Michael P. Joy

Partner

Denver
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Overview

Michael Joy combines his unique experience as a lawyer and geologist into a practice focused on conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas development. He primarily serves oil and natural gas exploration and production companies, oil field service providers, and land service companies. Michael is a nationally recognized authority on the administrative and regulatory processes of well-spacing and compulsory integration. His broad experience spans public relations, energy policy and lobbying; mergers, acquisitions and property transaction production; land leasing and development acreage transactions; and litigation issues associated primarily with oil and natural gas development in the Northeastern United States.

Michael has authored and co-authored dozens of scientific works and is a highly sought after lecturer and speaker. His work on the Trenton and Black River Group carbonates and Utica Shale is still widely used in the exploration for unconventional shale gas in New York and Pennsylvania. Michael is still active as a geologist and consults with clients on technical matters associated with developing unconventional shale gas programs.

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  • Advised joint venture operating group on the acquisition by lease of 100,000-plus-acre landowner coalition group.
  • Advised midmarket lender and operating company on $100 million-plus credit facility in support of shale-gas drilling program.
  • Advised startup subsidiary of publicly traded parent company on acquisition of producing and nonproducing properties using a combination of cash, stock, participation rights and overriding royalty interest (ORRI) as consideration.
  • Advising nonoperating working interest owners group in appeal of administrative order relating to multiple well-spacing and compulsory integrating proceedings pending in New York State Supreme Court.
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Experience

  • Advised joint venture operating group on the acquisition by lease of 100,000-plus-acre landowner coalition group.
  • Advised midmarket lender and operating company on $100 million-plus credit facility in support of shale-gas drilling program.
  • Advised startup subsidiary of publicly traded parent company on acquisition of producing and nonproducing properties using a combination of cash, stock, participation rights and overriding royalty interest (ORRI) as consideration.
  • Advising nonoperating working interest owners group in appeal of administrative order relating to multiple well-spacing and compulsory integrating proceedings pending in New York State Supreme Court.
  • Represents affected operator and trade association regarding scope of state preemption and degree of local municipal authority to regulate oil and natural gas operations.
  • Played key role in negotiation, drafting and development of 2005 amendments to the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law of New York.
  • Represented founding member of Marcellus Shale Coalition in its attempt to formulate a well-spacing and compulsory-integration statute in Pennsylvania for specific application to the Marcellus Shale play.
  • Assisted a startup natural gas production company in the process of raising venture capital and performing operational audit work in support of private placement funding and an initial public offering.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2016)
    • Recommended in Industry Focus: Energy – litigation
  • Denver Business Journal: "Who's Who in Energy" (2015, 2017) 
  • Pittsburgh Business Times: “Who’s Who in Energy” (2014)

Memberships

  • Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York
  • Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Community

  • State University of Buffalo Geology Department: Adjunct Professor, Stratigraphy & Paleontology

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Reed Smith, LLP (2012 to 2014)
  • Biltekoff & Joy (2002 to 2011)
  • State University at Buffalo School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Oil and Gas Law (2003 to 2011)
  • Duke Holsman Yeager & Photiadis, LLP (2001 to 2002)
  • New York State Research Foundation
    • Research Assistant (1995 to 1997)
    • Soil Gas Analyst and Field Geologist (1993 to 1995)
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Department of Geology: Lecturer and Teaching Assistant (1995)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Real Estate Development and Environmental Law, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 2002, cum laude, Charles Dautch Award (Real Property), Harry A. Rachlin Prize in Property & Real Estate Law, Moot Court Evidence Award
  • Ph.D., Geology, State University of New York, 2002; Doctoral Dissertation: "Chronostratigraphy and the Sequence Hierarchy of the Late Turinian through Early Edenian (Ordovician) Taconic Foreland in New York and Central Pennsylvania: Implications for Active Margin Basin Evolution..."
  • M.A., Geology, State University of New York, 1998
  • B.A., Geology, State University of New York, 1995