attorney

CHARLES V. KNUTTER

Associate

Overview

Chuck Knutter’s practice focuses on oil and gas, construction, general business disputes, and class actions. Chuck has experience with all phases of litigation including pre-trial, both jury and non-jury trials, and appeals. Knutter regularly appears in Oklahoma State and Federal Courts and before administrative agencies like the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

Chuck assists clients with common oil and gas contract disputes including: complex oil and gas contract and accounting cases, royalty underpayment and interest cases, surface use cases, disputes with vendors and service providers, and lease cancellation cases. He also deals with tort based cases including: frac-hit cases, pollution cases, oil field accidents, pollution, and general business torts. He also works on real property based litigation including: quiet-title cases, slander of title, and curative probates.

In addition to litigation, Chuck regularly assists clients with oil and gas transactional and regulatory matters. He has experience drafting oil and gas leases, assignments of oil and gas leases, mineral deeds, purchase and sale agreements, master service agreements, and various title curative instruments. The regulatory portion of Chuck’s practice consists of helping clients with a variety of matters before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Prior to attending law school, Chuck worked in the oilfields of Southern Oklahoma as a rig hand and as a pump man, and he strives to apply his practical knowledge of the oil and gas industry to his representation of each of his clients.

Reported & Electronically Available Cases

  • Naylor Farms, Inc. v. Chaparral Energy, LLC, 923 F.3d 779 (10th Cir. 2019)
    • McNeill as Trustee of Vickery Family Trust v. Citation Oil & Gas Corp., 2019 U.S. Dist. WL 1594238 (E.D. Okla. April 11, 2019)
    • U.S. Energy Development Corporation et. al. v. Stephens Energy Group, LLC, 662 Fed.Appx. 556 (10th Cir. 2016)

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Ethics Panel and Title & Leasing Q & As, OCAPL and AAPL Field Landman Seminar Fall 2019, October 10, 2019.
    • Speaker, Pick Your Poison: The Oklahoma Surface Damage Act and Surface Use Agreements, Oklahoma Environmental Law Section Meeting September 27, 2019.
    • Panelist, Crowe & Dunlevy’s
    • Speaker, Crowe & Dunlevy’s Avoiding a Shakedown: Induced Seismicity and the Legal, Regulatory and Operational Impacts of Earthquakes in Oklahoma, July 16, 2015.
    • Speaker, Why Oklahoma Should Create a Sophisticated Parties Exception to its Test for Equal Bargaining Power, Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers Society, April 18, 2013.

Education

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law – J.D. with distinction – 2014
    • Symposium Editor – Oklahoma Law Review
    • Received American Jurisprudence Awards in Mineral Title Examination and Oil and Gas Practice.
    • Rocky Mountain Law Foundation Scholar
    • Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers Society Scholar
    • Chesapeake Energy Scholar
  • University of Oklahoma B.A. magna cum laude – 2011

Professional memberships

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers Society

Biography

  • Born in Healdton, Oklahoma
  • Crowe & Dunlevy, P.C. 2014-2017
  • Moricoli, Kellogg & Gleason, P.C. 2017 – present

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