Joseph V. Schaeffer
Senior Attorney
Morgantown, WV
office 304.291.7952
Pittsburgh, PA
mobile 304.276.6227
  • Overview
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  • Memberships
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Community Involvement
  • Resources
  • Results

Mr. Schaeffer's primary area of practice is litigation with an emphasis in energy law and natural resources law.


  • West Virginia University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2009
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012


  • All aspects of litigation in trial and appellate courts including pleadings, discovery, trial preparation and appellate briefing
  • Representing an exploration and production company in challenge to the validity of an oil and gas lease
  • Representing a pharmaceutical manufacturer in challenge to a State Medicaid program decision
  • Representing a state institute of higher education in various capacities including construction litigation relating to the renovation of a historical academic building
  • Representing a taxpayer in challenge to an assessment of commercial property
  • Representing a corporate defendant in toxic tort litigation
  • Representing property owners in land use litigation
  • Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law, 2017
Deliberate Intent Litigation E-Discovery Energy Law Environmental Law Higher Education Litigation Shale Gas Law


  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Evidence


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania State Bar


  • Defense Research Institute, Young Lawyer Liaison to Appellate Advocacy Committee
  • American Bar Association - Environment, Energy & Resources Law, and Litigation Sections
  • West Virginia Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, "Medical Monitoring in West Virginia and the Surrounding States," Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, 2017
  • Author, "Discovering Off-the-Record Conversations Between a Deponent and His or Her Counsel," Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association (December 2017)
  • Co-Author, "Energy and the Economy: How Local Regulation May Impede Business Development," WV Executive Magazine (Spring 2014)
  • Author, "Lease Contests in the West Virginia Shale Plays," ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Litigation Committee Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 3, August 2013
  • Author, "Municipal 'Fracking' Bans and Preemption in Appalachia," JURIST, July 2011
  • Author, "Pittsburgh: Politics Impede Marcellus Shale Development," JURIST, January 2011
  • Author, "Appalachia: Coal Law & Property Rights," JURIST, August 2010
  • Speaker, "2015 Shale Gas Law: Update on the Law," Update on the Law 2015, October 2015
  • Speaker, "Update on Shale Gas Law," Solo & Small Firm Conference, October 2014
  • Speaker, "Stormwater Enforcement," Current Issues in Stormwater Regulation in West Virginia, South Charleston, W.Va., October 2014
  • Speaker, "2014 Shale Gas Law: Update on the Law," Shale Gas Law - West Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Morgantown, W.Va., September 2014
  • Panelist, "Drilling Down: Local Government and Natural Gas Development," Synergy 2013, Bridgeport, W.Va., October 2013
  • Managing Editor, Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law

Community Involvement

  • Vice-President, Scott's Run Settlement House Board of Directors
  • Member, United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties Board of Directors
  • Former Chair, Citizen's Review Committee, United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties
The Saga of Pennsylvania's Act 13 Comes to an End The Shale Play Today: Second Quarter 2016 The Shale Bankruptcy Boom Moves Midstream How Local Drilling Regulations May Impede Business Development in WV W.Va. Supreme Court Decision Could Have Significant Implications for Employer Liability Under Delibe Oil & Gas Lessees Retain Important Rights in W.Va. Lease Contests in the West Virginia Shale Plays Yours, Mine or Ours? Morgan Clarifies Surface Versus Mineral Ownership in W.Va. I Did The Work -- Where Is My Check? West Virginia Mechanic's Lien Breakdown for Subcontractors & S University Reaches Final Settlement of High-Profile Construction Litigation Matter