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 Expert  723740

Expert in Geology, Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, Energy Law, Business Law

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Ohio (OH)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has nearly 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry, both domestic and international, embracing many different facets of the industry. He has been involved in both research and field operations, from acting as Director of the Pathfinding Group in Texaco's Offshore Division to prospect mapping and evaluation to sitting wells. Under his direction the offshore production volume of Energy Development Corporation increased by almost a factor of ten in a period of four years. In addition, he has worked on numerous international projects as a consultant for private petroleum exploration and production companies, national oil companies and other government agencies in over a dozen different countries. His expertise includes both technical and legal aspects of the U.S. and world petroleum industry.

oil exploration


oil geology


petroleum industry

Expert has an extensive background in geological research and field mapping, including a radical revision of the geologic map of a key area in northern New Hampshire that established a new stratigraphy for much of the northern Appalachians. His primary areas of expertise are structural geology and tectonics, including detailed structural analysis of metamorphic tectonites. Application of structural analysis to hydrocarbons and mineral exploration has constituted an important part of his career. He is also experienced in designing courses and conducting training on geological subjects. This includes over seven years as a university professor and various proprietary training seminars given in an industry setting.



geologic mapping


structural geology

Expert is an internationally recognized authority in the areas of oil and gas law, energy negotiations and hydrocarbons contractual regimes. He has worked extensively around the world for both national and privalte oil companies as adviser and legal counsel. His activities have included the conception and drafting of the standard oil exploration and production contract for Romania, helping to set up a new energy structure for the Republic of South Africa and contributing significantly to new contractual arrangements for Georgia, Mexico and PDVSA. He has been an energy sector adviser to numerous other governmental agencies, including those of Armenia, Bolivia and the UK. He has also represented both major and independent oil companies in negotiations and transactions in various parts of the world, notably in Eastern Europe and throughout Latin America. His work also encompasses domestic E&P and asset purchases and sales, most recently in the Rockies, Midcontinent and Appalachian basin.

energy law

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Columbus, Ohio;  Cincinnati, Ohio;  Dayton, Ohio;  Springfield, Ohio;  Hamilton, Ohio;  Middletown, Ohio;  Lexington, Kentucky;  and Huntington, West Virginia.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1971   Ph.D.   Earth Sciences   University of Cincinnati   NSF Fellowship
1993   J.D.   Law   University of Houston   Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
1978   C.A.G.S.   Higher Education Administration   Northeastern University  
1962   B.S.   Geology   University of Kansas   Tarr Award, Haworth Award

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2008 to





Vice President, General Counsel


Expert is responsible for technical direction of the company, as well as all legal matters.

1999 to 2008


Manley Burke LPA



Attorney, Of Counsel


General law practice with focus on natural resources law and international business.

1996 to 1999


Energy Legal Services



Proprietor, Attorney


Representation of national and private oil companies in negotiating and structuring various exploration and production deals.

1993 to 1996


Gaffney Cline & Associates



General Counsel


Negotiation and drafting of international energy agreements for governments and private industry; counsel for structuring international business entities; general corporate law.

1985 to 1991


Energy Development Corporation





Lead offshore operations; acquisition and evaluation of prospects; generation of prospects; oversight of drilling and logging of offshore wells.

1981 to 1985


Texaco Inc


Offshore Division


Exploration Stratigrapher


Management of Pathfinder Group, Offshore; generation of new exploration concepts; research in petroleum geology; oversight of logging operations.

1979 to 1981


Howard-Donley Associates



Chief Geologist


Management of office, laboratory and all geologic field work.

1972 to 1979


Northeastern University; Ohio University


Geology Department


Associate Professor


Teaching and research.

Career Accomplishments:

AAPG, Ohio Bar, Texas Bar


Certified Petroleum Geologist (AAPG), Ohio Law License, Texas Law License


Order of the Coif, Tarr Award, Haworth Award, Weaver Award, Conoco Oil & Gas Law Award

Publications and Patents Summary

6 publications in geological and 3 in legal journals, numerous research papers for private companies.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Oil & Gas Journal Latinoamerica  
 - Geological Society of America Bulletin  
 - Northeastern Geology  
 - Earth Sciences History  
 - Houston Journal of International Law  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Acting as an expert witness for a law firm in northeastern Ohio, Expert testified successfully on behalf of a small Appalachian basin oil and gas E&P company at a trial in federal court. His testimony strongly influenced the result in favor of the defendant company.
  • Working for the government national oil agency of Romania, Expert designed and drafted the model agreement that nation still uses for outside companies that contract to perform exploration and production of hydrocarbons within its borders.
  • Expert worked closely with the government of Georgia during the period of intensive negotiations with Azerbaijan and other Caspian basin countries with the object of locating the primary pipeline for export of oil production of the region through Georgia. The negotiations were ultimately successful.
  • Expert was the primary outside consultant for SOEKOR, the national oil company of South Africa, for its successful effort to reorganize the energy sector of that nation.
  • An independent oil company hired Expert to negotiate and develop E&P agreements in order for it to initiate exploration programs in both Georgia and Bolivia. The company still has an ongoing program in the former country.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on peer review of exploration portfolio.
  • Expert for petroleum industry in California for consulting on Buying Oil.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert witness for defense, Nonneker v. Ohio Kentucky Oil Co., U.S. District Court, Akron, OH.;

Hearings before Texas Railroad Commission on environmental cases;

Various depositions on a variety of cases

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on in drilling and associated measurement techniques.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   He is reasonably fluent in Spanish

Additional Skills and Services:

Three week training course on international oil and natural gas sales/purchase contracts for selected government officials, Yerevan, Armenia;

Advanced oil exploration training program for experienced Romanian state agency geologists and geophysicists, London, UK;

Training course in legal aspects of international energy industry for top SOEKOR management personnel, Cape Town, South Africa.


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