas drilling title opinions, and division order title opinions to assist clients with strategic developmental efforts throughout the Appalachian Basin.
In addition to his energy department role as Title Coordinator, Gary has held a variety of leadership and project management positions throughout the firm and was a past member of S&J’s leadership development summit for attorneys displaying high potential for leadership and opportunities.