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4th National Young Energy Professionals Law Conference

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Ethics |  Renewable Energy |  In-House Counsel |  Institute for Energy Law |  Litigation |  Newer Lawyers and Students |  Energy Conference |  Environmental
Kevin Clark, Managing Counsel |  Philip G. Eisenberg |  Joshua L. Fuchs |  Bradford Gathright |  Kimberly R. Phillips, General Counsel, Global Litigation |  Rachel M. Scarafia |  Sherry L. Scott |  Randy E. Wheeler |  Natara Williams, General Counsel
3.5 Hours
Original Program Date:
Aug 20, 2020
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


This online conference for young energy professionals is an abbreviated program of IEL’s highly successful National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference. This conference is designed primarily for energy attorneys and other professionals under 40 years of age. The conference features unique sessions related to the energy law practice, including legacy liability, carbon capture, advice from in-house counsel, and ethics related to privilege protection with an international 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.


Kevin Clark, Managing Counsel's Profile

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Kevin Clark is Managing Counsel at Total Specialties USA, Inc. (“TSUSA”), the downstream marketing and services affiliate of Total in the United States. TSUSA has production facilities in Linden, New Jersey and Houston, Texas. It sells aviation fuel and a wide range of lubricants and special fluids. Kevin joined the company in January 2018. Kevin provides and coordinates all of TSUSA’s legal needs, which focus on commercial contracting, corporate governance, regulatory advice, and dispute avoidance and resolution. Kevin is also the head of Total’s U.S. pro bono program. In addition to leading that effort, he represents undocumented immigrants and veterans and their families through Kids in Need of Defense and Houston Volunteer Lawyers. Before joining Total, Kevin was a commercial litigation partner at King & Spalding. In that role Kevin tried a wide variety of commercial cases, ranging from land-use disputes in Arizona to multi-billion dollar construction arbitrations in Texas. Kevin has undergraduate (2001) and law degrees (2006) from the University of Texas at Austin. Kevin is married to Alycia Clark and they have three children, a dog, a betta, and a blue mystery snail. Kevin is also a member of the board of directors of DiverseWorks, an art non-profit in Houston.

Philip G. Eisenberg's Profile

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Locke Lord LLP

A leader in Locke Lord’s energy, commercial and maritime litigation, creditors rights and bankruptcy groups, Philip Eisenberg represents major corporate clients focused on high profile offshore and oil and gas and energy-related matters both domestically and internationally involving all aspects of offshore matters, commercial dealings and regulatory agency work. Philip relies on his many years of experience in the offshore and energy industry at ChevronTexaco, where he served in various capacities including senior counsel.

Joshua L. Fuchs's Profile

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Jones Day

Josh Fuchs is a first chair trial lawyer with substantial jury trial, arbitration, and hearing experience as lead counsel in federal and state courts. In addition, he has substantial experience responding to governmental investigations brought by agencies such as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Justice. Josh also has broad-based experience in the oil and gas industry.

Josh's cases include complex breach of contract, class actions, aviation, health care, intellectual property, trade secret, toxic tort, product liability, fraud, antitrust, False Claims Act, market manipulation, and purchase price disputes. He has worked with clients such as Air Medical Group Holdings, Atlas Energy, Access Midstream, BP, Chevron, Eni, Experian, IBM, International Paper, KFC, Research In Motion, SAP, Sherwin-Williams, Stone Energy, Textron, and Total.

In addition, he has worked with a wide array of experts preparing cases for trial including forensic accountants, economists, software engineers, metallurgists, epidemiologists, and land appraisers. Josh also has had substantial success helping clients reduce e-discovery costs by presenting burden arguments to courts and opponents.

Josh is also involved in community efforts and pro bono activities. He recently chaired the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation's Board of Trustees, which provides grants to local charities. He is also representing numerous clients in pro bono matters involving human trafficking and immigration. Josh has chaired the Houston Office's United Way campaigns and is heavily involved in training programs for Firm associates.

Bradford Gathright's Profile

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Brad is a partner in the Energy and Infrastructure practice group of the global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Brad has diverse expertise across the entire energy sector, with a particular focus on midstream oil and gas, renewable energy and conventional power. He has worked extensively on mergers and acquisitions, project development, finance and other transactional matters within the energy industry. He represents private equity investors, sponsors and developers in a range of transactions involving energy-related projects and businesses.

Brad was a member of Orrick’s founding class of partners that launched the firm’s Houston office in 2016. Before joining Orrick, Brad spent five years at Baker Botts LLP as part of its Global Energy Projects practice group and six years at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, helping to build out its Energy Projects practice. Brad has contributed to and led some of Orrick’s most significant matters in the oil and gas, renewable energy, and conventional power industries since he joined the firm. The Legal 500 USA has recognized Brad for his oil and gas transactional skills and has named him one of Super Lawyers’ Texas Rising Stars for Energy & Natural Resources (Thomson Reuters) each year from 2013–2019.

Kimberly R. Phillips, General Counsel, Global Litigation's Profile

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Shell Oil Company

Kimberly is an accomplished leader of global teams with a proven ability to deliver results through others, drive global strategies and initiatives, and align diverse teams around common business goals and practices. She is a seasoned legal professional with experience in both the private law firm and corporate legal environments. In her current General Counsel role, she leads a team of 125 lawyers and legal professionals, sitting in 15 countries, who are responsible for managing Shell’s disputes across the globe. She sits on the Global Legal Leadership Team and she also supports a Shell subsidiary business as a Board Director.

Prior to joining Shell, Kimberly was an associate and later partner in a private law firm’s Dallas and Houston offices where she handled trial and appellate matters in state and federal courts, garnering numerous published appellate decisions. She is Board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was voted Best Associate General Counsel in a Large Company by the Houston Business Journal and received the Best Corporate Counsel Award by the National Bar Association, Women Lawyer’s Division.

Kimberly has served in statewide and local leadership roles such as the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists, Houston Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission; and the Texas Lyceum Association. She has also served in leadership roles for legal and community-based organizations and currently serves on the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the Institute for Energy Law.

Kimberly is a 1993 graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University where she was the Class Valedictorian. She and her husband, Jason, enjoy golf, football and eating desserts.

Rachel M. Scarafia's Profile

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Kean Miller LLP

Rachel is an associate in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller. She practices in the oil, gas and energy groups. Rachel earned her BLS with a concentration in Environmental Science from Florida Atlantic University Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College and earned her Masters of Education from Florida Atlantic University College of Education.

She earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2015, where she competed in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace University. Rachel’s current practice focuses on legacy litigation and pipeline litigation.

Sherry L. Scott's Profile

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Senior Counsel

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Sherry Scott is a Senior Counsel in the Environmental & Safety Law section of the Exxon Mobil Corporation Law Department in Spring, Texas, where she provides advice and counsel on several climate and air-related policy, regulatory and compliance matters. Some of her more significant areas of expertise include carbon capture utilization and storage, federal and state greenhouse gas and methane regulations, the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) and national ambient air quality standards (“NAAQS”).

Prior to joining ExxonMobil in 2008, Sherry was a senior associate in the Litigation Section at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in Houston, Texas, where she handled complex commercial litigation and arbitration, tort litigation and medical malpractice cases. Sherry received her B.B.A. in Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Houston in 1996 and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center in 1999, where she served as Articles Editor on the Houston Law Review.

Randy E. Wheeler Related seminars and products

Chief Executive Officer

Marquis Resources, LLC

Mr. Wheeler graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1981 with a BS in Business Administration. He began his career in 1981 with Shell Oil Company where he held various positions in the Land Department until his departure in 1997.

During his tenure at Shell, Mr. Wheeler worked on some of Shell’s cutting edge technology deepwater Gulf of Mexico projects including Mars, Ursa and Trioka. From 1997 until 2002, Mr. Wheeler held first the position of Land Manager and later Vice President, Land for Enterprise Oil Gulf of Mexico Inc. While at Enterprise, Mr. Wheeler was involved in the acquisition of Reading & Bates entire Gulf of Mexico position which included a large interest in the Boomvang Project. When Enterprise was purchased by Shell Oil Company in 2002, Mr. Wheeler returned to Shell as Project Manager.

In 2003, Mr. Wheeler became an initial partner and Vice President, Land for Marlin Energy, LLC concluding when Energy XXI Gulf Coast Inc. acquired the majority of Marlin’s assets in 2006. Mr. Wheeler was instrumental in various acquisitions which served as the foundation of Marlin’s asset base. In 2006, Mr. Wheeler was one of four founding members of Shoreline Energy LLC and held the position of VP, Land & Business Development through Shoreline’s entire existence, which ended with the restructuring in March 2017. During this time Mr. Wheeler participated in closing nearly a dozen oil and gas property acquisitions that led Shoreline to a peak of 9,000 barrels of oil equivalent of production.

Since March 2017, Mr. Wheeler held first the position of Vice President with the emerged company, Marquis Resources, LLC until January 2019 when he assumed his current position of General Manager. Through Mr. Wheeler’s 38 year career, he has developed an extensive network of industry contacts in the Gulf of Mexico offshore and coastal areas. Mr. Wheeler is a member of IPAA, LOGA, HAPL, NHAPL and PLANO.

Natara Williams, General Counsel's Profile

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Trace Midstream

Natara is the General Counsel of Trace Midstream. Prior to joining Gemini Midstream, now Trace Midstream, in early 2019, she was the Assistant General Counsel of Oasis Petroleum and worked in the Legal Department at Oasis for seven years from 2012 managing a diverse workload of transactional and other legal matters. From 2007 to 2012, she was an associate in the Energy Transactions & Project Finance group at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins where she represented Fortune 500 energy and oil and gas companies in matters involving upstream and midstream transactions, strategic investments and corporate and project financing and development. Natara began her career at Norton Rose Fulbright as an associate in the Corporate Department in 2005.

Natara currently serves on the Tahirih Justice Center Advisory Committee and has also provided pro bono representation for the organization and for other various matters throughout her career. She has a JD from Duke University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Stetson University.

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