7th Law of Shale Plays Conference

- in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
300 W. Station Square Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Online registration is closed. Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the registration desk.

Past Event

Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

Presented by the Institute for Energy Law and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF).

Now in its seventh year — and third in Pittsburgh — the Law of Shale Plays Conference continues to bring together clients and legal professionals servicing all components of the energy industry for outstanding continuing legal education focused on issues affecting shale plays.

The conference will provide timely legal updates on important litigation, transactional and regulatory issues being experienced and addressed by energy attorneys.

Highlights

  • Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry: A Governmental Perspective
  • Regulation, Regulation and More Regulation – The SEC Piles On with New Rules and Guidance Impacting Publicly-Traded Energy Companies
  • Five Essential Rules for a Reduction-In-Force
  • Energy Today: How It’s Shaping the U.S. Economy and Policy with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
  • The Big Reach: What You Need to Know About PHMSA’s Mega-Rule for Gas Gathering and Transmission Lines
  • Opportunities, Risks and New Developments in the Distressed Oil and Gas Industry
  • Litigation Update – Hot Topics and Future Disputes
  • Insights and Advice from General Counsel
  • Private Equity and M&A in a Distressed Environment
  • Cyber-Security Risks and the Shale Industry: What is Your Exposure?
  • Multijurisdictional Practice: The Ethics of Practicing Here, There and Anywhere

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For more details, download the online brochure.

Conference Co-Chairs

Sharon O. Flanery
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Charleston, West Virginia

Erin W. McDowell
Range Resources - Appalachia, LLC
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Tuition

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

  • $675 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $535 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $535 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $535 - IEL Young Energy Professional Member
  • $535 - CAIL Member or Member Employee
  • $535 - EMLF Member
  • $125 - Law Student
  • $125 - Materials only (Not attending)
  • $75 - Printed Binder (In addition to registration fee)

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, September 7

7:30 am


Registration

8:30 am


Welcome, Overview and Introductions

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Sharon O. Flanery, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, WV
  • Erin W. McDowell, Range Resources – Appalachia, LLC, Canonsburg, PA

8:45 am


Navigating Market Headwinds: How We Got Here and Where We are Going

Mr. Degner will take a look back on the development of the Marcellus Shale play, how the industry has progressed from early development through today, and how that progression, including new technologies and efficiencies, has led to many successes even in a depressed pricing environment. Mr. Degner will focus on the efficiencies that Range has made and continues to make through its operations as well as Range's diversified gas marketing portfolio and discuss current and emerging market trends.

  • Dennis Degner, Vice-President of Southern Marcellus Shale Division, Range Resources Corporation, Canonsburg, PA

9:30 am


Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry: A Governmental Perspective

This panel will focus on environmental regulatory issues that are critical to successful oil and gas development in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In addition, the panel will discuss regulatory issues or approaches that are unique to each jurisdiction.

Moderator:

  • Katharine Fredriksen, CONSOL Energy, Inc., Canonsburg, PA

Panelists:

  • Kristin A. Boggs, General Counsel, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Charleston, WV
  • Richard Watling, Assistant Counsel, Office of Oil and Gas Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Michael Williams, Chief Legal Counsel, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Columbus, OH

10:45 am


Break

11:00 am


Regulation, Regulation and More Regulation – The SEC Piles On with New Rules and Guidance Impacting Publicly-Traded Energy Companies

The session will address recent developments relating to SEC disclosure and reporting topics impacting energy companies, including reserve reporting, resource extraction, and climate change disclosure issues, as well as SEC responses to shareholder activism relating to environmental matters.

  • Amy I. Pandit, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Celia A. Soehner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Pittsburgh, PA

11:45 am


Five Essential Rules for a Reduction-In-Force

With continuing contraction in energy markets, reductions-in-force remain a fact of life in the industry. Making the right choices on employment challenges can be the difference between millions in liability or millions in savings. Rachel Steely and Mark Konkel will discuss five essential considerations that can make the difference, from WARN Act considerations to newly enacted overtime pay regulations.

  • Mark Konkel, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, New York, NY
  • Rachel Powitzky Steely, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, Houston, TX

12:30 pm


Lunch Presentation

Energy Today: How It’s Shaping the U.S. Economy and Policy

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
Bracewell LLP
Dallas, Texas

1:00 pm


Lunch

1:45 pm


The Big Reach: What You Need to Know About PHMSA's Mega-Rule for Gas Gathering and Transmission Lines

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ("PHMSA") published a long-anticipated rulemaking proposal for gas gathering and transmission lines. More than four years in the making, the proposed rules would significantly expand PHMSA's jurisdiction over gas gathering lines and add several new requirements to the gas transmission line regulations in response to recent congressional mandates and National Transportation Safety Board recommendations. A former PHMSA Attorney Advisor and Member of the Pennsylvania Governor's Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force will discuss the implications of PHMSA's rulemaking proposal, which arguably represents the most comprehensive overhaul of the federal gas pipeline safety program in the four decades since its creation.

  • Keith Coyle, Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C., Washington, D.C.

2:15 pm


Opportunities, Risks and New Developments in the Distressed Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry is laboring under historic declines in commodity prices with little certainty for near-term recovery. This global economic trend coupled with maturing debts have led to multiple E&P company bankruptcies, and undoubtedly will continue to impact midstream and related oilfield service companies. With more restructurings anticipated in 2016 and beyond, borrowers, creditors and investors will need to understand the risks of the oil and gas marketplace − and devise creative solutions for the opportunities that present themselves.

Moderator:

  • Ryan T. Purpura, McGuireWoods LLP, Pittsburgh, PA

Panelists:

  • Omar J. Alaniz, Baker Botts L.L.P., Dallas, TX
  • David Hindman, AlixPartners, LLP, Houston, TX
  • John H. Thompson, McGuireWoods LLP, Washington, D.C.

3:15 pm


Break

3:30 pm


Litigation Update – Hot Topics and Future Disputes

The oil and gas industry’s rapid growth over the past decade has required courts across the United States to consistently address novel legal issues impacting oil and gas development. This panel of seasoned trial attorneys will present and discuss important judicial developments in oil and gas law from multiple jurisdictions, including current litigation trends.

Moderator:

  • Cole T. DeLancey, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA

Panelists:

  • W. Henry Lawrence, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Bridgeport, WV
  • Gregory D. Russell, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Columbus, OH
  • Nicolle R. Snyder Bagnell, Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh, PA

5:00 pm


Networking Reception

Thursday, September 8

8:20 am


Introduction

  • Conference Co-Chairs

8:30 am


Insights and Advice from General Counsel

This panel of senior industry lawyers will address the concerns of general counsel in operating and developing shale plays given the current price and industry challenges.

Moderator:

  • Erin W. McDowell, Range Resources – Appalachia LLC, Canonsburg, PA

Panelists:

  • David Carlson, Ascent Resources, LLC, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Jennifer L. McDonough, Senior VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Rex Energy, State College, PA
  • David P. Poole, Range Resources Corporation, Fort Worth, TX
  • Yvette Karlene Schultz, Antero Resources, Denver, CO

9:45 am


Private Equity and M&A in Distressed Environment

The session will include a discussion of the capital raising environment in a distressed commodity market, including private debt and equity or equity-like arrangements, including interests in oil and gas assets (joint ventures or otherwise), production payments, as well as public capital raise options.

  • David Cecere, Tailwater Capital LLC, Dallas, TX
  • Greg Matlock, EY, Houston, TX
  • Bill Swanstrom, Locke Lord LLP, Houston, TX

10:30 am


Break

10:45 am


Cyber-Security Risks and the Shale Industry: What is Your Exposure?

This panel will first identify the specific cyber security threats facing the Shale Industry, the potential consequences of a data security incident, the laws and regulations that should be considered and preparing for and responding to regulatory cybersecurity incidents. Specific topics to be covered shall include insuring cyber-security risks, cybersecurity and law enforcement, challenges for compliance officers, and board oversight of cybersecurity risk management.

  • Gerald Ferguson, Baker & Hostetler LLP, New York, NY
  • Samuel Rosenthal, Squire Patton Boggs, Washington, D.C.

11:45 am


Multijurisdictional Practice: The Ethics of Practicing Here, There and Anywhere

Practice of law for most attorneys in the U.S. today is truly multijurisdictional, with legal services and their impacts in multiple states - including physical or virtual presence in states in which the lawyer is not admitted to practice. Unauthorized practice can result in disciplinary action and even criminal prosecution. This session will explore current and anticipated developments in this evolving area.

  • David G. Ries, Clark Hill PLC, Pittsburgh, PA

12:45 pm


Adjourn

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, 300 W. Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Registrants should call 1-888-625-4988 and advise them they are attending the "IEL - Law of Shale Plays Conference" to receive a reduced room rate of $169 + applicable taxes for the main conference nights of 9/6/16-9/7/16. The last day to obtain this special rate is August 22, 2016. As long as the reservation is made by this date, and the group block has availability, you will receive the group rate. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

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CLE Credit

For this conference, IEL as registrar for the conference will directly apply for course accreditation in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West 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.

This program consists of approximately 9.75 hours of continuing education, including up to 1 hour of ethics. Approved credit hours will vary by jurisdiction and are subject to each jurisdiction’s approval and credit rounding rules.

The program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 9.75 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901356990. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Hosted Luncheon - $2,500 each
Guest Speaker: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Bracewell LLP, Dallas, Texas

  • 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.
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Luncheon
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference
  • Up to 2 complimentary guests for the luncheon
  • Seats for you and your guests at a designated sponsors’ table
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Breakfast – Sep 7 (Exclusive) - $2,500 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 web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Breakfast
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Breakfast – Sep 8 (Exclusive) - $2,500 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 web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Breakfast
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Luncheon
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference
  • Up to 2 complimentary guests for the luncheon
  • (Space permitting), a seat at the luncheon head table
  • Seats for you and your guests at a designated sponsors’ 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 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.

Exhibitor (Non-law firms) - $1,500 each

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

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.

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