THE FIRM This firm represents clients in every aspect of mineral-related matters, and is increasingly active in Marcellus Shale transactions. In response to this growth, the firm is moving its core energy team to Morgantown and opening a new office in Pennsylvania. Sources appreciate that many of the attorneys have backgrounds in engineering or petroleum engineering. The team's impressive client roster includes Devonian Shale LLC, CNX Gas and Patriot Coal.
Sources say: "The team's research and opinions are very reliable and accurate. It has accommodated our needs well, often working until the early hours. I have every confidence in its ability."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Graff is "extremely knowledgeable and very accommodating to clients' needs," say sources. He specializes in M&A as well as the capital funding of commercial, banking and natural resources transactions.
Leonard Knee focuses on environmental issues, where clients rely on his "up-to-date knowledge and accuracy" in regulatory and litigation matters.
Thomas Lane has a solid reputation as "the premier mineral attorney in West Virginia." Sources are impressed with "his extensive understanding of business, his exceptional industry knowledge and his transactional skills."
George Patterson serves as general counsel for IOGA in West Virginia, and is considered to be "knowledgeable and easy to work with."
Seth Wilson impresses clients with his "strong business transactional background, professional attitude and very pleasant personality." His clients include Leatherwood, Range Resources and MarkWest.