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Paul R. Yagelski


Phone: (412) 338-1124

Practice Areas:
Oil & Gas

Bar Admissions:
West Virginia

Court Admissions:
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Paul Yagelski joined Rothman Gordon in 1994 and practices in the areas of oil & gas law, litigation, and creditor’s and debtors’ rights. His litigation practice includes oil & gas litigation, contract actions, creditor and commercial litigation, and bankruptcy actions.

Paul is the Chair of Rothman Gordon’s Oil and Gas practice group. In 2015, he was appointed to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Shale Energy Law Committee and reappointed in 2019. Paul reviews and negotiates oil and gas leases, having represented numerous clients throughout the United States with a concentration on Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia who have received leases from both large and small oil and gas companies. His contract negotiations involve drafting addendums to oil and gas leases in order to protect and benefit landowners and royalty owners.

In addition, Paul has negotiated numerous pipeline agreements, both within and outside of the lease situation. He has also been involved in negotiating and drafting surface use or well pad agreements. If the landowner has a seismic testing issue, Paul can also help with that.

Paul has also represented clients in pipeline right of way condemnation matters, both state and federal.

Paul has over 39 years of experience, including over 24 years of experience in litigation, including oil and gas litigation. Paul has successfully represented landowners and royalty owners in numerous oil and gas matters. Paul has litigated in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. He has also represented clients in Federal District Court.

Rothman Gordon has chosen to represent landowners and royalty owners rather than gas companies because we believe landowners and royalty owners deserve experienced lawyers to represent them and their interests. From leases to litigation to estate planning, Paul and Rothman Gordon’s oil and gas team can assist in protecting your interests and your future.

Paul has also represented a large number of clients in varying creditor actions.  He has had extensive involvement in bankruptcy proceedings, including proceedings involving motions for relief from stay, motions for dismissal of bankruptcy proceedings, objections to the discharge of claims, and other adversary actions. Paul has been involved in a number of successful work outs or business closures.

Paul earned his B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Scranton and his J.D. from Duquesne University. He is a member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and formerly the editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Shale Energy Law Committee Newsletter.  Paul has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.

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