Energy Law

Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector


Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Past Event

The University of Tulsa College of Law
Price & Turpen Court Room, John Rogers Hall
3120 East 4th Place
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74101

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Presented by the Institute for Energy Law and The University of Tulsa College of Law

The conference will begin with a field trip to a pipeline facility and a refinery, followed by an evening reception. The focus the next day will be on careers in energy for lawyers, with experts from company legal departments and other disciplines discussing the varied career paths open to law graduates and young attorneys in the energy sector.

The conference will be of particular interest to law students, recent graduates, young lawyers in private practice and industry, and law school careers advisors.

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Conference Co-Chairs

Prof. Gary D. Allison
Director, Sustainable Energy & Resources Law Program
University of Tulsa College of Law
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Curtis R. Frasier
Vice Chair, Institute for Energy Law
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Upstream Americas & Head of Legal USA
Shell Oil Company
Houston, Texas


Registration includes the Friday field trip and reception and the Saturday program.

  • $0 - Student / Law Professor
  • $25 - Lawyers licensed less than 6 years
  • $75 - All Others

[Note: Seats on the Friday field trip are limited. In the event it is oversubscribed, law students will be given preference.]

Schedule and Faculty

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Field Trip will include lunch, a tour of the Explorer Pipeline’s Tulsa facilities, and a tour of Holly Frontier Corporation’s Tulsa Refinery.  (limited participation: 30)(priority will be given to law students)

11:00 am

Board field trip bus at The University of Tulsa College of Law

11:30 am

Arrive at Explorer Pipeline’s Headquarters for lunch, overview of Explorer’s operations, and a tour of its control room

1:00 pm

Arrive at Explorer’s Glenpool Breakout Tank Farm

3:00 pm

Arrive at Holly Frontier Corporation’s Tulsa Refinery

5:30 pm

Arrive back at the law school

6:30 pm

Welcome Reception at the Gilcrease Museum

Joseph W. Morris
Gable Gotwals, Tulsa and formerly, inter alia:
Dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law
Chair of the Institute for Energy Law
Vice President and General Counsel of Shell Oil Company
United States District Judge

Hosted by
Institute for Energy Law and its Young Energy Professionals Committee and
University of Tulsa College of Law

Saturday, March 2, 2013

8:30 am

Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00 am


  • Janet K. Levit, Dean and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair Professor of Law
    The University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Wendy F. DabovalSenior Vice Chair, Institute for Energy Law
    Vice President and General Counsel, Land, Chevron North America Exploration & Production Co., Houston, Texas

9:10 am

21st Century Outlook for Oil & Gas Careers

Curtis R. Frasier
Vice Chair, Institute for Energy Law
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Upstream Americas & Head of Legal USA, Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas 

9:25 am

Video: Beyond Law School - Careers in Energy

9:30 am

The Oil & Gas Attorney

This session will cover careers in a range of oil & gas law work, including oil & gas title examination and upstream, midstream and downstream transactions.

Panel Moderator

Curtis R. FrasierExecutive Vice President & General Counsel, Upstream Americas & Head of Legal USA, Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas


  • Richard C. Vint, Chief Attorney, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • David H. Sweeney, Vice President Legal and General Counsel, Van Dyke Energy Company, Houston, Texas
  • Louis J. Davis, Baker & McKenzie, Houston, Texas
  • Richard Hathcoat, Caldwell Hathcoat LLC, Boulder, Colorado

Audience Q&A

10:15 am


10:30 am

The Land Professional

Panel Moderator

Bob CostelloSenior Division Counsel, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


  • Kyle Gallman, Land Representative, Chevron North American Land, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Joyce TrewEQT Production, Washington, D.C.
  • Rebecca Mickey, T. S. Dudley Land Company, Inc., Denver, Colorado

Audience Q&A

11:15 am


11:30 am

Networking Luncheon

Grand Room A
Allen Chapman Activity Center 

1:15 pm

Presentation of the 2013 Hartrick Scholar

1:20 pm

International Petroleum: Transactions and Negotiations

Have laptop, will travel. This panel will provide an in-depth analysis of the ins and outs of working on international energy transactions. While there is not always a need to be on location, the complexities of international and cross border projects require additional skill sets and flexibility to deal with multiple legal systems, languages and cultures. Our panelists will discuss how they came into their international careers, and the major challenges that face them in their day to day work. Delegates will also learn what attributes are most beneficial to help a young energy professional pursue and develop an international career. 

Panel Moderator

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


  • Justin T. Stolte, Sr. Commercial Advisor, Apache Corporation, Houston , Texas
  • Tim T. WestFormer Associate General Counsel - International, Devon Energy Corp., and Of Counsel, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas

Audience Q&A

2:10 pm

Regulatory Attorneys

The energy sector is pervasively regulated. This regulation spawns many energy and environmental law careers. Regulatory careers covered by this panel include natural gas regulation, state conservation practice, and environmental regulation of oil and gas operations. 

Panel Moderator

Prof. Gary AllisonDirector, Sustainable Energy & Resources Law Program, University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma


  • Gabriel Sterling, Office of Enforcement, Division of Investigations,Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • John McCaffreyStinson Morrison Hecker LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Sally Shipley, Deputy General Counsel for Oil and Gas Conservation, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Ron Barnes, Crutchmer & Barnes, P.L.L.C., Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Soniya Ziegler, Counsel, Chevron Law Department, San Ramon, California

Audience Q&A

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Compliance Professionals

This panel will address careers in important compliance functions within major oil and gas companies. Four compliance professionals will cover three distinct compliance functions: Legal/Regulatory Compliance, Health, Safety & Environmental Compliance, and Contract Compliance. 

Panel Moderator

John SardarChief Compliance Officer, Noble Energy, Inc., Houston, Texas


  • Jay G. Martin, Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer & Sr. Deputy General Counsel, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Houston, Texas (Legal/Regulatory Compliance)
  • Mike CsizmadiaLegal Counsel, Technip USA, Houston, Texas (Contract Compliance)
  • Soniya Ziegler, Counsel, Chevron Law Department, San Ramon, California (Health, Safety & Environmental Compliance)

Audience Q&A

4:00 pm

Employers Perspectives

Panel Moderator

Susan PyePresident, Pye Legal Group, Houston, Texas


  • Rebecca Wagstaff, General Manager Land, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Houston, Texas
  • Kirk MooreAssociate General Counsel, Noble Energy, Houston, Texas
  • Jana Grauberger, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, Texas
  • Richard Burleson, Burleson, LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Eric C. Camp, DeckerJones, Fort Worth, Texas

Audience Q&A

4:45 pm

Concluding Remarks

Wendy F. DabovalSenior Vice Chair, Institute for Energy Law
Vice President and General Counsel, Land, Chevron North America Exploration & Production Co., Houston, Texas 

4:50 pm


Overnight Accommodations

The cost of housing is not included in the seminar registration.  However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at The Campbell Hotel, 2636 East 11th Street, Tulsa, 918-744-5500 (near the campus) and the Hyatt Regency Marriott Hotel, 100 East Second Street, Tulsa, 918-582-9000   (downtown).  To receive the reduced room rate of $99 +tax at either hotel, registrants should advise the hotel that they are attending the Careers Symposium at the University of Tulsa and request the “TU rate”.

Cancellation Policy

Written notice must be received two working days prior to the event (email to receive a full refund. Substitution of attendees for this event will also be permitted. Please call Cindie Burkel at +1.972.244.3405 to make substitutions.

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