Ilya is an associate in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the firm’s energy group.  His practice focuses primarily on oil and gas and public utility matters, including litigation before state and federal courts and administrative bodies.  Ilya regularly counsels clients in matters involving oil and gas development, leasing and operating rights and mineral ownership.  He also has experience representing clients, including wholesale and retail suppliers, in rate proceedings, complaint proceedings and investigations before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Career highlights include:

  • serving on litigation team that successfully defeated class certification in federal action concerning the deduction of post-production costs
  • serving on arbitration team that successfully represented operator in dispute concerning JOA operating rights over a $1.0+ billion project in the Gulf of Mexico
  • successfully obtaining reversal on appeal involving the Ohio Dormant Mineral and Ohio Marketable Title Act
  • successfully defending appeal involving the constitutionality of Ohio’s statutory unitization law and its interplay with private lease rights
  • serving as amicus counsel to the Ohio Oil and Gas Association in cases before the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • defending appeals involving well permitting and unitization before the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission
  • serving as Ohio counsel to E&P company in $300 million sale

Ilya authored three chapters for the LexisNexis treatise, Hydraulic Fracturing Law and Practice.  He is also a co-author of Equitable and Statute of Limitations Defenses to Lease Expiration Claims, 38 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 4 (2017).  Ilya has also presented on oil and gas issues and is a regular contributor to the Vorys Energy & Environmental Law Blog.  He is a member of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Oil and Gas Law Short Course.  Ilya received his J.D. summa cum laude from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his B.A. cum laude from John Carroll University.

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Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2011, summa cum laude

John Carroll University, B.A., 2008, cum laude

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
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