Practice groups

Energy

Toxic Tort

Education

Duquesne University School of Law, J.D. (1992)

The Pennsylvania State University, B.S. (1983)

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OH

PA

WV

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Rodger L. Puz

Shareholder

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

rpuz@dmclaw.com





Rodger L. Puz is a shareholder and the General Counsel of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and catastrophic personal injury litigation, including energy law, admiralty, product liability, and toxic tort matters.

His practice includes cases in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, and administrative proceedings with federal and state agencies, including the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Department of Labor. Mr. Puz serves as Chair of the firm’s Energy Group and handles litigation in all aspects of energy law including (1) well site accidents, (2) gas migration and nuisance cases, (3) lease challenges, (4) mineral trespass cases, and (5) inter-company disputes. Energy matters include oil and gas upstream and midstream and coal mining.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Puz worked as a petroleum engineer in the Appalachian Basin.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • “Who's Who in Energy: Legal,” Pittsburgh Business Times, 2013–2018

Representative Matters:

Commercial Disputes

  • Claims under oil and gas joint operating agreements, including trial and successful defense of claim for $66 million in damages
  • Claims under well development agreements
  • Maritime commercial loss claims


Mineral, Landowner and Environmental Disputes

  • Lease termination cases
  • Matters under various mine and environmental statutes including the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act and the Surface Mine Reclamation and Conservation Act
  • Well and mineral ownership disputes, including successful trial defense and motions for summary judgment


Catastrophic Personal Injury and Toxic Tort Disputes

  • Well site and mine site accidents, including successful trial defense and motions for summary judgment
  • Groundwater contamination and private nuisance matters stemming from oil and gas operations, including summary judgment for pressure pumping company in notable gas and fluid migration case in Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Maritime personal injury claims, including successful trial defense

Admissions and Licenses:

  • Ohio Bar Admission
  • Pennsylvania Bar Admission
  • West Virginia Bar Admission 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and Sixth Circuits
  • United States District Courts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia

Memberships:

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association

Education:

  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law (1992), cum laude
  • B.S., The Pennsylvania State University (1983), Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering