Bridget Furbee focuses her practice in the area of energy law. She is the former in-house counsel for a major Fortune 500 energy company where she was responsible for legal issues related to gas exploration and production, including the development of major new geologic plays in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience in major transactions as well as litigation in the oil and gas industry. With over 30 years in the industry, Bridget brings a practical perspective to find legal solutions to various types of contract disputes, including joint operating agreements, farmouts, leases and gas contracts.
Represented sellers and buyers in various oil and gas acquisitions, including the corporate sale of one entity worth $3.75 Billion, and multiple transactions, each exceeding $100 Million
Represented oil and gas operator in litigating and settling class action royalty claims
Resolved disputes and litigation between landowners and operators
Served as Counsel for seller of overriding royalty interests for $193 Million
Represented buyer of E&P assets for $2.5 Million
Counsel for seller of E&P company (stock and assets) for $3.47 Billion
Negotiated and drafted various agreements involved in farmouts, joint ventures, sales and acquisitions of E&P properties, including stock and asset sales
Experienced in negotiating, preparing and analyzing various types of gas sales, marketing and transportation agreements
Worked with industry to draft proposed legislation for horizontal wells and road bonds
2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Bridgeport, WV
2010-2012 CONSOL Energy Inc.
2007-2010 Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
2006-2007 Dominion Transmission, Inc.
2003-2006 Jackson Kelly PLLC
1993-2002 Johnson, Simmerman & Broughton,L.C.
1994-1997 Vice President, Administration & Legal Affairs, Alamco, Inc.
1992-1994 Manager, Gas Marketing & Legal Affairs, Alamco, Inc.
1985-1991 Gas Marketing/Office Administration Manager, Alamco, Inc.
1981-1985 Alamco, Inc.
RECENT PURLICATIONS / SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Alert--Production “Irrelevant” Under Flat-Rate Leases
Alert--PA Supreme Court Eliminates More Act 13 Provisions
Alert--Pennsylvania Superior Court confirms “Dual Purpose” Lease Not Severable
Alert--West Virginia Supreme Court Rules Surface Owners Have No Right to Appeal Well Work Permits
“Ohio Dormant Mineral Acts & Ohio Forced Pooling,” S&J Seminar Presenter (Canonsburg, PA) May, 2016
“Holdouts and Houdinis: Partition Actions, Missing Heir Petitions &Dormant Mineral Acts,” MLBC/IRWA, Joint Seminar Presenter (Canonsburg, PA) March, 2016
“The Future of the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry,” S&J Presentation to a WINUP group, September, 2015
“Partition Actions & Missing Heirs,” Presentation to the HAPL group (Houston, TX) October, 2013
“Farmouts & JOAs,” Joint Presentation to the AAPL (Prestonburg, KY) March, 2013
"Employment Law from A to Z," CLE Presenter2006
"Problem Employees in West Virginia," CLE Presenter 2005
MEMBERSHIPS AND AWARDS
The Best Lawyers in America®
Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
Harrison County Bar Association
West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, Legal Committee
Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia
Member, Bridgeport Development Authority
Former Director, Harrison County CASA Program, Inc.
Council on Ministries, Bridgeport United Methodist Church
Former Director, Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County
American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
Michael Late Benedum Chapter AAPL (MLBC)