Donald Shaffer’s practice is heavily concentrated in oil and gas law, something he “fell into” as a young lawyer in the 1960s.

He also does work in estate, guardianship, and trust administration. Don grew up in Pittsburgh, and enjoys sports, gardening, reading and concerts. He is a cancer survivor, and regularly volunteers with the American Cancer Society and cancer support activities.

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Representative Matters

  • Counsel to an et al in a successful ADR proceeding, Asamera Oil (Indonesia) Ltd. 
et al. v. Mobil Oil Indonesia, Inc., before the Court of Arbitration of the 
International Chamber of Commerce, a significant victory over a colossus of the 
oil industry.
  • Oil and Gas Law counsel to the Decedent's Estate and Testamentary Trusts of 
Michael L. Benedum (the "Great Wildcatter"), members of the Benedum family, 
The Benedum-Trees Oil Company and the Edith L. Trees Trust.
  • Over 40 years as counsel to the Texas Guardianship Estate of Joe Benedum Trees

Professional Affiliations & Honors

  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Probate and Real Property Section
  • Recognized as an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell peer review
  • Recipient of the PBA Fifty-Year Member Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association

Background

  • 2002  Metz Lewis Brodman Must O'Keefe LLC
  • 1959  Weller, Wicks, and Wallace, P.C.

Education

  • 1956  J.D., University of Michigan Assistant Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • 1953  B.A., University of Michigan

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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