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Nicholas Preservati

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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

West Virginia, USA
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Practice Expertise

  • Energy Law
  • Compliance, Privacy & Investigations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Consumer Finance

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Compliance, Privacy & Investigations
  • Consumer Finance
  • Energy Law
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Law
  • Government Relations
  • Litigation
  • Midstream Services
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Profile

Mr. Preservati has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry as a C-suite executive, general counsel and litigator. His primary area of practice is energy law with an emphasis in complex litigation and energy/climate policy.

Bar Admissions

Admissions

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

Education

  • University of Notre Dame, B.A.
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
  • Johns Hopkins University, M.S., Energy Policy and Climate, summa cum laude

 

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Compliance, Privacy & Investigations
  • Consumer Finance
  • Energy Law
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Law
  • Government Relations
  • Litigation
  • Midstream Services

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments
  • Representing energy clients in all facets of litigation, including complex, “bet-the-company” matters
  • Representing coal companies in civil and criminal investigations relating to mining injuries and fatalities
  • Representing corporate plaintiffs in multi-million dollar disputes
  • Representing global Fortune 100 company and serving as de facto general counsel for multiple subsidiaries
  • Representing energy clients before state and federal courts
  • Representing energy clients before state and federal administrative agencies
  • Representing clients in high-stakes litigation regarding the sterilization of millions of tons of recoverable coal reserves
  • Drafted West Virginia statutes and regulations regarding the drilling and operation of oil and natural gas wells and natural gas pipeline safety
  • Representing businesses in personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability matters
  • As in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 electric utility, litigated and managed thousands of personal injury, asbestos and wrongful death cases; managed admiralty and maritime operations
  • Representing clients in federal white-collar criminal cases and assisting corporations in responding to complex federal grand jury subpoenas
  • Articles

    Publications & Presentations

    • Author, Understanding the Shortfalls of the 2021 Interim Social Cost of Carbon, Environmental & Energy Litigation, American Bar Association Litigation Section, Summer 2022, Vol. 6 No. 3
    • Presenter, Interference with Coal Mining Operations, National Council of Coal Lessors, Washington, D.C.
    • Presenter, Oil & Gas Issues, 35th Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium, Charleston, WV
    • Presenter, Oil & Gas Interferences with Coal Mining Operations, 33rd Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY
    • Presenter, Marking Gas Lines, 36th Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium, Charleston, WV
    • Presenter, Practical Implications of Oil & Gas Well Spacing for Coal Mining Operations, Spilman Environmental Forum, Wheeling, WV
    • Interviewer, Climate Change and Fossil Fuels, Interview of Dr. Patrick Moore, Founder of Greenpeace, Vancouver, Canada
    • Presenter, Recent Developments in Global Energy Markets, Lex Mundi, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Presenter, Overview of Recent Climate Change Litigation, Spilman Energy Forum, Charleston, WV
    • Moderator, Conversations on Climate Change, panel of four worldrenowned climate scientists, Spilman Energy Forum, Charleston, WV
    • Presenter, Impacts of Citizen Groups & Non-Governmental Organizations in Energy and Renewable Efforts, Lex Mundi Joint Global Meeting, Columbia University, New York, NY
    • Presenter, Geo-Political Challenges to Energy System Integration (ESI), Lex Mundi Environmental and Energy Joint Global Meeting, Paris, France
    • Author, The US Should Pursue CCS Technology, Johns Hopkins University
    • Author, Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Ohio River Basin, Johns Hopkins University
    • Interviewer, European Commission Carbon Markets, Interview of Damian Meadows of European Commission
    • Author, China's National Climate Policy: Goals vs. Implementation, Johns Hopkins University
    • Author, Cognitive Dissonance and the Appalachian Coal Miner's Aversion to Electric Vehicles, Johns Hopkins University
    • Author, The Road Less Followed - Changing the Allocation of Funding between Highways and Mass Transit in Future Federal Surface Transportation Bills, Johns Hopkins University
    • Author, Multi-Step Framework for Developing Climate Change Adaptation Response Plans, Johns Hopkins University
    • Author, FERC Order 1000 - A Useful Tool that Needs Revamping, Johns Hopkins University
    • Author, Climate Change Induced Migration Case Study - Bangladesh, Johns Hopkins University
    • Author, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies - Savannah, Georgia, Johns Hopkins University
    • Author, Whether the Social Cost of Carbon Determined Pursuant to President Biden's Executive Order 13990 Meets the Admissibility Requirements for Scientific Expert Testimony in U.S. Federal Court, Johns Hopkins University
    • Panelist, Pathways for Workforce Development and Training - Enabling Regional and Community Benefits - West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Coalition - Charleston, WV


     

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