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Biography

Mike is a managing associate in the Business Combinations and Capital Transactions Practice Group. He has extensive experience representing companies in a host of transactional matters, including financing, acquisitions, joint development agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and large-scale due diligence projects.

 Mike has negotiated and drafted documents for a wide variety of commercial transactions, including asset acquisitions, divestitures, asset financing, leases, and purchase and sale agreements. In addition, Mike has led and managed due diligence projects in Pennsylvania and Ohio ranging in value from $30 million to over $400 million.

 Mike routinely works with companies in both the Marcellus and Utica shale plays on operational issues such as coal coordination, leasing, title curative, Dormant Mineral Act filings, easements, surface use agreements and joint development agreements.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Served as lead counsel for a private equity group in a $30 million acquisition in Pennsylvania.

Acted as lead counsel in the negotiation, drafting and acquisition of $400 million of oil and gas leases in the Utica shale.

Drafted and negotiated a wide variety of commercial agreements including non-disclosure agreements, master service agreements, independent contractor agreements, and transition services.

Led Ohio due diligence team on multiple due diligence projects, including managing outside vendors, drafting defect notices, and negotiating resolutions to disputes.

Served as local counsel in the drafting of transaction documents for a “Drillco” transaction, including securing a $100 million loan and issuing an opinion of borrower’s counsel.

Counseled major E&P operators on day-to-day issues including operations, leasing, landowner disputes, surface use agreements, rights-of-way, Master Service Agreements, and coal disturbance.

Review loan documents and draft commercial mortgage opinions in connection with acquisition of commercial properties in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Draft $30 million private placement memorandum in connection with oil and gas well development.

Education

Law School

University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 2008

Graduate School

University of Akron, M.B.A., 2008

Undergraduate School

Grove City College, B.S., Business Management, 2005

Bar Membership

Mike is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio, 2008

Pennsylvania, 2011

Courts

Mike is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Ohio Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Pittsburgh Leadership Development Initiative Class XXIV

Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Rising Stars®, 2013-2018

Who’s Who in Energy, Pittsburgh Business Times, 2014-2017

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Ohio Oil and Gas Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Presentations

Mike was invited to speak at the following events:

Moderator and Panelist, “What Do You Mean We Can’t Do That? – Antitrust Law Implications for Upstream Joint Development Arrangements,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 39th Annual Institute, June 19, 2018.

Speaker, “Upstream Oil and Gas Asset Acquisitions: From Confidentiality Agreement to Closing.”  Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 10th Annual Oil and Gas Colloquium, 2018.

Speaker, 2015 AAPL Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN: presented on Comparative Law of Shale Plays, discussing the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.