Allison J. Farrell
(304) 933-8124
Office: Bridgeport
J.D. West Virginia University
M.A. University of Buffalo
B.A. University of Montana
Licensure: PA | WV
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Allison Farrell is an experienced litigator with a focus on oil, gas, and coal in the Appalachian basin. Having handled hundreds of cases for publicly traded exploration and production companies, Allison understands the risks and benefits of litigation on the timing and long term success of an operator's drilling program. Allison works closely with the firm's title attorneys to rectify matters related to lease acquisition, quiet title disputes, and disagreements over royalty payments. Clients view Allison as an extension of their land team and she regularly negotiates leases, purchases, and other agreements. In addition to her active practice, Allison serves as the Energy Litigation Practice Group assistant practice group leader and also leads a team of attorneys, paralegals, and abstractors that is focused on obtaining positive and practical results for the firm’s clients.

Work Experience

2009 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2005-2006 Public Relations Director, Glenville State College
2002-2005 Political Reporter, Lee Newspapers, Helena, MT
2000-2002 Reporter, The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, NY
2001 Reporter, The Leader Herald, Johnstown, NY
2000-2001 Associate Editor, The Amherst Bee, Amherst, NY

Speaking Engagements

“Analyzing Gastar Exploration v. Contraguerro,” West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association Conference, October 2016

“Holdouts & Houdinis: Partition Actions, Missing Heirs Petitions, & Dormant Mineral Acts,” MLBC/IRWA Joint Seminar, March 2016

“One Stick In The Bundle: Characterizing Nonparticipating Royalty Interests Under West Virginia Law,” Vol. 117 W. Va. Law Review

"Update: Missing Heirs and Unknown Mineral Owners," Steptoe & Johnson Webcast, April 2013

"Missing Heirs and Unknown Mineral Owners," MLBC, November 2012

"Surface Use In The Age Of Horizontal Drilling: Will Horizontal Wells Be Considered A 'Reasonably Necessary' Use Of The Surface?" North Dakota Law Review, Volume 88, No. 3, 2012

"One Man v. The 800-Pound Gorilla: An Argument for Truly Just Compensation in Condemnation Proceedings," Vol. 110 W. Va. Law Review

Key Experience

Successfully argued before the West Virginia Supreme Court in favor of the validity and enforceability of an arbitration clause in an oil and gas lease for an exploration and production company
Defended large oil and gas company in litigation over validity of oil and gas leases
Represented oil and gas producer in eminent domain proceedings in state and federal court

Memberships & Awards

Leadership Harrison County 2012
Super Lawyers® Rising Star
Student Notes Editor, West Virginia Law Review
Order of the Coif
Past Director, W. Va. Fund for Law in the Public Interest