Mathew L. Sampson
Of Counsel
(281) 203-5774
Office: The Woodlands
J.D. Widener University
B.S. University of Pittsburgh
Licensure: NJ | PA | TX | WV
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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.

Work Experience

2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2009-2010 Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma and Schug, P.C.
2007-2009 In-house Counsel, Devonian Resources, Inc.
2006 Landman, Devonian Resources, Inc.

Speaking Engagements

“Practical Illustrations of the AAPL Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice,” NHAPL February 25, 2016

"Understanding Tax Sales of Oil and Gas in Pennsylvania and West Virginia," NHAPL December 10, 2015

"Midstream 101: A Pennsylvania Primer," NALA, May 23, 2013

"Advanced Title Defects and Curative Options," NALA, March 21, 2013

Key Experience

Prepared Drilling Title Opinions and Division Order Title Opinions for Fortune 500 Energy E&P developers working in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays
Facilitated due diligence for the acquisition and disposition of mineral assets in the Appalachian Basin
Negotiated numerous oil and gas leases with mineral owners to build an inventory of leased acreage for conventional oil and gas exploration

Memberships & Awards

State Bar of Texas - Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Section
The Woodlands Bar Association - Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Section
Widener Law Review