Thomas J. O'Neill
Morgantown, WV
office 304.291.7924
Charleston, WV
office 304.720.4059
mobile 304.288.3263
  • Overview
  • Services
  • Admissions
  • Memberships
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Community Involvement
  • Personal Interests
  • Resources

Mr. O’Neill’s primary areas of practice are energy law, utilities and real estate. He approaches title law as an exercise in risk mitigation and management for clients, clearly disclosing title risk and working with clients to identify and execute solutions.


  • West Virginia University, B.A., 2003
  • West Virginia University, M.B.A., 2007
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 2007


  • Over 15,000 hours of experience representing institutional oil and gas exploration and production companies in complex mineral title examinations and certifications within the Appalachian Basin states of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • Representing clients in oil and gas title-related litigation, including partition matters
  • Preparing deeds, deeds of trust, assignments and other related transactional instruments, with supporting documentation relative to ad valorem tax assessments and transfers
  • Assisting clients in matters of real estate litigation, including right-of-way and land slip litigation
  • Representing clients in matters including business formation and startup, governance, regulatory licensing, nonprofit organizations, tax compliance and contracts drafting
  • Representing clients in the management of land services
  • Providing clients government relations/lobbying services
  • Assisting clients in residential, commercial and mineral real estate transactions, title certifications, document preparation, title insurance, and closings
  • Alternative dispute resolution/mediation
  • Government Relations Specialist, Orion Strategies, LLC
  • City Attorney, the City of Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Counsel to the West Virginia State Senate Judiciary Committee, 2015 - 2016
  • Special Assistant Attorney General of the State of West Virginia, 2013 - 2014
  • Visiting lecturer in criminal justice and business administration at West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Virginia University
  • Serving on Buckhannon City Council, 2013 - 2014
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • Issuer's counsel in municipal bond placements
Corporate & Business Law Energy Law Government Relations Litigation Mineral Title Services Real Estate Shale Gas Law Midstream Services


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia


  • J. Reuben Clark Law Association
  • Former Vice Chair, West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, “The New, New Normal,” Spilman Environmental Forum, April 16, 2015

Community Involvement

  • Upshur County Airport Authority

Personal Interests

  • Licensed private pilot
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