Steptoe & Johnson Initiates Study on Litigation Trends in U.S. Shale Plays



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 Firm retains Brand Research Company for groundbreaking survey in shale gas development

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is undertaking a groundbreaking study focused exclusively on legal trends for businesses working to develop U.S. shale assets. The findings from this study will be shared with energy developers across the country.

The survey will gather information from executives, lawyers and other professionals about legal disputes and other matters connected with developing oil and gas in shale formations throughout the U.S.  The ultimate goal of the study is to provide information that will be useful to energy developers as they pursue activities in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in the Appalachian Basin, the Bakken shale, the Eagle Ford shale and beyond.

“Steptoe & Johnson commissioned this study to give oil and gas companies solid information about the challenges they may encounter as they buy, sell, develop or produce shale gas assets,” said Steptoe & Johnson Chief Marketing Officer Betsy Beorn Spellman. “We think the shale gas industry will receive guidance from the survey findings that will be extremely valuable in their planning and development activities.”

To ensure confidentiality of information, Steptoe & Johnson has engaged the Brand Research Company of Washington DC to conduct the web-based survey.  The invitation to participate will be sent by e-mail from, so those who choose to take part may want to add that address to their approved senders list.

A participation link can be accessed here, or by visiting

Those who participate in the study will receive a complimentary pre-publication copy of the full report and an honorarium for themselves or their favorite charity. The results will be released in April 2013.

If there are any questions about our study of Legal Trends in U.S. Shale Development, please feel free to contact:

Betsy Beorn Spellman

Chief Marketing Officer

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
(304) 933-8377
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For more information, contact Betsy Spellman, Chief Marketing Officer, at (304) 933-8000 or by email:


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Betsy Spellman

Chief Marketing Officer

(304) 933-8377

Bridgeport, WV