Megan S. Haines

Counsel

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Practices
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Education
  • Duquesne University, School of Law, JD, Special Editions & Research Editor, Duquesne Law Review, 2006
  • University of Pittsburgh, BA, summa cum laude, 2003
Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Affiliations

Allegheny County Bar Association

Environmental Law Institute

Megan is a complex commercial litigator who focuses her practice on environmental and energy litigation matters. She also counsels clients on environmental regulations, municipal zoning and land development, and construction matters.

Megan’s practice services companies whose businesses extract, build or manufacture things – from natural gas exploration and production companies and coal mining companies to steel and carbon product manufacturers. She assists clients in matters before federal, state and municipal agencies and in litigation before federal and state courts.

Megan has been involved in numerous high-profile energy matters on behalf of natural gas and coal clients.

Megan is a trusted advisor to and tireless advocate for her clients and their interests. She is highly responsive, analytical and pragmatic. Whether engaged in bet-the-company litigation or negotiating a civil penalty, Megan takes a collaborative approach to deliver a solution that meets her clients’ operational needs and adds value for their stakeholders

Megan is an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Duquesne University School of Law, where she has instructed Oil & Gas Law since 2013.

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Represented natural gas exploration and production company in obtaining long delayed well site permitting and in the favorable resolution of litigation challenging that permitting

Represented natural gas client in obtaining Underground Injection Control Well permitting and related litigation challenging municipal ordinance prohibiting the development of UIC wells, which resulted in a settlement to rescind the ordinance

Represented coal client before Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board in complex offensive and defensive appeals relating to coal mining activities permitting and associated regulations thereof

Obtained summary judgment dismissal of analytical laboratory services company and two oilfield services companies in high profile toxic tort litigation pending before the Washington County Court of Common Pleas

Coordinated site remediation and closure plan on behalf of natural gas producer and negotiated associated private water supply replacement agreement

Advised and represented client regarding state and federal permitting and compliance issues associated with spent pickle liquor recycling and transport

Obtained multiple injunctions of municipal regulations from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court utilizing then-available Section 3306 of Act 13

Obtained issuance of municipal permits through mandamus action on behalf of natural gas exploration and production company

Participated in team defending NEPA challenge to Federal coal mining permitting

Represented manufacturing clients in negotiations regarding NPDES permit compliance and reissuance matters

Lead environmental diligence on behalf of institutions lending funds to finance the construction of two natural gas-fired power plants in Pennsylvania

Favorably resolved boundary and associated royalty dispute on behalf of landowner

Advised oil and gas companies regarding negotiation of produced water transfer agreement

Advised and represent clients regarding post-production costs and royalty calculations

Obtained voluntary withdrawal in favor of natural gas exploration and production company of natural gas lease renewal litigation

Advised natural gas clients with respect to leasing and pooling issues

Successfully recovered all amounts owed to subcontractor from prime contractor associated with a New York City public project, including amounts for disputed change orders and attorneys’ fees

Prepared $100 million proof of loss, resulting in substantial settlement with insurer on behalf of government client.

Served as national coordinating counsel for toxic tort client for nine jurisdictions

Arbitrated North Dakota working interest owner underpayment claims

Author, "Hydraulic Fracturing and Related Activities as Giving Rise to Classic Toxic Tort Claims," Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, July 2016