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Roger Christenson focuses his practice in the area of energy law.  Mr. Christenson is experienced in matters involving mineral transactions and acquisitions, including the coordination and performance of due diligence and title defect curative work.  He is the former Manager of Land Operations for Northeast Natural Energy as well as the former Supervisor of Land and Title Litigation for Antero Resources Corporation.  

Memberships & Awards

Numerous Army and Air Force Medals and Awards
Former Level I Professional Government Contracting Certification
Former West Virginia State Police Instructor Certification
Former Secret Level Information Clearance

Key Experience

Managed land department active drilling program to sustain a continuous drilling program
Conducted negotiations, drafted documents, performed title curative work, and closed multi-million dollar energy transactions with small operators, individual land owners, and state agencies
Managed in-house and broker personnel team responsible for land and title litigation organization, preparation, and tracking

Work Experience

2018 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2017 Manager, Land Operations, Northeast Natural Energy, LLC
2014-2017 Supervisor, Land & Title Litigation, Antero Resources Corporation
2011-2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2009-2011 Land/Legal Intern, CONSOL Energy Inc.
2005-2008 Intelligence Analyst, WV National Guard Homeland Defense Unit
2002-2005 Security Forces Shift Leader, United States Army

Speaking Engagements

Co-authored law review article “Canons of Construction for the Interpretation of Mineral Conveyances, Severances, Exceptions, and Reservations in Producing States” published in the North Dakota Law Review, Volume 88, Number 3 (2012)

Co-presented “Due Diligence in the Appalachian Basin” at the 2012 National AAPL Appalachian Land Institute

Presented “The Interpretation of In Place and Royalty Deed Language in West Virginia and Pennsylvania” at the 2012 Appalachian AAPL Chapter Seminar

Guest Lecturer for West Virginia State University Undergraduate Oil and Gas Development Class