Kenneth E. Tawney|
500 Lee Street East
Charleston, WV 25301-3202
(O): (304) 340-1189
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Kenneth E. Tawney is Of Counsel and a member of the Firm's Commercial Law Practice Group and the Oil and Gas Industry Group. He focuses his practice on matters relating to the oil and gas industry and commercial litigation.
Mr. Tawney has represented and advised producers, pipelines, local distribution companies and lenders in due diligence investigations, mineral title reviews and transactional matters, including purchase and sale of oil and gas producing properties, leases, pipelines and other assets. He has significant experience in negotiating and preparing contracts, such as asset management agreements, gas transportation agreements, gas processing agreements, plant operating agreements, oil and gas leases, joint venture agreements, operating agreements, land use agreements and related agreements and contracts.
Mr. Tawney also represents clients in litigation proceedings involving oil and gas matters. His experience includes litigation of disputes involving gas purchase contracts, drilling contracts, farm‑out agreements, oil and gas leases, gas processing agreements, meter error disputes, royalty issues and title issues. Mr. Tawney also provides advice regarding federal regulation of the natural gas industry by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and pipeline safety regulation by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In the commercial litigation arena, Mr. Tawney also defends banks, lending institutions and other clients in a variety of cases, including defense of class action claims, lender liability and breach of contract claims.
Mr. Tawney worked in‑house at Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation for nearly 21 years. During his tenure, he served as Assistant General Counsel of both the Corporate Section and the Regulatory Section of the company's law department. For nearly 15 years, he represented the company in numerous rate and tariff proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including the open‑access transportation restructuring proceedings under FERC Order Nos. 436 and 636. He also provided legal advice in connection with pipeline safety matters and represented the company before the U.S. Department of Transportation. His experience at Columbia also included representing the company in connection with the sale of several millions of dollars' worth of pipeline assets, negotiation and preparation of contracts and prosecution of well over 150 condemnation cases, including a case of first impression which established the right to condemn for underground storage under the federal Natural Gas Act.
Mr. Tawney earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree and his Juris Doctor from West Virginia University. He has been admitted to practice before the West Virginia state and federal courts and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth and D.C. Circuits. Mr. Tawney is a member of the West Virginia State Bar Association, the Kanawha County Bar Association and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.