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    Marsha Hudkins pursued a law career after spending several years hiring lawyers in her management capacity at a non-profit organization. The qualities she admired in those lawyers were competence, diligence, and professionalism. Marsha strives to achieve those ideals to help business and energy clients. Marsha oversees the Bridgeport, West Virginia, residential mortgage team to ensure the successful closing of hundreds of residential transactions, including title examinations, title insurance, resolving title defects, and closings for hundreds of transactions per year.   

    Marsha also continues her energy practice in the Appalachian Basin assisting clients with title issues and mitigating litigation challenges that arise from title disputes, particularly in the area of West Virginia mineral severances and tax deeds. Since joining Steptoe & Johnson, Marsha has drafted thousands of surface, coal, oil and gas title opinions. She enjoys putting together the puzzle pieces of real estate ownership and investment.  


    Memberships & Awards

    Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Public Service, Center for Law & Public Service
    GABALTA Member of the Year 2011
    NALTA Special Recognition Award 2011
    Moot Court Board and National Moot Court Team

    Key Experience

    Managed, drafted closing documents, and closed deals for acquisitions of hundreds of leases and wells in North Central West Virginia
    Obtained judicial order for client to lease mineral interest of minor pursuant to West Virginia Statute on Lands of Infants
    Advised client, and successfully enforced client's right of way to use surface estate for ingress/egress for drilling operations

    Speaking Engagements

    “Comparison of Oil and Gas Law: North Dakota and the Eastern States” NALTA

    Co-Editor, Energy Essentials, North Dakota Chapter

    “Proper Execution of Documents” NALTA News

    "West Virginia Tax Sales and Deed" and "West Virginia Missing Heirs Actions," Antero Resources Corporation Training, 2013

    "Abstracting Mineral Title," MLB Chapter of American Association of Professional Landmen

    "Obtaining Property Signatory to Transfer Interest in Real Estate," AAPL Kentucky

    "Obtaining Property Signatory to Transfer Interest in Real Estate," NALTA

    "West Virginia Circuit Court and Deed Interpretation," West Virginia Record, The State Journal