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Christopher T. Furey

Chris Furey has extensive experience in transactions relating to a variety of energy and real estate projects. He has experience working on transactions across all phases of energy projects, which includes traditional upstream and midstream, oil and gas development, mineral issues, natural gas power plants, as well as the development of solar and renewable projects.

Chris’ practice also focuses on transactional work in the commercial, residential and industrial real estate area. Chris has negotiated, documented and closed various real estate deals across the region, and additionally assisted clients with other land use documents, including easements and leases. He has experience in all geographic areas of the state with working through and resolving title and survey issues faced by clients. Chris’ clients include both private and public entities with projects in these fields.

Experience

  • Oil and gas transactions and disputes

    Provide Ohio-specific legal counsel to Gulfport Energy Corporation on a variety of transactional and litigation matters primarily involving title issues and oil and gas lease disputes, including several appeals. 

  • Cleveland-area solar farm development

    Represented Cuyahoga County in closing a $10 million financing transaction for the development of a solar farm on former landfill property near Cleveland. The solar farm covers 17 acres and consists of over 35,000 panels – the largest in the state. Likewise, the firm negotiated several related agreements, including a 30-year power purchase agreement. The project was completed in summer 2018 and was named Solar Builder’s “2018 Gold Project of the Year.”  

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Ohio Oil & Gas Association
  • Member, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Member, American Association of Professional Landmen
  • Member, American Association of Professional Landmen, Michael Late Benedum Chapter

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, "Unauthorized Practice of Law/Real Estate Broker’s License Issues for Landmen", Appalachian Land Institute, American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), October 2018
  • Speaker, "Case Law Update," 2017 Oil & Gas Update, Ohio State Bar Association, November 2017
  • Speaker, "Creative Solutions to Mineral Title Issues," The Acronyms of Oil and Gas Law, Columbus Bar Association, September 2017

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 2011
  • Admitted, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers in America (Energy Law; Real Estate Law), 2021
  • Greater Cleveland Partnership - Lead Cohorts Participant, selected 2020
  • Member, The Institute for Energy Law (IEL) 2019 Leadership Class
  • Member, Institute for Energy Law Strategic Planning Committee
  • Member, Young Energy Professionals Law Student Outreach Committee
  • Member, Young Energy Professionals Membership Sub-committee

Education

  • Capital University Law School (J.D., summa cum laude), 2011; Staff member and Associate Notes Editor, Capital University Law Review
  • Notre Dame College (B.A. in History), 2008