Joseph V. Schaeffer
Senior Attorney
Morgantown, WV
office 304.291.7952
Pittsburgh, PA
mobile 304.276.6227
  • Overview
  • Services
  • Distinctions
  • Admissions
  • 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.

Education

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

Experience

  • 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

Distinctions

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

Admissions

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Memberships

  • 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, “Who’s Paying the Plaintiff’s Bills? You Might Not Be Entitled to Discover the Answer,” Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association, June 2018
  • Author, “When Is an Expert “Independent” for Purposes of a Protective Order?” Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association, May 2018
  • Author, "The Apex Deposition: Practice Tips and Standards," Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association, April 2018
  • Author, "Spoliation: Dismissal Might Not End Duty to Preserve Evidence," Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association, March 2018
  • 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

  • Member, 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
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