Matthew S. Casto

Area of Emphasis

Matt Casto is a Shareholder in the Energy & Natural Resources, Environmental Services and Litigation Services Groups of Babst Calland. His practice is focused on energy matters, including the oil and gas industry with an emphasis in commercial and general litigation. Mr. Casto represents clients in connection with contract and lease disputes, toxic torts and energy and mineral law matters including, but not limited to, surface disputes, royalty, leasing and seismic matters. His experience with regard to these matters involves coordinating initial investigations, conducting negotiations on behalf of clients and serving as lead trial counsel during all phases of discovery and at trial. Some of the clients he has represented include exploration, production and transmission companies operating in the natural gas industry, electric utility companies, timber companies, trucking companies and various industrial and commercial operations.

Mr. Casto routinely handles matters involving multi-party litigation concerning issues related to lease disputes, injunctive relief, premises liability, quiet title actions, personal injury defense, deliberate intent, indemnification and contract issues, products liability, work place safety, industrial and commercial accidents, motor carrier liability and public utility litigation. He has also successfully represented clients and provided advice and guidance on issues involving toxic torts, complex litigation, drilling contracts and oil and gas title issues.

Mr. Casto served as in-house counsel for one of the largest independent oil and gas producers in the United States. During his tenure, he managed and handled litigation for a multi-state area, handled surface disputes, encroachments, regulatory issues and assisted with land, administrative and transactional matters.

Background

Mr. Casto attended Montana State University at Billings and received a Bachelors of Arts in history and graduated with honors. In 1999, he graduated summa cum laude from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. He also spent one year as a visiting student at Washington and Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia.

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Casto is admitted to practice in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States Court of Federal Claims, United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia and the Eastern District of Kentucky. Mr. Casto is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and American Bar Association, where he also serves as a member of the Title Insurance Litigation Committee of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. He is a member of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) (including the Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the AAPL) and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA).

Mr. Casto currently serves as an adjunct professor at Ohio Valley University in Vienna, WV. He is also an Allied Attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund.

Publications/Presentations
  • Presenter, “Update on Litigation and Emerging Issues in the Appalachian Basin,” AAPL’s Appalachian Land Institute.
  • Presenter, “Annual Update on Oil and Gas Cases,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 30th Annual Institute.
  • Presenter, “Subsurface Trespass and Hydraulic Fracturing Issues,” Appalachian Association of Professional Landmen.