In This Section


Bill O'Brien focuses his practice in the areas of energy and mineral title law. Mr. O'Brien serves as one of the leaders of the Division Order Title Opinion (DOTO) team and routinely prepares certified DOTOs for national oil and gas exploration and production companies. Additionally, he has experience in management of oil and gas title projects. Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson, Mr. O'Brien served as a mineral title abstractor. This on-the-ground industry experience combined with his legal experience allows him to provide forward-thinking solutions to oil and gas developers.

Memberships & Awards

Work Experience

2011 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2010-2011 Title Abstractor, Western Land Services, Inc.
2010 Intern, The Hon. Nora Barry Fischer, U.S. D.C. W.D. of PA
2009 Intern, Allegheny County Solicitor's Office

Speaking Engagements

Co-author, “‘Agency’ becomes a real issue in title washing: Pennsylvania Game Commission vs. Thomas E. Proctor Heirs Trust,” The PIOGA Press, June 2020

"Curative Pitfalls: A Review of Common Curative Issues Facing Oil and Gas Operators,” Northern Appalachian Landman’s Association, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2018