Energy Law

2nd Energy and Environmental Law Conference


Live Online Conference

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

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Reliable and affordable energy is crucial for the growth, improvement and happiness of society. The need for affordable and reliable energy is counter-balanced by the need for a clean and safe environment. Although these two, sometimes conflicting, goals have been important for decades, they will continue to increase in importance with a new U.S. administration.

This conference will look at the current hot topics of environmental law for the energy industry, offer guidance for energy companies and their legal representatives on important environmental legal topics, and look at what the energy industry is likely to experience on the road ahead.

This conference is designed for attorneys with a heavy environmental law practice, in particular involving energy related matters, as well as attorneys working for or representing energy industry clients.

Conference Co-Chairs

Margaret Anne Hill
Blank Rome LLP
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Amy Lincoln
Senior Counsel, Downstream, Chemical and Midstream Law
San Ramon, California

Kirsten L. Nathanson
Crowell & Moring LLP
Washington, D.C.


  • $160 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $125 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $125 - IEL Young Energy Professional (YEP) Member
  • $125 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $125 - Government Employee
  • $40 - Law Student
  • $40 - Full-time Professor

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, March 24

9:55 – 10:00 a.m. (Central)

Welcome, Overview and Introductions

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. (Central)

Keynote Presentation

Avi Garbow, Senior Counselor to the US EPA Administrator, will provide keynote remarks and take questions on the key environmental legal and regulatory issues facing EPA and the regulated energy industry today, as the agency begins a new era of leadership, and the industry continues to evolve in the face of the energy transition and various regulatory challenges.

  • Avi Garbow, Senior Counselor to the Administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

10:45 – 10:55 a.m. (Central)


10:55 – 11:40 a.m. (Central)

Regulatory Roulette: The State of Play Under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Other Major Environmental Statutes

This session will provide an overview of ongoing and potential future Clean Air Act regulatory initiatives, including climate-related actions, and discuss where the Biden Administration has changed course from the approach taken by the prior administration or may soon do so. The presenter will also cover noteworthy recent developments and potential future regulatory actions that may be taken by the Biden Administration under the Clean Water Act, NEPA, and other environmental statutes.

  • Amanda Shafer Berman, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, D.C.

11:40 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Central)


11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Central)

ESG Considerations for Oil & Gas Companies

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues are top of mind in the Boards and C-suites of energy companies. This presentation will discuss recent trends in ESG including metric development, board involvement, public disclosure, shareholder resolution response, government investigations, and government and private party litigation.

  • J. Scott Janoe, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Central)


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Central)

Regulation – State Style

This session features leading state regulators from key energy states in a panel discussing upcoming trends in environmental regulation and enforcement, developments in the federal-state agency relationship, and their visions for the future of energy and the environment.

ModeratorTimothy A. Wilkins, Bracewell LLP, Austin, Texas


  • Denise Brinley, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Energy, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Commissioner Jim Wright, Railroad Commission of Texas, Austin, Texas

2:30 – 2:35 p.m. (Central)


2:35 – 3:35 p.m. (Central)

PFAS as Emerging Contaminants – Why They Matter in the Energy Industry

In this moment, every legal conference covering environmental issues includes a presentation on PFAS and emerging contaminants. Regulatory uncertainty and litigation risk abound, but what is the real relevance of this issue to the energy industry? This panel discussion, which includes voices from industry policy and technical perspectives, will answer this question and provide a focused analysis of the issues that energy industry counsel need to consider in the strategic management of legacy and future liabilities.

  • Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP, Senior Principal, Geosyntec Consultants, Oakland, California
  • Linda C. Hall, Ph.D., Consulting Toxicologists, Walnut Creek, California
  • Keith Petka, Policy Manager, Downstream, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 25

9:55 – 10:00 a.m. (Central)


10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Central)

In-House Environmental, Health and Safety Perspectives: “What Keeps Us Up at Night in 2021?”

In an expanded reprise of this popular panel, come hear leading EH&S in-house counsel offer their perspectives on the evolving regulatory landscape and the challenges it poses.

Moderator: John R. Jacus, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver, Colorado


  • Amy Lincoln, Senior Counsel, Downstream, Chemical and Midstream Law, Chevron, San Ramon, California
  • Lara Mathews, Associate General Counsel, Global EHS Law & Policy, Koch Industries, Inc., Washington, D.C.
  • Christopher A. Ruggiero, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Monroe Energy, LLC, Trainer, PA

11:00 – 11:05 a.m. (Central)


11:05 – 11:35 a.m. (Central)

The Climate Change Outlook for Energy in 2021

This session will cover recent developments in both federal and state climate change initiatives affecting the oil and gas industry. The session will discuss a wide range of actions, from cap-and-trade programs, to litigation, legislation and regulation. Climate change initiatives are expected to gain momentum and creativity as all sectors of the economy consider and address the local, regional and global effects of greenhouse gas emissions. The session will address legal, practical and policy considerations.

  • Jean M. Mosites, Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

11:35 a.m. – Noon (Central)


Noon – 12:50 p.m. (Central)

Virtual Lunch Social

12:50 – 1:00 p.m. (Central)


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Central)

Environmental Litigation – Trends and Coming Threats

The trends and risks in environmental litigation continue to evolve, with the plaintiffs’ bar attempting new theories and seeking ever larger penalties. This presentation will review the most recent litigation activity and what it may predict for future waves of suits.

Moderator: Margaret Anne Hill, Blank Rome LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Roy D. Prather, III, Beveridge & Diamond PC, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Kelly Ransom, Kelly Hart Pitre, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Daniel M. Syphard, Lead Counsel, U.S. Operations, Cenovus, Dublin Ohio

2:00 – 2:05 p.m. (Central)


2:05 – 3:05 p.m. (Central)

Litigation Risk and Exposure from Extreme Climate Events

Extreme weather events have led to real legal exposure and will continue to do so. This presentation is prospective, in that it discusses how to anticipate and prepare for these events. It is also retrospective, in that it discusses responses after these events, including how to defend, mitigate, and transfer litigation risk. The discussion covers the major types of extreme weather events and many locations around the globe.

  • Mary Rose Alexander, Latham & Watkins LLP, Chicago, Illinois
  • Lamis El Didi, Principal – Capital Project & Infrastructure, Exponent, Oakland, California
  • Thomas J. Heiden, Latham & Watkins LLP, Chicago, Illinois
  • Susan C. Paulsen, Ph.D, P.E., Principal Scientist & Practice Director, Exponent, Pasadena, California

3:10 p.m.


CLE Credit

Texas Course Number 174115420. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 7.0 credit hours, of which no credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit.

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Premier IEL Conference Supporter - $2,500 (Limited to Ten)

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  • Oral and visual recognition as sponsor during both days of educational programs at conference
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IEL Conference Supporter - $1,250

  • 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 or +1.972.244.3424.

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