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University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D. (2003)

College of William & Mary, B.A. (2000)

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John R. Seeds


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

John R. Seeds is a shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., resident in the Pittsburgh office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of energy-related litigation and transactional matters for oil and natural gas upstream operations across the Appalachian Basin. Mr. Seeds further advises several public and privately-held natural gas production companies concerning unit based title matters and leasehold acquisition, quick response transactional due diligence, division order title, and curative matters for acreage positions in the Marcellus, Utica, and New Albany shale plays. He routinely advises operators regarding Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act, Marketable Title Act, and other statutory regimes impacting oil and gas development in the Utica. Mr. Seeds has also appeared before the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas Resources, presenting applications for statutory unitization under Section 1509.28 of the Ohio Revised Code. Additionally, he represents several operators in Ohio state and federal courts defending leasehold interests in matters involving held-by-production/operations challenges, royalty disputes, quiet-title, mortgage foreclosure, state and federal tax lien foreclosure, lease forfeiture, pipeline easement condemnation, and various contractual disputes with landowners. His litigation experience covers Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Before beginning his civilian career, Mr. Seeds served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an officer and judge advocate, defending service members charged with misdemeanor and felony level offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars 2014–2018

Speaking Engagements:


Admissions and Licenses:

  • Illinois Bar Admission
  • Ohio Bar Admission
  • Pennsylvania Bar Admission
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Tax Court


  • American Association of Professional Landmen
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Judge Advocates Association
  • Northern Appalachian Landman's Association
  • Ohio Oil and Gas Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy (2010)

Community Involvement:

  • Operation Homefront Ohio – Central Great Lakes office (former Board Member)


  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (2003); Journal of Law and Commerce (Executive Editor)
  • B.A., College of William & Mary (2000), Economics and English