14th Annual Energy Litigation Conference

in Houston, Texas, USA

JW Marriott Houston
5150 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056

Online registration is closed. You can still register by bringing a completed registration form to the registration desk.

Past Event

Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

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

Download the Brochure (pdf)

For more details, download the online brochure.

Conference Co-Chairs

Kimberly Cunningham
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Houston, Texas

Charles J. (Tim) Engel III
King & Spalding
Washington, D.C.

JoAnn Lee
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Houston, Texas

Tuition

Registration includes one day Conference, all meals, Networking Reception and the course material provided online, which may be printed or saved by customer. It does not include printed binder of program material.

Regular Registration Fee

  • $495 - Regular registration fee
  • $395 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $395 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $395 - IEL YEP Member
  • $395 - CAIL Member or Member Employee
  • $395 - ABA-SEER Member
  • $395 - ABA-Section of Litigation Member
  • $395 - Government Employee
  • $125 - Law Student / Full-time Professors
  • $150 - Materials Only (Not attending)
  • $75 - Printed Binder (In addition to registration fee)

Schedule and Faculty

7:30 am


Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am


Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Kimberly Cunningham, Counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • Charles J. (Tim) Engel, King & Spalding, Washington, D.C.

8:40 am


Energy Litigation Update

A review of recent lawsuits of special interest to energy litigators.

  • Mark D. Christiansen, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

9:35 am


The Care and Handling of In-House Counsel

Moderator

  • Michael P. Cash, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, Texas

Panelists

  • Reid G. Gettys, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • Victoria T. McGhee, Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas
  • Kevin O'Neal, Chevron Corporation, Houston, Texas

10:35


Break

10:50 am


EPA Litigation – Enforcer and Defendant Perspectives

Current and former enforcement officials trade perspectives on litigation with EPA’s enforcement office.

  • Granta Y. Nakayama, King & Spalding, Washington, D.C.
  • Cheryl Seager, Deputy Regional Counsel for Enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6 Office, Dallas, Texas

11:40 am


Royalty Litigation Then and Now: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Experienced oil and gas litigators explore the changing landscape of royalty owner litigation and changes in law and procedure affecting those cases.

Moderator

  • Shannon H. Ratliff, Ratliff Law Firm, Austin, Texas

Panelists

  • John A. "Jad" Davis, Davis, Gerald & Cremer, P.C., Midland, Texas
  • Mark C. Rodriguez, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Dick Watt, Watt Thompson & Henneman LLP, Houston, Texas

12:30 pm


Hosted Luncheon

Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award
Honoring
Lawrence P. Simon, Jr.
Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette, LA

Lawrence P. Simon Jr. graduated from Tulane Law School in 1972, where he was a member of the Tulane Law Review, and has practiced law with Liskow & Lewis in its Lafayette office for the past 43 years. Most of his practice has involved litigation, and while he has handled a wide variety of general commercial disputes in courts throughout Louisiana, his practice has focused primarily on oil and gas and property issues. His extensive experience in energy litigation cases covers all of the major substantive areas affecting the oil and gas industry for these past four decades, including broad experience litigating issues involving regulatory rulings and orders of the Department of Conservation. His litigation practice has emphasized oil and gas royalty and other mineral lease issues, energy marketing contract disputes and cases involving the processing of natural gas and the contracts affecting those operations. Mr. Simon has been recognized by Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers. He is also a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. In addition to his active practice, Mr. Simon has served both in the House of Delegates and on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association and was president of the Young Lawyers section of the Louisiana Bar. He also served on the Board of the Young Lawyer Division of the ABA and on the Board of Directors of the American Judicature Society. He likewise was past president of the American Inn of Court of Acadiana. Mr. Simon has been active in the IEL for many years and is currently Senior Vice-Chair of the IEL.

2:00 pm


Views from the Bench

Judges give their perspective on trends in energy litigation and on its management and conduct.

Moderator

  • Kenneth M. Klemm, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, New Orleans, Louisiana

Panelists

  • The Hon. Caroline E. Baker, 295th Judicial District Court, Houston, Texas
  • The Hon. David Hittner, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston, Texas
  • The Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law, Pepperdine School of Law, Former Chief Judge, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Malibu, California

3:00 pm


NGO Environmental Litigation Against the Oil & Gas Industry in a Post-Macondo World

Environmental groups have launched a blizzard of legal challenges against all facets of oil and gas efforts, ranging from seismic surveys to leases, exploration and development to oil spill containment. Learn how they are faring, and what the future may bring.

  • Steven J. Rosenbaum, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C.

3:45 pm


Break

4:00 pm


Professionalism: Betwixt the Means and the Ends (Ethics CLE)

  • The Hon. W. Royal Furgeson (Ret.), U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Founding Dean, UNT Dallas College of Law, Dallas, Texas

5:00 pm


Adjourn

5:00 pm


Networking Reception

CLE Credit

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 5.75 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901326553. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, IEL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Hosted Luncheon - $2,500 each
Presentation of the IEL Outstanding Achievement in Energy Litigation Award
Honoring
Larry Simon of Liskow &Lewis

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website.
  • Recognition at the Luncheon.
  • I complimentary registrant at the Conference.
  • Up to 2 complimentary guests for the luncheon.
  • Space permitting, a seat at the luncheon head table.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Networking Reception - $2,000 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website.
  • Recognition at the Reception.
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Wi-Fi Sponsor (Only 1 Allowed) - $3,000 each

  • Name/Logo reflected in wifi access code
  • Prominent recognition on the Conference Background Slide
  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Canvas Bag – $2,500 each (SOLD OUT)

  • Name/Logo on one side of canvas bag (ONLY 3 ALLOWED)
  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Exhibitor - $1,500 each
(Non-law Firms only)

  • Space to display company/firm materials at the conference.
  • Name/logo on Conference website with link to company page

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 + occupancy tax. The last day to obtain this special rate is October 14, 2015.

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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: +1.972.244.3404
IEL: +1.972.244.3421
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
E-Mail: iel@cailaw.org

Presented by

Supported by

Lifetime Achievment in Energy Litigation Award Luncheon Sponsors

Networking Reception Sponsors

Canvas Bag Sponsors

Exhibitor

Faculty Dinner Sponsor