Karen J. Greenwell

Attorney in Lexington, KY
Karen Greenwell is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee and a Co-Team Leader of the Natural Resources & Environmental Service Team. She concentrates her practice in the areas of mineral, energy and property law, and commercial litigation.


• Best Lawyers 2013 Lexington Mining Law Lawyer of the Year

• Best Lawyers 2012 Lexington Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year

• Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Mining Law and Natural Resources Law, 2007-2014

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Environment, Natural Resources & Utilities: Natural Resources

• AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell

• Recognized by her peers in Kentucky Super Lawyers 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013


• Kentucky Oil and Gas Association - 76th Annual Meeting - 6/19/12 - 6/21/12 - New Air Emissions Regulations Affecting the Oil and Gas Industry

• EMLF - 36th Mineral Law Conference - 10/19/11 - 10/21/11 - Post Production Agreements

• EMLF - 35th Mineral Law Conference -10/13/10 - 10/15/10 - Natural Gas Storage Development - Legal and Regulatory Issues

• Institute for Energy Law - 6/2/10 - 6/3/10 - Law of Shale Gas Plays

• RMMLF - 4/29/10 - 4/30/10 - Surface Access For Mining Uses

• EMLF - 10/9/09 - Top Leasing in the Appalachian Basin - Eagles or Vultures?

• 33rd Kentucky Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment - 9/30/09-10/1/09 - Carbon Management Policy

• Platts - 9/14/09 - 9/15/09 - Carbon Capture & Sequestration, Policy, Economics, Regulation & Risk

• Halfmoon Seminars - 6/24/09 - Oil, Gas & Mineral Land Law Ownership of Minerals and Related Property Concepts

• 32nd Kentucky's Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment - 10/7/08 - Carbon Capture and Storage Legal Issues

• EMLF Annual Institute - 5/15/05-5/17/05 - Can I Use That Hole In The Ground? Ownership & Uses For Underground Voids & Subterranean Space

• RMMLF - 2/17/05-2/18/05 - Severed Minerals, Split Estates, Rights of Access, and Surface Use in Mineral Extraction Operations

• EMLF - 29th Mineral Law Conference - 10/14/04 - 10/15/04 - The Right to Develop Minerals

• Contracting Solutions to Joint Coalbed Methane/Coal Development, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and University of Kentucky Conference on Mineral Law, 2003

• Inability to Comply with SMCRA and the Right to Enter Private Property, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Annual Institute, May 2000

• Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction in Kentucky, National Business Institute, 1999

• Boundary Law, National Business Institute, 1997

• Inability to Comply: Non-Correctable/Unabatable Violations, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and University of Kentucky Conference on Mineral Law, 1995

• The Applicant Violator System under SMCRA, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and University of Kentucky Conference on Mineral Law, 1992


• On the Constitutionality of Kentucky's Mineral Deed Act, 13 Northern Kentucky Law Journal 219 (1986)

• Kentucky's Broad Form Deed Amendment: Constitutional Considerations, 5 Journal of Mineral Law and Policy, 9 (1989-90).

• The Applicant Violator System under SMCRA: Ownership and Control Regulations, 6 Journal of Mineral Law and Policy, 143 (1990-91).

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Areas of Law

  • Mineral & Energy
  • Environmental
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Sustainability


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Admission Details

Admitted in 1985, Kentucky

Law School Attended

University of Kentucky
Class of 1985
with highest honors

University Attended

University of Kentucky
Class of 1976
with highest honors

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Professional Activities and Memberships• fellow of the Institute for Mining and Mineral Research • Trustee, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation •... More

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Representative Matters: With 25 years of legal experience in the mineral and energy industry, Ms. Greenwell has assisted coal, oil, gas and energy industry clients with all manner of transactions, including leasing matters, asset acquisitions and divestitures, corporate mergers and stock acquisitions, and bankruptcy sales. Ms. Greenwell's experien... More

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Karen J. Greenwell
 250 West Main Street, Suite 1600,
Lexington, KY 40507


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