Energy Law

19th Annual Energy Litigation Conference

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Live Online Conference

Registration Open

MCLE Credit will be available

Details for connecting to the conference will be sent after you register. If you registered but did not receive a link to participate in the conference, please email Ryan Frome.

Registrar: +1.972.244.3403
IEL: +1.972.244.3422
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
E-Mail: iel@cailaw.org

Overview

This conference has become a must-attend event for energy litigators, in particular oil and gas attorneys. The 19th edition of the Energy Litigation Conference will bring together some of the top in-house and private practice energy litigators to discuss new trends in energy litigation, recent case law of importance to energy litigators, and ways to improve an energy litigation practice.

Conference Co-Chairs

Kelli Jones
Managing Counsel
ConocoPhillips Company
Houston, Texas

Kenneth Klemm
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuition

Note: Early registration pricing is available through October 22, 2020.

  • $190.00 - Regular Registration Fee ($225.00)
  • $150.00 - IEL Advisory Board Member ($190.00)
  • $150.00 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee ($190.00)
  • $150.00 - IEL Young Energy Professional Member ($190.00)
  • $150.00 - Government Employee ($190.00)
  • $50.00 - Law Student ($50.00)
  • $50.00 - Full-time Professor ($50.00)

Schedule and Faculty

Tuesday, November 10

3:00–3:30 p.m. (Central)


Presentation of Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award and Awardee Acceptance Speech

Join us virtually as the 2020 Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Awards is presented to Diana E. Marshall. Hear from Ms. Marshall as she discusses her groundbreaking career in energy law, including being named by Time Magazine as one of the “Top Five Women Trial Lawyers in America” and being the first female trial lawyer admitted as a partner at Baker Botts.

3:30-5:00 p.m.


Virtual Reception for Diana Marshall and Conference Welcome Reception

Join us for a short live virtual toast to Diana Marshall and then join other conference attendees in a virtual experience allowing you to meet and visit with other conference attendees. This session will be presented via Zoom and will feature multiple breakout rooms to allow small group interaction. Rooms will be periodically shuffled to increase interaction between a broader range of conference attendees.

Wednesday, November 11

8:55–9:00 a.m. (Central)


Welcome, Overview and Introductions

9:00–9:30 a.m. (Central)


Keynote Presentation

  • Speaker Invited

9:30–10:15 a.m. (Central)


Energy Litigation Update

This session features a review of recent lawsuits and case outcomes of special interest to energy litigators.

  • Mark D. Christiansen, Edinger Leonard & Blakley PLLC, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

10:15–10:30 a.m. (Central)


BREAK

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. (Central)


Shut-Ins and Force Majeure

Given the current market environment, this presentation provides an update for energy litigators on some of the force majeure and other lease-savings clause arguments that will arise as producers seek to decrease exploration and production while still maintaining their leasehold interests.

  • Craig Stahl, Haynes and Boone, LLP, The Woodlands, Texas

11:15 a.m.– Noon (Central)


Working It Out – Employment Litigation in the Energy Industry

COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we work and had a crippling effect on the economy and the energy industry. This session will highlight emerging trends in litigation related to the pandemic, explore current suits plaguing industry employers, and propose practical business-focused strategies for prevention and defense of such claims.

  • Shauna Clark, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Houston, Texas

Noon–1:00 p.m. (Central)


BREAK

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


An In-House Perspective on Energy Litigation in a Challenging Year

From COVID-19, price drops, and drops in demands, 2020 has been a challenging year for energy companies. This panel of energy company in-house counsel will provide a review of the litigation issues they have faced during the year and the changes in their operations resulting from the perfect storm.

Moderator:

  • Michael P. Lennon, Jr., Mayer Brown LLP, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Suzanna M. Blades, Associate General Counsel – Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, Houston, Texas
  • Gregory V. Brown, General Counsel and Secretary, Evolution Well Services, and General Counsel, Beusa Energy, LLC, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Regina L. Gregory, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Targa Resources Corp., Houston, Texas
  • Additional Panelist Invited

2:00–2:05 p.m. (Central)


BREAK

2:05 – 3:35 p.m. (Central)


Interactive Forums and Networking (Breakout Rooms by Topics)

This session will feature interactive discussions regarding various aspects of energy litigation, with each topic in a breakout room having a leader to facilitate a discussion on that topic and to visit. Participants will be able move between breakout rooms.

Breakout Room Topics:
  • Climate and Environmental Litigation
  • Collections Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Energy Arbitration
  • Labor & Employment Litigation
  • Midstream Litigation
  • Renewables Litigation
  • Royalty Litigation
  • Virtual Proceedings and Depositions

Thursday, November 12

8:00-9:00 a.m. (Central)


Young Energy Professional Virtual Coffee and Networking

9:00-9:10 a.m. (Central)


BREAK

9:10 – 9:15 a.m. (Central)


Welcome

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. (Central)


Ethics in Working Remotely

In this presentation, we will discuss a lawyer’s ethical duties with respect to technology competence, security awareness, and remote depositions and hearings.

  • Meghan Dawson McElvy, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas

10:15-10:30 a.m. (Central)


BREAK

10:30-11:15 a.m. (Central)


Energy Bankruptcies During a Pandemic…..More Frequent and More Severe

COVID-19 has taken a toll on all industries, but the sustained recession it appears to be producing is hitting an energy industry, still reeling from the last downturn, particularly hard. We will provide energy litigators with a basic understanding of bankruptcy proceedings and will discuss how the COVID-19 driven turndown is different and how it can affect strategies of creditors, debtors and litigants during what appears to be a sustained downturn.

  • Jan M. Hayden, Baker Donelson, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Lacey Rochester, Baker Donelson, New Orleans, Louisiana

11:15 a.m. – Noon (Central)


Insurance Recovery for COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses and Emerging Potential Liabilities

The presentation will provide an (1) overview of first-party and third-party insurance coverages that may respond to claims and losses arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, (2) a summary of early developments in COVID-19 insurance coverage litigation, and (3) recommended best practices for claims management.

  • Jack Fontham, King & Spalding LLP, Washington, D.C.

Noon – 12:30 p.m. (Central)


BREAK

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Central)


COVID Juries: Are You Prepared?

COVID-19 has changed the world. Who will your jurors be going forward, how will their COVID-19 experiences impact their beliefs and attitudes, and how should energy companies and the attorneys who represent them prepare for juries going forward? Data tracked from April 2020 – October 2020 will be shared, along with strategies for persuasion.

  • Shelley C. Spiecker, Ph.D., Senior Litigation Consultant, Persuasion Strategies, Denver, Colorado
  • Kevin Boully, Ph.D., Senior Litigation Consultant, Persuasion Strategies, Denver, Colorado

1:30 pm


Adjourn

Sponsorship Opportunities

IEL Premier Conference Sponsor - $3,000 each (Limited to Ten)

  • Single page company/firm advertisement in online material
  • Ability to make one pop-up offer during webinar (i.e., free access to firm publication or webinar for example). Offer is subject to approval by IEL. Timing selected by IEL.
  • Recognition as a sponsor in all conference material, including inclusion of company/firm logo
  • Recognition as a sponsor in conference marketing communications, which are emailed to thousands of business leaders and counsel
  • Recognition as a sponsor in the video presentation of the Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award and Welcome Reception
  • Oral and visual recognition as sponsor during both days of educational programs at conference
  • Recognition as a sponsor on the conference website
  • 6 complimentary registrants at conference

Sponsor of Lifetime Achievement In Energy Litigation Award and Welcome Reception (Virtual Presentation and Reception) - $2,250 each

Ceremony features presentation of the IEL Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award Honoring Diana E. Marshall

  • Recognition as a sponsor in all conference material, including inclusion of company/firm logo
  • Recognition as a sponsor in conference marketing communications, which are emailed to thousands of business leaders and counsel
  • Oral and visual recognition as sponsor during both days of educational programs at conference
  • Recognition as a sponsor in the video presentation of the Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award and Welcome Reception
  • Recognition as a sponsor on the conference website
  • 3 complimentary registrants at the conference and an additional 5 attendees at awards presentation and reception

IEL Conference Sponsor - $1,500 each

  • Recognition as a sponsor in all conference material, including inclusion of company/firm logo
  • Recognition as a sponsor in conference marketing communications, which are emailed to thousands of business leaders and counsel
  • Oral and visual recognition as sponsor during both days of educational programs at conference
  • Recognition as a sponsor on the conference website
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the conference

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lilly Hogarth, Sponsorship Coordinator at lhogarth@cailaw.org or +1 972 244 3424.

CLE Credit

Texas Course Number 174097735. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 6.75 credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics/professional responsibility credit.

This online program has not been approved for MCLE credit in any other jurisdictions at this time. Credit is pending in California, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. If requested by attendees, CAIL will also request accreditation in Virginia.  Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs and the amount of credit granted may differ.

MCLE credit will not be requested in any other jurisdiction, but attendees may be able to obtain credit in other jurisdictions by self-applying for credit or through reciprocity rules. IEL in-person conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states, but MCLE rules, including rules governing online programs, vary in each jurisdiction. Certain programs, subjects, and formats may not receive credit in certain jurisdictions and there may be specific rules regarding who may earn credit or the maximum number of credit hours that may be earned with specific formats. Please review the MCLE regulations and rules of your jurisdiction and contact your regulatory entity if you have specific questions about the jurisdiction’s MCLE rules.

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