Elena L. Rorabaugh

Area of Emphasis

Elena Rorabaugh is a shareholder in the Energy and Natural Resources Group at Babst Calland. She is experienced in assisting oil and gas companies navigate the legal obstacles involved with exploration and production. Her practice focuses on energy, oil, gas and mineral-related transaction matters, including title examination and title curative work. Ms. Rorabaugh also counsels clients with respect to the acquisition and disposition of oil and gas properties and has experience in all aspects of title due diligence.

Ms. Rorabaugh also has experience representing E&P, midstream and other energy companies in mergers and acquisitions, and she counsels clients on a variety of business and corporate transactional matters.


Ms. Rorabaugh graduated summa cum laude from Duquesne University in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in NCAA Division I Swimming and received several recognitions including the Director of Athletics Honor Roll for a consecutive four years. Ms. Rorabaugh received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law in 2009 where she received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Sales and Leased Goods, and was admitted to the Order of the Barristers. She was also selected as a teaching assistant for Duquesne’s Legal Research and Writing Program and for the National Tax Appellate Moot Court Competition.

Prior to joining Babst Calland, Ms. Rorabaugh clerked for the Court of Common Pleas of Greene County and later was an associate at a law firm in Indiana, Pa. where she worked on title and curative measures for natural gas development companies.

Memberships and Affiliations

Ms. Rorabaugh is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Mexico (pending), Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas (pending), West Virginia and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and a council member of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Corporate, Banking & Business Law section. She is also a member of the Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and the Appalachia Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network.

  • Co-author, “Availability of ‘quick take’ for pipeline rights-of-way in Pennsylvania – state vs. federal law,” The PIOGA Press, March 2016.
  • Co-author, “Title due diligence: The seller’s response to asserted defects, preparation for closing and post-closing issues,” The PIOGA Press, December 2014.
  • Co-author, “Landowner unrest over royalty payments leads to litigation and new legislation,” The PIOGA Press, April 2014.