2nd Midstream Oil & Gas Law 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:6.25 hours of MCLE Credit available


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  • Federal environmental developments affecting pipelines
  • Midstream debt and equity financing
  • Attorneys’ involvement in safety management issues (Ethics)
  • Master agreements for liquid hydrocarbons
  • Acquisition of midstream assets


  • $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 - Government Employee
  • $145 - Materials Only

Conference Co-Chairs

Donna J. Bailey 
General Counsel, Gas and Midstream Negotiations and Legal Chevron Gas and Midstream
Houston, Texas

Mark R. Haskell 
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Washington, D.C.

Michael P. Pearson
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Houston, Texas 

Schedule and Faculty

8:00 am


8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Donna J. Bailey, General Counsel, Gas and Midstream. Negotiations and Legal. Chevron Gas and Midstream. Houston, Texas
  • Mark R. Haskell, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael P. Pearson, Jackson Walker L.L.P., Houston, Texas

8:45 am

Current Federal Environmental Developments Affecting Oil and Product Pipelines

Ronald J. Tenpas, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Washington, D.C.

9:15 am

Hot Regulatory Issues in Key States

Our panel will examine current top midstream regulatory developments and issues in the key producing states of Texas, Pennsylvania and North Dakota.


Amy L. Baird, Jackson Walker L.L.P., Houston, Texas

  • John K. Arnold, Winstead PC, Houston, Texas
  • Judith D. Cassell, Hawke McKeon & Sniscak LLP, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • John W. Morrison, Crowley Fleck, Bismarck, North Dakota

10:15 am


10:30 am

Ethics Presentation: The Role of In-House Counsel in Safety Management

The involvement of counsel in the conduct of safety investigations, pipeline integrity assessments and the like is arguably essential to help protect the company’s position in future litigation or regulatory enforcement action. On the other hand, reports couched in self-serving legalese may not be so useful to management. Can you achieve the best of both worlds? Our speaker will discuss this and other ethical issues like when a mandatory duty of disclosure arises, and the obligations of disclosure on the sale of assets.

Gregory E. Goldberg, Holland & Hart LLP, Denver, Colorado

11:30 am

Debt and Equity Financing of Midstream Projects

Hear leading commercial lenders, private equity funds and other equity investors discuss what makes midstream projects attractive to them, where they are focusing their efforts, what issues make financing difficult and what concerns they see in the current market. The discussion will distinguish between debt and equity financing and also will touch on joint ventures and other trends in the industry.


Cliff W. Vrielink, Sidley Austin LLP, Houston, Texas

  • Hugh Babowal, Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Houston, Texas
  • Jeff Ball, Managing Director, The Energy & Minerals Group, Houston, Texas
  • Scott Joyce, Senior Vice President, Capital One, Houston, Texas

12:15 pm

Hosted Luncheon - Keynote Address

Commissioner Christi Craddick, Railroad Commission of Texas, Austin, Texas

1:30 pm

Master Agreements for  Liquid Hydrocarbons

Is the new NAESB Master Agreement for Purchase, Sale or Exchange of Liquid Hydrocarbons a welcome development? Our speakers will compare and contrast the NAESB agreement with the LEAP Master Agreement and the ISDA/Oil Annex and discuss the market’s reaction to these agreements.

  • Marcia Greenblatt, Phillips 66, Houston, Texas
  • Andrew P. Ray, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., Houston, Texas
  • Paul B. Turner, Reed Smith LLP, Houston, Texas

2:15 pm

Managing the First 96 Hours After a Major Accident

Effectively responding to a major accident requires a prompt, sure-footed approach; especially with criminal prosecutions for endangerment and environmental releases becoming more frequent. Knowing what to expect from a legal perspective and being able to respond to a rapidly evolving situation is key. This presentation will provide practical advice on how to prepare for and then effectively manage the initial response to a major workplace or pipeline incident.

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

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Legal Issues in Product Quality

Many older transportation contracts say surprisingly little about product quality specifications, whereas modern contracts usually deal with these issues extensively. Our speaker will explore the contractual issues and approaches associated with product quality, and the scope of limitations of liability for the injection of off-spec products into a transportation system, in both older and more modern agreements.

Rachel Giesber Clingman, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Houston, Texas

4:00 pm

Acquisition of Midstream Assets

This session will examine the design of an appropriately broad due diligence process for use in acquiring midstream assets, as well as discussing representations and warranties and the indemnities sought to enforce them.

Christopher S. Collins, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas

4:45 pm


CLE Credits

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 6.25 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901273865. 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 6.25 hours in the following areas: Administrative Law and Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

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 "Midstream Conference" to receive a reduced room rate of $189 + 17% occupancy tax. The last day to obtain this special rate is November 7, 2013.


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