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Justin is a partner in the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Group and focuses his practice on all aspects of oil and gas law, representing energy clients on a range of litigation issues relating to the production of natural gas throughout the Appalachian region. Justin represents natural gas companies in Pennsylvania and Ohio courts and in arbitrations on royalty disputes, lease and title disputes, joint operating agreement disputes and contractor services provider disputes. In particular, Justin is focused on the defense of class action litigation in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. In addition, Justin provides counseling to exploration and production companies regarding royalty and lease obligations, management of lease assets, and other development and maintenance issues. Justin also represents pipeline companies and natural gas storage operators in encroachment disputes and condemnation litigation in both federal and state courts.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2006, J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif Managing Editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review (2005-2006)
  • Pennsylvania State University, 2003, B.S., Civil Engineering, with honors and distinction, Schreyer Honors Scholarship; Dean's List for seven semesters; Thesis: "Evaluation of Chloride Penetration in Concrete;" Frank Holzer Civil Engineering Academic Scholarship

  • Pensilvania
  • Ohio

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania

  • Honorable Thomas King Kistler, U.S. District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania

Premios y reconocimientos

  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Pennsylvania Energy & Natural Resources, Resources (ranked Band 1 since 2022), 2021-2024
  • Recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times in its "Who's Who in Energy" list (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017)
  • Selected for inclusion on the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for Energy & Natural Resources, 2013-2020
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Energy Law, 2023-2024