Natural Resources and Energy

The Illinois Basin has a rich history of natural resource development, particularly coal, oil and natural gas. The firm has an extensive and long-standing practice representing mining companies in the Illinois Basin. As activity in the region has accelerated during this century, our attorneys have been at the forefront. We have been involved as counsel to either the owner/lessor or buyer/lessee in the majority of substantial acreage Indiana coal transactions occurring this decade, as well as substantial transactions involving Illinois and Western Kentucky based coal assets. We also have been called upon in major oil and gas transactions affecting the Illinois Basin. We are proud of our reputation as one of the leading Illinois Basin firms.

Our attorneys routinely advise clients on all matters related to the negotiation and acquisition of mineral interests and operations, whether the transaction involves the acquisition of an existing operation, the formation of a joint venture or the leasing or purchase of a single tract. In addition to coal, oil and natural gas, the firm also advises clients in the emerging field of coal bed methane ownership and leasing.

We offer our natural resource clients extensive experience in all relevant matters, from acquisition of reserves and facilities, the financing of mineral development, the negotiation and drafting of coal supply agreements for both purchasers and operators, advising clients with regard to regulatory compliance, handling labor and employment matters, and serving as advocates in litigation and alternative dispute proceedings.