Roger L. Nicholson
(304) 353-8141
Office: Charleston
J.D. University of Kentucky
B.A. Georgetown College
Licensure: KY | WV
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Roger Nicholson has provided commercial and transactional legal advice to energy companies and other businesses for more than 25 years. Mr. Nicholson's extensive knowledge of the energy industry has been developed from his experience as general counsel of two publicly traded mining companies, as well as representing numerous energy companies as outside counsel over the years.

Mr. Nicholson previously served as Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel at International Coal Group, Inc. (ICG). Prior to his post at ICG, Mr. Nicholson served as Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Massey Energy Company and in various roles at Arch Mineral Corporation (now Arch Coal, Inc.).

Work Experience

2015 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2013-2015 Roger L. Nicholson Law Offices
2011-2013 Jackson Kelly PLLC
2005-2011 Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, International Coal Group, Inc.
2002-2005 Jackson Kelly PLLC
2000-2002 Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Massey Energy Company
1995-2000 Assistant General Counsel, A.T. Massey Coal Company, Inc.
1993-1995 Robinson & McElwee
1989-1992 Corporate Counsel, Arch Mineral Corporation
1988-1989 Combs & Combs
1985-1988 Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs

Key Experience

Represented energy companies in the public offering of stock on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ
Represented energy companies in negotiating and drafting various sizeable credit facilities
Represented production companies and land owners in negotiating and drafting coal, oil and gas leases, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, and other commercial transactions

Memberships & Awards

University of Kentucky College of Law Professional Achievement Award (2015)
The Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law