Energy Law

6th Midstream Oil & Gas Law Conference

Houston, Texas, USA

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

Norris Conference Center – Houston CityCentre
816 Town & Country Blvd, Suite 210
Houston, Texas 77024

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


This biennial conference features an outstanding mix of experienced midstream in-house and law firm practitioners addressing the legal issues affecting the midstream industry.

Conference Co-Chairs

Kurt L. Krieger
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Charleston, WV

Mark C. Schroeder
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Enable Midstream Partners, LP
Houston, TX

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  • $425 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $360 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $360 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $360 - IEL Young Energy Professional (YEP) Member
  • $360 - CAIL Member or Member Employee
  • $360 - Government Employee
  • $75 - Law Student
  • $75 - Full-time Professor

Schedule and Faculty

7:45 am


8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

8:45 am

Commodity Markets Overview and Forecast

This session will feature a discussion of current trends in the domestic and international commodities markets, focusing on the U.S. transition from a net importer to a global exporter. Specific topics will include global margin trends, market constraints, and emerging contract types.

  • Michael Barrett, Partner – FAAS Commodities Market, EY, Houston, Texas

9:30 am

Pipeline Right-of-Way Challenges

This session will look at legislative, regulatory, and litigation issues impacting the ability to secure pipeline right-of-way across Texas.

  • John K. Arnold, Locke Lord LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Bill Wolf, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Kinder Morgan, Inc., Houston, Texas

10:15 am


10:30 am

The Latest on Midstream Joint Ventures

This presentation explores market trends driving recent joint ventures within the midstream space, including reasons for entering into a midstream JV, common midstream JV structures, and typical transaction documents and considerations.

Moderator: Jonathan Castelan, Latham & Watkins LLP, Houston, Texas


  • Harry R. Beaudry, General Counsel, EPIC Midstream LLC, Houston, Texas
  • Christopher B. Bennett, Latham & Watkins LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Kim Hicks, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Houston, Texas

11:15 am

Transporting Water for Oil and Gas Development: Problems, Opportunities, and Potential Solutions

Water presents an important constraint on oil and gas producers in Texas and other western states during completion, production, and disposal or recycling. This panel will discuss the various legal, regulatory, and practical issues surrounding the transportation and use of water in the development and production of oil and gas.

Moderator: Bill Kroger, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston Texas


  • James H. Barkley, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston Texas
  • Rick Ogle, Senior Counsel, EOG Resources, Inc., Houston, Texas
  • Justin T. Stolte, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Houston, Texas


Networking Luncheon

1:00 pm

Medical Marijuana – Coming to a Workplace Near You

The law continues to change regarding the usage of marijuana as more jurisdictions have made marijuana usage legal under state law, whether for medical purposes or for recreational use. This session will look at the relevant legal issues in the employment setting arising from marijuana usage outside the workplace, pipeline safety regulations, federal preemption, and health privacy issues. This session will also look at challenges for companies operating in multiple states with different or conflicting laws and the development of company-wide policies.

  • Ellen A. Adams, GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Deanna J. Farmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Enable Midstream Partners, LP, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1:45 pm

U.S. Hydrocarbon Exports: A Legal and Practical View

This session will explore some of the key legal and contracting considerations in connection with the export of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids from the U.S., including (1) an overview of current U.S. hydrocarbon exports; (2) hydrocarbons export authorization rules and conditions; and (3) legal and contracting issues and best practices

  • Monica Hwang, King & Spalding LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Daniel Rogers, President, Summit Energy Holdings, LLC, Houston, Texas

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

Opportunity Zones and Their Application to Midstream Investments

Learn about the new federal Opportunity Zone program and how investors can use Opportunity Zones to minimize income taxes and maximize the return on midstream investments.

  • L. Frederick Williams Jr., Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Morgantown, West Virginia

3:15 pm

Regulatory Considerations for Development of Liquids Pipelines

This session will include a panel discussion, including both in-house and outside counsel, related to the regulatory considerations that must be addressed when developing new infrastructure and expanding existing infrastructure. The panel will present on issues they have considered and provide solutions that they have seen used for successful infrastructure development.

  • Suzanne E. Clevenger, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Amanda L. Hanks, Counsel, Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., Houston, Texas

4:00 pm

Walking the Ethical Tightrope: Aligning Your Company’s Interests with Its Legal Obligations in Internal Investigations

This session will discuss the legal and ethical issues that must be considered when undertaking internal investigations. The speakers will explore how organizations can maximize the benefits of internal investigations while minimizing their risks and avoiding common pitfalls.

  • Bryon A. Rice, Hicks Davis Wynn, P.C., Houston, Texas
  • Bianca Roberson, Legal Counsel, Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas

5:00 pm


CLE Credit

For this conference, IEL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Louisiana, 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.

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 6 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174066286. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

Overnight Accommodations

For this program, there is no conference hotel. Two hotels are located in Houston CityCentre. The Hotel Sorella is connected to the Norris Conference Centre and ranges in the $300-$400 range. The Four Points is a short walk away from the Norris Conference Centre. Its rates are in the $160-180 range, but online reviews are mixed as to this property.  Candlewoods Suites has a hotel within a ten-minute walk. Rates are between $95-110 for that property.  Many other hotel options are a short Uber/Lyft ride away.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Sponsor - $2,500 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed to thousands of interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through electronic promotions.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Luncheon
  • 3 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Silver Sponsor - $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 Luncheon
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Exhibitor (Non-law Firms only) - $1,750 each

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

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