Energy Law

64th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference


Houston, Texas, USA

Past Event

Up to 12.75 Hours of MCLE Credit and 2 Hours Ethics

JW Marriott Houston Hotel
5150 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77056

Registrar: +1.972.244.3405
IEL: +1.972.244.3424
Fax: +1.972.244.3401


First presented in 1949, the Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference is America’s, and possibly the world’s, oldest continuously presented CLE program. Attracting over 500 participants in Houston each February, the conference is free to Advisory Board members.

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  • Recent Developments in Oil and Gas Law
  • Energy Policy 2013 and Beyond
  • Reforming Off shore Compliance and Enforcement
  • [New] IEL Forum
  • Concurrent Sessions on Hot Topics in: Compliance & Enforcement • Environmental • International • Oilfield Services • U.S. Litigation • U.S. Regulatory • U.S. Transactional • [New] Oil & Gas Financing

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John Rogers Award


Rex W. Tillerson
CEO and Chairman
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Irving, Texas 

Deans of Oil & Gas Practice Lecture Luncheon

Ernest E. Smith
Rex G. Baker Centennial Chair in Natural Resources Law, University of Texas School of Law
Austin, Texas

Conference Co-Chairs

Arnold J. Johnson
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Noble Energy, Inc.
Houston, Texas

Steven P. Otillar
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Houston, Texas 


Registration includes the two-day Conference, course materials on USB and online, the networking luncheon on Thursday, the John Rogers Award Reception and Dinner on Thursday evening, the Deans of Oil & Gas Practice Lecture Luncheon on Friday and the Networking Reception on Friday afternoon. 

IEL Advisory Board Members will be contacted separately to RSVP for the Conference and for the Advisory Board activities on Wednesday, February 20, preceding the Conference.

  • $745 / $795 - Regular registration fee
  • $0 / $0 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $535 / $575 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $535 / $575 - CAIL Member or Member Employee
  • $535 / $575 - Government Employee
  • $225 - Materials Only

Schedule and Faculty

Thursday, February 21

Thursday Morning Plenary Sessions

8:45 am

Welcome and Overview

9:00 am

The Rational Middle

Gregory Kallenberg, Director and Producer of the Rational Middle Energy Series, Shreveport, Louisiana

10:00 am

Recent Developments in Oil & Gas Law

Kevin L. Colosimo, Managing Partner, Pittsburgh Office, Burleson LLP, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

11:00 am


11:20 am

Lawyers Ethics Issues in Pop Culture

Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport, Interim Dean and Gordon Silver Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

12:20 pm

Networking Luncheon

Thursday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Oilfield Services Module

Joseph C. Henry, Module ChairSenior Vice President, Co-General Counsel and Corporate Counsel, Weatherford International Ltd., Houston, Texas

1:35 pm

Intellectual Property Issues in Oilfield Services

Jayme PartridgeFulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Houston, Texas

2:10 pm

Panel Discussion: Mutual Hold Harmless Provisions in Oilfield Service Contracts

Panel Moderator

Joseph C. HenrySenior Vice President, Co-General Counsel and Corporate Counsel, Weatherford International Ltd., Houston, Texas

  • Carolyn Benton Aiman, Managing Counsel – Projects Americas, Shell Oil Co., Houston, Texas
  • Alex Cestero, Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Lufkin Industries, Inc., Lufkin, Texas
  • William W. Pugh, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, Texas
  • Doug Repasi, Contracts Counsel – Region Manager, US Land and Latin America, Baker Hughes, Houston, Texas

3:00 pm


Compliance and Enforcement Module

Marguerite Woung-Chapman, Module ChairSenior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, EP Energy Corporation - Houston, Texas

1:35 pm

Anatomy of an Internal Investigation

Sherry D. WilliamsSenior Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Halliburton Company, Houston, Texas

2:10 pm

Reforming Offshore Compliance and Enforcement

Michael Bromwich, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP, Managing Principal, The Bromwich Group, Washington, D.C.

2:35 pm

Gulf of Mexico Compliance Challenges: Turbulent Times in Calm Waters

Amber MacIver, Baker Botts LLP, Austin, Texas

3:00 pm


International Module

Steven L. Dickerson, Module ChairAssistant Chief Attorney Production, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Houston, Texas

3:20 pm

Protecting International Investmetns: Legitimate Nationality Planning or Abusive Treaty Shopping?

Oscar M. GaribaldiCovington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C.

4:05 pm

Unconventional Resources in the International Arena

Harry W. Sullivan, Jr.Senior Counsel, ConocoPhillips Houston, Texas

4:50 pm


U.S. Regulatory Module

Sheila S. Hollis, Module ChairDuane Morris LLP, Washington, D.C.

3:20 pm

Impact of Low Natural Gas Prices on Transmission Planning in the U.S.

Catherine E. HeigelVice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, American Transmission Co., Pewaukee, Wisconsin

4:05 pm

Reconfiguring the US Pipeline Systems - New Supply Sources, New Markets - What Regulations Remain and What is the Road Ahead? An Overview and Update on Gas Transportation Now and for the Future

Suedeen G. KellyAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, D.C.

4:50 pm


6:00 pm

John Rogers Award Ceremony
at The Petroleum Club of Houston
(800 Bell Street, Houston, Texas)

Friday, February 22

Friday Morning Concurrent Sessions

U.S. Litigation Module

Mark S. Berg, Module ChairExecutive Vice President & General Counsel, Pioneer Natural Resources, Irving, Texas

8:30 am

Vertical Law in a Horizontal World: Legal Issues and Challenges with Horizontal Drilling and Fracking in the Shale Plays

Craig A. Haynes, Thompson & Knight LLP, Dallas, Texas

9:10 am

Current Developments and Trends in Royalty Litigation

Guy Stanford LipeVinson & Elkins, Houston, Texas

9:50 am


10:10 am

Litigating Against Government Agencies

Jeffrey W. Leppo, Stoel Rives LLP, Seattle, Washington

10:50 am

Panel Discussion: Perspectives from the Trial Bar on Heated Topics of the Day

Panel Moderator

Harrell FeldtLaw Office of Harrell Feldt, Kerrville, Texas

  • Robin C. GibbsGibbs & Bruns LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Shannon H. RatliffRatliff Law Firm PLLC, Austin, Texas
  • Andrew W. Mccollam, IIIMccollam Law Firm, PC, Houston, Texas

11:50 am

Deans of Oil and Gas Practice Lecture Luncheon
Changes in Oil and Gas Law Likely to Result from Shale Plays and the Accompanying Technology 

Prof. Ernest E. Smith, Rex G. Baker Centennial Chair in Natural Resources Law, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

U.S. Transactional Module

Stephen Johnson, Module Chair, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CONSOL Energy Inc., Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

8:30 am

Current Trends in Oil & Gas Transactions

Jeffrey S. Muñoz, Latham and Watkins, Houston, Texas

9:10 am

Title and HPB Issues in Appalachia

Ryan T. Purpura, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

9:50 am


10:10 am

Oil and Gas Reserve Determination

Danny D. Simmons, President and Chief Operating Officer, Netherland Sewell & Associates, Inc., Houston, Texas

10:50 am

Continuous Development/Retained Acreage Clauses in Oil and Gas Leases, including Drilling Requirements, Acreage and Depth Retention Terms and Related Matters

Scott LansdownCounsel, XTO Energy Inc., Ft. Worth, Texas

11:50 am

Deans of Oil and Gas Practice Lecture Luncheon
Changes in Oil and Gas Law Likely to Result from Shale Plays and the Accompanying Technology 

Prof. Ernest E. SmithRex G. Baker Centennial Chair in Natural Resources Law, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

Friday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Oil & Gas Financing Module

Peter D. Gaw, Module ChairManaging Director, Global Head Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Standard Chartered Bank, Houston, Texas

1:20 pm

Financing Trends and Access to Capital in the Oil & Gas Sector

Peter D. GawManaging Director, Global Head Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Standard Chartered Bank, Houston, Texas

Stephen D. Davis, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Houston, Texas

2:05 pm

Panel Discussion: Oil & Gas Industry Roundtable: Financing Trends and Access to Capital

Panel Moderator

Peter D. GawManaging Director, Global Head Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Standard Chartered Bank, Houston, Texas

  • David W. AlbertCo-Head and Managing Director, Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Fund, New York, New York
  • Stephen D. DavisAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Houston, Texas

2:50 pm


Environmental Module

Monica Derbes Gibson, Module Chair, Of Counsel, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.

1:20 pm

EPA's Energy Extraction National Enforcement Initiative's Focus on Land-Based Natural Gas Extraction

Adam M. Kushner, Former Director, EPA Office of Civil Enforcement, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Washington D.C.

2:05 pm

Climate Change on the Horizon: Legal Storms Gather

Scott SchangVice President for Climate and Sustainability, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.

2:50 pm


IEL Forum

1:20 - 2:05 pm

The IEL Forum is an open, moderated discussion providing an opportunity to share experiences and raise concerns in energy law in a dialogue format. The agenda for the Forum is determined by the participants, by pre-submitted questions and topics and by discussion at the event. Registrants will receive instructions on how to submit questions or topics for discussion at the Forum.

Lawrence P. Simon, Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette, Louisiana

Harry W. Sullivan, Jr.Senior Counsel, ConocoPhillips, Houston, Texas 

2:50 pm


Friday Afternoon Plenary Sessions

3:10 pm

Energy Policy 2013 and Beyond: Leveraging Abundance for Greater Economic and National Security

General James Jones, Former National Security Advisor, Founder and President, Jones Group International, Washington, D.C.

3:55 pm

Legal Ethics for a February Afternoon

Prof. N. Gregory SmithVice Chancellor & Professional Ethics Professor of Law, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

4:55 pm


4:55 pm

Networking Reception 
Hosted by the Institute for Energy Law's Young Energy Professionals


Great speakers & network possibilities

Great variety of material covered; good topics; excellent and experienced speakers with good insight in topics covered

 — 2012 participants

CLE Credits

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 12.75 hours, including 2 horus of ethics. Course ID Number: 901259719. 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:

  • Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

AAPL Credit

AAPL credit will be available.

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the JW Marriott Houston Hotel, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056. Registrants should call +1.713.599.2240 and advise them of group code CAICAIA to receive a reduced room rate of $174 + tax. The last day to obtain this special rate is Friday, January 25, 2013.

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Cancellation Policy

Tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee will be refunded upon receipt of written cancellation received by February 1, 2013. E-mail cancellation notice to After this date, no refunds, but substitution of attendees for this program will be permitted. Registrants not entitled to a refund will receive the course materials.

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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.

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John Rogers Award Reception and Dinner

Deans of Oil & Gas Practice Lecture Luncheon

Networking Luncheon

Networking Reception