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John A. Thomason

Direct Phone: 812.759.3803

John A. Thomason

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.

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

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.

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