Industries & Practices

Oil & Gas

Shale solutions. Statewide connectivity. On-the-ground experience.


Bricker & Eckler’s multidisciplinary Oil & Gas group offers practical and creative solutions to a variety of legal, regulatory and policy issues involving oil and gas development in and around Ohio. With a focus on the Marcellus and Utica Shale boom in Appalachia, our team has practical, on-the-ground experience to effectively assist clients in all aspects of the oil and gas industry.  

Our services prominently include:

  • Real estate counsel
  • Environmental permitting
  • Government relations
  • Construction contract review and negotiation
  • Tax and project finance advice

We also frequently represent clients before state and federal regulatory agencies, such as the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Ohio).

Types of clients we represent:

  • Exploration and production companies
  • National oil and gas trade associations
  • Natural gas pipeline companies
  • Financial institutions
  • Public and private landowners
  • Real estate developers
  • Electricity generation facilities

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Areas of Focus

As the nation’s energy resources broaden, the expansion of the nation’s energy infrastructure for the safe and reliable delivery of oil and gas via pipelines has become vital. Our attorneys keep up with this ever-changing area of law and work with clients to foresee and resolve regulatory, environmental and enforcement issues that arise during the construction, permitting, operation and maintenance of oil and gas pipelines. For more information, please visit our Pipelines page.


Our experience with oil and gas transactions highlights the breadth of the firm’s energy practice and involves tens of thousands of acres throughout the Appalachian Basin. Working through real estate, land use and construction challenges, we prepare and negotiate a variety of transactional documents, including oil and gas leases, pipeline easements, road use maintenance agreements (RUMAs) and mineral conveyance documents. Our team also addresses complex real and personal property tax issues, environmental and regulatory challenges, and cross-jurisdictional projects – all of which are critical to shale development in Ohio. Visit our Real Estate practice.


Bricker & Eckler has a proven track record of successfully resolving oil and gas disputes on behalf of its clients. We approach problems practically, with an understanding that litigating a case may not always be the best method for resolution. The various types of oil and gas litigation matters in which we have experience include: eminent domain proceedings; appellate work before Ohio’s intermediate appellate courts and the Ohio Supreme Court; mineral rights ownership disputes; oil and gas lease disputes; coal and pipeline company disputes; nuisance and trespass claim involving water supply or property contamination; and class action litigation matters involving energy companies. Visit our Litigation practice.


Bricker’s Shale Task Force is actively involved in Ohio’s regulatory arena, giving our oil and gas attorneys special insight into the complex regulatory and environmental issues that surround energy development. Our team, which includes a former commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and former Master Commissioner of Public Utility Law for the Ohio Supreme Court, regularly appears before permitting agencies such as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Power Siting Board, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Environmental Review Appeals Commission, in addition to the PUCO. Each attorney has developed close working relationships with key staff members at these state agencies. Visit our Energy, Environment & Utilities practice.

Government Relations

Every government relations attorney in our Shale Task Force is a registered lobbyist with diverse experience in the Ohio energy market. They have longstanding relationships with public officials within all levels and branches of government. As a result, we do more than help our oil and gas clients understand existing laws and regulations; we are able to effectively present their viewpoints, advance their interests and use legislation and rulemaking as a problem-solving tool. Visit our Government Relations practice.


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Insights & Resources
Resource Centers

Collaborating with government entities and private developers to build and implement creative strategies that promote investment, create jobs and enhance communities. For more information, please visit our DevelopOhio Resource Center.

The enormous potential of shale in Ohio and its contiguous states is creating a regional oil and gas “gold rush." This resource center includes a comprehensive array of resources discussing the opportunities, challenges and complexities associated with development of the Utica and Marcellus Shale. For more information, please visit our Shale Resource Center.

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