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Joseph Carpini focuses his practice in the areas of mineral title and energy transactional law. He is experienced in the drafting and review of mineral title opinions for coal, oil, and gas clients and is a member of the firm's Division Order Title Opinion Team. With an undergraduate degree in mathematics and real world experience as an abstractor, Mr. Carpini's background and training prove valuable in the preparation of Certified Division Order Title Opinions.

Memberships & Awards

Washington County Bar Association
Northern Appalachian Landman’s Association (NALA)
National Association of Division Order Analysts (NADOA)
Appalachian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts (ABADOA)

Key Experience

Drafted complex division order title opinions and reviewed curative reports and documents for oil and gas developers working in Appalachian shale plays
Drafted and reviewed mineral title opinions for coal, oil, and gas clients identifying title defects and advising clients on appropriate curative measures
Abstracted mineral and leasehold title in numerous counties in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio

Work Experience

2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2012-2014 Abstractor, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2011-2012 Abstractor, Clearwater Land Services, LLC
2011 Abstractor, Arthur Henry LLC
2010 Student Attorney, WVU Immigration Law Clinic
2010 Summer Intern, WV Public Defender Corporation

Speaking Engagements


"Ransomware: Fulfilling New Federal Compliance Obligations and Assessing Preparedness to Thwart or Respond to Attacks" Energy Law Advisor, August 2021