Travis  - H. - Eckley

Travis H. Eckley

Charleston, W.Va.
304.340.3890 - office
304.545.1907 - mobile


  • Rhodes College, B.A., 2004
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 2007
  • The Center for Real Estate Law at The John Marshall Law School, LL.M. in Real Estate Law, 2008


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent (Inactive)
Mr. Eckley's primary area of practice is mineral rights and commercial & residential real estate law.

Representative Experience

  • Negotiating, preparing and interpreting coal, oil and gas purchase/sale agreements, leases, easements, licenses, rights-of-way, surface damage agreements and other natural resource land use agreements
  • Serving as counsel for the acquisition and development of two major shopping centers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
  • Performing coal, oil and gas title examinations and preparing corresponding title opinions to assist a wide variety of clients in acquiring desired property rights, including large-scale title examination projects for mineral companies
  • Representing the purchaser in the largest recent auto dealership acquisition in West Virginia
  • Representing various clients in timber transactions that have included a total of approximately 1 million acres
  • Serving as counsel on the three-year development and sale of an independent operator’s oil and gas development project located in Wetzel County, West Virginia, which was comprised of six horizontal well units and a pipeline gathering system
  • Serving as counsel on an ongoing coalbed methane development project
  • Working on numerous general commercial transactions, financings and contracts, including the development and financing of two wind-powered electric generation facilities
  • Being contracted for two days a week as in-house counsel at a publicly traded oil and gas company for approximately one year to work on various legal issues related to natural gas production, transportation and storage
  • Working on numerous pre-litigation and litigation cases related to contracts and real estate law
  • Representing clients in commercial and mineral real estate transactions, including an acquisition of approximately 130,000 mineral acres
  • Working closely with in-house counsel and operations staff at a large oil and gas company for a six-month period on various legal issues related to natural gas production, transportation and storage
  • Agent for First American Title Insurance Company and Old Republic National Title Insurance Company

Professional Affiliations

  • West Virginia State Bar, Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use Committee, Member
  • American Association of Professional Landmen, Member
  • Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, Member


  • CALI Award, Legal Research and Writing


  • Author, “Developing Jurisprudence in the Marcellus and Utica Shale,” Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, 2012
  • Contributing author, “Innovative Approaches to Post-Mining Land Use Development,” Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, 2010


  • Speaker at 33rd Annual Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Conference

Community Affiliations

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia, Big Brother, Board
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