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    Lauren Turner focuses her practice in the area of energy litigation and represents the interests of energy companies, particularly from the oil and natural gas industry, in state and federal court. In addition to trial experience in energy-related litigation and condemnation, she assists oil and natural gas producers with legal issues that arise in all phases of exploration and production.

    Memberships & Awards

    2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
    Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
    West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association
    Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Harrison County Bar Association

    Key Experience

    Trial experience in energy-related litigation and condemnation
    Defended oil and gas exploration and production company before the West Virginia Mass Litigation Panel in claims involving private nuisance and negligence relating to natural gas activities
    Obtained access injunctions for drilling and maintaining oil and gas wells and pipeline infrastructure

    Work Experience

    2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    Speaking Engagements

    “From 1981 to 2019: West Virginia Court Applies ‘Reasonable and Necessary Use’ to Modern Mineral Development,” Energy Law Advisor – Volume 13, No. 3 – August 2019

    "Surface Use in the Age of Horizontal Drilling," NADOA Annual Institute (Scottsdale, AZ), September 2016

    "Surface Use in the Age of Horizontal Drilling: Will Horizontal Wells Be Considered A 'Reasonably Necessary' Use of the Surface?" 88 N.D. L. Rev. 595 (2012)

    "The Impact of Technology on Pre-Digital Recording Agreements: An Examination of F.B.T. Productions, L.L.C. v. Aftermath Records," 114 W. Va. L. Rev. 347 (2011)