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Noted Energy Lawyer Ryan Purpura Joins McGuireWoods in Pittsburgh

Transactional Specialist Brings Extensive Experience in Oil & Gas Sector

August 25, 2014

Ryan T. Purpura, who has nearly a decade of experience in a wide range of oil and gas industry matters, has joined McGuireWoods LLP’s energy practice as a partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh office.

“We expect Ryan to help us grow our energy practice,” said David Pusateri, deputy managing partner of McGuireWoods’ corporate practice. “His experience is focused at the very core of a dynamic part of our economy.”

“Ryan’s thriving energy practice will build upon a crucial component of our work in Pittsburgh and add depth to our energy industry team,” said Brian Parker, managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Pittsburgh office.

Purpura’s practice has focused largely on the oil and gas industry and development of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures involving publicly traded and privately held energy companies. Purpura has represented companies involved in exploration and production, as well as midstream services.

“McGuireWoods has a world-renowned energy practice and I’m excited to be joining a very well-established and well-regarded group of lawyers,” Purpura said.

Purpura comes to McGuireWoods from the Pittsburgh office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, where he was a shareholder in the firm’s energy section. There, Purpura served several months as associate general counsel to CNX Gas Corporation, a subsidiary of CONSOL Energy Inc.

“Ryan’s energy practice experience helps us expand our oil and gas exploration footprint, including gas extraction from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations,” said David B. Whelpley Jr., chairman of the firm's Specialty Corporate Practices Department.

Purpura received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Penn State University in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004, where he simultaneously earned a master’s degree in business administration. He is on the Penn State Energy Land Management Program advisory board.

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