Nicolle R. Snyder Bagnell

Partner

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, 2001, J.D., Named a Fellow of Environmental law for the Cummings Environmental Law Colloquium, 2000; Business & Executive Editor of the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum
  • Duke University, 2001, M.A., Environmental Science, Governing Board of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies
  • Harvard University, 1998, A.B., cum laude, Environmental Science and Public Policy, Henry Rosovsky Scholar; Received a Commendation from the Governor of Florida for her research on beach erosion; Thesis was titled "Setting the Standards for Beach Erosion Control: Is Any Solution Acceptable?"

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

  • All State and Federal Courts - Pennsylvania
  • All State and Federal Courts - Ohio
  • All State and Federal Courts - West Virginia
Represented oil and gas industry groups and natural gas producers in numerous cases involving the Pennsylvania Minimum Royalty Act, including Kilmer.
Won class action claims over right to extend lease on original terms rather than current market prices.
Won the leading federal and Pennsylvania cases regarding dual purpose leases and protected producer’s right to produce gas under dual purpose leases being held by storage.
Currently handling royalty class action cases in state and federal court in Pennsylvania and Ohio and have obtained rulings that permit allocation of post-production costs, including marketing costs, and affirm that no royalty is due for gas lost or used before the point of sale.
Successfully represented production company in case requiring Recorder of Deeds to record multi-lease assignments, memoranda of leases and leases in lower court and on appeal to Commonwealth Court.
Brought and successfully resolved condemnation claims under Natural Gas Act and state laws for pipeline companies and utilities for large pipeline and storage field projects.
Successfully settled cases which allowed natural gas pipeline company to recover costs incurred due to subsidence.
Successfully represented a local gas distribution company in an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court over whether gas companies are liable for economic damages under the One Call Act.
Won action before PUC and Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court holding no jurisdiction over natural gas pipeline company or utility.
Represented interstate natural gas companies in court and regulatory agencies in disputes with coal mining operations.
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