Justin Rubenstein

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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Grandview Circle 11
Canonsburg 15317 PA US

Justin A. Rubenstein is a litigator focused on helping oil and gas producers protect their leasehold assets by vigorously defending matters involving title disputes in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays. Justin is involved in litigation from the inception, including pre-case assessment and litigation planning.

Justin is very comfortable in a board room, courtroom, and in front of a jury and has the reputation of being detail oriented and understands the particulars of land and title disputes. As former in-house counsel for a major energy company in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Justin also recognizes the business impact of disputes involving land, title, and royalties.


  • Defended publicly traded oil and gas operator, including obtaining favorable verdict in a jury trial involving leasehold royalty interpretation
  • Defended major energy producer in matters related to dispute of ownership, including held by production leases
  • Litigated Marcellus shale well claims on surface use, ownership, drilling rights, pooling, royalty payments, and lease interpretation
  • Responsible for oversight, acquisition, development, and maintenance of part of joint venture position regarding land, minerals, leaseholds, and surface for energy company
  • As in-house title attorney for an oil and gas exploration and development company, drafted and implemented title review and curative standards for West Virginia and Pennsylvania operations
  • Defended coal mine operators in litigation before the Federal Mine Safety Health Review Commission
  • Defended clients in litigation in West Virginia state courts regarding personal injury, commercial disputes, and creditors’ rights claims


  • J.D. West Virginia University
  • B.A. Washington & Lee


  • Executive Publication Editor, The West Virginia Law Review, 2004-2005
  • Associate Editor, The West Virginia Law Review, 2003-2004
  • American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
  • Certified Professional Lease & Title Analyst (CPLTA), National Association of Lease & Title Analysts (NALTA)
  • Board of Directors, United Way of Washington County Pennsylvania
  • Member, Institute of Energy Law


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Grandview Circle 11
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