Oil & Gas Law

Our firm provides counsel to landowners approached by oil and gas companies seeking to lease from the landowner the right to drill and produce oil and gas from the property.

Landowners generally own both the surface and sub-surface rights; our Oil and Gas Law Attorneys will discuss with you your rights under an oil and gas lease and negotiate on behalf of the landowner for the most favorable terms from the oil and gas company, including protections and payments running to the landowner. We encourage landowners to find out as much as possible about the oil and gas leasing, drilling, and operational processes.

Oil and gas activity in Ohio has increased in recent years as Technology now permits drilling in the Utica and Marcellus shales, which are deeper shale formations. Third party companies in our area have been making offers for leases with $50 to $100 for the per acre up-front bonus payment and a relatively low royalty percentage compared to what has been offered by major oil companies in other Ohio counties.

In addition to negotiating favorable financial terms, our firm reviews with landowners the burdens placed on leased property, including potential limitations on surface use and potential environmental impacts, before signing a lease.

Our firm has successfully negotiated and concluded oil and gas leases for landowners in multiple counties. Our firm has represented landowners in litigation concerning oil and gas leases to enforce landowner rights under the leases. Our firm has litigated easement issues against oil and gas companies on behalf of landowners, including litigation over the Rockies Express Gas Transmission pipeline and the Marathon Ashland Petroleum refined products pipeline.

If you have questions regarding an existing oil and gas lease that encumbers your property or if you are approached by an oil and gas company, a landman, or other third party inquiring about your willingness to enter into an oil and gas lease, we invite you to contact our office. Whether you reside in Central or Southeastern Ohio, we have you covered. Check out the nearest location to you by clicking HERE

Will an attorney travel to me, or do I need to come to your offices in either Lancaster or Canal Winchester? 

While some meetings will need to be held in our offices, we do try to minimize your travel time by offering two convenient locations in both Lancaster and Canal Winchester, Ohio. It is our goal to minimize the disruption to your life caused by legal issues, and many communications or meetings can be conducted through emails or phone calls. In certain circumstances we realize that it isn’t possible for clients to reach us, and visits to your location may be required. If a Dagger Law attorney is retained to represent you, they will travel to the necessary court hearings and legal procedures in order to represent you, even if that court is across the state! Please note that in some instances the cost to represent your case may require an unusual amount of money due to travel expenses. In such cases, we may recommend using legal representation closer to the location of your case. We are happy to provide referrals in these instances, if we are able. 

Contact one of these Oil and Gas Law attorneys for assistance.

 D. Joe Griffith, Lancaster attorney oil and gas law

D. Joe Griffith, Partner

Nick R. Grilli, Lancaster attorney oil and gas law

Nicholas R. Grilli, Partner