Energy Law

5th National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference


Austin, Texas, USA

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin, Texas 78705

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Registrar: +1.972.244.3403
IEL: +1.972.244.3421
Fax: +1.972.244.3401


Designed primarily for energy attorneys under 40 years of age, this conference will (1) provide young energy professionals with opportunities to network with their peers from in-house and law firm environments to build relationships that will benefit them professionally, (2) provide significant hours of energy related CLE for a low price, and (3) provide professional development training that will help attendees to be better lawyers and to reach their goals.

Conference Co-Chairs

Anthony Arguijo
Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP
Austin, Texas
Kerstie Clark
Hess Corporation
Houston, Texas
Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza
Paul Hastings, LLP
Houston, Texas
Timothy Sullivan
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Registration Options

  • $320.00 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $265.00 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $265.00 - IEL Young Energy Professional Member
  • $265.00 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $265.00 - Government Employee
  • $90.00 - Full-time Law Professor
  • $90.00 - Full-time Law Student

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, October 20

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Young Energy Professionals Committee Meeting – AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception - AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

Thursday, October 21

7:45 a.m.


8:20 – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome, Overview and Introductions

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

A Governmental Perspective on the Energy Industry and What the Future May Hold (Non-MCLE)

  • Kari Gibson, Manager of State Government Affairs, ConocoPhillips, Austin, Texas

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Hydrocarbon Development Under the Biden Administration: Navigating the Energy Policy Shift

The Biden Administration is implementing policies in an effort shift the United States away from traditional energy sources and towards purportedly more climate friendly sources. As a result, Federal operators, both onshore and offshore, are currently navigating suspension of Federal leasing, permitting obstacles, and potential diminution in value of capital investments. This panel will address these developments, possible effects on hydrocarbon and energy production, and the potential for litigation and administrative challenge to these new measures.

  • David Ammons, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Meghan N. Eilers, Vice President – Legal Operations, Ovintiv, Houston, Texas
  • Garrett S. Martin, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Houston, Texas

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Winter Storm Uri and Its Aftermath

Winter Storm Uri left Texans in the dark for almost a week and upended the ERCOT markets. This session will look at what happened, the Texas Legislature’s Response, ongoing regulatory issues, and what energy attorneys can learn from it.

  • Landon Lill, Baker Botts L.L.P., Austin, Texas

11:15 am – 12:15 p.m.

A Peek Inside: Advice from Energy In-House Counsel

This panel of in-house counsel will provide advice on improving your practice skill and efficiency and effective representation of corporate clients, including improving communications with clients and efficiency. The panel will also provide advice regarding how to be an effective in-house attorney, as well as a being a more effective private practice attorney when representing corporate clients. The panel will also discuss the legal and practical issues they are facing and the future of industry and legal profession. They will also discuss the responsibility of attorneys to treat clients and opposing counsel with respect

Moderator: Timothy J. Sullivan, GableGotwals, Tulsa, Oklahoma


  • Anita Kerin, Assistant General Counsel, Nine Energy Service, Houston, Texas
  • Laura M. Robertson, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, IP & Legal Operations, ConocoPhillips, Houston, Texas
  • Brandon Watson, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, ONEOK, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Leadership Luncheon Series – Featuring A Fireside Chat with the Hon. Dale Wainwright (Non-MCLE)

Dale Wainwright is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s National Appellate Practice and Chair of the Texas Appellate Practice. He has more than three decades of legal experience, including representing clients in complex commercial, energy, and administrative disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and is frequently engaged to handle precedent-setting and high-stakes appeals.

Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Justice Wainwright served on the Supreme Court of Texas for 10 years, authoring more than 125 opinions. In 2002, Justice Wainwright and Wallace Jefferson were the first African Americans elected to the Supreme Court of Texas. Justice Wainwright began his judicial career in 1999 when he was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to preside over the 334th Civil Judicial District Court in Houston, Texas, where he resolved 3,000 cases and presided over more than 100 trials.

Justice Wainwright has served in many professional and community roles, including as Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, a Commissioner on the Texas Public Safety Commission and President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. He is a Trustee of IEL’s parent organization, The Center for American and International Law.

Interviewer: Lauren Woodard, Senior Legal Counsel, Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas

Interviewee: Hon. Dale Wainwright, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Austin, Texas

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.


1:45 to 2:30 p.m.

Pitfalls in the Green Transition

As America speeds towards renewable energy, the road isn’t always smooth. The panel will discuss the challenges to renewable development, from ethical material sourcing to political pushback, and the role attorneys play in addressing these challenges.

  • Luis F. Gomar, Paul Hastings, LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Kara Herrnstein, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus, Ohio
  • Daniella D. Landers, Houston, Texas

2:30-3:15 p.m.

A Commercial and Legal Overview of Carbon Capture, Carbon Management, and Carbon Markets

The presentation will explore carbon capture projects and the development of carbon markets through the lens of the policy requirements and legal considerations necessary to conduct these projects. The presentation will review all aspects of the carbon capture and management value chain from capture to storage / utilization and beyond (e.g., markets) as well as the legal considerations that are posed by each of these (e.g., will the captured CO2 be used as a tertiary injectant or permanently sequestered; will such activity require a Class II permit or a Class VI permit; will the project be eligible for 45Q or LCFS; and how the development of carbon markets are driving these projects). There will also be an overview of the transaction structures associated with these projects.

  • Jarrod H. Gamble, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Vivek Nadig, VP of Strategy, Black Mountain Carbon Lock, Fort Worth, Texas

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Using Flared Gas to Power Cryptocurrency Mining: Possibilities, Considerations and Predictions

This panel will discuss the innovative use of flared gas to power cryptocurrency “mining rigs”, providing a new revenue stream to producers. The presenters will cover the promise of this unlikely pairing as a solution to challenges in the upstream and cryptocurrency mining spaces, commercial and legal challenges and solutions, and the future outlook of these projects.

Moderator: Luke L. Burns, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas


  • Justin Ballard, CEO and Co-Founder, JAI Energy, Houston, Texas
  • Mario Andres Gutierrez, Co-Founder, Vibe Energy Systems, Houston, Texas

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Succeeding as a Young Energy Professional (Non-MCLE)

This panel of energy practitioners will provide guidance on obtaining success as a young lawyer or energy professional and the actions, skills and traits needed for a successful career.

ModeratorTod J. Everage, Kean Miller LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana


  • Patrick Dunn, Shapiro & Dunn, PLLC, Austin, Texas
  • Jennifer Schnell Kaiser, Senior Attorney, Continental Resources, Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Chauntelle Wood, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, 303 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701

Friday, October 22

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Energy Case Law Update – A Quick Trip Around the Country

This session will provide an update on significant energy cases and trends in the Rockies/Western, Appalachia, and Texas/Louisiana/Oklahoma regions of the country.

  • Erich J. Almonte, King & Spalding LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Paul J. Forster, Crowley Fleck, Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Alexandria D. Lay, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, West Virginia

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Leading Inclusively in Your Workplace

Creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse culture at work requires the participation of all in the organization. Whether you have a leadership title or not, leading with inclusion in mind is critical to the success of any organization and will increase your own opportunities. Organizations all over the country are digging deeper into creating spaces where employees feel valued and are thriving. This attracts top talent and the best clients and customers. In this session, we will explore what it takes to lead inclusively, create thriving cultures, and harness the depth and experience that a diverse workplace offers. You will receive a toolkit for being more inclusive and aware day to day.

  • Mindy Gulati, Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Attorney, CEO, Fundamental Advisory, Austin, Texas

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Royalty Litigation Trends & Developments

This session will look at new-to-know decisions from across the country plus a survey of other notable royalty developments.

  • Robert D. Woods, Yetter Coleman LLP, Houston, Texas

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

How to Avoid Malpractice Claims

This session will cover common sources of legal malpractice claims. The speaker will discuss different legal scenarios to illustrate potential problems and provide practical guidance on how to avoid them. The disciplinary rules and legal standards governing a lawyer’s conduct will be covered as well.

  • Sam Johnson, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP, Austin, Texas

12:30 p.m.


Hotel Information

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

The room block sold out and we were unable to obtain additional rooms. There are other hotels in the vicinity and we encourage you to book as soon as possible because rooms are scarce.

CLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 8.25 hours, including 1.75 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174132483. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. In particular, credit hours may be reduced by .75 of general and ethics credits in jurisdictions that do not allow credit for diversity and inclusiveness programming.

For this conference, IEL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West 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. Attorneys filing by self-submission in certain states may be required to pay an additional fee. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Platinum & Social Event Sponsor - $5,000 each (limited to four)

  • Recognition as a Platinum Sponsor at all conference events
  • Recognition as a sponsor of the Thursday Night Welcome Reception and the Friday Evening Dinner
  • Recognition in all conference marketing and communications
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the social events
  • 6 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference

Gold Sponsor - $3,500 each

  • Recognition in all conference marketing and communications
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • 4 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference

Silver Sponsor - $2,000 each

  • Recognition in all conference marketing and communications
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • 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) - $1,500 each

  • 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 +1.972.244.3424.

COVID Protocols

Although we are excited to meet in person again, some policies are required to reduce the risk and to allow some individuals to attend because of employer restrictions. First, we strongly encourage all attendees to be either vaccinated or to have received a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the start of the conference. Second, masks must be worn by all attendees while in the conference room or in the conference common areas. Masks are strongly encouraged at all other times, but are not required while actively eating or drinking, or during optional networking events.

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