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19th Annual Energy Litigation Conference

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Bankruptcy |  Employment |  Energy Conference |  Energy Industry Information (Non-Legal) |  Ethics |  In-House Counsel |  Institute for Energy Law |  Litigation
Suzana Blades |  Kevin R. Boully |  Gregory Brown |  Mark Christiansen |  Shauna Clark |  Bill Cooper |  Jack Fontham |  Fred R. Gipson |  Jan M. Hayden |  Michael P. Lennon Jr. |  Meghan McElvy |  Lacey Rochester |   3 more....
6.75 Hours
Original Program Date:
Nov 11, 2020
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


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 brings 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.


MCLE Credit has expired.

Although MCLE credit was previously obtained for this program in at least one jurisdiction (most likely Texas), such credit has expired and not been renewed by The Center for American and International Law. You may be able to obtain credit in certain jurisdictions (self-study credit), but the rules vary greatly by jurisdiction. Please review your jurisdiction’s MCLE rules and regulations before purchasing or viewing this program.


Suzana Blades's Profile

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Managing Counsel – Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

ConocoPhillips Company

Suzana Blades is an Associate General Counsel – Commercial Litigation and Arbitration in the Legal Department of ConocoPhillips in Houston. Suzana currently manages a team of lawyers that handles U.S. commercial litigation, including oil & gas and environmental disputes, litigation in foreign courts, and international arbitrations around the world, including investment treaty arbitrations and international commercial arbitrations. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, Suzana worked at the Hess Corporation in Houston and at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. Suzana is Chair of the ITA In-House Counsel Task Force and of the International Committee of Institute of Energy Law (IEL). Suzana is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.), New York University School of Law (LL.M.) and State University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (J.D. and LL.M).

Kevin R. Boully's Profile

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Persuasion Strategies

Dr. Kevin Boully has been actively working in litigation as a strategist, consultant, researcher, and writer, for the last 19 years. His advanced degrees in forensic psychology and legal communication focus on persuasion, small group influence, and jury decision making. Dr. Boully has researched and advised on a range of cases – with deep experience in oil and gas litigation from royalty disputes to environmental matters, and everything in between. He is the coauthor of a book on persuasion in litigation entitled Patently Persuasive, published by the American Bar Association and is currently writing two additional books on persuasion in civil litigation. Dr. Boully is a current Board Member of the American Society of Trial Consultants and past Associate Editor and advisor to its publication, The Jury Expert. He has published and presented on litigation and legal persuasion topics across the United States.

Gregory Brown's Profile

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Evolution Well Services, LLC

Gregory Brown serves as Secretary and General Counsel for Evolution Well Services and its affiliated companies and has been with the company since its founding. Greg is responsible for the company’s legal function, regulatory matters, governmental relations and administrative matters—handling acquisitions and divestitures, intellectual property, litigation, contract and other matters. He has served as a partner in the litigation and trial practice departments of the Houston offices of Jackson Walker L.L.P. and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Prior to practicing as an attorney, Greg served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. of the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans. Greg received his law degree from Duke University School of Law and is a graduate of the University of New Orleans.

Mark Christiansen's Profile

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Edinger Leonard & Blakley PLLC

Mark Christiansen’s practice involves the representation of oil and gas producers, purchasers and other sectors of the energy industry primarily in litigation matters. He practices with the Oklahoma City energy law firm of Edinger, Leonard & Blakley PLLC.

For over 20 years, he has served as lead editor and co-author of annual energy litigation updates in the United States for the “Year in Review” publication of the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER), and is lead editor for a simila annual energy litigation update published by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal. Mark served as the national Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Litigation Committee of the ABA SEER from 2001–2003. In February of 2020, Mark received the annual Deans of Oil and Gas Law Award at the 71st Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference in Houston, Texas, presented by the Institute for Energy Law.

Mark has been listed in Best Lawyers in America under the practice areas of Natural Resources and Energy Law. He has also been listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers on its list of the Top 50 lawyers in the State of Oklahoma and as a top lawyer in the area of Energy and Natural Resources Law, and has also been listed as a top attorney in the same field in Chambers USA Directory's listing of leading Oklahoma lawyers.

Shauna Clark's Profile

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Shauna Johnson Clark joined the Houston office in 1994 and is the Head of Employment and Labor, United States. She served as the Partner-in-Charge of the Houston office from 2011 until 2013. A nationally recognized expert in labor and employment law, Shauna was certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for Labor and Employment Law in 2003.

Shauna is a trusted advisor to clients in a wide variety of industries, from energy and utility entities to healthcare and consumer products providers to banking and finance. Shauna is committed to providing the highest quality service in a timely and cost-efficient manner to each client she represents. She offers a broad range of services to employers, ranging from preventive advice and training to aggressive litigation when a mutually agreeable settlement cannot be reached.

Bill Cooper's Profile

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General Counsel

U.S. Department of Energy

In May 2019, Bill Cooper was confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mr. Cooper has decades of experience spanning multiple sectors including working in private practice on Capitol Hill, with a trade association, and now in the executive branch. Before his nomination to join the Department of Energy, Mr. Cooper most recently served as Senior Counsel and Director of the Washington, D.C. office with the law firm McConnell Valdés LLC. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cooper served as the Subcommittee Staff Director for the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Senior Policy Advisor on the National Environmental Policy Act. At the House Natural Resources Committee, he maintained a focus on the development of oil, gas, coal, and minerals on federal lands and the offshore, and tackled the Puerto Rico debt crisis as lead negotiator of the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Security Act.

Jack Fontham's Profile

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King & Spalding LLP

Jack Fontham focuses on litigation and arbitration of insurance coverage disputes and related contractual indemnity claims. A partner in our Insurance Coverage and Recovery practice, Jack exclusively represents insurance policyholders. Jack advises clients on the form and structure of their insurance programs and the insurance and indemnity provisions in their contracts, and litigates disputes arising in those areas.

Jack is recognized as a Noted Practitioner by Legal 500 in the Insurance – Advice to Policyholders category and is a Fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America. Jack regularly handles first- and third-party insurance coverage claims for leading companies in the construction, energy, life sciences and consumer products sectors. Jack has a proven track record of securing insurance recoveries for asbestos-related bodily injury claims and other mass tort liabilities, as well as for large business interruption and property damage losses incurred in connection with construction projects and in a variety of other venues. Jack has helped recover more than $1 billion for policyholder clients through prelitigation settlements, trials and arbitrations.

Fred R. Gipson's Profile

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Lead Counsel - Commercial Litigation

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Fred Gipson is Lead Counsel – Commercial Litigation, at Chesapeake Energy Corporation, a publicly traded oil and gas company based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a B.B.A. degree in 1986 and a law degree in 1990. He was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar that same year.

Before joining Chesapeake in September of 2002, Gipson worked for nine years as an attorney for the Oklahoma City law firm of Crowe & Dunvley. During his tenure at Crowe & Dunlvey, Gipson’s practice was concentrated in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on oil and gas and commercial litigation. Gipson also worked three years as an in-house attorney for the University of Oklahoma, where he handled litigation filed by and against the University.

At Chesapeake, Gipson’s responsibilitiesare primarily in the area of litigation. He handles a wide variety of litigation, including royalty litigation nation wide.

Jan M. Hayden's Profile

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Ms. Hayden has practiced in the corporate workout and bankruptcy arena for nearly 40 years. As a shareholder in the Firm's New Orleans office and a member of the Financial Services Department, her practice is concentrated on assisting clients with restructuring and creditors' rights both in and out of bankruptcy proceedings. She has represented creditors and debtors in mass tort bankruptcies. She represents trustees, debtors-in-possession, committees and creditors in a broad spectrum of industries that includes manufacturing, real estate, hotels, gambling, nursing homes, airlines, convenience stores and retail operations as well as individuals. She has represented parties in the oil and gas sector since the early 1980s. Some of her more unique clients have been an alligator farm, a horse racing track and a world's fair.

Ms. Hayden serves on the American College of Bankruptcy Board, the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation Board as its vice chairperson, and served two terms as the chairperson of the Consumer Protection, Lender Liability and Bankruptcy Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association. For several years she has served as co-chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Committee and currently serves as the chair of the State's MCLE Committee.

Michael P. Lennon Jr.'s Profile

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Mayer Brown LLP

Michael P. Lennon Jr. is a partner in Mayer Brown's Litigation & Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration practices. He is an experienced arbitration and trial lawyer with an outstanding track record for handling a wide variety of arbitration and litigation matters, particularly in the energy, natural resources and construction sectors. Mike also has substantial experience handling patent, trademark, copyright and other commercial disputes.

Mike acts on behalf of clients before the leading international arbitral institutions, including ICSID, ICC, ICDR, LCIA and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, as well as national courts. He has tried numerous cases before arbitral tribunals, courts, and juries, as well as enforcement, annulment and appellate proceedings arising from his matters. He also acts as an arbitrator and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Mike's energy and natural resources experience covers a wide range of arbitrated and litigated matters, including disputes involving production sharing agreements, licenses, concessions and other host state agreements, oil and gas royalty disputes, pricing and other disputes under short and long-term commodity agreements, disputes arising out of joint operating and joint venture agreements, disputes concerning the design, operation and management of drilling rigs, disputes involving nuclear and conventional power plant design, construction and operation, and other arbitration and litigation matters arising out of commercial disputes in the energy and natural resources sectors. 

Meghan McElvy's Profile

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Meghan McElvy represents clients in a broad range of energy, construction and commercial litigation matters. She primarily focuses on energy litigation and regulatory proceedings, including disputes before state and federal courts and arbitral tribunals. She is also experienced in construction and lien disputes. Meghan routinely advises energy clients on most aspects of legal and operational issues arising from the development of shale plays and horizontal drilling throughout Texas and elsewhere in the United States, including disputes involving oil and gas leases, joint operating and joint development agreements, participation agreements, royalty obligations, surface use, mineral title, service contractors, commingling and allocation wells. Her energy practice also extends internationally, where she has represented and counseled clients on matters subject to ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration. She also counsels clients regarding disputes and obligations arising from offshore development in the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to her active litigation practice, Meghan routinely represents clients in contested regulatory proceedings before the Texas Public Utility Commission and Texas Railroad Commission concerning rates, permits, and licensing or abandonment of energy infrastructure.

Lacey Rochester's Profile

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Lacey Rochester is a member of Baker Donelson's Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy group where she helps formulate practical legal solutions to resolve the challenges of distressed business dealings. She regularly counsels companies facing financial challenges and has extensive experience in representing various constituencies, including creditors, debtors, trustees, and interested parties in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings. Lacey advises on the full spectrum of bankruptcy and restructuring matters in bankruptcy, federal and state courts. Though Lacey represents clients across a broad array of industries, she has particular experience in energy-related matters and equipment financing. She has also gained valuable experience defending directors and officers in adversary proceedings brought on behalf of the estate. In addition, Lacey focuses a substantial portion of her practice on creditors' rights and has previously advised national and regional banks, financial institutions, real estate finance firms, as well as government-sponsored enterprises in this regard.

Ms. Rochester's prior experience includes serving as a law clerk to the honorable Judge Wendy Hagenau with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Shelley C Spiecker, Ph.D.'s Profile

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Persuasion Strategies

Dr. Shelley Spiecker has been consulting on successful strategies in litigation for over 25 years. With a doctorate in legal communication, Dr. Spiecker has extensive experience in the use of verbal and nonverbal strategies for persuasive communication in legal settings. Her studies of the tactical use of innuendo in the courtroom and her analyses of effective presentation strategies have been recognized as valuable contributions to the trial consulting field. Dr. Spiecker is a national leader in strategic trial solutions and is frequently asked to lecture on emerging research findings. She designs and executes focus groups and mock jury trials as well as mock bench trials and mock arbitrations. In this work she often tests novel approaches to address case weaknesses and methods for leveraging case strengths.  Dr. Spiecker has interviewed over 35,000 actual and mock jurors and has surveyed another 25,000 jury-eligible individuals to study reactions to case issues, aspects of witness testimony, and persuasion techniques.  Dr. Spiecker co-founded her current firm, Persuasion Strategies, in 2001.

Craig Stahl's Profile

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

Craig Stahl has three decades of experience handling complex, high-end commercial litigation and finding ways to win high-stakes cases. He has the know-how to navigate intricate legal issues, and he frequently is hired to help turn around and/or try cases that suffered setbacks before he came on board. He routinely represents major national and international corporations, as well as small independent companies involved in significant, bet-the-company cases.

Craig is a partner in Haynes and Boone’s Litigation Practice Group, and he splits time between the firm's Houston office and The Woodlands office, which he manages. He handles matters not only in Texas but across the United States, including most of the oil-producing states between the Gulf of Mexico and the Canadian border.

He has been lead counsel for numerous oil and gas producers in multidistrict litigation and class actions with multimillions, and sometimes billions, of dollars at stake. He has been especially successful in defeating class certification efforts in suits involving royalty owners, and he has achieved favorable outcomes for defendants in class suits that previously had been certified against prior counsel.

Jessica Sykora's Profile

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Chief Counsel, Litigation

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.

Jessica P. Sykora is Chief Counsel in the litigation department for Energy Transfer LP. She is part of a team that manages and is responsible for all disputes and litigation for Energy Transfer and the subsidiaries and affiliates in the Energy Transfer family of companies, as well as certain of its joint ventures. Her responsibilities include managing complex commercial litigation, serious personal injury, property damage, and premises litigation, insurance coverage disputes, disputes with landowners/royalty owners, as well as emergency/incident response matters (to name a few).

Jessica began her current role in 2017. Previously, she worked for approximately ten years at Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP) with a practice focusing on litigation defense in mass torts, pharmaceutical, and medical malpractice matters, as well as defense of individuals and health care entities in regulatory proceedings. She was an advocate in the courtroom, tried cases to verdict, and successfully argued motions in state and federal court, resulting in the dismissal of multi-million dollar claims for her clients.