Wesley A. Cramer is senior counsel with Peacock Keller, LLP, whose primary area of practice is real estate. His chief duties include coordinating coal, land, and oil and gas legal work undertaken by the firm.
For nearly 40 years, Mr. Cramer has represented local and national energy producers relative to issues pertaining to longwall mining, coal mine subsidence, coal bed methane gas recovery, underground gas storage, and shale gas. He, along with other members of the firm, has coordinated the production of title abstracts and rendered legal opinions on hundreds of titles to tracts of coal and operating rights involving thousands of acres of coal comprising some of the world’s largest deep coal mines in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
He has represented corporate and individual clients in numerous issues relating to railroad properties, easements, industrial and commercial property, residential and commercial financing, zoning, water, subdivision and land development matters, pipelines, coal processing plants, real estate tax assessment appeals, transfer taxes, and purely public charity tax exemptions.
Mr. Cramer has been retained as an expert witness in cases involving coal rights, railroad easements and coal leases. Some of the nation’s largest shale gas producers have selected him to arbitrate and resolve Marcellus gas title disputes.
He has lectured before several professional legal and educational organizations on a variety of subjects including coal leases, coal mining, subsidence, oil and gas well pluggings, and real estate tax exemptions. He has served as a guest speaker on a variety of ecclesiastical topics at Christian church conferences held throughout the United States, Canada and Israel.
Mr. Cramer is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Valley Forge Military College, and a Cum Laude graduate of West Virginia University. He received his law degree from Ohio Northern University School of Law. To keep abreast of the latest developments in his primary field of practice, he maintains an active membership in the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Energy Law Section of the Washington County Bar Association.