M. Shane Harvey

Phone: (304) 340-1006 | Fax: (304) 340-1272 | Email: sharvey@jacksonkelly.com
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202

M. Shane Harvey is a Member in the Firm's Charleston, West Virginia, office where he is Chair of the Environmental Practice Group, Chair of the Coal Industry Group and a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. Mr. Harvey has more than a decade of experience as in-house counsel and general counsel for energy companies, including working closely with field operations and providing guidance on personal injury litigation, environmental compliance, public affairs and health and safety compliance. He has represented energy clients since the beginning of his legal career and focuses on defending energy clients in litigation initiated by the Sierra Club and similar groups.

Mr. Harvey graduated summa cum laude in finance (where he was first in his class) from Virginia Tech in 1991. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he received his Juris Doctor in 1994 from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was an editor of the National Coal Issue of the West Virginia Law Review. Before entering law school, Mr. Harvey worked as an analyst for Goldman Sachs International in London, England.

Mr. Harvey is admitted to practice before the state courts of West Virginia, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the West Virginia Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Harvey is a Trustee for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and coaches youth sports in Putnam County, West Virginia.

Representative Experience:

  • Represented publicly-traded energy company in enforcement and cleanup efforts following highly-publicized spill affecting waterways in multiple states
  • Represented publicly-traded energy companies in multiple Clean Water Act enforcement actions
  • Represented publicly-traded companies in environmental disclosures made in public filings with the SEC
  • Counseled publicly-traded companies on crisis management planning
  • Represented multiple clients in permit appeals under numerous environmental statutes
Legal Experience
2011 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
2011 - 2011Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
2000 - 2011Massey Energy Company
1994 - 2000Jackson Kelly PLLC
1994J.D.West Virginia University College of Law
1991B.A.Virginia Tech (Finance)
Bar Admissions
1994West Virginia
Court Admissions
2016U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
2009U.S. Supreme Court
1994U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
1994West Virginia Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia

Professional Involvement:
  •  Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Trustee

  • Putnam County Youth Sports (baseball, basketball and football), Coach
  • Established Summers County (West Virginia) Student Scholarship.

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Co-presenter, with Aaron S. Heishman, "Lessons from the Anti-Coal Movement:  The Next Attack on the Oil and Gas Industry," AAPL 61st Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, June 17, 2015
  • Co-presenter, with Aaron S. Heishman, "What the Oil and Gas Industry can Expect from the Sierra Club," WVONGA Spring Seminar, Ogleby Resort, Wheeling, West Virginia, May 13, 2015
  • Speech, with Aaron S. Heishman, "Lessons Learned from the Coal Industry: The Next Attack on Oil and Gas," AAPL Appalachian Land Institute, Oct. 3, 2014

Awards and Honors:
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law and Mining Law, 2018
  • Named in the 2016-2017 editions of West Virginia Super Lawyers® in the area of Energy & Natural Resources Law
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law and Mining Law, 2017
  • Member of the West Virginia Law Review
  • Virginia Tech Finance Student of the Year 1991
  • Graduated First in Class of Finance Majors, Virginia Tech 1991
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