Mike’s practice covers all facets of mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and title curative needs for oil and gas companies operating in the Appalachian basin. Prior to joining Buchanan, Mike helped to lead the Land department at Rice Energy, a leading Marcellus and Utica shale pioneer exploration, production and midstream company , where he focused on cost forecasting, process creation and improvement, reporting, due diligence and integration of large acquisitions, creating and maintaining title review and curative standards as well as advising on land-related litigation issues.
How Mike Helps Clients
Since joining Buchanan, Mike has worked on a variety of matters, including real estate due diligence and related closings of multi-disciplinary energy and non-energy transactions, 1031 exchanges, acquisitions and divestures of oil and gas upstream and midstream assets, bankruptcy-related due diligence and research, the drafting of certified title opinions, and the analyzing and drafting of various agreements related to oil and gas upstream and midstream operations. Mike regularly assists in various matters involving Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (ODMA) as well as Pennsylvania’s Dormant Oil and Gas Act (DOGA). A particular specialty for Mike is oil and gas title and title-related matters, including the generation of Division Order Title Opinions, whether the client has an existing Division of Interest or not.
Mike also spent a short period consulting for a prominent land service company in the Appalachian Basin by assisting them in connecting and electrifying their processes which created not only efficiencies but also clearer and sharper lines of communication.
What Clients Can Expect
As a former in-house oil and gas attorney and Senior Title Manager, Mike offers unique insights of not only the mechanics of an oil and gas exploration and production company but also of the thought processes that surround those mechanics. Additionally, Mike’s exposure and participation in cutting-edge and peer-leading exploration and production technology affords him, his clients, and the firm insights into more efficient and more effective means of using technology to quickly and concisely communicate pertinent information to all stakeholders in a given matter.
A great lawyer’s power is not in his or her instant recall of the law; rather, it is his or her ability to use all available tools to concisely and correctly communicate how the law can be used to further the goals of the client.
Outside the Office
When Mike is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his son, Harrison (“Hap”). He also enjoys tending to his landscaping, traveling, playing golf, and eating a good meal with great company.
- Assisted in the closure of a 25,000 acre landowner group in Belmont County, Ohio.
- Completed due diligence pursuant to 50,000+ acre development agreement in Belmont County, Ohio.
- Completed due diligence and integration of 22,000+ acre acquisition in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
- Worked on a multi-year integration of Title process into a proprietary cloud-based work management program.
- Completed due diligence of 30,000 acres pursuant to Stalking-Horse bid in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
- Assisted in the integration of 85,000 Marcellus acres related to $2.7 Billion acquisition, which included integration of various personnel from the target company.
- Completed due diligence and integration of 18,000 acres in Greene County, Pennsylvania and multiple counties in West Virginia
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 2013
Washington and Jefferson College, B.A., 2010, Economics
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Washington County Bar Association
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Committee Member, Southpointe Corporate Cup benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Nominated as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest for 2017 (benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation) and raised nearly $20,000 individually and over $500,000 as a group.