Matt Warnock is a partner in Bricker & Eckler’s Columbus office and chair of the firm’s Oil & Gas Industry group. Matt focuses his practice on a wide range of energy issues, including (i) oil and gas transactional matters; (ii) energy policy initiatives; (iii) oil and gas litigation, including appellate work; (iv) title curative matters, including the resolution of mineral rights disputes under the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act; and (v) serving as local counsel for producers and pipeline companies.

Matt's practice also involves appearances before state and regulatory agencies, including the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), Ohio Power Siting Board, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Adjunct Professor, Capital University Law School (2013-Present)
Presentations & Published Works
  • Author, Oil and Gas Chapter of Ohio Real Estate Law (Baldwin's Ohio Practice), 2012-Present
  • Presentations
  • Regular Contributor, Bricker & Eckler Energy Exchange
  • Speaker, “Oil and Gas Leases – Be Cautious,” OSBA’s 20th Annual Bradley J. Schaeffer Real Property Institute, December 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Speaker, “Practical Issues of Working with Title Abstractors,” Ohio State Bar Association CLE, and Ohio Association for Justice Annual Meeting, Fall 2013
  • Speaker, "Oil and Gas Leases in Ohio," Ohio State Bar Association webcast, September 2013
  • Speaker, “Interplay Between the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act and the Ohio Marketable Title Act,” OSBA CLE, August 2013
  • Speaker, “Recent Trends in Oil & Gas Leasing: An Ohio Perspective in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays,” YPE Energy Industry Training Conference, June 2013
  • Speaker, “Ohio’s Marketable Title and Dormant Mineral Acts,” Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Title and Development Issues in the Utica Shale – Ohio, April 2013
  • Speaker, “Next Generation Shale Issues: Infrastructure, Infrastructure and More Infrastructure,” 28th Annual OSBA Environment, Energy and Resources Law Seminar, April 2013
  • Speaker, Introduction to the Ohio Power Siting Board, Dayton Bar Association, January 2013
  • Speaker, "Fracking," Ohio Municipal League Annual Meeting, November 2012
  • Speaker, “Oil and Gas Leasing 101, Utica Shale: Issues in Law, Practice and Policy,” Cleveland Marshall College of Law, September 13, 2012
  • Speaker, "What the Frack? Oil and Gas Leasing 101," Ohio State Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 2012
  • Speaker, "The Shale Revolution," 16th Annual MEC Ohio Energy Management Conference, February 2012
  • Speaker,"Oil and Gas Leasing 101," County Commissioners Association of Ohio, December 2011
  • Speaker, "Ohio House Bill 133: New Opportunities for Oil and Gas Development on State Lands," National Association of Royalty Owners, Appalachia Chapter, September 2011
  • Speaker, "Welcoming Marcellus and Utica Shale Development in Ohio," Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education presentation, December 2011 and Ohio Prosecuting Attorney's Association, June 2011.
  • Speaker, "Documenting Leadership: A Symposium on Public Executive Records in the 21st Century," Executive Records: Access and Disclosure, May 2010
  • Speaker, "The U.S. EPA's Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule," March 2010
  • Published Works
  • Lead contributor, Bricker & Eckler LLP’s Marcellus and Utica Shale blog, 2011 - Present
  • Co-author, "Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing: The Ohio Story," published by Electricity Journal, December 2010
  • Contributor, ABA Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems, 2009 and 2010 Annual Report
  • Author, “What an Ohio Oil and Gas Producer or Affiliated Industry Company Needs to Know About an OSHA Inspection,” September 2009
  • Contributor, "Municipal Electric Aggregation: A Valuable Tool to Enhance Residential and Small Customer Access to Retail Markets"; Capturing the Power of Electric Restructuring, American Bar Association, July 2009
  • Author, "Stifling Gubernatorial Secrecy: Application of Executive Privilege to State Executive Officials," 35 Cap. U.L. Rev. 893 (September 2007)
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Ohio Supreme Court Mentoring Program (2015-present)
  • Admitted, State of Ohio; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and Southern District of Ohio
  • Extern in the Legal Office of former Ohio Governor Strickland and the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Member, Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer American Inn of Court, (2010-2014)
  • Member, Bricker & Eckler’s Southeast Ohio team
  • Member, National Association of Royalty Owners (2011-2014)
  • OSBA member, Natural Resources Law Committee (2013-Present)
  • Member, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (2012-present)
  • Member, Ohio Oil and Gas Association (2012-present)
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed in Who's Who in Energy by Columbus Business First 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, 2014, 2015
  • Recognized by ChambersUSA as Associate to Watch in Natural Resources & Environment Law, 2014-2015
  • Rated as BV Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (B.S. history, summa cum laude with department honors 2004) Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board
  • Capital University (J.D., summa cum laude 2007) Staff Member, Capital University Law Review
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