Profile

Corey is Chair of the Pipeline and Oil/Gas Infrastructure and Oil & Natural Gas Groups. He also practices in the Estate Planning Group, the Corporate & Tax Group, Food & Beverage, and the Real Estate Group.  He represents and advises individuals, closely held business entities and fiduciaries in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, business counseling, estate and trust administration and probate litigation.  With respect to estate planning for individuals, Corey has significant experience in drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney, and a wide range of trust documents designed to meet clients’ goals of tax minimization, planning for special needs beneficiaries, charitable dispositions, and asset protection.  For closely held business clients, Corey advises business owners on succession planning matters including, but not limited to, corporate organization, transfers of business interests through gifts and leveraged sales, stockholder’s agreements and exit strategies for “key-man” owners.  In addition, Corey advises clients on general business and federal taxation matters including formation, financing and general representation of business and professional corporations, general and limited liability partnerships and limited liability companies.

With respect to estate and trust administration, Corey advises fiduciaries with respect to valuation, taxation, reporting and distribution of estate and trust assets, compliance with duties to beneficiaries and governmental entities, and practical strategies to harmonize the relationship between fiduciaries and beneficiaries.

Corey has significant experience in various probate court proceedings, both adversarial and not, including disputes over estate and trust administration, guardianship appointments for disabled adults and minor children and trust modifications.

As co-chair of the Oil and Gas Group, Corey counsels clients on estate planning techniques that can be utilized to address both tax and generational planning issues that can arise with recently acquired wealth attributable to both the “bonus payments” for the primary term of a gas lease as well as future royalties.  His oil and gas practice also includes counseling producers, service companies and landowners on the full spectrum of oil and gas related work, from leasing to well permitting, hydraulic fracturing, well completion, and production.  He has represented large acreage landowners including individuals, businesses and trusts in negotiating leases, easements, and ancillary agreements as well as advising on title issues.  His practice also included advising a variety of service businesses in transactions and regulatory compliance.  He also regularly advises clients on right of way acquisition related to pipeline projects including both interstate and intrastate pipelines.

Having practiced in the Real Estate Group since joining the firm, Corey routinely counsels commercial clients on leases, agreements of sale, easements and review of title issues.

He works in the firm’s State College and Harrisburg offices with his primary location being State College.

EDUCATION

Lafayette College, A.B., 1999, cum laude

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2004

MEMBERSHIPS

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Centre County Bar Association

Marcellus Shale Coalition

Centre County Youth Service Bureau

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania