2024 Appalachian Land Institute
Includes a Live In-Person Event on 04/04/2024 at 7:30 AM (EDT)
AAPL's 2024 Appalachian Land Institute will take place in Canonsburg PA, just outside of Pittsburgh. Join us for the opportunity to learn and network with other landmen in the Appalachian area!
10.0 CEUs (Including 1.0 Ethics)
Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC
Andy Graham has practiced energy and mineral law with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC over the last 20 years in Texas and West Virginia, focusing on mineral title examinations, assisting clients buying or selling mineral, midstream and renewable energy assets, and handling surface use issues arising from energy development. He also teaches energy land management at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia and writes about energy law developments for the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law’s Mineral and Energy Law Newsletter. He has been included in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2012. He graduated from Shepherd College, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, received his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia, and is admitted to practice law in West Virginia, Texas, and Ohio.
Associate Professor for Energy Land Management
West Virginia University
Dr. Shawn Grushecky is an Associate Professor of Energy Land Management at West Virginia University (WVU), with a Ph.D in Natural Resource Science from WVU. Shawn led the development of the Energy Land Management degree program at WVU, which now has had over 200 graduates during the past 10 years. Shawn’s research, funded by 93 grants totaling over $20 million, focuses on land management and energy, and has contributed to over 60 peer-reviewed publications and 150 professional presentations. Shawn has recently served as a CO-PI for significant USDA and USDOE projects. He also serves the community in various roles, including the past 8 years as a board member with the West Virginia Botanic Garden.
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Ben McKinney is a Member in Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s Morgantown, WV office. His legal practice is focused on energy and natural resources law, with an emphasis on oil and gas law in the Appalachian Basin. He regularly assists clients with large-scale title and due diligence projects and preparation of statutory unitization applications for submission to the West Virginia Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Clients enjoy working with Ben because he gets it – he appreciates the importance of knowing a client’s business from the ground up, giving practical advice, and understanding how a project fits into his client’s overall business goals.
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Garrett Spiker is an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in its Bridgeport, West Virginia office. His practice is focused on energy litigation in state and federal courts, specializing in statutory unitization. As part of his practice, Garrett regularly appears before the West Virginia Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to seek approval of statutory unitization applications on behalf of clients. Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Garrett served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Trumble in the Northern District of West Virginia.
Chief Operating Officer
Empire Diversified Energy
Bernard has over 20 years of public and private experience involving project development. Mr. Brown joined Empire Diversified Energy where he now serves as a Chief Operating Officer utilizing his skills to lead teams through project development, execution and organize project priorities to maintain alignment on project goals leading to measurable results. Mr. Brown maintains an understanding of waste to energy in project design, permitting, and execution. Mr. Brown utilizes project experience to support the company’s vision of bettering the planet by focusing on projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resource efficiency. Mr. Brown holds degrees from Arizona State University in Planning and Sustainability, a master's degree from Clemson University, and a master's degree in Energy Engineering from Texas A&M University. Mr. Brown is also recognized as a clean energy expert by the Association of Energy Engineers.
Marcellus Shale Coalition
David Callahan is president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), a leading trade association focused on unconventional shale development from the Marcellus and Utica plays. A native Pennsylvanian, Mr. Callahan leads the organization, founded in 2008, representing members engaged in all aspects of natural gas development, including exploration and production, midstream gathering, processing and transportation, as well as the suppliers and contractors who work with the industry.
On behalf of the organization's membership, Mr. Callahan engages with elected officials, regulators, civic leaders, allied business interests and the media to advance responsible shale development, enhance the industry’s social license to operate, strengthen our economy and better our shared environment.
Mr. Callahan has more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector, in which he has represented companies and organizations across the energy value chain. Previously, he held leadership positions with JKLM Energy and MPLX, as well as with organizations including API of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Callahan earned a B.A. from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He and his wife, Wendy, have one son and live in central Pennsylvania.
Director of Title
Tenmile Land, LLC
Jeremy White is a Registered Professional Landman with the AAPL, former President of the Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the AAPL, and currently serves on the MLBC Foundation Board of Directors, a charitable foundation supporting several organizations in Northern WV and Southwest PA. He also serves as the Regional AAPL Director, representing landmen from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio on the national AAPL Board of Directors. During his 19 year career in land, he has worked as a field landman as well as an in-house landman for a large E&P. In 2023, he left his position as Land Manager for the largest natural gas producer in the U.S. for his current role as a Director at Tenmile Land, LLC based in Bridgeport, WV.
Susanna Bagdasarova is an associate in the Corporate and Commercial and Emerging Technologies groups of Babst Calland. Ms. Bagdasarova represents business clients in connection with a broad range of general corporate and commercial law matters, including entity formation, corporate structuring, corporate governance, commercial contracts, and mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on the technology sector. Prior to joining Babst Calland, Ms. Bagdasarova practiced as an associate in the Pittsburgh office of an international law firm in its mergers and acquisitions group. Ms. Bagdasarova graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. She received her Juris Doctor from The Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law in 2015, where she graduated summa cum laude as valedictorian. Ms. Bagdasarova is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Aeronautical and Space Law Section Council. She is also a member of the board of the Dickinson Law Alumni Society, GlobalPittsburgh, and Radiant Hall.
Thomas Long, RPL
For nearly two decades, Thomas Long has worked in the world of "land". He participates on the Education committee and assumes the chairmanship of the Ethics committee for the MLBC. Thomas thrives in fieldwork and relishes negotiations, finding them more invigorating than office tasks or administration. Sharing his knowledge and passion for the business brings him great satisfaction; he has mentored numerous budding landmen and has been a instructor for courses for the Landman Certificate Program at the Meinders School of Business in Oklahoma. Thomas prioritizes staying updated on AAPL education offerings and has recently completed the Renewable Energy Certificate Program. Beyond work, Thomas finds peace in his family time, enjoys hiking in nature, indulges in reading, and cherishes the companionship of five pets, which his family calls the "herd". For Thomas, being a landman isn't merely a profession but a way of life.
AAPL has established a Professional Development Assistance Program that reduces the registration fee up to $300 for AAPL-operated events including Annual Meeting and NAPE educational events. The program is designed for AAPL Active Members in good standing for at least two years, and have not received Professional Development Aid more than two times in the past calendar year. The deadline to apply for assistance for this institute is March 22, 2024. For More Info!