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David H. Thomason

Member, Evansville

David is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Evansville  and Greater Pittsburgh offices and has been with the firm since 1998. He is a member of the Mineral & Environmental Law and Government Relations practices.

David served as Henderson County Attorney from 1971 through 1977. In 1980 he was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives and served until 1984. He was Speaker Pro Tempore in 1982. In addition, David has represented several clients as a lobbyist in the Kentucky General Assembly since 1986. One of the state's leading attorneys in mineral law, he recently led a real estate due diligence team for the purchaser in what has been described in the mineral industry as the largest mineral swap in the history of the United States. For his many legal accomplishments, he is listed in Best Lawyers in America, is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell® and is honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer.

David has been committed to the cause of education, championing efforts to improve education in Henderson County by serving as a former member of the Henderson County Board of Education and teaching at Henderson County Community College.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
1967, J.D.
University of Kentucky
1964, B.A.
Admissions
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Ohio
Pennsylvania
West Virginia

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Environmental Attorney of the Year in Kentucky, Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award, 2014
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, Natural Resources Law
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer, Environmental, 2012
  • Henderson County Bar Association, President, 1971-1972
  • Kentucky House of Representatives, 1980-1984
  • Speaker Pro Tempore, Kentucky House of Representatives, 1982-1983
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Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Henderson County Board of Education, former member
  • Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, former member
  • Henderson "Move to Improve" committee, former chair
  • Community Partners for Education, former chair
  • Fund Drive for Henderson County United Way, former chairman
  • Henderson County YMCA, former president
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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.

Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law

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.

Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law

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.

Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law

Acquisition of Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Properties

Acquisition of 1.46 million oil and gas acres in eastern United States (primarily Pennsylvania and West Virginia) with more than 9,000 producing wells. SKO performed due diligence and prepared transaction documents.
Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law

Marcellus Joint Venture for Oil and Natural Gas Producer

A joint venture for a major oil and natural gas producer’s Marcellus shale acreage; the producer to receive aggregate payments of $3.4 billion; SKO performed due diligence and prepared transaction documents.
Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law

Utica Joint Venture for Oil and Natural Gas Producer

A joint venture for a major oil and natural gas producer’s Utica shale acreage; the producer to receive aggregate payments of $594 million; SKO performed due diligence and prepared transaction documents.
Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law

Development Transaction for Coal Producer

Transaction to support the development of a longwall mining operation in Hamilton County, Illinois; initial investment at closing of $69.5 million, total investment in the project in a range of $400-525 million; SKO served as lead deal counsel, performed due diligence.

Acquisition of Coal Mine

Acquisition of Illinois Basin coal mine with 40 million tons of coal; SKO served as lead deal counsel, performed due diligence.