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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Travis H. Eckley

Travis H. Eckley

Co-Chair, Real Estate Group


  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Energy Law
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Construction Law

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Real Estate Group

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

Mr. Eckley's primary area of practice is mineral, commercial and residential real estate law.

Bar Admissions


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent (Inactive)


  • Rhodes College, B.A., 2004
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 2007
  • The Center for Real Estate Law at University of Illinois Chicago John Marshall Law School, LL.M. in Real Estate Law, 2008
Areas of Practice

Banking & Finance Law | Construction Law | Corporate & Business Law | Energy Law | Midstream Services | Mineral Title Services | Natural Resources | Real Estate | Shale Gas Law

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Negotiating, preparing and interpreting coal, oil and gas purchase/sale agreements, leases, easements, licenses, rights-of-way, surface damage agreements and other natural resource land use agreements
  • Serving as counsel for the acquisition and development of two major shopping centers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
  • Performing coal, oil and gas title examinations and preparing corresponding title opinions to assist a wide variety of clients in acquiring desired property rights, including large-scale title examination projects for mineral companies
  • Representing the purchaser in a recent large auto dealership acquisition in West Virginia
  • Representing various clients in timber transactions that have included a total of approximately 1 million acres
  • Serving as counsel on the three-year development and sale of an independent operator’s oil and gas development project located in Wetzel County, West Virginia, which was comprised of six horizontal well units and a pipeline gathering system
  • Serving as counsel on an ongoing coalbed methane development project
  • Working on numerous general commercial transactions, financings and contracts, including the development and financing of two wind-powered electric generation facilities
  • Serving as in-house counsel for two days a week at a publicly traded oil and gas company for approximately one year to work on various legal issues related to natural gas production, transportation and storage
  • Working on numerous pre-litigation and litigation cases related to contracts and real estate law
  • Representing clients in commercial and mineral real estate transactions, including an acquisition of approximately 130,000 mineral acres
  • Agent for First American Title Insurance Company, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company

  • Seminars

  • Speaker at 33rd Annual Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Conference
  • Articles

    Publications & Presentations

    • Author, “Developing Jurisprudence in the Marcellus and Utica Shale,” Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, 2012
    • Contributing author, “Innovative Approaches to Post-Mining Land Use Development,” Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, 2010
    • Speaker at 33rd Annual Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Conference

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