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B.A., University of Minnesota (2007)
J.D., Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (2012)

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Barbara Y. Strnad


Two PPG Place, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-5402
T: 800-243-5412
D: 412-281-7272
F: 888-811-7144

Barbara Y. Strnad is an associate of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, energy law, and mineral law, with a particular emphasis in oil and gas.

Ms. Strnad counsels various real estate and energy clients on transactional matters, including acquisition and divestiture, leasing and title issues, due diligence, curative, and rights-of-way. She focuses much of her time on quiet title litigation which typically involves a determination of property or mineral ownership, or the rights of operators holding legacy leasehold acreage. Ms. Strnad is skilled in drafting and reviewing various types of title opinions, including drilling opinions, coal opinions, and opinions for pipelines. Her experience extends to analysis of complex leaseholds, fractionalized heirships, and former railroad properties. She also prepares purchase agreements and deeds and conducts real estate closings on properties throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Strnad worked in the oil and gas title department at a regional law firm. She also has experience working in marketing and market research.

Representative Matters:

  • Examined assets and prepared defect notices for time-sensitive due diligence project to support client bidding on more than 30,000 acres of fee and leasehold oil and gas acreage held in bankruptcy
  • Assisted in successfully negotiating the surrender of disputed legacy acreage for Marcellus operator holding top leases on the property
  • Advised pipeline easement owner on scope of original grant, permissible expansion activities, and potential responses to nearby easement owner’s demands pertaining to that expansion
  • Managed title review project for regional oil and gas company obtaining small acreage leases for unitization
  • Assisted in the preparation of large scale title report for midstream company planning pipeline development through abandoned railroad property


Admissions and Licenses:

  • Ohio Bar Admission
  • Pennsylvania Bar Admission
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania


  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs – Three Rivers Chapter
  • Institute for Energy Law
  • Northern Appalachian Landman’s Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Young Professionals in Energy


  • J.D., Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, 2012; recipient of Dean's Scholar Award Highest Pro Bono Distinction; OUTLaw (Executive Board); VITA Committee (Executive Board); Women's Law Student Association
  • B.A., University of Minnesota (2007), summa cum laude, Psychology and Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance