Robert H. Wedlake


700 Security Mutual Building
80 Exchange Street
Binghamton, NY 13901




J.D. 1977, State University of New York at Buffalo
B.A. 1974, Syracuse University

Professional Memberships

New York State Bar Association
Broome County Bar Association (Past President)

Robert H. Wedlake

Robert H. Wedlake is a partner of Hinman, Howard & Kattell and Chair of the firm’s Oil & Gas Practice Group.

Rob regularly represents land owner coalitions in negotiating lease rights. He has successfully negotiated one of the few landowner coalition lease transactions to actually be signed in New York. Even in the face of New York’s moratorium, Rob obtained an agreement securing the landowner coalition members pre-payments for leasing their mineral rights.

Rob also represents clients in natural gas litigation. Rob served as co-counsel in the Jeffrey v. Ryan litigation, which invalidated a moratorium on natural gas development imposed by the City of Binghamton. Rob also served as co-counsel in the case of Grafe-Kieklak v Town of Sidney, where again Rob helped to successfully overturn a local moratorium on natural gas development.

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Rob has also litigated several compulsory integration matters before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on behalf of clients seeking to become either participating owners or non-participating owners in drilling units. He has engaged in cutting edge litigation seeking to establish greater rights for participating owners and working to better define the relationship between a participating owner and the well operator.

Rob is a frequent lecturer on matters involving Oil and Gas Law. He has spoken at continuing legal education courses on matters involving landowner’s legal rights with regard to gas pipelines and gas leasing. He has provided continuing education presentations to the Broome County Certified Public Accountants and to the Independent Association of Insurance Agents on matters involving Oil and Gas Law and leasing. He also regularly speaks to business groups, Chambers of Commerce, and landowner coalitions on New York’s gas drilling moratorium, landowner rights, leasing, and related topics.

He is a member of the Joint Landowners Coalition, and a Member of the Broome County Bar Association Oil and Gas Committee. Rob writes on matters concerning Oil and Gas Law and leasing for the firm’s newsletter and blog. Each year, Rob is also a panelist for the Broome County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute’s annual debate on gas drilling.

In addition to his Oil and Gas practice, Rob represents business clients in the Southern Tier with respect to sales and acquisitions of business, formation of businesses, commercial leasing and related matters. Rob is a skilled litigator who represents clients in corporate, real estate, and commercial litigation before New York courts and administrative agencies.

Rob is former chair of the Broome County YMCA board of directors and former chair of the Broome County American Red Cross. He is also former president of the Broome County Bar Association, and a former member of the Chenango Forks School District’s Dollars for Scholars Organization.