William M. Herlihy
Chair, Natural Resources Practice Group | Co-Chair, Energy Practice Group | Member
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3838
mobile 304.389.0220
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Mr. Herlihy's primary areas of practice are energy, natural resource law and general business acquisitions. He has more than 30 years of experience assisting clients in these areas.


  • University of Virginia, B. A., with honors, 1977
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1981


  • Negotiating and documenting the acquisition and sale of businesses and related assets for natural gas, coal and land companies
  • Representing lenders and borrowers in loan and other financial transactions related to the natural gas, coal, timber, and land holding businesses
  • Negotiating and preparing natural gas and coal supply agreements
  • Negotiating and preparing oil and gas and coal lease agreements
  • Negotiating and preparing timber sale agreements, timber harvesting contracts, and forestry management agreements
  • Negotiating and preparing master services, transportation, drilling, loading and other natural resource service agreements
  • Negotiating and preparing easements, licenses, rights-of-way, wheelage and other natural resource land use agreements
  • Representing oil and gas and coal companies for contract disputes in either an arbitration or civil litigation forum
  • Representing land holding companies for contractual disputes in either an arbitration or civil litigation forum
  • Negotiating and preparing pipeline operating and management agreements
  • Representing vendors for equipment and services in the natural resource industry
  • Providing real property/title services to natural resource companies
  • Representing natural resource industry companies in permitting disputes with regulatory agencies
  • Defending natural resource industry participants in enforcement actions and penalty assessments with regulatory agencies
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable John A. Field, Jr., Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1981 - 1982
Banking & Finance Law Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Corporate & Business Law Energy Law Environmental Law Mergers & Acquisitions Midstream Services Natural Resources Shale Gas Law


  • BV® Distinguished™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell for 25 years
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Natural Resources Law in Charleston, W.Va.
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Corporate Law, Energy Law and Natural Resources Law
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Natural Resources Law
  • Recognized by West Virginia Super Lawyers for Energy & Natural Resources and Business/ Corporate Law
  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Top Author, Energy Law, 2018-2021
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • Trustee, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Governor Wise's Energy Task Force
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