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As an attorney with ten years of prior experience as in-house counsel in a diversified energy company comprised of upstream and midstream oil and gas businesses and a coal business, Matthew Hutnick provides clients with a unique understanding of both the legal and business issues that energy companies face. His combined law firm and in-house experience gives him a unique perspective and makes him a value-added benefit to his clients. Drawing on his previous experience, Matt is able to equip clients to make better business decisions by helping them understand complicated issues and the related legal and business impacts.

Matt focuses his practice on oil and gas, coal, and coalbed methane contracts and real estate matters.  He assists clients with acquisition and divestiture of surface, oil and gas, CBM, and coal assets, drafting and negotiation of lease, license, right of way and easement agreements, and settlement of real property disputes.  Matt has participated in the formation, operation, and dissolution of joint ventures, including drafting and negotiating joint operating agreements, development agreements, cooperation agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and gas gathering agreements.  He has also assisted energy companies with environmental asset matters, including development and management of projects producing carbon credits, offsets, renewable energy credits (RECs), and emission reduction credits (ERCs), and the sale of such environmental attributes to third parties.  Matt has coordinated and performed mineral title examinations and due diligence for significant divestures and acquisitions of oil and gas and coal assets in the Appalachian Basin. 

Memberships & Awards

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Admitted to the State Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New Jersey
Admitted to United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Key Experience

Assisted with the formation, development, and eventual dissolution of upstream and midstream oil and gas joint ventures focused on the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania and West Virginia
Assisted with formation and operation of upstream oil and gas joint venture focused on the Utica Shale formation in Ohio
Represented energy company in connection with formation of joint venture focused on development and operation of methane emission control systems and generation of environmental attributes

Work Experience

2022 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2012-2022 CNX Resources Corporation (formerly CONSOL Energy Inc.)
2011-2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2010-2011 Burleson Cooke LLP
2008-2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC