Blair Wood (Class of 2010) practices business litigation with the Creekmore Law Firm. Their Business Litigation practice entails prosecuting and defending litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. She is responsible for the defense of coal, gas and coalbed methane litigation across Virginia and into West Virginia on behalf of some of our nation’s top coal and gas producers. Ms. Wood has defended coal producers and gas operators in federal and state courts, and through the appellate courts.
Troy Nichols (Class of 2004) serves as Corporate Counsel for Alpha Coal Sales Co., LLC, a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. Alpha is the nation’s largest supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal used in the steel-making process and a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries across the country. Alpha, which is ranked on the 2012 Fortune 500, has more than 200 customers on five continents. Before joining Alpha, Troy practiced law at the firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP in Lexington, Kentucky. He served as a Senior Associate and was a member of the firm’s Natural Resources & Environmental Service Team. He concentrated his practice in the areas of mineral, energy, environmental, and regulatory law, and commercial litigation. His experience also includes corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and financing arrangements, as well as residential, commercial and mineral real property law.
Prior to his affiliation with Wyatt, Troy clerked for the Honorable Elizabeth A. McClanahan, now a Justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia. He is admitted to practice law in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and Virginia. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and Juris Doctor from the Appalachian School of Law. Troy is married to Amanda Burke Nichols (Class of 2004), and they have a five-year old daughter, Elizabeth, and a two-year old son, Benjamin.
Dominique Ranieri (Class of 2013) is an Associate with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in the firm’s Charleston, W. Va. office. She focuses her practice in the areas of energy and environmental law, transactions, and mineral title examination. She is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Ms. Ranieri earned her Bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. While in attendance at the Appalachian School of Law she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal, and on the planning committee for the Governor’s First Biennial Natural Resources and Energy Law Symposium (2013).
Kenneth L. Carroll, III (Class of 2008) is an associate with Jackson Kelly, PLLC where he focuses his practice in oil and gas and real estate. Mr. Carroll is experienced in the areas of coal, oil and gas and other energy acquisition, divestiture and transaction matters. His practice also includes lease negotiations, title examinations and curative work, and the coordination and performance of due diligence associated with coal, oil and gas transactions. Mr. Carroll has been involved in numerous aspects of residential estate matters including title examinations and loan closings and is experienced in preparing leases, deeds, easements and other related agreements. In addition, he has managed abstractors in performing mineral title examinations and drafting title opinions for the purpose of acquiring and leasing minerals, permitting for mining and drilling and enforcement and acquisition of surface easements.
Gary D. Holland (Class of 2007) focuses his practice in the areas of real estate, commercial transactions, mineral title examinations, and energy law in the firm’s Charleston, W.Va. office. Holland earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and Juris Doctor from Appalachian School of Law. He joined Steptoe & Johnson in 2008.
Tiffany M. Arbaugh (Class of 2005) Of Counsel for Steptoe & Johnson PPLC in the firm’s Charleston, W.Va. office. She focuses her practice in the area of mineral resource law. Before joining Steptoe & Johnson in 2012, she managed large scale due diligence and acquisition projects for a Fortune 500 company, along with related contracts for exploratory operations and infrastructure.
Josh Collins (Class of 2005) from 2005 – 2012 he worked at Jones & Associates focusing on mergers and acquisitions of coal companies and general transactions involving coal mining assets served as a part time in-house counsel for international coal and steel company (2011). Currently, he is a supervising attorney for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Legal Services – the Office supports the WVDEP by offering litigation services and advocacy in the furtherance of our state and federal environmental laws, rules and regulations.
Jason P. Little (Class of 2007) serves as a Land Negotiator for Noble Energy, Inc (Noble). Noble is an S&P 500 company with reserves of 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent and assets totaling over $16 billion at year-end 2011. Noble has core operations onshore in the U.S. (primarily in the DJ Basin and the Marcellus Shale), in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, offshore Eastern Mediterranean and offshore West Africa. . Before joining Noble, Jason practiced law at Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC., in Charleston, West Virginia. He served as an Associate in the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group. Prior to his affiliation with Steptoe, Jason was a Landman and Attorney for EQT. He is admitted to practice law in Tennessee and West Virginia. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and Juris Doctor from the Appalachian School of Law. While currently residing in Pittsburgh, PA, Jason is married to Jamie Webb Little (Class of 2007), and they have a four year old son, Zack, and a two year old daughter, Zoe.
Westley Ketron (Class of 2014) is an Associate with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in the firm’s Charleston, W. Va. office. He focuses his practice in the areas of mineral title and real estate law. He is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Mr. Ketron earned his Bachelor’s degree from King University, and is a summa cum laude graduate of the Appalachian School of Law. During law school, he served as the Executive Editor of the Appalachian Journal of Law. Additionally, during his time at ASL, Mr. Ketron interned with Alpha Natural Resources, and served as a summer law clerk for the Honorable Elizabeth A. McClanahan, a Virginia Supreme Court Justice.