Joshua E. O’Farrell

Oil & Gas Practice Group Leader

  • Areas of Practice

    • Litigation
    • Oil & Gas
    • Real Estate & Construction

As a litigation and transactional attorney, I represent landowners throughout Ohio in oil and gas lease negotiations, pipeline right-of-way agreement negotiations, mineral sale transactions, and complex oil and gas litigation. My practice also includes commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, and appellate advocacy. I have litigated on behalf of many individuals and businesses on significant matters throughout Ohio courts and have successfully argued a case before the Supreme Court of Ohio.


My clients are important to me, so I work to cultivate relationships built on trust and transparency. I take time to get to know my clients so that I can better understand and resolve their various legal issues, offer proactive guidance, and help them achieve their desired outcomes. If trial is necessary, I will fight for my clients in the courtroom to ensure their interests are protected.



  • Experience
      • Joined Buckingham's litigation practice group in 2019
      • Successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Ohio in Barclay Petroleum, Inc. v. Matthew Bailey, Co-Trustee of the Bailey Family Trust Dated 1/12/2007, et al., 156 Ohio St. 3d 77, 2018-Ohio-5136
      • Former member of the Ohio House of Representatives and served on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, the Financial Institutions Committee, the Rules and Reference Committee, and the State Government Committee
        • 1,200 acre oil and gas leasing negotiation in Harrison County resulting in client receiving in excess of $15,000,000 (2018)
        • 350 acre oil and gas leasing/sale negotiation in Jefferson County resulting in client receiving $7,000,000 (2018)
        • Lead negotiator for over 40 landowners affected by TransCanada’s Buckeye Xpress Pipeline resulting in payment of over $10,000,000 (2017 – 2018)
        • Negotiated oil and gas lease for city of St. Clairsville resulting in city receiving $1,700,000 (2015)
  • Education & Admissions
      • Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 2010)
      • University of Notre Dame (B.A., 2004)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio Bar
  • Awards & Honors
      • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars™ (2016-2021), as voted by his peers
      • Recognized by the Ohio Farm Bureau Pipeline and Electric Line Easement Issues as a leading attorney in the oil & gas industry
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • Member: American Association of Justice
      • Member: Ohio Association of Justice
      • Member: Ohio Farm Bureau
    • Associations
      • Member: Tuscarawas County Bar Association
        • Past President
      • Member: Stark County Bar Association
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <ul> <li>Frequent presenter for the Ohio Farm Bureau on various topics relating to legal issues in the oil &amp; gas industry</li> </ul>