ASL Alumni in Natural Resources Law

Blair WoodBlair Wood (Class of 2010) practices business litigation with the CowanPerry PC. The Business Litigation practice entails prosecuting and defending litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Previously she was responsible for the defense of various coal, gas and coalbed methane litigation across Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee on behalf of some of our nation’s top coal and gas producers. Attorney Wood has defended coal producers and gas operators in federal and state courts, and through the appellate courts. She also has published writings and presented at CLEs on these subjects as well.


Troy Nichols

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

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 CarrollKenneth 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 Holland
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
Tiffany M. Arbaugh Tiffany M. Arbaugh (Class of 2005) is with Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C. in the firm’s Charleston, W. Va. office. She focuses her practice in the areas of real estate, energy and natural resource law. 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. Mrs. Arbaugh earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mountain State University, graduating cum laude, and her Juris Doctor from the Appalachian School of Law. Prior to joining Babst Calland, Mrs. Arbaugh spent eight years working in house for large oil and gas production and midstream companies and three years in general litigation.


Josh Collins
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.


Westley Ketron
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.