Matthew W. Onest
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 Canton and Massillon offices. Matthew lives with his wife, Kelly, and their four children in Hubbard, Ohio.
- Represents individuals and companies in complex business and tort litigation, including handling trials and other dispute resolution proceedings and commercial arbitration, along with appellate practice.
- Counsels and advises producers, and drillers involved in the oil and gas industry, including litigation before both state and federal courts in 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.
- University of Mount Union, B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice, cum laude
- Received the William H. Porter Award in Sociology
- Trustee Scholarship recipient
- University of Akron School of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
- Served as assistant editor of the Akron Law Review
Courts and Bar Associations:
- Licensed to practice in Ohio
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
- Member: The Ohio State Bar Association
- Member: Stark County Bar Association
- Member: Akron Bar Association
- Member: Trumbull County Bar Association
Honors and Awards:
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® “Ones To Watch” 2021
- Recipient, CALI award for Academic Excellence for Bankruptcy, Evidence, and Health Law
- Recipient, Board of Trustees Scholarship, University of Mount Union
- Recipient, ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Health Law
- Recipient, The American Bankruptcy Law Journal Student Prize
Professional and Community Affiliations:
- The Hubbard Rotary Club (2021-)
- Member, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
- Member, National Association of Royalty Owners
- Formerly: Massillon Museum, Trustee (2016-2020)
- Formerly: Massillon Museum, Treasurer (2017-2019)
- Formerly: Massillon Museum, Vice-Chair (2020)
- Formerly: Bluecoats, Inc. (Canton, Ohio), Board of Directors (2017-2019)
- Formerly: Vintage Jackson Committee: The Jackson Township Rotary Club
- Formerly: Leadership Stark County, The 29th Graduating Class (2015-2016)
- Formerly: The Jackson Township Rotary Club (2015-2017)
- Formerly: The Young Lawyers Section Council and the Young Lawyers Section of the Ohio State Bar Association
- “Preserving Severed Mineral Interests”– Seminar Presenter, Stark County Bar Association (2014)
- "2015 Oil and Gas Caselaw Update" - Ohio Bar Association
- Presenter at the Sterling Education's 6th Annual Landlord-Tenant Law Conference, Youngstown, Ohio (2015)
- “Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession” – Seminar Presenter, Half Moon Education, Inc. (2015)
- Presenter at the Sterling Education's Landlord-Tenant Law Conference, Youngstown, Ohio (2016)
- Co-Author of Ohio Survey for Texas A&M Journal of Property Law: 2018, 2019, 2020 Survey on Oil & Gas – Texas A&M University School of Law
- “Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession and Accommodating the Rights of Mineral Owners and Surface Owners” – Seminar Presenter, Half Moon Education, Inc. (2018)
- "Identifying, Classifying, and Locating Easments" - Seminar Presenter, Half Moon Education, Inc. (2021)
- "Participating in the Condemnation Process" - Seminar Presenter, Half Moon Education, Inc. (2021)
- Legal Alert: Ohio House Bill No. 152 - Ohio's Oil & Gas Unitization Process
- Attorneys Gregory W. Watts and Matthew W. Onest Co-Author Texas A&M Journal of Property Law Ohio Update Publications
- Ohio Supreme Court Holds That the Ohio Marketable Title Act Applies to All Severed Mineral Interests
- Utica Shale & Pipeline Newsletter November 2020
- Gibson's Bakery Verdict Recognized by The National Law Journal as a "TOP 100 Verdict"
- Ohio House Emergency Bill (HB 197) Related to COVID-19
- Seventh District Court of Appeals Holds That Conveying "the one-half part or share" of One's Fractional Royalty Interest...
- The Seventh District Court of Appeals Upholds Statutory Unitization Order-Lessee's Use of Statutory Unitization Provision Does Not Breach...
- KWGD, partnering with Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd., obtained a verdict against Oberlin College for $44 million in favor of Gibson's Bakery, et al.
- Texas A&M School of Law Survey on Oil & Gas
- Ohio Supreme Court declines to review case involving temporary cessation and paying quantities issues related to oil & gas leases
- Ohio Supreme Court Makes it Clear: Landlords Must Keep Common Areas Safe & Sanitary
- Ohio Supreme Court accepts Wendt v. Dickerson, A Case Concerning Ohio's Dormant Mineral Act
- Attorney Matthew Onest to speak at the 6th Annual Landlord-Tenant Law Conference
- 11th District upholds Automatic Abandonment under the 1989 DMA as Constitutional
- Fifth District Court of Appeals' Opinion Upholds Automatic Operation of 1989 Dormant Mineral Act
- Dahlgren v. Brown Farm Properties LLC - Seventh Dist. Court of Appeals Reverses Controversial Trial Court Decision Involving 1989 Ohio DMA
- Swartz v. Householder & Shannon v. Householder - Seventh District Court of Appeals Once Again Upholds 1989 Dormant Minerals Act as Self-Executing
- Walker v. Noon-7th District Court of Appeals Upholds 1989 Dormant Mineral Act as Self-Executing
- 1989 Court Decision Ruling of Dormant Mineral Act
- Ohio Trial Court Rules 1989 Version of Dormant Mineral Act