Allison Farrell

Allison Farrell

Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC
  • Energy, Oil & Gas Law, Insurance Defense, Real Estate Law
  • Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, West Virginia
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Biography

For more than a decade, attorney Allison J. Farrell has practiced “dirt law” in the Appalachian Basin. This Buffalo native earned her stripes as an oil, gas, and coal attorney litigating complex title and natural resource development issues in both state and federal courts for industry clients.

Over the years, Allison has represented clients in a wide variety of property-based legal matters, including quiet title actions, lease litigation, eminent domain actions, partition claims, surface use disputes, easement and right-of-way disputes, estate contests, land contract enforcement and foreclosure, estate disputes, and judicial sales of real estate, to name a few. She also represents oil and gas producers before the West Virginia Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and has advocated for her clients before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

As a complement to her litigation practice, Allison manages a real estate transaction practice out of the firm’s Clarksburg office. The transaction side of the practice spans both surface and subsurface property interests. Regardless of whether Allison is advising on a “simple” lease negotiation, a mineral title opinion, a title search, or specialized advice on how to best structure a joint operating agreement (JOA) among oil and gas operators, Allison’s clients value her direct and no-nonsense approach.

Allison is a licensed title insurance agent with First American Title Insurance, and is approved as a settlement agent with both Fidelity National Title Group and West Virginia’s Banker's Title. Quick, efficient title searches and closings for property in North Central West Virginia are handled in the firm’s downtown Clarksburg location.

Allison is originally from Buffalo, New York and moved to West Virginia from Montana in 2005. An avid horsewoman, Allison and her family live on a farm in the central part of the state. In her free time, she enjoys trail riding, camping, working on the farm, and traveling.

Education
West Virginia University College of Law
J.D. (2009) | Law
Honors: Order of the Coif
Activities: Served on the West Virginia Law Review
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State University of New York - Buffalo
M.A. (2000) | English
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University of Montana - University of Montana-Missoula
B.A. (1999) | English
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Professional Experience
Member
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC
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Steptoe & Johnson LLP
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Public Relations Director
Glennville State COllege
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Political Reporter
Lee Newspapers
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Reporter
The Daily Gazette
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Reporter
The Leader Herald
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Associate Editor
The Amherst Bee
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Publications
Articles & Publications
One Stick in The Bundle: Characterizing Nonparticipating Royalty Interests Under West Virginia Law
Surface Use in the Age of Horizontal Drilling: Will Horizontal Wells Be Considered a ‘Reasonably Necessary’ Use of the Surface?
North Dakota Law Review
One Man v. “The 800-Pound Gorilla”: An Argument for Truly Just Compensation in Condemnation Proceedings
West Virginia Law Review
Speaking Engagements
“Update on Oil and Gas Law”, WVONGA's fall meeting
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“Cotenancy in West Virginia: Discussion of New Oil and Gas Statute”, MLBC
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“Lease Shut In Clauses: Keeping the Lease in 2020 and Beyond”, WVU College of Law Shale CLE
WVU College of Law
Awards
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Professional Associations
West Virginia State Bar  # 11102
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Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
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United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
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United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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West Virginia
West Virginia State Bar
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Practice Areas
    Energy, Oil & Gas Law
    Utilities
    Insurance Defense
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Residential Real Estate
Additional Practice Areas
  • Equine Law
  • Commercial Litigation Defense
  • Energy Litigation Defense
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC
Website
The Legal Equine
Contact & Map
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC
215 S. 3rd Street, Suite 400
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Telephone: (304) 521-6120