Kent is a Member based in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Greater Pittsburgh office. He is part of the Mineral & Environmental practice group and engages in due diligence projects related to real property acquisitions and transactions for the energy sector. He is primarily focused on the Marcellus, Rogersville and Utica shale plays, as well as various matters in the coal sector. Kent is also a member of the Real Estate practice.
Kent brings a valuable international perspective to the firm due to his prior involvement with various projects on multiple continents. Before returning to his home state to join the firm as an Associate in 2007, he worked for a British construction consultancy while residing in London, England and later, Singapore. Immediately prior to rejoining the firm in 2014, Kent worked in an environmental regulatory role as part of a leading global energy corporation’s Technical Services department.
While in his corporate role, Kent reviewed proposed governmental agency rule promulgations, guidance, standards, policies, laws and legislative developments to debrief engineering and geological teams on potential impact. He drafted suggested official company comments and public hearing testimony to federal, state and local bureaucratic levels of the American, Australian, Chinese, and Mongolian governments. He assisted in the evaluation of potential acquisitions in Australia, Botswana, Indonesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, the People’s Republic of China, and the United States. Kent also interfaced with his company’s Finance Department to provide environmental language for certain SEC reporting, and engaged in thorough review of the regulatory framework and approvals process required to operate on US federal government lands. In addition, he spearheaded the development of an Equator Principles-International Finance Corporation-World Bank EHS Guidelines conformance manual for operations.
Kent is actively involved with several energy organizations at local, state, regional and national levels. He has given back to the community through his involvement with a college Advisory Board as well as his continuing support for his law school’s Legal Clinics. He is married with two children, and he enjoys traveling with family in his spare time.