Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Ryan J. Morgan concentrates his practice in the areas of energy, coal, oil, and gas with extensive experience in representing upstream E&P companies in transactional, regulatory and title matters. A former solo-practitioner who helped start and grow a number of companies, Mr. Morgan brings his entrepreneurial background, an understanding of strategic planning and real-world business judgment to each client's project.
Mr. Morgan routinely represents sophisticated upstream E&P companies in the evaluation, acquistion and development of unconventional resources. He has appeared before state regulatory agencies and provided key guidance in developing the process to establish pooling units for largest active coalbed methane production program in West Virginia;has handled the acquisition by a foreign-based investment group of U.S. on-shore assets; has served as lead counsel responsible for negotiating transactions involving over 100,000 net mineral acres in Appalachia's unconventional resource plays; has served as local counsel responsible for providing guidance on applicable law and analysis of complex title issues as well as lead counsel on asset due diligence for acquisitions, JV and joint development agreements involving over 1 million net mineral acres in the Appalachian Basin; and has developed guidelines, led due diligence teams, and prepared transactional documents for several multi-million dollar acquisitions of upstream oil and gas assets, involving review of title, environmental issues, property rights, liability and litigation matters, negotiation of contract terms and drafting of necessary documents, and managing project timelines, budget and delivery goals.