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J Thomas Lane

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Practice Areas

Coal, Oil and Gas Law; Energy Transactions; Mineral Litigation; Environmental Law; Zoning and Land Development


Thomas Lane practices primarily in the areas of natural resources, coal, oil and gas, commercial real estate, zoning and land development. This practice ranges from complex transactions of mineral property and companies to complex litigation of natural resource issues. He also engages in lobbying and government relations, particularly on issues affecting the mineral industry.

As the former Robert T. Donley Adjunct Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law, Tom taught a course in Coal, Oil and Gas Law (1986-2005).

Tom served as an elected member and president of the Charleston City Council from 1987 to 2018. He is involved in various special projects from homeless shelters to public safety and has organized and oversees task forces to carry out a city plan on comprehensive improvements.

An owner of a land development company, Tom is involved in land development, construction and rental.

Professional Memberships

Independent Oil and Gas Association

West Virginia Coal Association

Charleston Land Trust

Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference

Energy and Mineral Law Foundation

West Virginia Bar Association

President, Charleston City Council (1987-2018)


J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1973)