F. Thomas Rubenstein


Tom is a partner in the Natural Resources Practice Group. He has over 35 years of experience as a coal and energy lawyer with both substantial in-house and private practice experience representing public and private operating and land holding companies. He is skilled in all legal and business matters pertaining to the coal industry, including transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate record keeping and compliance, coal sales, mine safety and health, including supervisory training, and lease, sublease, operating and contract mining agreements. He is also experienced with oil and gas leasing matters including Marcellus and Utica Shale leasing and project development matters. He is an experienced arbitrator and mediator for coal and commercial disputes.

In recent years, Tom has represented a coal company in a little more than $750 million of coal operations/properties acquisitions and an oil and gas client in a $140 million transaction.


  • West Virginia University College of Law  (J.D., 1981)
    • Order of the Coif, Law Review
  • West Virginia University  (B.A., magna cum laude, 1978)
    • Pi Mu Epsilon
    • Mathematics

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • Northern District of West Virginia
  • Southern District of West Virginia
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • American Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the WVU Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Board of Directors of The Foundation for Mon General Hospital
  • Morgantown Advisory Committee for Compass Women's Center Ministry
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, Member and former Trustee
  • West Virginia Coal Association
  • Chestnut Ridge Community Church, Board Member


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Energy, Mining and Natural Resources Law annually since 2007
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Morgantown for Mining Law by The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013
  • Listed in Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Natural Resources