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Lauren M. McElroy

Member, Evansville

Lauren is a Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Evansville office and has been with the firm since 2008. She belongs to the Mineral & Environmental Law group.

Licensed to practice in six states across several key coal regions in the U.S., Lauren has handled transactions involving both untapped coal reserves and fully developed mining operations. She has also worked with oil and natural gas companies to support the acquisition of properties and assets, as well as entities in the form of initial public offerings and joint ventures.

Mineral & Environmental Law

Lauren’s vast experience in mineral law, combined with her involvement in industry associations, has allowed her to partner successfully with energy corporations to secure transactions for properties spanning millions of acres, with assets ranging from millions of tons of coal reserves to thousands of producing oil wells.

She has served clients by providing strategic legal counsel, performing due diligence, preparing documents and assisting with lobbying efforts.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
2008, J.D.
University of Kentucky
2005, B.S. in Accounting, summa cum laude
University of Kentucky
2005, B.B.A., summa cum laude
Admissions
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Ohio
Pennsylvania
West Virginia

Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association, 2008 - present; Young Lawyers Division, at-large representative, 2011 - 2013
  • Henderson County Bar Association, 2008 - present; president 2011 - 2012
  • Indiana Bar Association, 2013 - present
  • Evansville Bar Association, 2013 - present
  • Illinois Bar Association, 2009 - present
  • Friends of Coal - Kentucky, director 2014 - present; board secretary 2014 - present
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 2008 - present
  • Kentucky Coal Association, 2008 - present
  • Western Kentucky Coal Association, 2008 - present
  • Kentucky Oil and Gas Association, 2008 - present
  • Indiana Oil and Gas Association, 2013 - present
  • Illinois Oil and Gas Association, 2013 - present
  • Tri-State Association of Professional Landmen, 2013 - present
  • American Association of Professional Landmen, 2013 - present
  • Habitat for Humanity of Henderson, Kentucky, Inc., director, 2011 - 2013
  • Distinguished Young Women of Henderson County, program chair, 2012
  • Indiana Bar Association, 2013 - present
  • Evansville Bar Association, 2013 - present
  • Illinois Bar Association, 2009 - present
  • Friends of Coal - Kentucky, director 2014 - present; board secretary 2014 - present
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 2008 - present
  • Kentucky Coal Association, 2008 - present
  • Western Kentucky Coal Association, 2008 - present
  • Kentucky Oil and Gas Association, 2008 - present
  • Indiana Oil and Gas Association, 2013 - present
  • Illinois Oil and Gas Association, 2013 - present
  • Tri-State Association of Professional Landmen, 2013 - present
  • American Association of Professional Landmen, 2013 - present
  • Habitat for Humanity of Henderson, Kentucky, Inc., director, 2011 - 2013
  • Distinguished Young Women of Henderson County, program chair, 2012
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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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