J. Benjamin Fraifogl

Shareholder
Akron
222 South Main Street
Suite 400
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6651
F 330.376.4577
P 330.849.6651 | F 330.376.4577



Overview

Ben’s practice is focused in the areas of energy law and real estate, with an emphasis on oil, natural gas, solar energy, wind energy and related activities. He represents and counsels clients in a number of settings including lease negotiations, land use agreements, mineral ownership and curative work, drilling opinions, and related litigation at both the trial and appellate level. In addition to his involvement in traditional areas of energy law, he has experience in developing and implementing wealth transfer and succession planning strategies to limit tax and liability exposure. Ben has represented both producers and landowners in several multi-million dollar asset sales involving mineral rights, lease interests, and commercial real estate transactions. He is also extensively involved in easement negotiations and eminent domain litigation involving both national and local pipeline and transmission line projects.

Services

Industries

Education

  1. Notre Dame Law School, J.D.

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  2. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Selected to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (2022); Energy Law (2022); Oil and Gas Law (2022); Real Estate Law (2022) 

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Natural Resources Committee
  • The Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), Member
Community Affiliations
  • Wayne County Children’s Advocacy Center, Board of Directors, Board Secretary (2015-2017)

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Court of Appeals Rules That Oil and Gas Company Has Ongoing Obligation to Restore Property Despite General Release of Damages in Surface Use Agreement (May 6, 2022)
    What is “Reasonable Diligence” Under the DMA? The Ohio Supreme Court Offers More Guidance to Landowners (Apr 1, 2022)
    One Less Way for Ohio Landowners to Challenge Royalty Severances (Mar 7, 2022)
    Ohio Appellate Court Further Clarifies 'Reasonable Diligence' Standard Under the Dormant Mineral Act (Jan 31, 2022)
    Ohio Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Key Marketable Title Act Issue Regarding Preservation of Severed Mineral Interests (Mar 19, 2021)
  2. Article
    One Less Way for Ohio Landowners to Challenge Royalty Severances - Harrison News-Herald (March 2022)
  3. Presentations
    “Oil & Gas Case Law Update” - Ohio State Bar Association, Oil and Gas Update (2019)
    “Ohio Judicial Update” - National Association of Royalty Owners, National Convention (2019)
    “Handling Real Estate Transactions from Start to Finish: Ethical Considerations” - National Business Institute (2019)
    “Handling Real Estate Transactions from Start to Finish: Regulatory and Case Law Update” - National Business Institute (2019)
    “Oil & Gas Case Law Update” - Ohio State Bar Association, Oil and Gas Update (2018)
  4. Firm News
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Eight Roetzel Attorneys Promoted to Shareholder in 2021 (Jan 1, 2021)
    Roetzel's Akron Office Adds 11 Attorneys (Jan 13, 2016)

Overview

Ben’s practice is focused in the areas of energy law and real estate, with an emphasis on oil, natural gas, solar energy, wind energy and related activities. He represents and counsels clients in a number of settings including lease negotiations, land use agreements, mineral ownership and curative work, drilling opinions, and related litigation at both the trial and appellate level. In addition to his involvement in traditional areas of energy law, he has experience in developing and implementing wealth transfer and succession planning strategies to limit tax and liability exposure. Ben has represented both producers and landowners in several multi-million dollar asset sales involving mineral rights, lease interests, and commercial real estate transactions. He is also extensively involved in easement negotiations and eminent domain litigation involving both national and local pipeline and transmission line projects.

Education

  1. Notre Dame Law School, J.D.

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  2. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Selected to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (2022); Energy Law (2022); Oil and Gas Law (2022); Real Estate Law (2022) 

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Natural Resources Committee
  • The Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), Member
Community Affiliations
  • Wayne County Children’s Advocacy Center, Board of Directors, Board Secretary (2015-2017)

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Court of Appeals Rules That Oil and Gas Company Has Ongoing Obligation to Restore Property Despite General Release of Damages in Surface Use Agreement (May 6, 2022)
    What is “Reasonable Diligence” Under the DMA? The Ohio Supreme Court Offers More Guidance to Landowners (Apr 1, 2022)
    One Less Way for Ohio Landowners to Challenge Royalty Severances (Mar 7, 2022)
    Ohio Appellate Court Further Clarifies 'Reasonable Diligence' Standard Under the Dormant Mineral Act (Jan 31, 2022)
    Ohio Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Key Marketable Title Act Issue Regarding Preservation of Severed Mineral Interests (Mar 19, 2021)
  2. Article
    One Less Way for Ohio Landowners to Challenge Royalty Severances - Harrison News-Herald (March 2022)
  3. Presentations
    “Oil & Gas Case Law Update” - Ohio State Bar Association, Oil and Gas Update (2019)
    “Ohio Judicial Update” - National Association of Royalty Owners, National Convention (2019)
    “Handling Real Estate Transactions from Start to Finish: Ethical Considerations” - National Business Institute (2019)
    “Handling Real Estate Transactions from Start to Finish: Regulatory and Case Law Update” - National Business Institute (2019)
    “Oil & Gas Case Law Update” - Ohio State Bar Association, Oil and Gas Update (2018)
  4. Firm News
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Eight Roetzel Attorneys Promoted to Shareholder in 2021 (Jan 1, 2021)
    Roetzel's Akron Office Adds 11 Attorneys (Jan 13, 2016)