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When clients and colleagues meet Jon Beckman, they appreciate that their voices are heard and that he is well-trained to protect them and their business interests.  Jon didn’t follow the traditional path to law school and his unique journey makes him a better counselor, leader, and advocate.  Before becoming a lawyer, Jon spent time as a high school history teacher and as a combat medic in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, ultimately serving with an infantry unit in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Drawing on both his teaching and military experience, Jon is able to equip clients to make better business decisions by helping them understand complicated issues and the related legal and business impacts.

Jon is a trusted advisor to clients who are working to avoid and defend litigation, navigate regulatory and governmental agencies, launch a new enterprise, or grow an existing business.  Jon is instrumental in helping solar and renewable energy clients obtain the necessary permits, acquire surface and mineral title, comply with land use regulations, and secure funding for projects. 

In continued service to the veteran’s community, Jon is active in the firm’s Veterans Inclusion Council.  In addition, he is the Managing Member of the firm’s Meadville office.

Working with Jon will give you a customized and highly personalized experience that is anything but cookie-cutter, and just as unique as his journey to becoming a respected lawyer.

Memberships & Awards

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Energy and Environmental Law Section
Crawford County Bar Association
Northwest Pennsylvania American Inn of Court
Graduated magna cum laude, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Key Experience

Obtained zoning and land use approval to allow International solar developers to construct utility scale solar projects in Pennsylvania
Counseled International solar developer with oil, gas, and mineral due diligence, for the pursuance of proper surface use waivers and non-disturbance agreements
Advised renewable energy developers on unique real estate tax issues in Pennsylvania

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2005-2011 Combat Trauma Specialist, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
2003-2010 High School History Teacher, Corry Area School District

Speaking Engagements

“Expanded Use of Participation Theory Against Oil and Gas Operators,” PIOGA 2019 Spring Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA

“A Dent in the Corporate Shield?: Pennsylvania DEP’s Expanded Use of the Participation Theory of Individual Liability,” Shale Gas Law 2018 Seminar, WVU

“Limits on Limited Liability: A Recent Board Adjudication and Order Imposed Personal Liability for Company’s Failure to Plug Oil and Gas Wells,” The PIOGA Press, January 2018

Oil and Gas Regulatory Update, Shale Energy Law Section Newsletter, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2017 – present

Co-author, Pennsylvania Quarterly Update, The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law, 2017 – present

Co-author, Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Update, OneJ Oil and Gas Law Survey, 2016 – present

“Getting Paid in a Tough Economy: Procedures under PA’s Contractor-Subcontractor Payment Act” National Utility Contractors Association, Northwest/Southwest/Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Meetings, 2015

“From Venting Skyward to Moving Forward: a Historical Perspective on Coalbed Methane Regulation,” International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, 2015

Co-Present “Water Management Regulations in the Appalachian Basin” Buckeye STEPS Water Management Conference, 2015

“Subsurface Trespass to the Oil& Gas Estate: Determining Damages in Pennsylvania,” PBI Oil and Gas Law Colloquium, Pittsburgh, PA September 2015

2015 Survey on Oil & Gas Law, Texas A&M Law Review, Pennsylvania

Co-author "A Time of Change: Prepare for Heightened Enforcement," The PIOGA Press, December 2014

"A State of Mind: Determining Bad Faith in Trespass to Oil & Gas." 2 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 53 (2014)

"Robinson Township & Act 13," Northwest Pennsylvania Inns of Court, 2014

"Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Law Update," Crawford County Bar Association, 2014

"Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law Update," National Utility Contractors Association, Northwest Pennsylvania, 2014