After getting our 1st check from Cabot, my wife and I were very confused about the amount of money paid, post production fees, and how Cabot arrived at their calculation for our payment amount. We did our research and located Doug Clark's law firm. We are so happy that we called him. Doug reviewed all of our documents (leases, division orders and pipe line agreements). He showed us exactly how Cabot arrived at their payment amount and taught us how to calculate our payment amounts for future checks. He also told us what we can expect in the future. Doug answered all of our questions (which were many). Doug is knowledgeable, professional, patient, kind and has a great sense of humor. I will definitely call Doug in the future when we have any issues that involve our land in Susquehanna county.
Personable, Knowledgeable and at the Top of Their Game!
I would like to express my thanks to The Clark Law Firm, PC and Attorney Douglas Clark for the outstanding job they did for me regarding a gas and oil lease for my property. My land is protected while also being fair to the gas and oil company. These people, Doug and Marceea, are the most knowledgeable that I have encountered. I spoke with another attorney before Doug, and realized that though he thought so, he wasn't very knowledgeable, and all he did was mention some standard things and bill me. I fired him and retained The Clark Law Firm, PC. They are also very friendly and personable and they were never too busy to talk to or email me, and they made me feel that I was important to them. I felt very confident in signing my lease and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is considering leasing their land. They are at the top of their game!
Greene County Landowwner
TCLF: Success In A Complicated Contract
Southwestern Energy contacted us in 2014 regarding leasing three parcels that we own in Susquehanna County, PA. Since the deeds were each recorded in various names/entities, it was a lot more complicated than most transactions. The original 2008 lease with a different company had expired prior to any drilling operations taking place. By this time, the “competition” amongst numerous companies had ended within our area; which of course meant not having options or leverage to negotiate a new lease. Naturally, this made us wonder what kind of contract we could get. We received the proposed new lease and presented it to an attorney who we had previously used for some real estate business years ago. He made some suggestions and added his recommended requests and we returned it to Southwestern. All of those changes were denied. We then contacted Doug Clark who has done numerous leases with Southwestern. He first informed us about the items he would request and which ones he felt he could get; as well as a couple he thought he wouldn’t. After numerous efficient and helpful conference calls and his persistence, we obtained exactly what he had hoped for and even a little more. Doug and Marceea Clark, along with their entire team, were always available whenever I contacted them. They were extremely pleasant and very respectful. In my opinion there is way too much to learn and too much to lose by trying to “go it alone”. My wife and I would highly recommend The Clark Law Firm for any dealings regarding gas or oil leases.
A Susquehanna County Landowner
Doug Will Negotiate the Fairest Contracts Possible
Dear Doug,We would like to take this opportunity to share with other landowners, the extremely valuable legal assistance provided by Attorney Douglas A. Clark in dealing with Marcellus Shale issues over the past two years. He first negotiated an excellent lease with Cabot Oil with a no surface disturbance clause.Subsequently Williams pipeline cut down many trees on our property by mistake when preparing for a pipeline along our border, Attorney Clark negotiated a more than fair settlement for the damages very expeditiously.We recommend Attorney Douglas A. Clark to all landowners who are in the process of dealing with Gas Lease and Pipeline companies. He will negotiate the fairest contracts that are possible and the peace of mind is worth every fee that is charged.PS: Thank you again for your service.
A Susquehanna County Landowner
TCLF: Extremely Knowledgeable and Genuine
When we were approached for a gas lease several years ago, we did a significant amount of research. During this process, we found the Clark Law Firm to be a valuable resource. We also knew that when the time came to make a decision regarding leasing our property, we would want a firm to review the terms that was extremely knowledgeable as well as genuine in its concern to protect the interests of the landowner. We believe that we found this unique combination in the Clark Law Firm. Doug and Marceea Clark and staff were available to answer questions, always courteous, and timely in completing lease negotiations on our behalf.
Westmoreland County Landowner
Cannot Thank TCLF Enough!
After receiving an offer from Shell for an oil and gas lease in Tioga county and then talking to one of their agents, I felt like they made a good offer. To be safe, I searched the internet and decided to call The Clark Law Firm for a review. A call to Marceea and a "hundred" questions later I knew I made the right choice. I can't emphasize how helpful, enthusiastic, and "down to earth" she was! She listened to all of my concerns, suggested many options, and then set up a consultation with Doug who proceeded to (after an extremely informative conversation with me) negotiate with Shell a very "landowner friendly" lease. It seems from all of his knowledge Doug has encountered just about every "lease possibility" imaginable!! I cannot thank them enough for all of their efforts.
Tioga County Landowner
Temple Law Professor Recommends TCLF to Landowner and Doug Clark Delivers
We were referred to The Clark Law Firm by our son, who is a law student at Temple Law School in Philadelphia. He had asked one of his professors who teaches contract law, and our son's professor had recommended Doug Clark. I had previously attempted on two occasions to negotiate a gas and oil lease on our property in Tioga County, however on both occasions I was unsuccessful in my attempts. On our third attempt my wife and I agreed that we needed to retain an attorney who was well versed in the nuances of contract negotiations with SWEPI. Not only did Mr. Clark protect our interests, and incorporate into the contract all of the addendums that we had requested, he was also able to successfully negotiate terms that captured one third more revenues on the lease price per acre. He was also successful in negotiating 3% more total royalty payment than was initially offered by Shell. I would strongly urge anyone who is in the process of considering a gas and oil lease negotiation with SWEPI or any other company in our region to consider Mr. Clark and The Clark Law Firm before attempting to negotiate the lease details on your own.
Tioga County Landowner
Contact Several Terms, but it was Clear Doug has Superior Knowledge In Oil and Gas Legal Work
When our family was recently approached by SWEPI to lease them our Oil & Gas rights for our property in Tioga County, PA we were nervous about dealing with the legal aspects such a transaction. We contacted several law firms but it was clear rather quickly that The Clark Law Firm and Doug himself had superior knowledge concerning this type of legal work. Doug consulted with us regularly and guided our decision making through the entire process. He was concise and did not mince words on what he thought we reasonable terms for us to consider. Being stewards of our property North Central PA for over 25 years we were extremely concerned about the potential impact this may have on our property and Doug worked hard to make sure our land would be as protected as possible while also affording our family fair compensation from Bonus and Royalty perspectives. We would highly recommend Doug and his team to anyone involved in an Oil & Gas Lease in Pennsylvania.
Tioga County Landowners
Thanks to TCLF for a “Wonderful Job”
My family and I want to thank you for all of the work you did on our Cabot Oil and Gas Lease. We received a check last week. What a pleasant surprise! Your firm did a wonderful job for us. Thanks so much for taking on our lease. It was a learning experience for us. We were so much more comfortable and informed this time than we were ten years ago when we first signed. Perhaps we will need your help again in the future as we decide how to invest our money, how to give the government as few taxes as possible, and how to insure that our heirs have a smooth transition.We missed your last couple of radio shows but we will catch up soon. Thanks again!
A Orwell Township, Bradford County Landowner
TCLF Professional and Knowledgeable
The Clark Law firm was very professional and knowledgeable in all facets of obtaining our gas lease. They represented our interests well to the Gas company and were very forthcoming on Lease addendums pertinent to our concerns in protecting our physical property and landowner rights. We were very satisfied with all terms of our final approved lease.
Following a referral by a neighbor, my wife and I engaged The Clark Law Firm to assist in a gas lease in Susquehanna County just as the cauldron was beginning to boil. We subsequently had the firm review two pipeline agreements. Our experiences were favorable.The gas field activity was very dynamic at the time and we ended up with offers from three gas companies and family members with different goals. Doug and Marceea were both professional and practical throughout the entire process. I feel that we could be poster children for many of the unique situations which the firm has chalked up to experience.Having over the years worked with different attorneys in a variety of legal issues, I’d remind every client that you are the employer and the product a law firm furnishes you is subject to your perusal and approval. Do your homework to the best of your ability and make sure you review every word and that it meets your expectations. And don’t hesitate to ask questions.While the criteria and intricacies of the “gas rush” in Pennsylvania continue to evolve, I can go to bed at night knowing that we achieved the best possible agreements, with the most benefits and protections that were available at the time. That’s a job well done and The Clark Law Firm fulfilled their roll admirably.