Travis H. Eckley
Co-Chair, Real Estate Group | Member
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3890
mobile 304.545.1907
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Mr. Eckley's primary area of practice is mineral, commercial and residential real estate law.


  • 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


  • 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 a recent large 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
  • Serving as in-house counsel for two days a week 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
  • Agent for First American Title Insurance Company, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
Banking & Finance Law Construction Law Corporate & Business Law Energy Law Mineral Title Services Natural Resources Real Estate Shale Gas Law Midstream Services


  • Listed by West Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star
  • CALI Award, Legal Research and Writing


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


  • 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 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 Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Week of October 29, 2017