Russell L. Schetroma

is a Lawyer in Meadville, PA

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Areas of Law


  • Oil and Gas Law

Contact Information

Currently Employed At 201 Chestnut Street, Suite 200
Meadville, PA 16335-2629

Overall Peer Rating

5 out of 5

  • Meets Very High Criteria of General Ethical Standards
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Experience & Credentials

Admission Details1972, Pennsylvania; 1974, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 2008, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania; 2009, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
EducationElon University, A.B.; Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, J.D.
Additional Bio DetailsShareholder, Director and Chair of Business, Firm's Real Estate and General Practice Group. <i>Current: Solicitor, City of Meadville 1975-; Member, International Association of Municipal Law Officers; Trustee, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation; Member, Hearing Committee Member Serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Director, Meadville Public Library; Director, Boards of Fairview/Fairmont (low income) Housing Corporations; Director, Quality Living Center (County Affiliated Assisted Living Facility); Corporator, Greendale Cemetery Association; Listed in Best Lawyers in America for his work in oil and gas law; Chair, Endowment and Worship Committees, Stone United Methodist Church. <i>Past: Treasurer and Director, Crawford County Bar Association Legal Aid, Inc.; President, Crawford County Estate Planning Council; Member, Venango Valley Estate Planning Council; Board Member, Crawford County Mental Health Association; Trustee, Secretary, Assistant-Treasurer, member of the Executive Committee, and Chair of Oil and Gas Sub-Committee, Eastern Mineral Law Foundation; Recipient, Pennsylvania Bar Association Award for extraordinary contribution to the pro bono service in Pennsylvania, 1989-1990; Recipient, President's Award, Eastern Mineral Law Foundation, 1993; Recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the Greater Meadville Board of Realtors in 1996 and 1997 as the result of his coordination of his firm's service as counsel to that Board; Service Award, Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce, 2000; Member of the Steering Committee of the NW Pa Export Network; Member, Industry Collaboration and Productivity Committee (finance and foreign trade subcommittees), Tool & Die Summit of the Manufacturers Association of NW PA; Participant, Pennsylvania Conference of County Bar Leaders; Co-Founding Member, Technical Advisory Group, Greater Meadville Area Local Access Network (Community Bulletin Board/Internet Access Facility and Regional World-Wide Web Site); Director, Crawford County Humane Society; Lay Leader, Stone United Methodist Church; Member, Meadville Area Industrial Commission; Named a "Pennsylvania Super-Lawyer" by Law & Politics/Philadelphia Magazine, 2005; Recipient, John L. McClaugherty Award, for his services to the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, 2007; Trade Taskforce of U.S. Congressman Phil English; Gas Leasing Update, a panel presentation with Sean Cassidy, Esq. and Samuel L. Douglass, Esq. presented for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2009; Gas Leasing Update (A Consideration of the potential for the Marcellus Shale play to provide an ongoing economic stimulus for Pennsylvania's construction industry) presented to the International Referral Network's Contractors' Forum Meadville, Pennsylvania, March 5, 2009. <i>Publications/Presentations: Title and Non-Individual Parties in Selected Appalachian States, Proceedings of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Mineral Titles, 1982; Title Requirements: Rights of Way and Easements for Mineral Exploration, Development and Production, Proceedings of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Rights of Way, Easements and Surface Damages, 1985; Title and Non-Individual Parties in Selected Eastern States, Proceedings of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Mineral Titles, 1985, Updated and included in proceedings of EMLF Special Institutes in 1993 and 1994; Oil and Gas Royalties: Apportionment as Achieved by State Law, Contract, and Administrative Action, 7 Eastern Min.L.Inst. 13, 1986; The Mineral Interest-Royalty Distinction: An Eastern View and Update, 8 Eastern Min.L.Inst. 18, 1987; The Oil and Gas Title Opinion: An Attorney's Perspective, Proceedings of the Landman's Practicum, Eastern Mineral Law Foundation, 1989; Real Estate Tax Sales and Mineral Titles: The Effects of Tax Sales Under the Laws of Selected Eastern States Upon Oil, Gas, Mineral, and Related Real Property Interests, 11 Eastern Min. L.Inst. 5, 1990; The Oil and Gas Habendum, Description and Rights-Granted Clauses: An Eastern Analysis, Proceedings of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Understanding Coal and Oil & Gas Leases and Environmental Due Diligence, 1991; The Partition and Waiver of Partition of Oil, Gas and Mineral Interests in Eastern States, Proceedings of the Annual Institute of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation, 1995, outline only published; Good Faith Unitization In Eastern States, Proceedings of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute, 1996; Curing Mineral Titles, Proceedings of the 9th Annual Institute of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation, 1998; The Independent Contractor and the Employer: Have We Really Learned Anything or Are We Just Kidding Ourselves? presented at the 44th Annual Meeting and International Conference of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, June 1998, and subsequently published in Landman magazine; Ethical Considerations in Business Transactions, PA Bar Institute Colloquium on Counseling Small Businesses, 1999; Public Meetings and Procedures, PA Bar Institute Municipal Law Colloquium, 1999; Managing Export Risk, U.S. Department of Commerce Seminar on Export Risk, February, 2000; The Oil and Gas Title Opinion (Revisited), Landman's Practicum, Eastern Mineral Law Foundation, 2000; Ethical Considerations in Small Business Representation, PA Bar Institute Colloquium on Counseling Small Businesses, 2001; Ethical Considerations in Administrative Proceedings, PA Bar Institute Statewide OSHA Program, 2001; Conflicting Rights and Interests Among Oil and Gas Lessees, Surface Owners and Other Interest Holders, Proceedings of the Annual Institute of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, 2002; Comparison of the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods and the United States Uniform Commercial Code, presented at the 2002 meeting of Inpact International in Miami, Florida; Collection of Municipal Claims With Non-Lien Proceedings, presented to the PA Bar Institute Municipal Law Colloquium, 2003; Multi-Jurisdictional Practice: Legal, Ethical and Practical Considerations, presented to the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2004; Issues In Professional Responsibility for the Municipal Attorney, PA Bar Institute Municipal Law Colloquium, 2005; Evolving Trends in Surface/Mineral Owner Rights and Obligations, Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY, 2006; Ethical Considerations in Real Estate Practice, PA Bar Institute Real Estate Colloquium, 2006; Technical Traps and Tricks in Taking Effective Oil and Gas Leases in Eastern States, EMLF Landman's Special Institute, 2007; Ethical Considerations for Municipal Attorneys, PA Bar Institute Municipal Law Colloquium, 2007; The Eastern Oil and Gas Lease, Northern Appalachian Landman's Association, July, 2007; Conducted a three day training in real estate law, the general law of contracts, oil and gas law, ethics and legal issues and contracts specifically relevant to professional land services for the University of Pittsburgh at its Bradford, Pennsylvania campus, October 16-18, 2007; Participant, Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association Legislative Briefing: Marcellus Shale: The Developing New Natural Gas Field in Pennsylvania, State Capitol Building-Hilton Hotel Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 7, 2008; The Pennsylvania Law of Oil and Gas presented as part of a Comparative Review of Oil and Gas Laws of Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen in Chicago, Illinois, June 11-14, 2008; Rethinking The Oil and Gas Lease to Reduce Horizontal Well Drilling Risks |Dealing With Fractional Interests in PA Oil and Gas Properties, Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association 2008 Annual Meeting; You Want What? The Ever Evolving Oil and Gas Lease, 33rd Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, Kentucky October, 2008; Doing Business In the United States: Governmental Incentives for Foreign Investment; presented to the 2008 INPACT World Conference (of member accounting firms from INPACT Americas; INPACT Asia Pacific and INPACT International), San Francisco, California, October 31, 2008. Ethical Considerations for the Municipal Solicitor presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 2009 "Municipal Law Colloquium" at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center on May 8-9, 2009. The Eastern Oil and Gas Lease, presented at the 30th Annual Energy and Mineral Law Institute of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on May 16-19, 2009. Mineral Title Examination: Not Your Basic Title? Presented at the National Business Institute Seminar on "Mineral Rights in America: What You Need to Know NOW!" at the Pittsburgh Mariott City Center on April 13, 2009. Designing, Negotiating and Documenting Gathering and Intrastate Transportation Agreement presented at the Half-Moon LLC Continuing Legal Education Seminar on "Pennsylvania Natural Gas Pipelines: Legal and Regulatory Issues" presented at the Radisson Hotel Green Tree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 15. 2009. Liability Issues (related to natural gas gathering and intrastate pipeline operations) presented at the Half-Moon LLC Continuing Legal Education Seminar on "Pennsylvania Natural Gas Pipelines: Legal and Regulatory Issues," Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 15. 2009.

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