Matthew Onest has more than nine years’ experience protecting the interests of manufacturers, businesses of all sizes, property owners, and energy companies in all aspects of civil litigation. He has significant trial experience in many courts in the State of Ohio. Matthew is also a member of the firm’s litigation and appellate practice group and has successfully handled appellate cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, and Ohio’s Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, and Twelfth District Courts of Appeal. Matthew also practices in several federal courts throughout the United States. Though experienced in a wide variety of legal matters, Matthew focuses his practice mainly in energy litigation, business litigation, and real estate litigation.
Matthew is also a member of the firm’s oil and gas practice group and has successfully represented companies and landowners in many aspects, including civil litigation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission and the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission. Matthew has experience negotiating oil and gas contracts and other energy-related agreements, including leases and easements.
Matthew practices out of the Canfield and Canton offices. Matthew lives with his wife, Kelly, and their four children in Hubbard, Ohio.
Begins and defends lawsuits various lawsuits for declaratory judgment, under the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act, under the Ohio Marketable Title Act, for slander of title, for adverse possession, and for oil and gas lease breaches, interpretation, and enforcement of contractual obligations.
Ohio Supreme Court holds that a filed will that does not devise a severed mineral through either a specific provision or through a residue clause is not preserving event under Section 5301.49(D) of the Ohio Marketable Title Act (“MTA”). By Matthew W. Onest, Esq. On February 15, 2022, the Ohio […]Read More
On December 8, 2021, Attorney Scott Zurakowski argued before the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit on behalf of the plaintiff-class of lessors-mineral owners in 20-3469 Zehentbauer Family Land LP et al v Total E and P USA Inc et al. Our firm is seeking to reverse the district […]Read More
Congratulations to Attorney Matthew Onest for oral arguments in the Ohio Supreme Court on the following cases: Senterra Ltd. v. Alan T. Winland et al., Case No. 2020-0197 Seventh District Court of Appeals (Belmont County). Watch video here: https://bit.ly/3BgvwAj. Peppertree Farms, L.L.C. v. Thonen, Case No. 2020-0814. Watch video here: […]Read More
On February 23, 2021, the Ohio House introduced House Bill No. 152 which would make several significant changes to Ohio’s unitization process. Under Ohio law, an oil and gas operator can seek an order from the State of Ohio (through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources) forcing landowners into oil […]Read More
KWGD Attorneys Gregory W. Watts and Matthew W. Onest have recently co-authored the following publications: Texas A&M Journal of Property Law: Ohio Oil & Gas Survey Volume 6, 2020, (for this publication, click on the PDF below) Past publications are linked below: Texas A&M Journal of Property Law: Ohio Oil & Gas […]Read More
Just yesterday, the Ohio Supreme Court finally answered a question that had been making its way through the Ohio Court System — does the Ohio Marketable Title Act apply to severed mineral interests? Well, the Ohio Supreme Court answered in the affirmative. Ever since the Ohio Supreme Court decided in […]Read More