Energy Law

Young Energy Professionals Workshop: The Oil and Gas Sessions


Live Online Conference

Past Event

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


An evolution of IEL’s previous Young Litigators and Doing Deals conferences, the Workshop features transactional and litigation topics designed for attorneys in their first ten years of practice, or those new to oil and gas matters. Spread over two days, each day begins with a more general topic and then features topics on day one that are more transactional focused and on day two more litigation focused. The Workshop also features a social event and an interactive discussion on how young professionals can advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

Conference Co-Chairs

Katherine Smith Baker
Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea LLC
Shreveport, Louisiana

Tiffany Goodwin
Total American Services
Houston, Texas 

Jennifer Schnell Kaiser
Continental Resources, Inc.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

Melissa A. Munson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
The Woodlands, Texas 

Sam Niebrugge
Davis Graham & Stubbs
Denver, Colorado 

Nicholas N. Shum
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, Texas


  • $100.00 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $50.00 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $50.00 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $50.00 - IEL Young Energy Professional Member
  • $50.00 - Government Employee
  • $25.00 - Law Student
  • $50.00 - Full-time Professor

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, February 3

9:50 – 10:00 a.m. (Central)

Welcome, Overview and Introductions

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Central)

Advice from the Inside: How to Best Represent Your Clients and Work Effectively with In-House Counsel

This panel will discuss important legal issues facing in-house energy attorneys, how outside counsel can assist their clients, and how to be better attorneys.

Moderator: Melissa A. Munson, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, The Woodlands, Texas


  • Brian Anderson, Assistant General Counsel, CNX Resources Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Erin Murphy, General Counsel, Legacy Reserves Inc., Denver, Colorado
  • Bianca Roberson, Legal Counsel – Global Litigation, Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas

11:00 – 11:05 a.m. (Central)


11:05 – 12:05 p.m. (Central)

Retrospective of 2020 Major M&A Trends

This session will review the recent deal trends in the upstream and midstream sectors and how events and movements are affecting deals in the energy industry.

Moderator: Arigesta Joyce Adetutu, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas


  • Bryan E. Loocke, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Omar Samji, Shearman & Sterling, Houston, Texas

12:05 – 12:30 p.m. (Central)


12:30 – 1:15 p.m. (Central)

Virtual Lunch Social with Fellow Attendees and IEL Leaders

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. (Central)


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Central)

Navigating Bankruptcy Sales of Oil and Gas Assets

This presentation will discuss the increasingly popular process of selling oil and gas assets under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The presenters will cover every aspect of a typical bankruptcy sale process and highlight some of the substantive differences between in-court and out-of-court transactions.

  • Kyler K. Burgi, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver, Colorado
  • Christopher Richardson, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver, Colorado

2:30 – 2:35 p.m. (Central)


2:35 – 3:35 p.m. (Central)

Introduction to Joint Operating Agreements

This session will review joint operating agreements in the oil and gas industry, including the reason for their use and the major provisions that are usually negotiated and litigated.

  • Jackie E. Hickman, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Matt Jones, Liskow & Lewis, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Thursday, February 4

9:55 – 10:00 a.m. (Central)


10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Central)

Meeting of the Minds: Negotiating and Litigating Energy Deals

Litigators and transactional attorneys discuss key points in energy deals and disputes, provisions of increased importance in 2020 and beyond, and best practices for commonly disputed energy deal points.

  • Carina L. Antweil, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas
  • Tina Q. Nguyen, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas
  • Benjamin T. Sweet, Counsel, Chevron Upstream Law, North America Litigation Management, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Houston, Texas
  • Lindsey F. Swiger, Attorney, Mergers & Acquisitions, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Spring, Texas

11:00 - 11:05 a.m. (Central)


11:05 – 12:05 p.m. (Central)

Case Law Developments in Oil and Gas Litigation

This presentation will look at significant case law developments over the past year.

  • Paul Trimble, Trimble Law Group PLLC, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

12:05 – 1:00 p.m. (Central)


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Central)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Making a Meaningful Impact

This interactive session will feature panelists discussing how young lawyers and professionals can initiate and contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at their firms and companies.

Moderator: Rachel Scarafia, Kean Miller LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana


  • Michael E. Flowers, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Columbus, Ohio
  • Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza, Baker McKenzie, Houston, Texas
  • Roy D. Prather, III, Beveridge & Diamond PC, Baltimore, Maryland

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. (Central)


2:15 – 3:15 p.m. (Central)

Remote Proceedings in Energy Litigation

The panel, based on their differing experiences, will discuss and provide guidance on remote litigation proceedings, including recommended practices (i.e., what worked), potential pitfalls (i.e., what didn’t work) and the future of remote litigation proceedings.

Moderator: Nicholas N. Shum, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas


  • Hon. Nannette Jolivette Brown, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Stephanie L. Noble, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Matt W. Sherwood, Brown & Fortunato, P.C., Amarillo, Texas

3:15 – 3:20 p.m. (Central)


3:20 – 4:20 p.m. (Central)

Best Pretrial Practices in Working with Client Representatives and Witnesses in Energy Litigation

Panel discussion featuring legal and business representatives concerning best practices (and potential pitfalls) in coordinating pretrial tasks in energy litigation, including discovery and the deposition process

Moderator: Katherine Smith Baker, Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea LLC, Shreveport, Louisiana


  • Stacy Neal, Managing Counsel, Occidental Petroleum Corp., Houston, Texas
  • Tracey K. Rice, Copeland & Rice, Houston, Texas
  • Matt Simmons, CPL, Land Supervisor, Northern Region, Continental Resources, Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

4:20 p.m. (Central)


CLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 8.00 hours, with no credit hours for ethics. Course ID Number: 174110136. 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, Colorado, 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, but more stringent requirements and restrictions are sometimes applied to online programs. Please review your jurisdiction’s MCLE regulations for more information on the ability to obtain credit for this program.

AAPL credit will also be requested.

Sponsorship Opportunities

IEL Premier Conference Sponsor - $750 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
  • Oral and visual recognition as sponsor during both days of educational programs at conference
  • Recognition as a sponsor on the conference website
  • 5 complimentary registrants at conference

Silver Conference Sponsor - $300 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 or +1 972 244 3424.

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