Robert J. Burnett

Robert J. Burnett

Robert j. burnett Director

Phone:
412-288-2221
E-mail:
VCard:

Pump jack

Robert's practice is exclusively devoted to the representation of landowners and royalty owners in oil and gas matters. Robert is the Chair of the Firm's Oil and Gas Practice Group and represents landowners and royalty owners in a wide array of oil and gas matters throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Robert assists landowners and royalty owners in the negotiation of new oil and gas leases as well as modifications to existing leases. Robert also negotiates surface use agreements and pipeline right-of-way agreements on behalf of landowners. Robert also advises and counsels clients on complex lease development and expiration issues, including the impact and effect of delay rental and shut-in clauses, as well as the implied covenants to develop and market oil and gas. Robert also represents landowners and royalty owners in disputes arising out of the calculation of production royalties and the deduction of post-production costs. Robert also assists landowners with oil and gas title issues and develops strategies to resolve and cure such title deficiencies.

A prolific author and speaker on numerous oil and gas topics, Robert is a frequent lecturer at Pennsylvania Bar Institute oil and gas programs and currently serves on the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s "Oil and Gas Law Advisory Committee." He is also a contributing author of The Law of Oil and Gas in Pennsylvania (1st Ed. 2014), published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s premier oil and gas law program, the annual "Oil and Gas Law Colloquium."

Robert is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Landowner's Alliance and is an active member of its Legislative Committee. He also served on the "Siting and Routing" Workgroup of Governor Wolf’s "Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force" in 2015.

Robert is also a retired officer from the United States Army.

Oil and Gas Practice Video

  • Representation of school district in negotiating non-surface access oil/gas lease.
  • Representation of Fortune 500 company in connection with title dispute arising out of ownership of oil/gas estate.
  • Representation of family limited partnership in negotiating oil/gas lease with parcel in excess of 1,500 acres.
  • Representation of landowner in litigation with contaminated water supply caused by nearby drilling operations.
  • Representation of landowner in pipeline eminent domain action arising under the Natural Gas Act.
  • Representation of mineral owners in quiet title action against a surface owner claiming title to hydrocarbons through adverse possession.
  • Representation of landowner with 1400 acres in dispute with gas operator regarding bad faith pooling.
  • Representation of landowner in connection with water contamination claims caused by adjacent drilling operations.
  • Representation of an equipment supply company in a dispute with a gas operator regarding surface access rights.
  • Representation of a landowner who faced mine subsidence, contaminated water and other environmental concerns and successfully negotiated a revised lease with the gas company and the coal company.
  • Representation of landowner with 4,000+ acres in dispute with gas operator regarding lease expiration.
  • Representation of landowner in lease litigation regarding the proper application of shut-in royalty clause and other lease-saving mechanisms.
  • Representation of landowner with 4,000+ acres in dispute regarding the application of the gas storage clause and the ability to hold lease beyond primary term.
  • Representation of landowner in dispute with gas operator regarding a sub-surface trespass occasioned by horizontal drilling.

Update on PA Oil/ Gas Law
Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Landowner Alliance (POGLA)
October 29, 2019 | Prospect, PA

Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Legal Update
NARO National Convention
October 3, 2019 | Pittsburgh, PA

Law of Implied Covenants
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Oil and Gas Law Conference
August 8, 2019 | Southpoint, PA

Equitable Distribution of Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights
Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section
July 24, 2019 | Pittsburgh, PA

Legal Update: "Briggs v. Southwestern and Beyond"
Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Landowner Alliance (POGLA) Annual Meeting
July 20, 2019 | State College, PA

Briggs and the Unsettled State of the Rule of Capture
Washington Country Winter Bench Bar
March 1, 2019 | Canonsburg, PA

Post-Production Costs and Royalty Litigation in Pennsylvania
Town Hall Meeting
November 28, 2018 | Burgettstown, PA

Valuation of Oil and Gas Rights
October 6, 2018 | Bridgeville, PA

Minimum Royalty and Pennsylvania Legislative Update
Beaver-Lawrence Country Farm Bureau Meeting
October 11, 2018 | New Castle, PA

Post-Production Costs and Royalty Litigation in Pennsylvania - An Update
Pennsylvania Bar Institute
August 28, 2018 | Pittsburgh, PA

Recent Trends in Pennsylvania Royalty Litigation
10th Annual Oil & Gas Law Colloquium – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
June 28-29, 2018 | Cranberry Township, PA

PA House Bill 557 and the Deduction of Post-Production Costs
PA NARO Town Hall Meeting
May 15, 2018 | Burgettstown, PA

Briggs: Game-Changer for Subsurface Trespass Claims and Unconventional Drilling?
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Webinar
May 3, 2018

Held by Production: When is a Lease Actually Held?
North Central Pennsylvania Realtors Association quarterly meeting
April 10, 2018 | Wellsboro, PA

The Myth of Held by Production: How and Why Leases can be Extended Without a Producing Well
PA NARO Annual Convention
March 21-23, 2018 | State College, PA

Residential Real Estate and the New OGM Addendum Form
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
March 13, 2018 | Butler, PA

Held by Production: When is a Lease Actually Held?
Town Hall Meeting
January 30, 2018 | Liberty, PA

The New Pennsylvania Association of Realtors’ Oil/Gas Forms:
What Real Estate Agents Need to Know
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
January 23, 2018 | Cranberry, PA

HB 557 and the Deduction Of Post-Production Costs
PA NARO Town Hall Meeting
December 11, 2017 | Claysville, PA

The New Pennsylvania Association of Realtors’ Oil/Gas Forms: What Real Estate Agents Need to Know
November 8, 2017 | Berkshire Hathaway Home Services | Pittsburgh, PA

Municipal Leasing of Oil and Gas Rights
Washington County Association of Township Officials Annual Convention
October 5, 2017 | Washington, PA

PA Legislative Update: HB 557 and the Deduction Of Post-Production Costs
PA NARO Town Hall Meeting
October 2, 2017 | Burgettstown, PA

The New Pennsylvania Association of Realtors’ Oil/Gas Forms: What Real Estate Agents Need to Know
September 21, 2017 | Bethel Park, PA

PA House Bill 557 and the Deduction of Post-Production Costs
PA NARO Town Hall Meeting
May 15, 2017 | Burgettstown, PA

Equitable Distribution Of Oil, Gas And Mineral Rights
Allegheny County Bar Association Family Law Section
May 8, 2017 | Pittsburgh, PA

The Impact of Marcellus Shale on Residential Real Estate: What Real Estate Agents Need to Know
Butler County Realtors Association
April 20, 2017 | Bulter, PA

The Robinson Township Decision and a Heightened Standard of Care For Municipal Leasing
Greene County Association of Township Officials
April 10, 2017 | Waynesburg, PA

Will That Title Wash Keep Your Oil/Gas Title Clean? Status of PA Title Wash After Herder Springs and Cornwall Mountain
PA NARO Annual Convention
March 29 – 31 2017| State College, PA

Unique and Complicated Issues That Confront Realtors in Completing the OGM addendum
November 15, 2016 | North Central Pennsylvania Board of Realtors | Wellsboro, PA
November 10, 2016 | Berkshire Hathaway Home Services | Peters Township, PA
October 17, 2016 | Berkshire Hathaway Home Services | Castle Shannon, PA

Municipal Ownership and Regulation of Oil & Gas – Are you Wearing Two Hats?
Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania Association of Township Commissioners Annual Conference
September 17, 2016 | Seven Springs, PA

HB 1391
PA NARO Town Hall Meeting
September 13, 2016 | Washington, PA

The Impact of Marcellus Shale on Residential Real Estate: What Real Estate Agents Need to Know
August 24, 2016 | Bethel Park, PA

Oil and Gas Title Law A-Z
National Business Institute
June 15, 2016 | Pittsburgh, PA

Shale Energy Leadership Organization Summit II
April 28, 2016 | Hermitage, PA

Streams, Roads and Railroads: Who Owns the Oil and Gas Rights Anyway?
2016 PA NARO Annual Convention
March 30 – April 1, 2016 | State College, PA

Ultimate Guide to Oil and Gas Title Law
National Business Institute
December 9 – 10, 2015 | Mechanicsburg, PA

Hydraulic Fracturing, Horizontal Drilling and the Modern Oil Lease
Hydraulic Fracturing, Horizontal Drilling and Development of the Marcellus Shale – The Seminar Group
November 18, 2015 | Pittsburgh, PA

Current Litigation Issues Concerning Post-Production Costs
2015 National Association of Royalty Owners 35th Anniversary National Convention
October 15 – 17, 2015 | Las Vegas, NV

Bad Faith Pooling
7th Annual Oil and Gas Law Colloquium – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
September 24 – 25, 2015 | Pittsburgh, PA

Property Rights: Lessor/Lessee Disputes
Hydraulic Fracturing Disputes and Litigation – Half Moon Seminars
August 28, 2015 | Pittsburgh, PA

Emerging Issues in PA Oil/Gas Law: Act 66/Forced Pooling, Post Production Costs, Sabella Decision
PA NARO Town Hall Meeting
May 27, 2015 | Washington, PA

Marcellus Shale: Where are we now?
California University of Pennsylvania
April 16, 2015 | Cal U Center for Innovation

Oil and Gas Law Update: Recent Decisions Impacting Oil and Gas Practice
Pennsylvania Bar Institute
April 2, 2015 | Live Webinar

2015 PA NARO Annual Convention
"Facing the Challenges"
March 26-27 | State College, PA

The Attorney’s Guide to the Oil and Gas Lease – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
February 10, 2015 | Mechanicsburg, PA
February 26, 2015 | Pittsburgh, PA

Fuel Yourself with Knowledge – PA NARO
January 24, 2015 | West Middlesex, PA

Marcellus Shale for Landowners’ Representatives
California University of Pennsylvania
December 12, 2014 | Cal U Center for Innovation

West Coast Landman’s Institute
"Oil and Gas Leases in the Era of Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing"
October 22 – 24, 2014 | Las Vegas, NV

Texas Land Institute
"Oil and Gas Leases in the Era of Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing"
September 22, 2014 | Houston, TX

YPE Energy Training Series
Gas Lease Termination Issues
June 5, 2014 | Washington, PA

Pennsylvania Association of Realtors Shale Gas Summit
"Emerging Issues in Pennsylvania Oil & Gas"
April 24 – 25, 2014 | Pittburgh, PA

The David Madiera Show on 94.3 FM "The Talker"
Interview regarding HB 1684
March 8, 2014 | State College, PA

2014 NARO PA Convention
"Lease Expiration and Termination Issues"
March 27-28, 2014 | State College, PA

3rd Annual Hydraulic Fracking Conference – The Seminar Group
"Hydraulic Fracturing Issues in Oil & Gas Leases"
February 27 – 28, 2014 | Santa Barbara, CA

Best of the Oil and Gas Law Colloquium – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
"Leasing and Lease Extensions"
January 23, 2014 | Pittsburgh, PA

2013 NARO National Convention
"Mineral Leasing, Surface Use ‘Watch the Fine Print'"
October 31 – November 2, 2013 | Columbus, OH

Allegheny Chapter CPCU Society All Industry Day
"Emerging Issues in PA Oil/Gas Law"
October 16, 2013 | Pittsburgh, PA

2nd Annual AAPL Appalachian Land Institute
"Oil & Gas Leases in Era of Horizontal Drilling"
October 3-4, 2013 | Morgantown, WV

The MoneyLine Show with Host George Dukovich on 104.7 FM
"Senate Bill 259"
September 21, 2013 | Pittsburgh, PA

5th Annual Oil and Gas Law Colloquium – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
"Leasing and Lease Extensions"
September 17-18, 2013 | State College, PA

Radio Smart Talk with Host Scott Lamar on WITF Radio 89.5 and 93.3 FM
"Senate Bill 259"
July 15, 2013 | Pittsburgh, PA

PA Gas Expo 2013
"We Know the Drill"
June 26, 2013 | Indiana, PA

4th Law of Shale Plays Conference
"Oil & Gas Leases in Era of Horizontal Drilling"
June 6-7, 2013 | Fort Worth, TX

2013 NARO PA Convention
"The Implied Covenant to Market Gas vs. The Shut-In Royalty Clause: How Long Can the Well Be Shut-In?"
March 28-29, 2013 | State College, PA

Best of the Oil and Gas Law Colloquium – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
"Implied Covenants"
January 29, 2013 | Pittsburgh,PA

PBA Family Law Section-Winter Meeting 2013 – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
"Marcellus Shale: Practical and Complex Tips for the Family Law Dealing with Mineral Rights"
January 18-20, 2013 | Pittsburgh, PA

The MoneyLine Show with Host George Dukovich on 104.7 FM
"Emerging Oil/Gas Issues"
October 28, 2012 | Pittsburgh, PA

The Marcellus Shale Seminar Series
"Emerging Issues in PA Oil/Gas Law"
October 10, 2012 | Greensburg, PA

4th Annual Oil and Gas Law Colloquium – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
"Implied Covenants"
September 11-12, 2012 | State College, PA

2012 PA Gas Expo
"We Know the Drill: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know" and "Issues Related to Newly Enacted Act 13"
July 25, 2012 | Indiana, PA

Emerging Issues in PA Oil/Gas Law
July 19, 2012 | Grove City, PA

The "Morning Show" with PJ Maloney on KQV Radio 1410 AM
"Oil/Gas Lease Termination Issues"
June 27, 2012 | Pittsburgh, PA

Northeast Pennsylvania Board of Realtors (Tioga County)
"Emerging Issues in Pennsylvania Oil/Gas Law"
June 21, 2012 – Wellsboro, PA

Blossburg Landowners Meeting
"Lease Termination Issues"
June 7, 2012 | Blossburg, PA

Gas Leases and Estate Planning Techniques to Protect the Future of Your Client’s Mineral Rights – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
"Conveyance and Interpretive Matters Involving Estates & Trusts"
May 9, 2012 | Pittsburgh, PA

The MoneyLine Show with Host George Dukovich on KQV Radio 1410 AM
"Recent and Emerging Oil/Gas Issues"
April 21, 2012 | Pittsburgh, PA

2012 NARO PA Convention
"Implied Covenants Under Pennsylvania Law"
March 23, 2012 | State College, PA

Fundamentals of Oil/Gas Law – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
"Basics of Oil/Gas Leasing"
March 14, 2012 | Pittsburgh, PA
March 9, 2012 | Mechanicsburg, PA

Best of the Oil and Gas Law Colloquium – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
"Implied Covenants"
January 18, 2012 | Pittsburgh, PA

3rd Annual Oil and Gas Law Colloquium – Pennsylvania Bar Institute
"Implied Covenants"
September 21, 2011 | Pittsburgh, PA

Latest News and Updates

Practice Areas

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D. Cum Laude; Member of the Law Review
  • John Carroll University, B.A. With honors

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Awards/Recognition

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2019
  • BV® Rated Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System
  • Who's Who in Energy Pittsburgh Business Times, 2011 - 2017

Professional Affiliations

  • Member Pennsylvania Bar Association's "Shale Energy Law Committee"
  • Course Planner Pennsylvania Business Institute Oil and Gas Law Colloquium
  • Member National Association of Royalty Owners
  • Member Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Landowner Alliance, Board of Directors
  • Member Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association
  • Member Pennsylvania Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section and Environmental and Energy Law Section)
  • Member Allegheny County Bar Association