Clay K. Keller

Phone: (330) 252-9060 | Fax: (330) 252-9078 | Email:
50 South Main Street, Suite 201, Akron, OH 44308

Clay K. Keller is a Member in the Firm's Akron, Ohio, office where he practices in the Litigation Practice Group.  Mr. Keller has broad array of experience in counseling and representing individuals and businesses as trial counsel in commercial disputes and business tort matters.  For the past several years, Mr. Keller’s practice has focused on representing upstream and midstream companies operating in Ohio for the exploration and development of the Utica-Point Pleasant Shale Play.  Representative matters in Ohio include:

  • Representation of an E&P company involved in a lawsuit over interpretation and operation of AMI with another E&P company
  • Obtaining injunction on behalf of E&P company preventing defendants from interfering with use of township road for access to well pad site being constructed
  • Defending E&P company in multiple lawsuits throughout play involving Dormant Mineral Act claims
  • Defending E&P companies in landowner lease lawsuits of all different varieties throughout the play.  Such lawsuits include claims for improper notarization of lease, fraud, failure to consent to assignment, failure to pay delay rentals, lease amendment and ratification issues, lack of production claims (HBP issues), location approval disputes and surface damage claims
  • Defending operator against adjacent landowner asserting claims for trespass, nuisance and water well contamination
  • Defending Midstream company in matters involving surface owners prohibiting ROW access and/or making claims for surface damages
  • Actions involving injunctive relief on behalf of Midstream company to access property for tree clearing before return of Indiana Bat from hibernation
  • Addressing mineral title curative matters
  • Working with E&P companies for statutory unitization process with ODNR for completion of unit with non-consenting parcels in unit

Mr. Keller is a frequent speaker on litigation and oil and gas law topics. He is admitted to practice in Ohio, as well as the United States District Court of the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He received a peer review rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Keller received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse in 1997.  In 2000, he graduated from Notre Dame Law School.

Legal Experience
2014 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
2012 - 2014Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C.
2000 - 2012Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP
2000J.D.Notre Dame Law School
1997B.S. University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse (Political Science)
Bar Admissions
Court Admissions
2002U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
2001U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
2000U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Professional Involvement:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Stark County Bar Association
  • Ohio Oil and Gas Association

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Speaker, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 34th Annual Institute, 2014
  • Speaker, "Title and Development Issues in the Utica Shale," Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 2013
  • Speaker, Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, 2012

Writings and Publications:
  • Co-author with J. Alex Quay, "Ohio's Dormant Mineral Act:  Addressing a Potential Title Problem Created by Severed Mineral Estates," 35 Energy & Min. L. Inst., § 10 (2014)
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