Natural Resources - West Virginia
THE FIRM The Dinsmore & Shohl team is widely recognized as one of the most impressive in this field, particularly in the coal industry and increasingly also in the natural gas sector. It also provides advice on the full gamut of environmental issues including the many regulatory and safety regimes. It represents a range of companies, including producers and developers, with a client roster including Alpha Natural Resources, Coal River Energy and Consol Energy.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior partner Christopher Power specializes in the natural gas and coal industries, assisting clients on a range of environmental matters including litigation. Offering 27 years of experience, he enjoys an excellent reputation with key work including assisting a group of coal companies in appeals related to compliance orders issued by the Department of Environmental Protection, involving water quality-based effluent limits and enforcement actions.
Senior partner, Donna Kelly is particularly sought after for her mine health and safety work for coal companies. Her recent highlights include representing a number of mining companies in challenging unwarrantable failure orders, and other matters under the Mine Act.
Thomas Rubenstein is the "well-respected" managing partner of the firm's Morgantown office and his previous experience as in-house counsel with a coal company is an additional attraction for clients. Of late, he has been heavily engaged in a range of issues arising under the Mine Act as well as handling general corporate issues for coal and natural gas clients, including investment transactions and leasing issues.
Young natural resources lawyer Robert Stonestreet was made partner in 2012 and is building a profile, particularly representing clients in civil litigation and environmental defense cases. Recently, he was part of the team representing a group of coal companies in appeals in relation to compliance orders issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.