May 29, 2016

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Top oil, gas attorney to speak on leases in Lorain County

WELLINGTON — One of the state’s most experienced oil and gas attorneys will speak at the Lorain County Fairgrounds tonight about changes in Ohio oil and gas leases.

Columbus-based attorney Dick Emens, of Emens & Wolper Law Firm, will talk at the 6 p.m. meeting of the Black River Landowner’s Association at the fairgrounds, 23000 Fairgrounds Road.

Emens has more than 40 years of experience in oil and gas law and leases and is a frequent writer and speaker about oil and gas leases for the Utica and Marcellus shales.

Lawry Babitt of the Black River Landowner’s Association said Emens helped develop leases for about 84,000 acres in Trumbull County.

The public is invited to the meeting, Babitt said.

He said the association wants to represent landowners in Medina, Lorain, Erie and Huron counties in hopes of assisting them in developing better leases, he said.

“It’s a one-time deal. We’d better do it right,” Babitt said.

Emens and his colleagues have spoken to more than 5,000 Ohio landowners in the past year on oil- and gas-related issues, such as education about terms of leases, negotiating more landowner-friendly leases, estate planning and tax savings for oil and gas payments.

Emens has been included for 25 years in “Best Lawyers in America,” where he is listed in the categories of Oil and Gas Law, Natural Resources Law and Corporate Law.

He is the only Ohio lawyer listed in all three categories and has been referred to as the “dean of oil and gas attorneys in Ohio.”

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