Travis Brannon is an associate in the firm’s Pittsburgh office and focuses his practice on energy and commercial matters with an emphasis on energy litigation. Travis represents energy production, midstream, and associated companies in multiple areas, including contract disputes, oil and gas leasing, royalty disputes, landowner class actions, real property advising, and environmental compliance. Also, Travis has experience counseling energy clients on legislative and regulatory developments at both the state and federal level.
Travis' energy experience includes lease analysis and interpretation, royalty class actions, contract disputes, nuisance/trespass, midstream, environmental enforcement (e.g. Clean Air Act), eminent domain, and construction. His experience includes factual investigation, complex discovery matters, and a wide array of oral and written advocacy. Travis also has trial and arbitration experience including first chair experiences in state and federal court.
Travis was a summer associate in the firm’s Pittsburgh office in 2012.
During law school, he served as a research assistant at the WVU College of Law - Center for Energy and Sustainable Development performing energy and environmental public policy work. Travis also previously interned with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration and former U.S. Senator from Virginia, Jim Webb.
- Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF)
- Travis currently serves on the EMLF Board of Trustees as a trustee-at-large. He also serves as co-chairperson of the EMLF Young Lawyers Committee and previously served as a member of the EMLF Law School Committee. EMLF is a national nonprofit educational organization which fosters the study of laws and regulations related to natural resources development and energy use.
- National Kidney Foundation (NKF) (Serving the Alleghenies)
- Travis currently serves on the NKF (Serving the Alleghenies) Board of Directors. The NKF is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding patient-centric organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney diseases in the US. Travis previously served as chairperson of the NKF Corporate Monopoly Tournament Leadership Committee.
- Travis serves as a member of the Landforce Board of Directors. Landforce is a non-profit organization helping Pittsburgh organizations restore and maintain land and green assets by providing professionally skilled crews who can assist in environmental management. At the same time, Landforce supports crew members’ passion to become strong and capable employees for Landforce and future employers.
- National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition - WVU College of Law
- Travis regularly serves as a judge for this annual moot court competition focused on the development of energy attorneys from law schools across the United States.
- The West Virginia State Bar
- Considerations for What Your Lease Doesn’t Say: An Update on Implied Covenants in the Appalachian Basin, EMLF Annual Institute Conference, Washington, D.C., June 9-11, 2019.
- A Year in the Courtroom for Oil and Gas - Litigation Update, EMLF Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY, October 18-19, 2017.
- Competing Surface Uses for Oil and Gas Development, EMLF Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY, October 21-22, 2015.
- Considerations for What Your Lease Doesn’t Say: An Update on Implied Covenants in the Appalachian Basin, 40th Annual Energy & Mineral Law Institute / The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 40 Energy & Min. L. Inst. (forthcoming)
- “West Virginia is Not the Best Comparison for Proposed Pennsylvania Tax,” The PIOGA Press, May 2015
- Lone Pine or Folk Lore? A Survey of Case Developments Regarding Lone Pine Orders in Oil and Gas Litigation, 35th Annual Energy & Mineral Law Institute / The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 35 Energy & Min. L. Inst. § 5, 2014
- Marcellus Shale Drilling Comparative White Paper: The Regulatory Approaches of New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, (Co-author) WVU College of Law - Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, Spring 2012