Robert M. Stonestreet

Area of Emphasis

Robert Stonestreet is a litigation attorney who focuses his practice on land, energy, and environmental law. He has a wide array of regulatory and courtroom experience, including representation of clients in matters involving lease and land disputes, environmental permitting, enforcement actions, serious personal injury/wrongful death, land contamination, toxic exposure, and complex commercial disputes.

Mr. Stonestreet has tried multiple cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies. He has served as lead counsel in appeals to the West Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Background

Mr. Stonestreet graduated from Marshall University, summa cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in History in 2000. He received his law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 2003. While attending law school, Mr. Stonestreet served as Executive Manuscript Editor of the West Virginia Law Review and graduated in the top five percent of his class.

Outside of the law, Mr. Stonestreet is an avid distance runner and outdoor recreation enthusiast. He has completed multiple road marathons and various types of long-distance trail races.

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Stonestreet is admitted to practice in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia and the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits.

He is a member of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia’s Energy Committee, Gas & Oil Association of West Virginia’s Environment Committee, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. Mr. Stonestreet is a long-serving member of the Putnam County Board of Zoning Appeals, which is a quasi-judicial administrative hearing board. He is also the past president of the Air & Waste Management Association, West Virginia Chapter, and past chair of the Water Subcommittee of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Environment Committee. Mr. Stonestreet is the president of the Marshall University Quarterback Club of Charleston, and vice-president of the Meeks Mountain Trail Alliance, a non-profit organization developing public hiking and biking trails and associated infrastructure in coordination with a local landowner and city government.

Mr. Stonestreet is ranked among West Virginia’s top energy & natural resources lawyers in Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Business Lawyers. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers of America© in the Environmental Law Section since 2013; Commercial Litigation Section since 2018; and Energy Law Section since 2020 by BL Rankings. He has also been selected to the 2010-2012 West Virginia Rising Stars and 2013-2020 West Virginia Super Lawyers lists (Thomson Reuters).

Publications/Presentations
  • Presenter, “Critical Habitat Designations Under the Endangered Species Act,” Shale Gas Law Conference, November 9, 2018; West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Environment and Energy Conference, May 23, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Regulatory Issues Associated with Underground Storage of Natural Gas Liquids,” West Virginia Energy Institute, August 22, 2017.
  • Presenter, “Held by Operations: Keeping Your Lease Alive,” West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association Spring Meeting, May 17, 2017; American Association of Professional Landmen seminar, March 9, 2017.
  • Author and Presenter, “Cooperative Federalism and Environmental Laws: Coping with Two Masters,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s Annual Institute, June 22, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation in West Virginia,” Lorman seminar, October 2, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Litigation Issues in West Virginia Energy Law,” West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel, April 23, 2013.
  • Author, “Force Majeure for Sure? Contractual Coal Supply Obligations in a Changing World,” 30 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 5 (2009).
  • Author, “You Have No Idea – Environmental Regulation of the Coal Industry,” 25 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 133 (2005).
  • Author, “Replacing a Solid Wall with a Chain Link Fence: Special Relationship Analysis for Tort Recovery of Purely Economic Loss,” 105 W. Va. L. Rev. 213 (2002).

 

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