Attorney Matthew Burger is the chair at Buchanan’s Energy Department. He is also a shareholder in in the firm’s office in Pittsburgh. For about 20 years, Matthew has provided representation to coal companies, natural gas exploration and production companies. He has represented their interest in litigation and commercial issues all over the country.
Matt is an active member of Buchanan’s Board of Directors. He is also a co-chair of the Coal Industry Practice Group of the firm. He acts as chairman of the Federal and State Political Action Committees of the firm.
Mr. Burger has worked as trial attorney for energy corporations. He has represented them before federal and regional courts and arbitration tribunals in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and Montana.
Lately, Matthew was selected as the lead Pennsylvania trial attorney for an international development company on a matter of Marcellus and Utica Shale development. He also has substantial experience in handling negotiations, drafting and litigating coal supply and transportation contracts, mining agreements contract, mineral lease agreements and associated commercial transactions.
He has been instrumental in getting result in a many of important cases in the area, such include the U.S. District Court’s decision in Hoffman v. Arcelormittal Pristine Resources, Inc. In this case, the Court sustained the Marcellus rights of natural gas corporations under vintage oil and gas leases throughout Pennsylvania. The court held that “to rule in plaintiffs’ favor would be tantamount to an eradication of countless oil and gas estates and leases recorded in the history of this Commonwealth, and would profoundly change the landscape of property law as it has developed over hundreds of years.”
Matt formerly worked as an interim basis in-house contract counsel at CONSOL Energy, Inc. He conducted legal oversight over its coal supply agreements, transportation contracts and other commercial contracts while working at this job.
Matt is presently the contract counsel for two of the biggest coal companies in the United States. He has handled negotiations and agreements drafting for the supply of over 100 million tons of coal in the past ten years.
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