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Lyle Brown is a meticulous, detail-oriented attorney who loves to dig beneath the surface to uncover unique and creative solutions to his clients’ legal challenges. Lyle focuses his practice on representing large oil and gas producers in state and federal court litigation throughout the Utica Shale counties of eastern Ohio.  Lyle helps producers to protect their assets in lawsuits and appeals involving mineral title issues, the Dormant Mineral Act, lease and royalty disputes, mortgage and tax foreclosures, and lessor bankruptcies.  If he were not an attorney, Lyle would be a police detective or forensic scientist.  He applies that same mentality when extracting and analyzing key facts from voluminous data or documents in a timely manner.  He most enjoys turning a challenging set of facts into concise, persuasive legal arguments to advance and win cases for his clients.  Lyle also draws upon his diverse background in business litigation, which spans commercial disputes, administrative agency appeals, and long-term care and probate litigation.

Lyle is an Eagle Scout, Rotarian, law school moot court coach, and devoted sports dad.  A lifelong collector, Lyle values postage stamps for the stories they tell us about interesting people, places, and historical events.  

Memberships & Awards

Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association

Key Experience

Defended oil and gas companies in mineral title and landowner lease dispute litigation in Ohio state and federal courts, including lease termination and Dormant Mineral Act litigation
Represented oil and gas companies in mortgage and delinquent tax foreclosure litigation in Ohio state courts to protect clients' oil and gas lease interests throughout the foreclosure process
Drafted briefs and presented oral argument on behalf of clients in Ohio state supreme court and appellate courts

Work Experience

2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2009-2010 Carpenter Lane, LLC
1998-2009 Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Speaking Engagements

Speaker at meetings and seminars: Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 35th Annual Institute (2014); Steptoe & Johnson Energy Leadership Summit (2013); Tri-Village Rotary Club (2010); AOPHA Annual Conference and Trade Show (2008); Columbus Sail and Power Squadron (2006); National Business Institute continuing legal education seminars on advanced trial advocacy (2004, 2006); Ohio Environmental Service Industries Association (2003)

Co-author, “The Landscape of Oil and Gas Law Is Changing: Supreme Court to Issue Decisions Interpreting the Dormant Mineral Act," Ohio Oil & Gas Association Bulletin (July 2016)

Co-author, "Evolving Theories of Lease Termination Litigation," 35th Annual Energy & Mineral Law Institute (EMLF 2014)

Contributing Editor, "The Developing Labor Law" Treatise, American Bar Association (Section of Labor and Employment Law) and BNA Books (2000-2009)

Author, "The Joint Effort to Supervise and Treat Elderly Offenders: A New Solution to a Current Corrections Problem," 59 Ohio St. L.J. 259 (1998)