Brendan A. O'Donnell

Top rated Energy & Natural Resources attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
Brendan A. O'Donnell
Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Practice Areas: Energy & Natural Resources, Land Use & Zoning; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 2010

Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2023
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Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Three Gateway Center
401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Visit website



An attorney in the Oil and Gas Law practice, Brendan represents landowners and royalty owners in a wide variety of matters, including the preparation and negotiation of:

  • Leases
  • Pipeline right of way agreements
  • Surface use agreements
  • Oil, gas and mineral conveyances

Brendan has experience with the evaluation of deeds for oil and gas ownership, analyzing royalty payments and preparing documents to cure title deficiencies. Brendan has counseled municipal and school officials regarding a broad spectrum of oil and gas related issues that include leasing, surface disturbance, zoning and land use.

Complementing his oil and gas transactional work, Brendan has actively represented clients in oil and gas related litigation matters before trial and appellate courts in proceedings that involve Actions to Quiet Title, Declaratory Judgment Actions, Breach of Contract claims, and other suits involving trespass, conversion and property damage.

In addition to his oil and gas practice, Brendan has represented landowners in zoning and land use matters before Zoning Hearing Boards, Boards of Supervisors, trial and appellate courts as well as representing  landowners in eminent domain proceedings. 

Practice areas

Energy & Natural Resources, Land Use/Zoning

Focus areas

Energy Law

  • 80% Energy & Natural Resources
  • 20% Land Use/Zoning

First Admitted: 2010, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

  • Although many oil and gas leases contain "market enhancement" clauses that prohibit post-production cost deductions unless the driller enhances the value of the gas, it is common for drillers to deduct post-production costs without any demonstration that the value of the gas is enhanced. This article explores the theories that drillers advance to justify supposed value enhancement.  , Is the Value of Your Gas Really Being Enhanced?, Oil, Gas
  • Gas storage has a long history in Pennsylvania, but exactly "who" has the right to lease subsurface formations for the purpose of gas storage is an often overlooked issue. This article explores the answer to that question., Who Can Grant Gas Storage Rights, Oil, Gas
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Former Secretary of Board of Directors, Washington Area Human Society
  • Member, Town of McCandless Planning Commission, 2020
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Washington Area Humane Society
Educational Background:
  • University of Pittsburgh B.A. Political Science (with honors), Spanish Magna Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa, 2006
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law Magna Cum Laude University of Pittsburgh Law Review Order of the Coif, 2010
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2010
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, 2017
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2010
Industry Groups:
  • Oil And Gas
  • Property Owners

Office location for Brendan A. O'Donnell

Three Gateway Center
401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-288-2226


5 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2023

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