J. Breton McNab

Associate
Akron
222 South Main Street
Suite 400
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.762.7775
F 330.376.4577
P 330.762.7775 | F 330.376.4577



Overview

Mr. McNab concentrates his practice in the areas of energy, oil and gas, and real estate, and is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas practice groups. He assists and serves clients in a wide variety of both transactional and litigation matters. His background, as a coal miner and as a commercial credit analyst, gives him a unique perspective among energy attorneys.

Mr. McNab’s transactional practice includes the acquisition and disposition of surface and mineral interests, the negotiation of surface use agreements, oil and gas leases and easements, as well as due diligence. 

Mr. McNab’s litigation practice includes oil and gas disputes, from ownership interests to breaches of oil and gas leases, and pipeline right-of-way disputes. 

Mr. McNab received his law degree from the Ohio Northern University College of Law, where he served as the Symposium Editor of the Ohio Northern University Law Review. Additionally, Mr. McNab  had the opportunity to be a legal extern for the Honorable Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge J. Mark Costine in the Juvenile and Probate Court of Belmont County, Ohio, and for the Honorable Judge Richard K. Warren in the Common Pleas Court of Allen County, Ohio.

Prior to joining Roetzel, Mr. McNab was an associate at a regional law firm in the Appalachian basin, where he gained valuable experience representing energy clients in the acquisition and disposition of mineral assets and the drafting of certified oil and gas title opinions.

Experience
  • Represents various clients in the negotiation of oil and gas leases, surface use agreements, and pipeline easements/rights-of-way in Ohio and West Virginia
  • Represents clients before state and federal courts involving issues relating to oil and gas production, breach of implied covenants, mineral trespass, eminent domain, easements/rights-of-way and other real property issues in both Ohio and West Virginia
  • Advises clients on title defects and curatives
  • Conducts coal, surface, and oil and gas title searches
  • Represented client in right-of-way dispute resulting in client having superior rights over competing right-of-way
  • Briefed multiple arguments before Ohio Court of Appeals that ultimately resulted in victories for clients
  • Successfully argued before the Tenth District Court of Appeals of Ohio in a matter relating to the permitting of injection wells
  • Performed due diligence for the acquisition of mineral and leasehold interests
  • Drafted oil and gas drilling title opinions in Ohio and West Virginia
Services

Industries

Education

  1. Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, J.D.
    • Symposium Editor, Ohio Northern University Law Review
    • Federal Externship: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, The Honorable Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.
  2. The College of Wooster, B.A., Economics

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
  2. West Virginia
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  2. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  4. U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Clerkships
  1. Legal Extern for The Honorable Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  2. Law Clerk for The Honorable Judge J. Mark Costine, Belmont County Ohio Juvenile & Probate Court
  3. Law Clerk for The Honorable Judge Richard K. Warren, Allen County Ohio Common Pleas Court

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) for the Northern Ohio Chapter, Vice Chair, Government Affairs Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Oil & Gas Association

Insights

Overview

Mr. McNab concentrates his practice in the areas of energy, oil and gas, and real estate, and is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas practice groups. He assists and serves clients in a wide variety of both transactional and litigation matters. His background, as a coal miner and as a commercial credit analyst, gives him a unique perspective among energy attorneys.

Mr. McNab’s transactional practice includes the acquisition and disposition of surface and mineral interests, the negotiation of surface use agreements, oil and gas leases and easements, as well as due diligence. 

Mr. McNab’s litigation practice includes oil and gas disputes, from ownership interests to breaches of oil and gas leases, and pipeline right-of-way disputes. 

Mr. McNab received his law degree from the Ohio Northern University College of Law, where he served as the Symposium Editor of the Ohio Northern University Law Review. Additionally, Mr. McNab  had the opportunity to be a legal extern for the Honorable Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge J. Mark Costine in the Juvenile and Probate Court of Belmont County, Ohio, and for the Honorable Judge Richard K. Warren in the Common Pleas Court of Allen County, Ohio.

Prior to joining Roetzel, Mr. McNab was an associate at a regional law firm in the Appalachian basin, where he gained valuable experience representing energy clients in the acquisition and disposition of mineral assets and the drafting of certified oil and gas title opinions.

Experience
  • Represents various clients in the negotiation of oil and gas leases, surface use agreements, and pipeline easements/rights-of-way in Ohio and West Virginia
  • Represents clients before state and federal courts involving issues relating to oil and gas production, breach of implied covenants, mineral trespass, eminent domain, easements/rights-of-way and other real property issues in both Ohio and West Virginia
  • Advises clients on title defects and curatives
  • Conducts coal, surface, and oil and gas title searches
  • Represented client in right-of-way dispute resulting in client having superior rights over competing right-of-way
  • Briefed multiple arguments before Ohio Court of Appeals that ultimately resulted in victories for clients
  • Successfully argued before the Tenth District Court of Appeals of Ohio in a matter relating to the permitting of injection wells
  • Performed due diligence for the acquisition of mineral and leasehold interests
  • Drafted oil and gas drilling title opinions in Ohio and West Virginia

Education

  1. Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, J.D.
    • Symposium Editor, Ohio Northern University Law Review
    • Federal Externship: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, The Honorable Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.
  2. The College of Wooster, B.A., Economics

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
  2. West Virginia
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  2. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  4. U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Clerkships
  1. Legal Extern for The Honorable Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  2. Law Clerk for The Honorable Judge J. Mark Costine, Belmont County Ohio Juvenile & Probate Court
  3. Law Clerk for The Honorable Judge Richard K. Warren, Allen County Ohio Common Pleas Court

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) for the Northern Ohio Chapter, Vice Chair, Government Affairs Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Oil & Gas Association