Alan leads Hodgson Russ’ Oil and Gas Practice and draws from more than 30 years of experience as an attorney and former business executive in the oil and gas industry to assist oil and gas companies in the full range of their legal needs. His experience includes representing exploration and production companies in all aspects of the domestic oil and gas industry. He has also represented larger landowners in connection with leasing property for oil and gas development, and landowner organizations in connection with oil and gas issues. His real estate practice includes handling the sale and purchase of real property and representing lending institutions and borrowers in secured loan transactions.

Alan’s oil and gas industry experience includes serving as senior vice president of Envirogas Inc., a large, privately held oil and gas exploration and production company that, before it ceased operations, had more than 1,600 wells primarily in the northern Appalachian Basin and was the largest operator in New York. His work at Envirogas included supervising the company's land department; coordinating all drilling operations; handling purchase, sale, and mortgage transactions and title work; negotiating resolutions of transactional and other types of disputes; and representing the company before regulatory agencies such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the New York State Public Service Commission.


University at Buffalo, B.S. 

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Representative Work

Hodgson Russ represented an independent oil and gas company in the acquisition of approximately 100 miles of pipelines and associated rights of way in New York.

Hodgson Russ represents several oil and gas companies in defending lawsuits alleging pollution resulting from drilling activities.

Hodgson Russ represented an independent oil and gas company in the acquisition of various leasehold interests and existing oil and gas wells, including negotiation of operating and related agreements for properties in Texas and Oklahoma.

Hodgson Russ provided title opinions to several oil and gas companies for the drilling of oil and gas wells at locations in New York and Pennsylvania.


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law) 2013 - 2021, 2023 - 2024
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York
  • Northeast Oil and Gas Awards, Industry Leader Award, 2018

News & Insights


  • Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York
  • Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
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