Travis H. Eckley
Co-Chair, Real Estate Group | Member
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3890
mobile 304.545.1907
  • Overview
  • Services
  • Distinctions
  • Admissions
  • Memberships
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Community Involvement
  • Resources

Mr. Eckley's primary area of practice is mineral, commercial and residential real estate law.

Education

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

Experience

  • Negotiating, preparing and interpreting purchase/sale agreements, leases, easements, licenses, rights-of-way, surface damage agreements and other 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 natural resource and renewable energy companies
  • Represented the purchaser in one of the largest auto dealership acquisitions and refinances to occur in West Virginia
  • Counsel in the development, sale and/or financing of five different wind-powered electric generation facilities
  • Representing various clients in timber transactions totaling over 1 million acres
  • Serving as counsel on the long-term development and sale of a shale operator’s oil and gas development projects
  • Serving as counsel on an ongoing coalbed methane development and tax credit project
  • Working on numerous general commercial transactions, financings and contracts, including advising parties in secured lending transactions
  • Served as in-house counsel on loan at a publicly traded oil and gas company working on natural gas production, transportation and storage issues
  • 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
  • Agent for First American Title Insurance Company, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company

Reported Cases

  • Cunningham Energy, LLC v. Kanawha County Board of Education, No. 20-0346 (W.Va. Supreme Court, March 23, 2021) (memorandum decision)
Banking & Finance Law Construction Law Corporate & Business Law Energy Law Midstream Services Mineral Title Services Natural Resources Real Estate Shale Gas Law

Distinctions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law
  • Listed by West Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star
  • CALI Award, Legal Research and Writing

Admissions

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent (Inactive)

Memberships

  • West Virginia State Bar, Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use Committee, Member
  • American Association of Professional Landmen

Publications & Presentations

  • 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 Involvement

  • Attorney Volunteer, Legal Aid of West Virginia Pro Bono Referral Program
  • Former Board Member (7 years) and Big Brother (17 years), Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia
Spilman Attorneys Named to 2021 WV Super Lawyers List Spilman Attorneys Named to 2020 WV Super Lawyers List Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Issue 36, 2019 Spilman Attorneys Named to 2019 WV Super Lawyers List Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Issue 43, 2018 Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Issue 28, 2018 Spilman Attorneys Named to 2018 WV Super Lawyers List Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Issue 15, 2018 Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Issue 4, 2018 Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Issue 17, 2017