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In response to recent growth in the oil and gas industry in the Appalachian Basin, Burleson LLP, a law firm devoted primarily to the oil and gas industry, has completed its office expansion in Pittsburgh, adding 10,000 square feet, the company announced July 25.

The firm first opened in 2005 in Houston, Texas, later opening its Pittsburgh location in late 2009 with roughly 1,500 square feet and four attorneys, serving companies with interests in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. and has since grown to employ 40 attorneys.

"We understand the legal issues influencing the success of the energy industry in the Appalachian Basin, and have strategically added attorneys who can handle the scope and complexity of the work," Kevin Colosimo, a managing partner in Pittsburgh, said in a statement. "We've grown key areas – from litigation to land use to acquisitions and divestitures and other transactional work – and we now have upwards of two dozen oil and gas attorneys licensed to practice in Ohio and a dozen licensed in West Virginia.

"This growth – combined with our comprehensive capabilities for clients in Pennsylvania and New York – has allowed us to essentially become the headquarters for energy law in the Appalachian Basin,” Colosimo added. “We're committed to the region and the vast potential the Marcellus and Utica shale plays offer the industry, and this new office reflects that.”

In addition to its Houston and Pennsylvania locations, Burleson operates offices in Midland and San Antonio, Texas, and Denver, Colorado.