12th Annual Energy Litigation Conference

in Houston, Texas, USA

JW Marriott Houston Hotel
5150 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77056

Online registration is closed.  Please bring your completed registration form to the door. 

Past Event

Credits:5.75 hours MCLE Credit available


Presented by the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) with the co-sponsorship of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) and the Energy Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation.

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Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigaiton Award


Clyde W. Lea
Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Arbitration
Houston, TX

Conference Co-Chairs

Mark D. Christiansen
McAfee & Taft
Oklahoma City, OK

Jack Lewis
Managing Counsel, Litigation
Chevron Upstream Law
Houston, TX


  • $435 / $495 - Regular registration fee
  • $345 / $395 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $345 / $395 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $345 / $395 - CAIL Member or Member Employee
  • $345 / $395 - ABA-SEER Member
  • $345 / $395 - ABA-SOL-ELC Member
  • $345 / $395 - Government Employee
  • $145 - Materials Only

Schedule and Faculty

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 am

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Mark D. Christiansen, Co-Leader of Energy and Oil & Gas Industry Group, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jack Lewis, Managing Counsel, Litigation, Chevron Upstream Law, Houston, Texas

8:50 am

Recent Developments in Class Action Litigation

This presentation will review recent key U.S. Supreme Court decisions and other rulings that have been changing the landscape for class action procedure in the U.S. After reviewing key recent developments, the speakers will discuss the extent to which these decisions appear to signal fundamental and long-term changes in the willingness of courts to certify classes.

  • Don Barrett, Barrett Law Group, Lexington, Mississippi
  • John H. Beisner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, Washington, D.C.

9:35 am

Energy Litigation Update – Covering Recent Oil and Gas Court Decisions and Litigation

Our speaker will review recent oil and gas decisions and litigation from around the nation.

Patton G. Lochridge,
 McGinnis, Lochridge, Kilgore, L.L.P., Austin, Texas

10:35 am


10:50 am

Marcellus Update

The huge ramp up in activity in the Marcellus and Utica shales in the northeast has resulted in a similar increase in legal activity and a dusting off of old precedent in the U.S.’s earliest oil states. This presentation will look at how oil and gas law is evolving in the region.

Nicolle Snyder Bagnell,
 Reed Smith, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

11:35 am

Hot Issues in Arbitration

Arbitration has long featured in oil and gas contracts as a means of settling disputes, especially internationally.  Our speaker will review current important issues in oil and gas arbitration both domestically and internationally.

R. Doak Bishop, King & Spalding, Houston, Texas

12:15 pm

Hosted Luncheon

Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award
Clyde W. Lea, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Arbitration, ConocoPhillips

2:00 pm

Ethics Presentation: Ripped From the Headlines: What the Headlines Can Teach Us About Lawyer Misconduct

This presentation will take a look at news stories from around the country involving lawyer misconduct and review the applicable Rules of the Professional Conduct and, in some cases, the Model Code of Judicial Conduct Canons that may apply.

Dana M. Douglas, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans, Louisiana

3:00 pm

The View from the Bench

A panel of judges from around the country will discuss different approaches to energy litigation especially between the “mature” oil and gas states and the “new” oil and gas states.

Panel Moderator

Mark D. Christiansen, Co-Leader of Energy and Oil & Gas Industry Group, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • The Hon. Scott A. Brister, Head of the Appellate Section, Andrews Kurth LLP, Austin, Texas (Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas)
  • The Hon. Mark R. Hornak, United States District Judge, United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • The Hon. Brian A. Jackson, Chief Judge, U.S District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Justice James R. Winchester, District No. 5, The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

4:00 pm


4:15 pm

Investigating Major Incidents – What Every Litigator Should Know

Managing the response to a major accident requires a prompt, sure-footed response by counsel experienced in these matters. It is not uncommon for multiple federal and state agencies to respond within hours and begin comprehensive investigations and inspections that may last many months, if not years.  This presentation discusses the legal challenges encountered in the immediate aftermath of an incident such as a fire, explosion or toxic release and provides practical advice for overcoming them.

Mark L. Farley, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Houston, Texas

5:00 pm


5:00 pm

Networking Reception

CLE Credits

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 5.75 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901273864. Sign-in sheets and/or certificates of attendance will be available for ALL states.

Specialization Credit

This program is approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 5.75 hours in the following areas: Administrative Law, Oil, Gas & Mineral Law, Real Estate

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the JW Marriott Hotel, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056. Registrants should call 1-800-228-9290 and advise them they are attending the "Energy Litigation Conference" to receive a reduced room rate of $189 + 17% occupancy tax. The last day to obtain this special rate is October 23, 2013.


Other Information

Press Policy

All IEL conferences are held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants, including journalists, are free to use any information received, but comments may not be attributed to any speaker identifi ed by name or affiliation.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

Registrar: +1.972.244.3405
IEL: +1.972.244.3424
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
E-Mail: iel@cailaw.org

Presented by

and co-sponsored by

Lifetime Achievment in Energy Litigation Award Luncheon Sponsors

Networking Reception Sponsors

Other Sponsors