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2nd Energy and Environmental Law Conference


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 looks 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.


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.


Mary Rose Alexander's Profile

Mary Rose Alexander Related Seminars and Products

Latham & Watkins LLP

Mary Rose Alexander, Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Environmental Litigation Practice, represents clients in complex commercial litigation involving toxic torts, class actions, environmental matters, as well as insurance, product, and commercial contracts in state and federal courts and arbitration forums across the country.

A nationally recognized trial lawyer, Ms. Alexander represents Fortune 500 companies in some of their most difficult, high-stakes litigation, often in the most hostile jurisdictions.

Amanda Schafer Berman's Profile

Amanda Schafer Berman Related Seminars and Products

Crowell & Moring LLP

Amanda Shafer Berman is a counsel in the ENR and Litigation groups of Crowell & Moring. Since joining Crowell in early 2019, she has represented trade associations and industry clients in environmental matters before the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals and federal district courts.

Previously, Amanda served as a senior attorney in the Department of Justice’s Environmental Defense Section, where she briefed and argued over a dozen cases in the federal courts of appeals, including defending the Clean Power Plan before the en banc D.C. Circuit, as well as arguing several other seminal Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act matters.

Amanda also served as lead counsel in dozens of district court matters arising under the CWA and other statutes. In the past year, Amanda has defended Corps permitting decisions against challenges brought under the CWA, ESA, and NEPA in the Supreme Court, Sixth Circuit and District of Montana, and has also challenged EPA action under the CAA before the Agency and in the Courts of Appeals. Amanda serves on the D.C. Circuit’s advisory committee.

Denise Brinley's Profile

Denise Brinley Related Seminars and Products

Executive Director

Pennsylvania Governor's Office of Energy

Denise Brinley serves as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Energy, which is housed in the Department of Community and Economic Development.  In this role, Ms. Brinley works with the energy industry, federal, state, regional and local partners, colleges and universities, and site developers to bring energy-related economic development opportunities to Commonwealth.

Ms. Brinley’s focus is Pennsylvania’s marketing and attracting potential investors to the commonwealth by showcasing the state’s significant energy advantages. Her work involves expanding the use and delivery of natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial facilities, and growing a chemical, additive, and advanced manufacturing industry from abundant natural gas liquid supplies. She has also cultivated a strong business climate for alternative energy deployment; supported the growth of in-state development, manufacturing and assembly of advanced energy technologies; and worked with other state agencies to ensure sound energy-related infrastructure.

Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP's Profile

Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP Related Seminars and Products

Senior Principal

Geosyntec Consultants

Rula Deeb is a Senior Principal based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on private practice and academia addressing the cross-media fate and transport of contaminants and the remediation of complex soil and groundwater sites impacted by non-aqueous phase liquids.

Her work has promoted awareness and improved the understanding of the sources, occurrence, fate and transport, and behavior of several challenging environmental contaminants, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), 1,4-dioxane, methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE), perchlorate, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs).

Focusing on emerging contaminants, Rula has led strategic planning, business development, and project execution for a variety of industrial, municipal, and federal clients. She is an internationally recognized PFAS expert and is well regarded within the environmental community for her leadership in technical innovation through applied research and project delivery, technology transfer and outreach programs, and professional activities. She is the co-chair of two national conferences, the Remediation Technology Summit and the Emerging Contaminants Summit. She recently served as a member of the planning committee for a 2019 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop entitled “Identifying Opportunities to Understand, Control, and Prevent Exposure to PFAS.”

Lamis El Didi's Profile

Lamis El Didi Related Seminars and Products

Principal - Capital Project & Infrastructure

Exponent, Inc.

Ms. El Didi has experience in all phases of construction projects, and has advised clients on a range of construction topics ranging from project portfolio management, project controls, project scheduling, change management, risk management, and construction dispute resolution. As an Exponent consultant, she has provided project scheduling and controls support as well as portfolio management support for a large utility client in California. Her tasks involved developing and updating complex resource-loaded schedules for major capital transmission and substation projects (over $20M), performing analyses on schedule progress, evaluating and tracking monthly cash flow, and developed reporting on the project overall health.

Ms. El Didi also developed major project's business cases by building resource-loaded schedule scenarios, analyzing schedule impact on the project cost, exploring opportunities for schedule and cost savings, and building a quantitative risk register. She has also devised an Earned Value Management approach tailored to the client's needs and supported its implementation.

Avig Garbow's Profile

Avig Garbow Related Seminars and Products

Senior Counselor to the Administrator

Environmental Protection Agency

Avi is a nationally-recognized environmental leader, lawyer, and advocate with decades of experience tackling the most critical threats to our air, water, and lands.  Honored by the National Law Journal as an Energy and Environmental Trailblazer, Avi was recently appointed by the Biden Administration to serve as the Senior Counselor to the Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Avi served as General Counsel at EPA in the Obama Administration from 2013-2017 – the longest to hold that position – and prior to that served as the Agency’s Deputy General Counsel.  Avi’s work in the private sector includes as Patagonia’s Environmental Advocate, and co-chair of the environmental practice of a major international law firm.  He was a distinguished federal environmental crimes prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice, and began his environmental law career nearly three decades ago in EPA’s enforcement office.  Avi received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service from the University of Virginia School of law, obtained a masters degree in marine affairs, and has served on the Boards of non-profits and the Organic Trade Association.

Linda C. Hall, Ph.D.'s Profile

Linda C. Hall, Ph.D. Related Seminars and Products

Consulting Toxicologists

Dr. Hall is an environmental toxicologist based in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She has actively followed the emerging science of PFAS toxicology, and is her fourth year as task co-lead of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) group on Regulations, Toxicity, and Risk Assessment of PFAS.  In that role, she coordinates, edits, and contributes to technical guidance on the human health, ecological toxicology, regulations, and risk assessment of PFAS.

Dr. Hall’s practice has focused on the toxicology and regulation of PFAS for many years. During that time, she has worked as a technical expert in toxicology on PFAS litigations involving aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) contamination of drinking water; PFAS manufacturing releases to air and water at multiple sites, and the food chain transfer and potential health effects of PFAS in crops grown on soils amended with biosolids. She is a frequent presenter on PFAS at conferences and seminars. Prior to working as an environmental consultant, Dr. Hall was a Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PI for at the University of California and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Thomas J. Heiden's Profile

Thomas J. Heiden Related Seminars and Products

Latham & Watkins LLP

Tom Heiden serves as Global Chair of the firm’s Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions Practice. Mr. Heiden is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a trial lawyer who has tried cases in every region of the US. His practice focuses on difficult and high- profile lawsuits, including toxic tort, high-stakes energy, utility, resource and business contract, and tort disputes.

Margaret Hill's Profile

Margaret Hill Related Seminars and Products

Blank Rome LLP

Margaret Hill has been practicing environmental law for more than 30 years. She is a member of Blank Rome’s Energy and Environmental Practice Group, which in 2017 was recognized as “Law Firm of the Year” by the Northeast Oil & Gas Awards and also as a “Pennsylvania Powerhouse” by Law360 with respect to representation of the energy industry.

Peg has a multi-faceted background and experience working in-house for a large energy company (Gulf Oil Corporation), as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, as a lobbyist before the U.S. Congress, and in private practice counseling clients with respect to state and federal environmental laws in litigation, compliance, and transactional matters.

Peg's primary focus has been in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and energy industries.

John Jacus's Profile

John Jacus Related Seminars and Products

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

John R. Jacus has more than 30 years of experience representing clients under all major federal and state environmental laws and regulatory programs, including the Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Water Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). His practice includes environmental regulatory counseling, administrative proceedings, litigation, and environmental aspects of complex business transactions. He routinely handles rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings, permitting, litigation for cost recovery, citizen suits, environmental insurance coverage, and the judicial appeal of adverse agency actions, among other matters.

J. Scott Janoe's Profile

J. Scott Janoe Related Seminars and Products

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Scott Janoe is the firmwide chair of Baker Botts’ Environmental, Safety, and Incident Response Department. He advises energy, mining, and manufacturing clients on environmental, health, safety, and transportation matters. Mr. Janoe’s clients turn to him for the full suite of environmental issues ranging from permitting and compliance counseling to litigation, enforcement defense, and crisis management. Mr. Janoe has assisted energy clients on environmental matters from California to New Jersey, North Dakota to offshore Gulf of Mexico and many points in between.

Amy Lincoln's Profile

Amy Lincoln Related Seminars and Products

Senior Counsel, Downstream, Chemical and Midstream Law


Amy Lincoln is Senior Counsel in Chevron Corporation’s Environmental & Safety Law Group.  Prior to joining Chevron in 2012, she was a partner at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., an environmental and litigation law firm based in Washington, DC where her practice focused on the Clean Air Act and related state statutes.  She has continued her Air practice at Chevron, providing compliance and enforcement advice to Chevron’s major assets in California and internationally.  In 2020, she assumed the role of legal lead for the company’s HSE department, which is responsible for designing and implementing the company’s global HSE compliance program.  Amy graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 1998 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 2002.  She is admitted to practice law in California.

Lara Mathews's Profile

Lara Mathews Related Seminars and Products

Associate General Counsel, Global EHS Law & Policy

Koch Industries, Inc.

Lara Mathews is Associate General Counsel Global EHS Law and Policy at Koch Industries and shared legal service. Ms. Mathews has been at Koch for over 15 years serving the various Koch companies in diverse industries and has served in various EHS roles at the operating and parent company levels – with both a US and an international focus.

Lara leads a team focused primarily on air, product stewardship and sustainability, and transportation and security.  The team provides both day to day support to US and international sites and businesses, including compliance assurance, audit, regulatory and legal interpretation, permitting, enforcement, etc., and also focuses on emerging issues/policies.

Prior to working at Koch, Lara’s private practice focused on generalist multimedia environmental practice with a focus on enforcement and investigations.

Jean M. Mosites's Profile

Jean M. Mosites Related Seminars and Products

Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

Jean Mosites is a shareholder in the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources, and the Public Sector groups of Babst Calland. Her practice includes client counseling on environmental compliance in the energy sector, resolving liabilities under federal and state remediation programs, as well as administrative appeals and environmental litigation in state and federal courts.

Ms. Mosites has assisted clients responding to agency requests for information, notices of violation and orders issued under Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Act, Clean Streams Law, and Solid Waste Management Act, as well as federal statutes including the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. She regularly advises clients on regulatory matters encountered in the development of the Marcellus Shale, including UIC well permitting, gas storage, water sourcing, handling and disposal, gas migration investigations, and site restoration obligations.

Susan C. Paulsen, Ph.D, P.E.'s Profile

Susan C. Paulsen, Ph.D, P.E. Related Seminars and Products

Principal Scientist & Practice director

Exponent, Inc.

Dr. Paulsen has more than 25 years of experience with projects involving hydrodynamics, hydrology, aquatic chemistry, and the environmental fate of a range of constituents. She has provided expert testimony on matters involving the Clean Water Act, state water quality regulations, and hydraulics and hydrology. She also provides scientific and strategic consultation on matters involving Superfund (CERCLA) and Natural Resources Damages (NRD). She has expertise designing and implementing field and modeling studies of dilution and analyzing the fate and transport of organic and inorganic pollutants, including DDT, PCBs, PAHs, copper, lead, and selenium, in surface and groundwater and in sediments. Dr. Paulsen's expertise also includes field and modeling studies to evaluate storm flows, flood events, and associated sediment transport and changes in geomorphology.

Keith Petka's Profile

Keith Petka Related Seminars and Products

Policy Manager, Downstream

American Petroleum Institute

A policy advocacy strategist adept at bridging the gap between senior leaders, technical experts, and government representatives to facilitate private sector involvement in priority environmental initiatives and drive public awareness of the critical impact regulations have on commerce. Possesses extensive experience in the highly regulated Chemical and Oil & Gas industries, most recently focusing on developing, implementing, and executing US advocacy strategy related to fluorotechnology for the world's largest fluoropolymer manufacturer. Previously served as a regulator in the upstream-offshore segment at the Department of the Interior, working closely with the regulated community to write reasonable, scientifically-supported rules and guidance for safety and environmental management systems. Also, a former Peace Corps volunteer and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's Masters in Public Policy and Management, with concentrations in Environmental Policy and Energy Policy.

Roy D. Prather, Principal's Profile

Roy D. Prather, Principal Related Seminars and Products

Beveridge & Diamond PC

Roy represents businesses and public sector entities across a broad range of industry sectors in federal and state courts.  He defends citizen suits and class actions involving toxic tort and product liability claims under federal environmental laws and state analogues, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act.  Roy advises clients on issues relating to regulatory compliance, and represents clients in indemnity and other commercial contract disputes relating to construction as well as contaminated site cleanup under the federal Superfund law (CERCLA).  Roy also assists clients in navigating administrative regulatory proceedings under various environmental laws and advises them on mitigating the risks of regulatory enforcement actions and litigation.  He currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the firm’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Tort Practice Group and is the Deputy Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Christopher A. Ruggiero's Profile

Christopher A. Ruggiero Related Seminars and Products

Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Monroe Energy, LLC

Serving as Vice President & General Counsel, Chris Ruggiero leads the legal and government affairs teams at Monroe Energy, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines which owns and operates a 200,000 bpd refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania.  Chris also plays a critical role in helping to lead Monroe through the complex and ever-changing dynamics of the energy industry by advising senior company management on all aspects of the law as well as other business matters.  

Prior to his arrival at Monroe, Chris served for ten years as Assistant General Counsel of Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., during which time he led the negotiation of numerous acquisitions and other complex commercial transactions, oversaw environmental and USDOT compliance along with the company’s right of way department, supervised litigation efforts, and acted as the main point of legal contact for all day-to-day operations.

Daniel M. Syphard's Profile

Daniel M. Syphard Related Seminars and Products

Lead Counsel, U.S. Operations


As a graduate from The University of Cincinnati and having obtained his Juris Doctor conferred Cum Laude from Duquesne University School of Law, Daniel M. Syphard [Dan] is the Head of Legal and Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Operations of Cenovus Energy f/k/a Husky Energy, a Canadian-based integrated energy company.

For the last eight years, Dan has been responsible for three U.S. refineries and marketing groups selling petroleum products in the U.S.

Dan successfully manages and supports the day-to-day legal and corporate governance issues of the company which include his consistent involvement in commercial transactions, human resource matters, state and federal environmental, health and safety issues, litigation, antitrust, and generally identifying and addressing legal risks.

Timothy A. Wilkins's Profile

Timothy A. Wilkins Related Seminars and Products

Bracewell LLP

Tim's clients rely on him for strategic environmental permitting assistance, the defense of environmental enforcement actions and assistance with the environmental aspects of major transactions. His clients report in Chambers USA that "he really gets issues and is commercially minded" and that "one of Tim's chief strengths is his ability to explain the law in a way that anyone can understand" (2019). They have also described him as "a very astute lawyer, liked for his quickness and thorough responses" (2007); as having "great business acumen and amazing negotiation skills" (2009); and as capable of delivering "practical, cost-effective solutions for his clients" (2011).

He has overseen environmental compliance audits involving thousands of locations, handled hundreds of environmental audit disclosures and pioneered the development and use of U.S. EPA's audit policy for new owners. Clients also note in Chambers USA that Tim is "fantastic, detailed and very strong with management systems."

Jim Wright's Profile

Jim Wright Related Seminars and Products


Texas Railroad Commission

Jim Wright is a life-long south Texan, and a fifth-generation Texas rancher. As such, he understands the important relationship the energy industry has with the state and its ability to revitalize and rejuvenate the economy.

He was elected to the Railroad Commission in November 2020. 

Wright is no stranger to the energy industry; his first job was at a hazardous waste facility when he was 19. It was there that he began building his understanding and knowledge of the energy sector. Since then, he has successfully used his hands-on experience to create a group of environmental services companies that service the energy industry.

As a commissioner, Wright is committed to fighting for fair standards to allow compliant companies to keep operating and growing the economy, while cracking down on those who skirt the law.