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Overview

Devan concentrates her practice in oil and gas, antitrust and litigation. She has defended oil and gas production companies in litigation involving construction of lease provisions, royalty deductions, liability for plugging and abandonment costs, development of mineral interests acquired at tax sales, and partition in lieu of forced pooling. She has represented pipeline companies in disputes relating to joint venture operating agreements and natural gas processing facilities construction. She has also counselled clients in connection with natural gas purchase and sale agreements, and drilling/injection well permitting. Additionally, Devan has experience in predatory pricing and horizontal price fixing claims, as well as antitrust compliance programs, policies and procedures. She served as counsel to an oil company in a case implicating the West Virginia Unfair Practices Act.

Further, Devan has advised operators of natural gas gathering facilities and a gas-fired power plant in connection with pre-litigation strategy and resolution of disputes with FERC-regulated pipelines. She has counseled natural gas companies on FERC-jurisdictional considerations, and represents public utilities in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). In one such PUCO complaint case, she was part of the litigation team that successfully defended a public utility against “abuse of market power” claims brought by a competitor.

Between her antitrust practice and her due diligence work in energy facilities acquisitions, Devan has extensive experience analyzing competitive effects of a proposed transaction. Devan presented on some of these issues, including the filed rate doctrine as a defense to certain antitrust challenges to rates set by FERC or state utilities commissions, at the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation’s Annual Institute in 2016.

Prior to joining Porter Wright, Devan worked as a dairy business consultant for an industry-leading animal nutrition entity, advising dairy farm clients in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York on strategies for increased herd productivity and profit maximization. Her analysis of issues included commodity selection and purchasing, crop management, and cow health.

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law  (J.D., 2014)
  • Cornell University  (B.S., cum laude, 2008)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • Marcellus Shale Coalition
  • Institute for Energy Law
  • West Virginia Oil & Gas Association

Honors & Awards

  • Leadership Harrison, 2015
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Legal Writing

Community

  • West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, Adjunct Professor for Agricultural and Natural Resources Law, 2015, 2017