Pepper Hamilton hires O&G litigation partner and associates

Michael G. Connelly has joined Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office as a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Connelly is joined by two associates, Kevin M. Eddy and Victoria D. Summerfield.

Connelly and his group are lawyers representing oil and gas companies in all areas of development in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, with a particular focus on representing midstream companies in all aspects of pipeline development.

Prior to joining Pepper Hamilton, Connelly, Eddy and Summerfield practiced with Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC in Pittsburgh.

Connelly has experience in complex commercial litigation and focuses on the representation of energy companies. He represents midstream companies in all aspects of pipeline projects and litigation in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and elsewhere. He also represents exploration and production companies and oilfield service companies in litigation in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and beyond. In addition, his practice includes class action defense, financial services litigation, media law, trade secret litigation, and construction and product liability matters. Connelly is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, with a double major in government/international relations and history.

Eddy’s oil and gas experience includes representing midstream and exploration and production companies in the Marcellus shale region, concerning leasing, royalty disputes, permitting, commercial transactions, joint venture agreements, regulatory compliance, environmental litigation, work place safety, breach of contract claims, and employment matters. He also handles complex litigation matters for several industries, including construction, insurance, transportation, and consumer finance. Eddy is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Canisius College.

Summerfield is focused primarily in the area of oil and gas industry litigation. She represents exploration and production, midstream, and oilfield services companies in a wide variety of disputes in state and federal court throughout the Marcellus and Utica shale regions. Summerfield is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She received her Master of Science degree in forensic science and law from the Honors College of Duquesne University, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry from Duquesne University.


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