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November 21, 2013

Charleston, WV - A federal district court in West Virginia has issued an important decision regarding oil and gas royalty payment procedures in the state.  The key ruling in this case, granting summary judgment to EQT, is that royalties are not payable on the volumes of gas produced at the wellhead, but on the volume actually marketed and sold by the operator. 

November 8, 2013

With implications for livestock producers nationwide, a West Virginia federal judge ruled in favor of a West Virginia chicken farm in its fight against the Environmental Protection Agency over the Clean Water Act.

November 6, 2013

Two attorneys have recently joined Robinson & McElwee PLLC and have been admitted to the West Virginia bar.  Robinson & McElwee is excited to welcome these two new associates, Matthew Gilliam and Elizabeth Turgeon, to the firm’s Charleston office.

November 1, 2013

Robinson & McElwee PLLC has been recognized as a Tier 1 law firm in Charleston-WV in six practice areas, and a Tier 2 law firm in Charleston-WV in nine practice areas, by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2014.  Firms included in this list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers, according to the Best Lawyers© press release. 

Listed below are the firm’s six practice areas that were awarded a 2014 Tier 1 ranking for Charleston-WV:

October 25, 2013

In celebration of 50 years of conservation in the state of West Virginia this year, the Nature Conservancy has honored Robinson & McElwee PLLC as one of the Mountain State’s 50 “Conservation Heroes.”  Identified by the Nature Conservancy’s staff, the recognized individuals and organizations chosen have consistently supported the Nature Conservancy’s mission and exemplified a particular enthusiasm in the preservation of the wild places of West Virginia.

October 22, 2013

Robinson & McElwee attorney Joseph M. Price recently presented on the Current Issues Arising Under the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act during the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Human Resources Conference held in Charleston.

October 11, 2013
David Yaussy, Robinson & McElwee assistant managing member, is representing Lois Alt in a suit regarding the clarification of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) regulations. Alt wants a federal judge to clarify whether the EPA has jurisdictions over farms like her family-owned farm with several chicken houses.
September 28, 2013

Six Robinson & McElwee attorneys have been recognized in the State Journal’s Best Lawyers 2013 listing for their work in their respective practice areas.  The attorneys and their areas of recognition include:

September 25, 2013
In honor of the Robinson & McElwee’s 30th anniversary, the firm has established a scholarship award program with the West Virginia University College of Law. The firm has also created the E. Glenn Robinson Memorial Scholarship in memory of a founding member of the firm, E. Glenn Robinson.
September 9, 2013

Robinson & McElwee Of Counsel Dr. Robert P. George was sworn in Monday, September 9th as the Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in a ceremony at the US Supreme Court in Washington.  Dr. George was sworn in by the Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts and took the oath on the Bible of Harriet Tubman.

September 5, 2013

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond issued an opinion on September 4, affirming a decision by Judge Stamp in the Northern District of West Virginia in a dispute over the burial of drill cuttings.  The landowners filed a trespass and damages case against Chesapeake Appalachia LLC, challenging the practice of burying drill cuttings on-site, as opposed to disposing of the drill cuttings in a landfill.  The court found that West Virginia law requires a fact specific analysis of whether the activities of the oil and gas operator are “reasonably necessary” to the development

August 15, 2013
The newly released edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2014 recognized nine Robinson & McElwee attorneys for their practices in West Virginia, naming three as “Lawyer of the Year” in their areas of practice. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored by Best Lawyers as a “Lawyer of the Year.”
August 14, 2013
Global Law Experts, one of the premier guides to leading attorneys worldwide, recently announced Robinson & McElwee as the 2013 Environment Law Firm of the Year in West Virginia.
August 14, 2013
Global Law Experts, one of the premier guides to leading attorneys worldwide, recently announced Robinson & McElwee as the 2013 Environment Law Firm of the Year in West Virginia.
June 25, 2013
Timothy M. Miller was recently elected to a three year term as a member of the Board of Governors of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (DTCWV)
June 17, 2013

Two law firms noted for their oil and gas practices, Robinson & McElwee PLLC and Geiger Teeple Smith & Hahn LLP, announced today that the two firms have merged, effective June 1. The integration of Alliance, Ohio-based Geiger Teeple with Charleston, West Virginia-based Robinson & McElwee leverages the collective knowledge, decades of experience and resources of the two highly regarded legal practices.

June 14, 2013
Four Robinson & McElwee attorneys were named in the 2013 Super Lawyers Magazine for Virginia and West Virginia. The recognized attorneys practice in four different areas of law; business/corporate, civil litigation defense, employment and labor and real estate.
May 24, 2013

The newly released edition of Chambers USA 2013 recognized five Robinson & McElwee attorneys as “Leaders in their Field” for their practices in West Virginia:

April 22, 2013

Joseph S. Beeson was recently named “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants in Charleston, W.V. by Best Lawyers. This accolade is particularly significant because only one lawyer in each practice area in each metro area is honored with this prominent award, which is based on exhaustive peer-review assessments.

March 1, 2013
E. Glenn Robinson, a founding partner of Robinson & McElwee, passed away on February 28. Mr. Robinson, a native of Charleston, founded Robinson & McElwee in 1983 with seven other partners. Since the firm’s inception, he saw the firm double in size and expand to include three West Virginia offices. “Glenn will be greatly missed, but his legacy and commitment to legal excellence and outstanding client service continues to thrive at Robinson & McElwee,” said Kent J. George, managing member of the firm.