Matt Warnock

Matt Warnock is a partner and chair of Bricker & Eckler’s Oil & Gas practice area. Matt focuses his practice on a wide range of energy issues, including upstream and midstream transactional matters; energy policy initiatives; oil and gas litigation, including appellate work; title curative matters, including the resolution of mineral rights disputes under the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act; and serving as local counsel for producers, pipeline companies and energy generation facilities. He is available for mediations in pipeline and oil and gas matters.

Matt also appears before state and regulatory agencies, including the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB), and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

"Matt Warnock served as a voice of reason in a contentious issue. His understanding of complex policy and uncanny ability to rationalize issues that often are only viewed from a subjective lens proved very effective in finding compromise. "

Bricker client as quoted in Best Law Firms, 2019

"Matt Warnock is 'a patient, knowledgeable, even-tempered and hard-working' lawyer."

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Ohio Oil and Gas Leasing Commission, 2017-present (Reappointed by Governor DeWine for a second term on September 30, 2019)
  • 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
  • Lead contributor, Bricker & Eckler LLP’s Marcellus and Utica Shale blog, 2011- present
  • Regular Contributor, Bricker & Eckler Energy Exchange
  • Speaker, "What the Frack? An Update on All Things Oil and Gas in Ohio," Ohio State Bar Association Environment, Energy and Resource Law Seminar, April 2018
  • Speaker, “Managing Risk in Shale Development,” OHIO Shale Policy and Technology Symposium, April 2018
  • Panel Moderator, "Careers in Energy Law," Capital University Law School (hosted by the EMLF), November 13, 2017
  • Speaker, “Litigation Update—Hot Topics and Future Disputes,” 8th Law of Shale Plays Conference, September 2017
  • Presenter, “Utilizing RUMAs Across Ohio,” Ohio Township Association Winter Conference, January 2017
  • Speaker, “Arguing – Corban: How We Got There; Where Are We Going?” EMLF Special Institute on Ohio’s Dormant Minerals Act, December 2016
  • Speaker, “Road Use Maintenance Agreements,” Ohio Township Association Township Law Directors’ Group Meeting, December 2016
  • Speaker, "Ohio Dormant Mineral Act Update," EMLF Webinar, October 2016
  • Speaker, "Ohio Dormant Minerals Act Update," Ohio State Bar Association's Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Seminar, April 2016
  • Speaker, "Pipeline Rights of Way and Related Issues," Ohio State Bar Association, November 2015
  • Speaker, "Oil and Gas Law 101," Columbus Bar Association Real Estate P.R.E.P. Series, November 2015
  • Speaker, "Mineral Rights in 60 Minutes Flat," Conestoga Title Seminar, November 2015
  • Speaker, "Ohio Dormant Mineral Act Update/Overview," Ohio State Bar Association Environment, Energy and Resource Law Seminar, April 2015
  • Speaker, "Title Issues Relating to Oil and Gas Development in Ohio," First American Title Insurance Seminar, November 2014
  • Speaker, "Oil and Gas Law Update," Columbus Bar Association, October 2014
  • Speaker, "Title Issue and Recent Case Law Developments in Ohio Dealing with Oil and Gas," the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Real Property Seminar at the OSBA Annual Meeting, May 2014
  • Speaker, "Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Development," Ohio Township Association Annual Meeting, February 2014
  • Speaker, “Oil and Gas Leases – Be Cautious,” The Ohio State Bar Association's 20th Annual Bradley J. Schaeffer Real Property Institute, Winter 2012-2014
  • Speaker, “Interplay Between the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act and the Ohio Marketable Title Act,” Ohio State Bar Association CLE, August 2013
  • Speaker, "Natural Gas Pipeline Issues," County Commissioners' Association of Ohio, December 2013
  • 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, “Recent Trends in Oil & Gas Leasing: An Ohio Perspective in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays,” YPE Energy Industry Training Conference, June 2013
  • Speaker, “Next Generation Shale Issues: Infrastructure, Infrastructure and More Infrastructure,” 28th Annual Ohio State Bar Association Environment, Energy and Resources Law Seminar, April 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, Introduction to the Ohio Power Siting Board, Dayton Bar Association, January 2013
  • 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, "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, "Ohio House Bill 133: New Opportunities for Oil and Gas Development on State Lands," National Association of Royalty Owners, Appalachia Chapter, September 2011
  • Co-author, "Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing: The Ohio Story," published by Electricity Journal, December 2010
  • 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
  • Contributor, "ABA Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems," Annual Report, 2009, 2010
  • 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

  • Participant, Ohio Supreme Court Mentoring Program, 2015-present
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association, Natural Resources Law Committee, 2013-present
  • Member, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 2012-present
  • Member, Ohio Oil and Gas Association, 2012-present
  • Member, National Association of Royalty Owners, 2011-2014
  • Member, Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer American Inn of Court, 2010-2014
  • Admitted, State of Ohio; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and Southern District of Ohio
  • Extern, Legal Office of former Ohio Governor Strickland and the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office

Awards & Recognition

  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers (Energy & Natural Resources; Utilities), 2014–2020
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Energy Law; Oil and Gas Law), 2016–2020
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Natural Resources & Environment with a Band 4 ranking, 2018-2019; Up and Coming Ranking, 2016–2017; Associate to Watch ranking, 2014–2015
  • Recipient, “Graduate of the Last Decade” (G.O.L.D.) Award, Capital Law School, 2017
  • Listed, "Who's Who in Energy," Columbus Business First, 2013–2015


  • Ohio Wesleyan University (B.S. with honors, history, summa cum laude, 2004); Phi Beta Kappa; Mortar Board
  • Capital University (J.D., summa cum laude, 2007); Staff Member, Capital University Law Review
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