Christian Turak

Christian E. Turak

Oil & Gas Lawyer


Christian E. Turak is an oil and gas lawyer and partner at Gold Khourey & Turak. 

Because he focuses his practice on oil and gas law, Christian provides his clients with a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to oil and gas issues.  Whether he is representing a client in a lease negotiation, pipeline negotiation, or a multi-million dollar royalty dispute, Christian makes sure that he gives each and every client and their case the personal attention they deserve.  After all, Christian’s job is not just about obtaining the very best result possible, it’s about making the journey there as stress free as possible for his clients.

It’s an honor when clients trust me to handle their oil and gas case, and I don’t take it lightly. Oftentimes, a person’s oil and gas rights are their greatest asset and millions of dollars are at stake. That’s why it’s so important for me to know my clients on a personal level and understand their goals. The truth is, my clients aren’t just clients—they’re my neighbors, friends, and family.

    Christian has represented hundreds of landowners with lease negotiations, pipeline negotiations, surface use negotiations, oil and gas sales, and other similar oil and gas transactions.  In these hundreds of oil and gas transactions, Christian consistently delivers value for his clients by obtaining greater compensation and landowner-friendly contracts that protect his clients, their family, and their legacy. 

    Christian also fights for landowners who have been wronged by oil and gas companies.  Christian handles a wide-array of oil and gas lawsuits, including oil and gas royalty disputes, trespass issues, nuisance claims, and ownership disputes/quiet title actions.  Christian’s skills and experience litigating oil and gas lawsuits speak for themselves. 

    Christian E. Turak - Leading Oil and Gas Lawyer

    Christian E. Turak is one of only a few lawyers in West Virginia and Ohio that focuses his practice almost exclusively on oil and gas cases. 

    Through his years of experience representing landowners, Christian has gained a wealth of oil and gas knowledge and experience.  As a result, Christian has been asked to give presentations on a variety of oil and gas topics.  Some of Christian’s presentations include:

    Presentation: “Lease Clauses 101”

    October 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA

    National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) National Convention

    Presentation: “From Tawney to Today: West Virginia Royalty Language and the Loopholes Producers Use to Deduct Post-Production Expenses”

    2019 Moundsville, WV

    National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) Fuel Yourself With Knowledge Seminar

    National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) Fuel Yourself With Knowledge Seminar,

    2019 - New Martinsville, WV

    National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO), Fuel Yourself With Knowledge Seminar

    Landowner Informational Meetings

    2015-2018, various locations throughout West Virginia (Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, and Doddridge Counties)

    Educational town hall meetings regarding the Columbia Mountaineer XPress Pipeline, Columbia Leach XPress Pipeline, Mountain Valley Pipeline, and Rover Pipeline

    Oil and Gas Lease Informational Meetings

    2015-2016, various locations throughout West Virginia (Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel Counties)

    Educational town hall meetings regarding oil and gas lease opportunities

    Christian is also a frequent writer on varied oil and gas topics through GKT’s oil and gas blog.  Through his blogs, Christian covers everything from some of the most commonly encountered landowner issues to the latest changes in oil and gas law and proposed legislation.  Christian has also written articles for the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) ROAR publication, which has a national readership.  In 2021, Christian’s letter to the editor opposing forced pooling was published by the Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register.  Also in 2021, he was a guest on Howard Monroe’s the Watchdog Radio Show to discuss a proposed forced pooling bill.