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David H. Thomason

David H. Thomason

David is among the attorneys at Stoll Keenon Ogden who have retired from the firm after many years of distinguished service. His successful career is testament to the strong foundation of experience that drives SKO’s Legal Horsepower™. If you require assistance with matters relating to Mineral & Environmental Law or Government Relations, we invite you to visit our Contact Us page.

David was a Member of both Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Evansville and Greater Pittsburgh offices and joined the firm in 1998. He belonged to the Mineral & Environmental Law and Government Relations practice groups.  

He served the coal, oil and gas industries for most of his career, in many capacities. As an attorney, he was licensed to practice law in six states to ensure he could handle the full scope of a client’s interests, “since minerals do not respect state borders.” He held the distinction of being one of the nation’s leading attorneys in this continually changing specialty area. He also spent more than 10 years working for the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association as their chief lobbyist.

A highlight of his career at SKO is his role in what has been described as the largest mineral swap in the history of the United States. He led a real estate due diligence team at the firm in representing the purchaser. Other acquisitions he helped negotiate and finalize involved energy ventures worth hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars.

In his work between clients and government entities, David served as an invaluable liaison and drew on his experience as a former Henderson County Attorney (Kentucky) and Speaker Pro Tempore of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

For his many legal accomplishments, particularly in the field of natural resources law, David has earned many recognitions, including “Lawyer of the Year” by both Best Lawyers in America® and The Wall Street Journal.

Active in the community throughout his career, David was a member of the Henderson County Board of Education in Kentucky and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. He was a former chair of the Henderson “Move to Improve” committee and Community Partners for Education. He was a chairman for the United Way Fund Drive for Henderson County and president of the Henderson County YMCA.

David H. Thomason

Work Highlights

Acquisition of Coal Reserves

Series of transactions to acquire more than 450 million tons of Illinois Basin coal reserves; SKO served as lead deal counsel, performed due diligence.

Midstream MLP Initial Public Offering

An IPO for midstream gathering services for production from the Marcellus Shale. SKO performed due diligence and prepared transaction documents.

Acquisition of Illinois Basin Oil and Natural Gas Properties

Acquisition of over one million gross oil and gas acres (primarily New Albany shale acreage in the Illinois Basin, but also including acreage in Northern Appalachia, the San Juan Basin, the Powder River Basin and the Rockies). SKO performed due diligence and prepared transaction documents.

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