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    Justin Rubenstein is a litigator focused on helping oil and gas producers protect their leasehold assets by vigorously defending matters involving title disputes in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays. Justin is involved in litigation from the inception, including pre-case assessment and litigation planning.  Justin is very comfortable in a board room, courtroom, and in front of a jury and has the reputation of being detail oriented and understands the particulars of land and title disputes.  As former in-house counsel for a major energy company in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Justin also recognizes the business impact of disputes involving land, title, and royalties.

    Memberships & Awards

    Order of the Coif
    Executive Publication Editor, The West Virginia Law Review, 2004-2005
    Associate Editor, The West Virginia Law Review, 2003-2004
    CALI Award for Constitutional Law II

    Key Experience

    Defended publicly traded oil and gas operator, including obtaining favorable verdict in a jury trial involving leasehold royalty interpretation
    Defended oil and gas operators in claims involving royalty disputes
    Obtained summary judgment in federal court in favor of oil and gas company in matter involving rights of first refusal for leasehold interest

    Work Experience

    2016 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2012-2015 In-house Attorney, Noble Energy, Inc.
    2009-2012 Burleson LLP
    2007-2009 Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
    2005-2006 Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC

    Speaking Engagements

    Intermediate Issues in Mineral Title Examinations: "Tax Sales in West Virginia and Pennsylvania," Abstracting Titles in the Appalachian Basin, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, March 2011