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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

William M. Herlihy

William M. Herlihy

Chair, Natural Resources
Co-Chair, Energy


  • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Energy Law
  • Banking & Finance Law

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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
West Virginia, U.S.A.

Mr. Herlihy's primary areas of practice are energy, natural resource law and general business acquisitions. He has more than 30 years of experience assisting clients in these areas.

Bar Admissions


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • University of Virginia, B. A., with honors, 1977
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1981
Areas of Practice

Banking & Finance Law | Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights | Corporate & Business Law | Energy Law | Environmental | Environmental Law | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mergers & Acquistions | Midstream Services | Natural Resources | Shale Gas Law

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Negotiating and documenting the acquisition and sale of businesses and related assets for natural gas, coal and land companies
  • Representing lenders and borrowers in loan and other financial transactions related to the natural gas, coal and land holding businesses
  • Negotiating and preparing natural gas and coal supply agreements
  • Negotiating and preparing oil and gas and coal lease agreements
  • Negotiating and preparing master services, transportation, drilling, loading and other natural resource service agreements
  • Negotiating and preparing easements, licenses, rights-of-way, wheelage and other natural resource land use agreements
  • Representing oil and gas and coal companies for contract disputes in either an arbitration or civil litigation forum
  • Representing land holding companies for contractual disputes in either an arbitration or civil litigation forum
  • Negotiating and preparing pipeline operating and management agreements
  • Representing vendors for equipment and services in the natural resource industry
  • Providing real property/title services to natural resource companies
  • Representing natural resource industry participants in permitting disputes with regulatory agencies
  • Defending natural resource industry participants in enforcement actions and penalty assessments with regulatory agencies
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable John A. Field, Jr., Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1981 - 1982

  • Blogs

    Banking on This: Spilman Mortgage & Consumer Banking Report
    Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC 

    This blog addresses mortgage regulations and consumer lending issues impacting financial institutions and businesses from a legal perspective. Postings largely focus on the legal environment in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, but often address issues of import to a...

    INGOTS: Raw Thoughts and Unpolished Ideas
    Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC 

    Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC is a full-service law firm offering a broad range of practices, spanning litigation and corporate law, for clients large and small. Founded in 1864, Spilman has offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. This blog is updated and maintained by...

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