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Oil and Gas Leasing Representation for landowners in the Appalachian Basin

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Yale College '66 - BA
NYU Law '71 - Juris Doctor

Law Practice:
Limited to Oil and Gas Leasing


Oil & Gas leasing; representing over 400 individual landowners over the past two years concerning leasing, seismic, storage, breaches of leases, investing in wells, mineral rights title disputes, consulting, valuations, marketing, environmental, etc.

Negotiating with over twenty gas companies.

Founding Director of National Association of Royalty Owners - Appalachia Chapter

Attended oil and gas bi-annual Appalachian Conferences since 2006.

Attended Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Comprehensive, intensive one week Oil and Gas Law course, Houston, TX 2008

Banking - (10 years at J.P. Morgan - Chase predecessor) Corporate and personal Bankruptcy

Finance - Real Estate Assemblage & Development & Brokerage (expired SEC license)

Lobbying - Chaired Money Center Bank Steering Committee on Reform of Bankruptcy law

Testimonial: "Hello Richard, Now that we have finalized the Oil and Gas leases on my various properties (750 acres) it gives me great pleasure to let you know how very satisfied I am with your services. Several of the parcels that you leased for me had previously been leased to other companies. You obtained financial results far exceeding what I had obtained prior. You went out of your way to represent my interests; You certainly will have earned every penny."


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Oil & Gas: 100%
    45 years, 600 cases


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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Contact info

104 Demarest Pkwy
Elmira, NY, 14905-2014


NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 197203/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ExecutiveJ P Morgan Predecessor1985 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Appalachia National Association of Royalty OwnersFounding DirectorN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Half Moon SeminarsMineral Rights2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale UniversityEnglishBA1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oil and Gas Law and Mineral RightsAnatomy of Oil and Gas Lease2011
Oil and Gas LawMineral Rights2010
AttendeeOne Week Course on Oil and Gas Leasing2005