Christina Lepore Hinton Associate

Christina concentrates her practice on energy law and corporate mergers and acquisitions.

She advises publicly traded and privately held energy companies on matters involving acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, project development, mineral conveyancing, regulatory matters, joint development and exploration agreements, gas gathering agreements, participation agreements, operating agreements, pipeline right-of-way agreements, oil and gas leases, and other documents associated with natural gas operations.

Christina is experienced in oil and gas lease negotiations and disputes, quiet title actions, land use matters, due diligence review related to real property acquisitions and transactions for the energy sector, and leases, easements, and purchase and sale agreements.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Christina clerked for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and worked as an associate attorney at a regional law firm, focusing her practice on energy transactional matters and litigation. While in law school, Christina was a research assistant and served as a judicial intern to Judge D. Michael Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Christina is actively involved in several energy trade groups and is a member of the Public Relations Committee of the Washington County Bar Association.


Representation of the Appalachian operating subsidiary of a publicly-traded U.S. natural gas company, in the sale of over 1,000 conventional natural gas wells, together with related fixtures, facilities, pipelines, and other equipment, located in Armstrong, Allegheny, Clearfield, Fayette, Indiana, Jefferson, and Westmoreland Counties, Pennsylvania; the sale of two field offices located in Scottdale, Pennsylvania and Yatesboro, Pennsylvania; and retention of an ongoing revenue interest in the conveyed wells to a privately owned oil and natural gas company founded in 2011 operating in all of the major shale plays in North America.

Representation of Andeavor Corp. in the $1.25 billion in Andeavor Logistics common units and $300 million in cash sale of oil storage, terminal and pipeline assets in multiple locations in the Western United States to its subsidiary Andeavor Logistics LP.

Representation of a mineral assets, royalties and overriding royalties company in acquisitions of oil and gas assets in Reeves, Reed, Pecos, Loving and Ward Counties, Texas and Major and Kingfisher Counties, Oklahoma.

Representation of a publicly traded marketing, logistics and refining company in its acquisition of 13 retail convenience stores and gas stations in Minnesota.

Representation of a Dallas-based private equity firm in the sale of its working interests in three saltwater disposal wells located in Atascosa, LaSalle, and Gonzales Counties, Texas and related assets to a midstream development company.

Representation of a mineral assets, royalties and overriding royalties company in its $18 million acquisition of oil and gas assets in Texas.

Representation of a publicly-traded marketing, logistics and refining company in its acquisition of a midstream company operating a multipart crude oil and frac sand logistics system in the Delaware Basin in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico.

Representation of a publicly-traded energy company in the development and construction of a $1.6 billion interstate natural gas pipeline traversing Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Representation of a publicly-traded oil and gas company in the termination of a joint oil and gas development program and the exchange of over $100 million of Marcellus shale assets.

Representation of an oil and gas company in its sale of midstream facilities and a related gas gathering agreement.

Representation of acquirers and joint venture participants in organizing and completing large-scale mineral title abstracting and diligence projects.

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, 2012
  • University of Pittsburgh, BA, Political Science, English Literature, magna cum laude, Program Honors, 2009

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Member, Allegheny County Bar Association

Public Relations Committee, Washington County Bar Association

Young Professional Women in Energy

Member, American Association of Professional Landmen - Michael Late Benedum Chapter

Member, Northern Appalachian Landman’s Association

Member, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation

  • Speaker, 2019 Oil & Gas Law Conference, August 7-8, 2019
  • Co-presenter, "Considerations for Developing Leased Acreage," IEL 9th Law of Shale Plays Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, September 5, 2018
  • Speaker, Appalachian Association of Professional Landmen Winter Quarterly Seminar, December 5, 2014
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

SSelected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2021, 2022

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