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Unlike many lawyers whose practice encompasses several diverse areas of law, I focus exclusively in the interrelated areas of oil and gas, environmental and energy law.  I have achieved the highest rating of "AV" after being evaluated in each of these fields by the leading lawyer rating service in the United States, Martindale-Hubbell.  I am also regularly called upon to comment on matters within my areas of practice by national media outlets and legal organizations. There are no other lawyers in Northeastern Pennsylvania who can make these claims and few in Pennsylvania.  I have co-Edited and Authored the definitive legal treatise in Pennsylvania on one of the three areas of my practice, "The Law of Oil and Gas in Pennsylvania (PBI Press 2014) 1st Edition.  I am also a frequent course planner and continuing legal education speaker to members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association on a diverse range of topics in my practice areas.  Saunders Law services clients throughout Pennsylvania. 


Practice areas


  1. Oil & Gas: 45%
  2. Environmental: 25%
  3. Litigation: 25%
  4. Energy: 5%


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Saunders Law LLC

201 Penn Avenue
2nd Floor
Scranton, PA, 18503


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalSaunders Law LLC2011 - Present
ShareholderTressler Saunders LLC2008 - 2011
PartnerKreder Brooks Hailstone LP1986 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Energy and Mineral Law FoundationMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Pennsylvania Environmental CouncilBoard of Directors1996 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Eisenberger v. Chesapeake Appalachia LLCConfidential
Hankin v. Chesapeake Appalachia, Statoil Hydro et alPending
Grande v. DeWittPending
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Publication nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)The Law of Oil & Gas in Pennsylvania2014
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)Accounting to the Unleased Cotenant-Challenges In An Altered Leasing Landscape2014
PBIArbitration as a Vehicle for Resolving Oil and Gas Contract Disputes2013
American Legal MediaDormant Oil and Gas Rights and the Action to Quiet Title2013
PBISevered Oil and Gas Estates and Surface Rights In Pennsylvania2012
Pennsvlvania Bar InstitutePractical Leasing Concerns: Creating a Paradigm for Negotiations Between Landowners and Industry2012
The Pennsylvania LawyerWeighing the Risks and Rewards - Impacts of Natural Gas Development on Real Estate Transfers In Pennsylvania2012
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)Fundamentals of Oil & Gas Law - Overview of Mineral Rights2012
Pennsvylvania Bar InstituteBest of the Oil & Gas Law Colloquium Central PA - Lease Termination Issues2012
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)3rd Annual Oil and Gas Law Colloquium2011
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)Best of Oil and Gas Law Colloquium2011
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)2nd Annual Oil & Gas Law Colloquium - Negotiating Natural Gas Pipeline Agreements2010
Environmental Compliance In PennsylvaniaDue Diligence in Commercial Real Estate Transactions2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of ScrantonN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
6th Annual Oil and Gas Law ColloquiumAccounting for Oil and Gas Lease Proceeds2014
5th Annual Oil & Gas Law ColloquiumDispute Resolution of Oil and Gas Contract Claims2013
Fundamentals of Oil & Gas LawOverview of Mineral Rights2012
Best of Oil and Gas Law ColloquiumLease Termination Issues2012
4th Annual Oil and Gas Law ColloquiumRights Between Surface Owners and Mineral Owners2012
Marcellus Summit 2011- Real Issues, Balanced PerspectivesThe Effect of Pending Oil & Gas Legislation on Local Governments2011
Best of Oil & Gas Law ColloquiumNegotiating Oil & Gas Pipeline Agreements2011
3rd Annual Oil & Gas Law ColloquiumLease Termination Issues2011
Natural Gas Pipelines and Infrastructure IssuesLegal Issues2010
Natural Gas Pipelines and InfrastructureLegal Issues2010
Natural Gas Pipeline and Infrastructure IssuesLegal Issues2010
Marcellus Summit 2010 - Real Issues, Balanced PerspectivesFederal Regulatory Issues2010
2nd Annual Oil & Gas Law ColloquiumNegotiating Natural Gas Pipeline Agreements2010
Legal seminarAddressing Contamination in Pennsylvania Real Estate Transactions2007
Environmental Law ForumBrownfields Financing Cleanups/Partnering to Develop2005