Mat Sampson focuses his practice in the areas of energy and mineral law (mineral title and transactions as well as the law relating to surface use, oil, gas, coal and coalbed methane gas). He regularly assists clients with mineral title examinations, due diligence, acquisitions and divestitures, exploration and development agreements as well as commercial contracts. He also provides counsel to midstream clients regarding surface use issues, eminent domain and condemnation proceedings. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Texas and he is part of Steptoe & Johnson’s Energy Team.
He was a former in-house counsel for Devonian Resources, Inc., where he managed title operations and provided legal counsel related to permitting, surface use issues and title for assets located in Western and Central Pennsylvania.
Mat has a significant level of experience in the Appalachian Basin. He has over 10 years of experience conducting mineral title examinations in Pennsylvania, several of which were impacted by the unique Pennsylvania practice of “Title Washing,” which was prevalent in Central Pennsylvania during the late 19th century. He also has extensive experience analyzing historic West Virginia oil and gas assessments and tax sales. He has written many West Virginia “stand up” drilling title opinions, requiring in-county title abstracting and landbook research, impacted by separately assessed oil and gas interests. Mat has provided in-house training to various clients on the topics of Pennsylvania “Title Washing” and West Virginia oil and gas assessments.
Mat also has experience performing mineral title examinations, as well as assisting clients with the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas assets in the Permian Basin.
2009-2010 Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma and Schug, P.C.
2007-2009 In-house Counsel, Devonian Resources, Inc.
2006 Landman, Devonian Resources, Inc.