Mike Magee has developed a diverse practice representing clients in high-value contract disputes, and in particular, in connection with oil and natural gas exploration, computer software development, and products liability.
Mike has particular experience representing and advising clients with respect to oil and natural gas lease implied covenants, pooling, and unitization law, as well as Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment. Mike has also worked extensively with experts in software design, testing, coding standards, and development management. His representations include IBM, U. S. Steel, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Experian, and PennEnergy Resources. Mike is actively involved in the Firm's pro bono activities, having represented incarcerated individuals, charities in tax exemption disputes, religious entities in First Amendment disputes, and victims of police brutality.
Mike has researched extensively and written on the topics of pooling and unitization and implied covenants and their impact upon oil and natural gas development in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, as well as on Pennsylvania civil procedure and federal multidistrict litigation.
Third Circuit Rules that Courts, not Arbitration Panels, Have Final Word on Class Action Arbitrability
The Shale Energy Revolution: A Lawyer's Guide, coauthor, edited by Barclay Nicholson & Sarah Casey, American Bar Association
No Implied Duty for Operators to Develop "Each Economically Exploitable Strata," Says Pennsylvania Superior Court
Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lease Act Enhances Royalty Transparency and Authorizes Limited Contiguous Lease Integration
LexisNexis, Pennsylvania Pre-Trial Practice Guide, Chapter 3: Initiating a Civil Action.
- December 2020
Thomson Reuters, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts 4th, Chapter 14: Multidistrict Litigation
- June 5, 2014
The Best Laid Plans: Oil and Gas Lease Litigation in Pennsylvania, YPE Energy Industry Training Series
- February 7 and 8, 2013
Shale 101: Introduction to Business and Legal Developments in the Appalachian Basin, Jones Day Pittsburgh
- Pennsylvania State University (J.D. summa cum laude 2012; Articles Editor, Penn State Law Review; Woolsack Honor Society); Colgate University (B.A. magna cum laude 2008)
- Pennsylvania, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Sixth Circuits, and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania