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John A. Thomason

Member, Evansville

A Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Evansville office who has been with the firm since 1998, John is part of the Mineral & Environmental Law practice group, as well as the Real Estate group.

A leading nationwide expert on oil, natural gas and coal law, John is admitted to practice in six states and speaks regularly on topics related to mineral and surface rights. He has successfully overseen commercial ventures involving the acquisition of energy properties worth billions of dollars.

Mineral & Environmental Law: John has helped clients navigate complex transactions involving millions of tons of coal and millions of acres of oil and gas reserves. He has performed due diligence and prepared legal documents for projects that have included initial public offerings (IPOs) for midstream gathering operations, transactions to support large mining developments, and property acquisitions.

Real Estate Law: John’s real estate practice complements his expertise in mineral law and has helped him secure the acquisition of energy resources in the Illinois Basin and throughout the United States. He can also provide assistance in the broader commercial realm, across a variety of industry sectors.

University of Kentucky College of Law
1997, J.D.
Vanderbilt University
1994, B.A., cum laude
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
West Virginia


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2016-present


  • Evansville Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Western Kentucky Coal Association
  • Kentucky Oil and Gas Association
  • Illinois Oil and Gas Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of Henderson County, past co-chair of professional division
  • YMCA of Henderson County, past 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.

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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