“I strive to give my clients practical, common-sense solutions to problems in language they can understand.”
Peter is a partner in the Business & Finance Department who focuses his practice on energy law. He has experience representing oil and gas producers as well as coal companies in lease negotiations, lease preparation, and both upstream and midstream abstract review and stand-up title examinations. He has also coordinated multi-unit title requests, directed and overseen preparation of curative recommendations, and prepared pre-drill, division order, and coal title opinions.
Peter strives to provide clear, easy-to-understand explanations of ownership to his clients, along with all problems and possible solutions. If there are limitations on what he can provide, he wants his clients to know that up front so they can work together to find a mutually beneficial solution.
In his free time, Peter enjoys fly fishing, reading, hiking, biking, writing, and spending time with his family.
Prior to joining Obermayer, Peter honed his skills through over 30 years of experience at firms across the Appalachian and Illinois Basins. His extensive experience includes participation in projects involving:
- Acquisition of 1.46 million oil and gas acres in the eastern United States (primarily in West Virginia and Pennsylvania);
- Acquisition of over 1 million gross oil and gas acres across the country, including the Appalachian and Illinois Basins;
- Due diligence in connection with the creation of a joint venture for a major oil and gas producer’s Marcellus acreage;
- An IPO for midstream gathering services for production from the Marcellus Shale; and
- Due diligence in connection with the creation of a joint venture for a major oil and gas producer’s Utica acreage.
After moving to Pittsburgh in 2012, Peter was primarily responsible for the training of new attorneys in an office devoted entirely to oil and gas title work. In a few years the office grew to include ten attorneys, and at its peak years of production generated close to 400 title opinions with revenues in excess of 2.5 million.
Since 2014, Peter has served as Lead Counsel of the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Alliance Tangled Title Project.