Jeffrey E. Fort
Of Counsel
(614) 221-5100
Office: Columbus
J.D. Ohio State University
B.S. U.S. Naval Academy
Licensure: OH
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Jeffrey Fort focuses his legal practice in the area of oil and gas law.  He has extensive experience in all aspects of energy law including project management, rights-of-way, permits, and contracts and has successfully planned and supervised the construction and installation of several natural gas pipelines for a distribution company.  Mr. Fort is a U.S. Navy veteran who served for 19 years in the Naval Reserves and obtained the rank of Captain.  He is a former professor for several Ohio institutions including the University of Findlay, University of Toledo, and Ohio Northern University.

Work Experience

2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2012-2014 Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
2010-2012 Fort Law Firm, LLC
2008-2010 KNG Energy, Inc.
1989-2008 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
1988-1989 Marathon Pipe Lineco
1982-1988 Marathon Oil Company
1980-1982 Law Clerk, Kemp, Schaeffer & Rowe, Co., LPA
1979-1998 United States Navy Reserves
1974-1979 Active Duty, United States Navy

Speaking Engagements

"Oil and Gas Law Update," NBI, July 2014

"Ownership Under Adjoining Waters, Railroads and Roads," EMLF, April 2013

"Oil and Gas Law Update," NBI, March 2013

Principal Author, "Oil and Gas Report," Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, 2012-2014

Key Experience

Led team of attorneys that assisted client in purchase of an oil company and its producing wells and leases in central Ohio
Local counsel for energy client involving acquisition of over 10,000 leases in asset purchase agreement
Assisted clients with the performance and preparation of mineral title opinions

Memberships & Awards

Ohio Bar Association
Findlay Hancock County (Ohio) Bar Association
Order of Barristers