Energy Law

13th Annual Energy Litigation Conference

Houston, Texas, USA

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

JW Marriott Houston Hotel
5150 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77056

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
IEL: +1.972.244.3421
Fax: +1.972.244.3401


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

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  • $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 - ABA-SEER Member
  • $345 / $395 - ABA-SOL-ELC Member
  • $345 / $395 - Government Employee
  • $215 - Materials Only

Schedule and Faculty

7:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference


  • Jack Lewis, Managing Counsel, Litigation, Chevron Upstream and Gas Law, Houston, Texas
  • Tim Engel, King & Spalding, Washington, D.C.

8:40 am

Recent Developments in Oil and Gas Law

A comprehensive round up of the year’s developments of particular interest to the energy litigator.

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

9:40 am

The View from the Bench

Judges from around the country give their perspective on trends in energy litigation and on its management and conduct.


Jack Lewis, Managing Counsel, Litigation, Chevron Upstream and Gas Law, Houston, Texas


  • Hon. Christine A. Ward, 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Nancy D. Freudenthal, United States District Court for the District of Wyoming, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston, Texas

10:40 am


10:55 am

Litigation "Strategy" or Criminal Enterprise? - A RICO Guide For Energy Litigators

Our speaker, one of the lead attorneys representing Chevron in Chevron Corporation v. Steven R. Donziger, et al. a RICO case in the Southern District of New York, will discuss the essentials of RICO litigation and strategic considerations for Civil RICO prosecution and defense.

Andrea E. Neuman, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, New York, New York

11:40 am

Injection Wells and Induced Seismic

Our panel of technical experts will discuss whether it is reasonable to assume a correlation between injection well activities and seismic events.

Barclay Nicholson,Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston, Texas


  • Julie Shemeta, President and Founder, MEQ Geo Inc., Highlands Ranch, Colorado
  • Mark D Zoback, Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University, Stanford, California

12:15 pm

Hosted Luncheon

Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award
Patton G. Lochridge, McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore LLP

2:00 pm

The Supreme Court’s 2015 Term

Our speaker will review the cases coming before the United States Supreme Court during its 2015 term, and discuss those of particular relevance to energy litigators.

Ashley C. Parrish, King & Spalding, Washington, D.C.

2:45 pm

What General Counsel Really Want

What do corporate general counsel expect from litigators in the law firms they employ? Are they getting it?


Tim Engel, King & Spalding, Washington, D.C.


  • Jack Balagia, Vice President and General Counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Irving, Texas
  • Rachel G. Clingman, Vice President and General, Petroleum & Potash, BHP Billiton, Houston, Texas
  • Will Marsh, Vice President and General Counsel, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Houston, Texas

3:45 pm


4:00 pm

Ethics Presentation: Three Dilemmas for Energy Litigators

Professor Hazard will focus on three ethical dilemmas for energy litigators:

  • Issue conflicts – ethical considerations where the same lawyers represent plaintiffs in one case and defendants in another when issues and arguments closely overlap 
  • Advance conflict waivers – ethical limits to the effectiveness of conflict waivers
  • Joint defense agreements – when a party exits a joint defense agreement and its interests later become adverse, how does knowledge gained as part of the group ethically constrain that party?

Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of The Law, San Francisco, California and University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

5:00 pm


5:00 pm

Networking Reception

CLE Credits

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 6.0 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901300706. 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
and Presentation of the IEL Outstanding Achievement in Energy Litigation Award

  • 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.
  • 1 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

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

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

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lilly Hogarth, IEL Project Manager at or +1 972 244 3424.

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 "Oilfield Services Conference" to receive a reduced room rate of $209 + occupancy tax. The last day to obtain this special rate is October 22, 2014.


Other Information

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Lifetime Achievment in Energy Litigation Award Luncheon Sponsors

Networking Reception Sponsors

Canvas Bag Sponsors