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Brendan Andrew O'Donnell

Brendan Andrew O'Donnell

Oil and Gas Attorney in Pittsburgh Serving Royalty Owners
  • Energy, Oil & Gas Law, Real Estate Law
  • Pennsylvania
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An attorney in Houston Harbaugh’s Oil and Gas Practice, Brendan O’Donnell has represented oil and gas owners across Pennsylvania in a wide array of oil and gas matters for over a decade. This experience involves not only the Marcellus shale and the Utica shale, but more traditional oil and gas development as well.

Brendan maintains a diverse practice, representing clients in all matters involving oil and gas spanning the transactional and litigation realms. On the transactional front, Brendan routinely assists landowners with negotiating oil and gas leases, pipeline rights of way and surface use agreements and subsurface easements related to horizontal drilling as part of Marcellus and Utica shale development. Brendan also frequently reviews royalty statements and oil and gas ownership issues as well as preparing deeds and title curative documents. Brendan also maintains an active litigation practice, representing clients in state and federal courts, as well as private arbitration matters. This litigation often involves title disputes, pooling and unitization challenges, lease termination questions and royalty/ post-production cost claims.

Assisting clients across the spectrum from contract negotiations through litigation and appeals gives Brendan valuable first-hand knowledge about how oil and gas agreements are prepared, how disputes arise and how courts resolve these issues. Brendan stays up-to-date on developments in oil and gas law and writes frequently on the these topics. Additionally, as alternative energy generation like wind and solar are increasingly being developed in oil and gas producing regions, Brendan assists clients with navigating the interplay between these complex energy developments and evaluating solar agreements.

Brendan complements his oil and gas practice by representing property owners, including oil and gas owners, in zoning and land use matters. Brendan has represented clients before municipal bodies and in appeals to court.

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
J.D. (2010) | Law
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Activities: Law Review
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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh
B.A. (2006) | Political Science ; Spanish
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Activities: Phi Beta Kappa
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Professional Experience
Senior Attorney
Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
- Current
Representing Pennsylvania oil and gas royalty owners in transactional and litigation matters.
Smith Butz, LLC
General practice focusing on representation of royalty owners in oil and gas matters and individuals and municipalities in land use/zoning matters.
Articles & Publications
Does a Well Passing Horizontally Under a Property Trigger a 'Payment in Lieu of Free Gas' Clause? The Pennsylvania Superior Court says 'No'
Hordis v. Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation: Landowner Challenges Whether Driller Can Ignore Pooling Clause and Simply REly on Act 85
The New Royalty Bill is Good for Pennsylvania Landowners
West Virginia Federal Court Rules that Lease Did Not Authorize the Deduction of Post-Production Costs
United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals Sets 5:00 p.m. Electronic Filing Deadline
Houston Harbaugh Litigation Blog
Regulating Underground Injection Wells for Carbon Sequestration in Pennsylvania
Houston Harbaugh Oil & Gas Addendum
Coordinating Solar Farm Development With Oil and Gas Rights in Pennsylvania
Houston Harbaugh Oil & Gas Addendum
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Appeal in Royalty Dispute
Can 'Free Gas' Clauses Refute the Artificial Wellhead Value Suggested by Drillers?
Can Retroactive Pooling and Unitization Revive an Expired Lease?
Ohio Court of Appeals Upholds Depth Severance Clause in Lease
What the Hedge? - The Impact of Price Hedging on Landowner Production Royalties
Market Enhancement Clauses in Pennsylvania After Dressler Family, LP v. PennEnergy Resources, LLC
Is the Value of Your Gas Really Being Enhanced?
Who Can Grant Gas Storage Rights
My Driller Filed for Bankruptcy; What Happens to My Lease in Pennsyvlania?
Why is The Driller Deducting Post-Production Costs My Lease Doesn't Allow? Kilmer v. Elexco Land Services: A Decade Later
Why is The Driller Deducting Post-Production Costs My Lease Doesn't Allow? Kilmer v. Elexco Land Services: A Decade Later
Driller Bankruptcy Could Raise Environmental Questions for Landowners
Speaking Engagements
Royalty Litigation and the Deduction of Post-Production Costs, Washington County Bench Winter Bench Bar, Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe
Washington County Bar Association
Providing Notice of Lease Termination, Online
Washington County Bar Association
Drafting and Negotiating Oil and Gas Lease Addendums, Washington County Bar Association Winter Bench Bar, Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe
Washington County Bar Association
Professional Associations
State Bar of Pennsylvania  # 309007
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Allegheny County Bar Association
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Pennsylvania Bar Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Practice Areas
    Energy, Oil & Gas Law
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Websites & Blogs
Brendan A. O'Donnell at Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
The Oil and Gas Addendum
Contact & Map
Houston Harbaugh P.C.
3 Gateway Center, 22nd Floor
401 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Telephone: (412) 288-2226