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Joseph Adams |  Ann L. Al-Bahish |  David Baay |  John Bell |  Rebekah R. Bennett |  Marcela Berdion-Straub |  Suzana Blades |  Michael P. Bresson |  Jana Byron |  Travis L. Counts |  James Cowan |  William C. Eiland II |   39 more....
Original Program Date:
Feb 17, 2022
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Recordings from IEL’s 73rd Annual Energy Law Conference, which was held in-person in Houston on February 17-18, 2022.  As the world’s long running energy law conference, the 73rd Annual Energy Law Conference consisted of two days of excellent educational programming covering the oil, gas, and renewables sectors of the energy industry. The conference is free for all IEL Advisory Board Members.


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Joseph Adams's Profile

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Lead Counsel

ConocoPhillips Company

Joseph Adams is Lead Counsel of Lower 48 Transactions for ConocoPhillips and has been a member of the ConocoPhillips’ Legal Department since 2017. His practice focuses on upstream acquisitions and divestitures across the Lower 48. Mr. Adams received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He has been a member of the Texas State Bar since 2011.

Ann L. Al-Bahish's Profile

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

Ann Al-Bahish is a partner in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP.  She is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and earned a PhD at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston.  Her PhD is in public health with a focus on health policy, epidemiology and environmental health.

Dr. Al-Bahish is a recognized environmental lawyer and litigator and has tried cases successfully across the country, before judges and juries, including in Texas and New Mexico.  She has represented multiple energy companies including those involved in oil and gas operations and renewables. Dr. Al-Bahish has also represented a variety of manufacturers, health care entities, real estate investors and developers, state and local governments, and start-up entities involved with energy, environmental, healthcare and consumer innovations. In addition to trying cases, Dr. Al-Bahish has worked on creative resolutions at large environmental sites including the incorporation of public health communications and solutions.  She has been involved in litigation and strategic counseling related to PFAS and other evolving environmental issues. She also is experienced with designing and implementing processes and documents that allocate environmental risks and responsibilities amongst parties.

Dr. Al-Bahish is a regular contributor to the Texas Environmental Law treatise published by Thomson Reuters, and she has also written and presented at conferences on PFAS, litigation tactics and environmental issues. 


David Baay's Profile

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Eversheds Sutherland

David Baay is the head of the Eversheds Sutherland (US) Energy Litigation team, where he represents the energy industry in commercial litigation. His clients include multinational oil companies, drilling contractors, pipeline operators, oilfield service companies, and multi-commodity traders. With trial and arbitration experience spanning the past 20 years, David represents his clients in high stakes litigation and other crisis situations. He takes pride in finding creative solutions to his clients’ problems.

David was part of the team that represented Transocean Deepwater Drilling, Inc., in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation. He initially served on Transocean’s internal investigation team, helping to direct efforts related to the forensic examination of the blowout preventer. He handled interactions with the governmental agencies involved in the forensic examination and led efforts to secure a neutral testing site for the blowout preventer, all in a politically charged atmosphere. David also helped to coordinate discovery efforts in this MDL proceeding that encompassed hundreds of fact and expert witnesses’ discovery and depositions.

David has also represented various energy companies, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in matters involving millions of dollars in potential exposure. He has deep experience advising clients on conducting pre-suit investigations assembled for the purpose of determining root cause and advising the client on impending litigation exposure.

John Bell's Profile

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Senior Vice President, Commercial

Colgate Energy, LLC

John Bell is the Senior Vice President, Commercial at Colgate Energy, a private exploration and production company based in Midland, Texas with operations in the Permian Basin.  John joined Colgate in August 2017 after previously working at Vinson & Elkins LLP in the corporate group focusing on merger, acquisitions and private equity transactions in the oil and gas space.  He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in History and in Hispanic Studies and received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and his M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business.

Rebekah R. Bennett's Profile

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General Counsel

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company

Rebekah Bennett is the General Counsel for the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company.  She also chair’s the ExxonMobil Law Department’s Pro Bono Committee.  Prior to joining ExxonMobil, Ms. Bennett worked as an attorney with the law firms of King & Spalding and Jones Day where she represented companies in litigation matters.  Ms. Bennett received her J.D. from Georgetown University in 2003 and is licensed to practice law in Georgia, California, and Texas.

Marcela Berdion-Straub's Profile

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Managing Counsel Litigation

TotalEnergies (US)

Marcela Berdion-Straub is Managing Counsel Litigation at TotalEnergies in Houston, Texas.  Marcela manages a complex litigation and disputes docket of commercial, royalty, and other claims for TotalEnergies’ onshore and offshore exploration and production activities in the United States, works with and advises management on litigation avoidance, and is responsible for labor and employment related disputes and legal advice across TotalEnergies’ affiliates in the United States.  Marcela is also the Chair of TotalEnergies’ U.S. Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Prior to joining TotalEnergies in 2017, Marcela was a litigation and trial attorney at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP. She represented clients with complex commercial disputes in litigation, arbitration and corporate investigations. Her cases frequently involved international parties, issues, or jurisdictions. Marcela represented clients in federal and state court, and in international arbitration  disputes  administered  under the  International Center for Dispute Resolution  (ICDR),  International  Chamber  of  Commerce  (ICC), and ad hoc matters. Marcela also represented companies and audit committees in investigations and disclosures to the SEC and DOJ regarding potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Marcela is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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).

Michael P. Bresson's Profile

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Baker Botts L.L.P.

Mike Bresson is a partner in the Houston office of Baker Botts. He concentrates on federal income tax matters, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy transactions, publicly traded partnerships, YieldCos, private equity transactions and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Bresson is nationally recognized for his experience in transactions involving MLPs. He is the head of the firm’s Energy Capital Markets Tax Practice and a member of the Baker Botts Oil and Gas M&A team.

Jana Byron's Profile

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Vice President and Account Executive


Jana is a maritime lawyer, with over 22 years in P&I. She has extensive experience in the tug and barge sector both as a lawyer representing P&I Clubs and handling complex claims for two leading International Group P&I clubs. She is located in Lockton’s Houston office and is responsible for real-time client servicing, advisory requirements, claims consulting and liaising with colleagues both nationally and internationally.

Travis L. Counts's Profile

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Bracewell LLP

Travis Counts advises public and private companies on general corporate and transactional matters, primarily in the energy, finance, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Over the course of his career, he has negotiated and closed transactions and offerings exceeding $75 billion in aggregate value, including public company mergers, asset and company acquisitions and divestitures, public equity offerings, public debt offerings and syndicated debt transactions. Travis also has extensive experience in corporate governance, stockholder and other stakeholder engagement, crisis management, enterprise risk assessment and mitigation, joint venture formation, governance and exits, cross-border transaction, executive compensation and compliance matters.

Prior to joining Bracewell, Travis served as in-house counsel at two of the largest independent oil companies in the United States. From 2013 to 2021, he held various officer positions at Concho Resources, including most recently as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. He also held in-house legal positions at Petrohawk Energy and Halcon Resources from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining Petrohawk, Travis was an equity member at another law firm.

James Cowan's Profile

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Head of Legal US and Associate General Counsel Litigation US & Canada

Shell Oil Company

As US Head of Legal and AGC Litigation—US & Canada, Jim leads the US Legal Coordination Team and the team handling disputes for Shell’s US Downstream, Trading & Supply, and cross-business matters and for its Canadian businesses.  From January 2020 to August 2021, as AGC Litigation—Americas, based in Houston, Jim was responsible for arbitration and litigation for Shell companies in North and South America.  As AGC Litigation – International from 2015 to 2020, based in London, Jim was responsible for arbitration and litigation for Shell companies in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.  From 2012 to 2015, he was Managing Counsel Litigation--Latin America & Caribbean, based in Rio de Janeiro.  From 2003 to 2012, based in Houston, Jim was responsible for a variety of commercial litigation matters for Shell companies in the United States. Before joining Shell Oil Company in 2003, Jim was a trial lawyer in private practice in Houston, handling a variety of matters including commercial, class action, appellate, toxic tort, trademark, and environmental litigation.  He earned his BA (Plan II honors program) and his JD at the University of Texas at Austin. 

William C. Eiland II's Profile

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

William’s practice focuses on private equity and energy transactions, with a particular emphasis on acquisitions and divestures in the upstream sector. His transactional experience also includes advising clients in connection with the formation of joint ventures, farmout and participation agreements to develop oil and gas properties, and other transactions concerning the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and gas properties. William began his career in the oil and gas industry working with private investors to acquire mineral interests located in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Alabama.

Michelle Fontenot J.D., M.Ed.'s Profile

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Attorney and Clinical Professional

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program

Michelle Fontenot attended college and graduate school at The University of Texas, where she received B.A.’s in History and Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. After working as a counselor in the Seattle area for over 15 years, she attended Seattle University’s School of Law where she graduated cum laude and earned her J.D. in 2009. Since graduating from law school, Michelle has worked as a lawyer in both nonprofit and private practice, primarily in family law. Michelle returned to the Austin area in 2019 and worked for the State Bar of Texas, first as the Grievance Referral Program Manager and currently as a clinical professional for the Texas Lawyer’s Assistance Program. Michelle is passionate about combining both her law and counseling degrees in each of her job pursuits.  Michelle is licensed in both Texas and Washington State.

Michelle Michot Foss Ph.D.'s Profile

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Fellow in Energy, Minerals and Materials, Center for Energy Studies

Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

Michelle Michot Foss, Ph.D., is the fellow in energy, minerals and materials at Rice University's Baker Institute, developing policies and conducting research to help build capacity on non-fuel minerals supply chains. She has nearly 40 years of experience in senior positions in energy (oil, gas/LNG, electric power) and environmental research, consulting and investment banking, with early career exposure to mining and mined land reclamation.

Over the past three decades, Michot Foss developed and directed research on energy value chain economics and commercial frameworks to support worldwide investment while serving in several positions at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. She previously served as the chief energy economist and head of the Bureau of Economic Geology’s Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. She was also a UH Shell Interdisciplinary Scholar with grants on North American gas and power integration and national oil companies. Her career research highlights include reviewing oil, gas and minerals markets for local, national and international government bodies, including the Texas Comptroller, U.S. Energy Information Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, World Bank, Japan’s External Trade Organization and other institutions.

Michot Foss also led a university-based LNG industry consortium for North America. In addition, she implemented energy development assistance and engagement programs sponsored by USAID and the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources in more than 20 countries and regions, including Central Asia, Ukraine, West Africa, Uganda, India, Bangladesh and Mexico. She built and led the New Era in Oil, Gas & Power Value Creation program for energy sector professionals from more than 40 countries. She also was previously a director of research at Simmons & Company International and at Rice Center.

Michot Foss remains an executive instructor for the Texas Executive Education program at UT’s McCombs School of Business, and she was named an Exxon Mobil Instructor of Excellence.  She has served on the advisory committees for the UTA Jackson School of Geosciences Energy & Earth Resources graduate program and Jackson School Endowment. 

Michot Foss received her B.S. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, an M.S. from Colorado School of Mines and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston.

Shine George's Profile

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Senior Tax Counsel


Shine George is Senior Tax Counsel at Chevron Services Company (a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc.) since July 2021, primarily advising the business on U.S. federal income tax planning matters for renewable energy transactions and projects.  Shine has over 15 years of tax experience, focusing primarily on taxable and tax-free acquisitions, dispositions, and reorganizations in domestic and cross-border transactions.   Prior to her current role, Shine was Senior Tax Counsel for Shell Oil Company for 4 years supporting its renewable energy business, and Senior Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions Tax, with KPMG for 7 years.   

Shine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.  Following her undergraduate degree, Shine earned her Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law.  She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. She is actively engaged in the community through the Junior League of Houston and loves traveling.    

Keith B. Hall's Profile

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Director of Mineral Law Institute and Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law

LSU Paul M. Herbert Law Center

Keith B. Hall is Director of the Mineral Law Institute and the Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law.  He teaches Mineral Rights, Advanced Mineral Law, International Petroleum Transactions, and an Energy Law Seminar that focuses on environmental issues relating to energy industries.  His publications have focused on oil and gas leases, pooling and unitization, hydraulic fracturing, induced seismicity, and the management of produced water.  He is co-author of one of the two national casebooks on oil and gas law and also is co-author of a book on the legal issues relating to hydraulic fracturing.  He is a frequent speaker at national and international oil and gas, energy, and environmental law conferences, and is a contributing co-author to the forthcoming new edition of the leading textbook on international petroleum transactions.  In addition to teaching at LSU, he has taught energy law classes as a visiting professor at Baku State University in Azerbaijan and as an adjunct professor at Loyola School of Law.  Before joining the LSU Law Center, he was a member of the firm Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in New Orleans, where he practiced law for 16 years, with a focus on oil and gas litigation and transactions, environmental law, and toxic tort litigation.

Professor Hall is a member of the Board of Editors for the Oil & Gas Reporter, the Board of Trustees for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Advisory Council for the Institute for Energy Law, and the Board of Trustees for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.  He is a former Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Environmental Law Section and former Chair of the Oil & Gas Committee of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.  He serves on the Louisiana Law Institute’s Water Law Committee and is a registered professional engineer.

Stephen Hanemann's Profile

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Kean Miller LLP

Stephen Hanemann is a partner in Kean Miller’s New Orleans office. His practice focuses on international trade, marine-asset finance, and transportation-related subject matters, including admiralty and maritime operations, intermodal carriage and shipment; foreign and domestic project development, acquisition finance, import, export, and customs-regulation compliance. His practice also involves guidance on municipal law, land use, and construction. Stephen has extensive experience in handling contract negotiations, litigation, and dispute resolution related to the Jones Act and coastwise-law compliance, injury defense, oil and gas exploration, pipeline spills and regulations, drilling accidents, well blowouts, cargo loss and damage, ship and barge collisions and allisions, vessel groundings, lift boat and jack-up rig accidents, dock damage, vessel liens, vessel seizures, cargo seizures, ocean cargo, land-shipped cargo (truck and rail), sunken barges, salvage, vessel and marine asset purchase, product sales, commercial lease agreements, inland and offshore vessel-charter parties, contracts of carriage and affreightment, time charters, bareboat charters, heavy-lift and project-cargo charter parties, terminal-servicing agreements, fleeting agreements, and other transportation agreements for bulk and break-bulk cargo handlers, shippers, carriers, stevedores, trans-loaders, LPG, and LNG terminals and facilities.  

Stephen was selected by New Orleans CityBusiness as a 2012 Leadership in Law Award recipient. He has been rated by Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2012 and appears in multiple listings. He currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. He holds an International Trade Certificate, and he is a certified-dispute-resolution professional. Stephen has written and lectured extensively on the Jones Act and U.S. coastwise law, and always relishes the opportunity to share and acquire knowledge and viewpoints on those and related topics.

Stephen is extremely active in civic and community engagement and sits on the board of directors of several local non-profit organizations. He is the past President and current alumni-event chair for Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, the development committee chair for Liberty’s Kitchen, and a member of the directorship of Boys Hope Girls Hope, and the Lakewood Property Owners Association.

Having studied Latin and French for many years, Stephen is fond of modern and classical foreign language and culture, which he often incorporates into his international trade and compliance practice. At home Stephen loves to spend time with his beautiful and talented wife, Jennifer, and cook and fish with his son and daughter, Taylor and Kate. Stephen enjoys adventurous dining and travel, and possesses a unbridled and contagious enthusiasm for law and life.    


Jeremy A. Herschaft's Profile

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Blank Rome LLP

Chambers USA recognizes Jeremy as a nationally ranked shipping and maritime litigation attorney. His practice covers all phases of international commercial counseling, complex litigation, and arbitration, with particular emphasis on the global marine, trade, and energy industries. Jeremy has more than 17 years of experience in advising clients on a wide range of topics, particularly with respect to maritime casualty response. He has been directly involved in over 97 domestic and international vessel boardings to date. Jeremy is a 2004 graduate of Tulane Law School’s Admiralty LL.M. program, and is designated as a Proctor In Admiralty by the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He serves on the advisory board of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.

Regina Bynote Jones's Profile

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Chief Legal Officer

Baker Hughes Company

Regina Bynote Jones has over 25 years of experience and currently serves as Chief Legal Officer for Baker Hughes Corporation. In this capacity, she oversees a global legal team of professionals supporting Baker Hughes global operations in over 70 countries. Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Ms. Jones was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with Delek U.S. Holdings, Inc. and Delek Logistics Partners LP, headquartered in Brentwood, TN. Throughout her

career, Ms. Jones has held domestic and international legal roles with responsibility for complex legal environments across the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Prior to joining Delek, Ms. Jones was with Schlumberger Limited for 13 years, where she was based in Paris, France (5 yrs) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2 yrs). Ms. Jones has also worked with Shell Oil Company, Dynegy Marketing & Trade and El Paso Energy in varied legal and technology roles in the energy industry.

Ms. Jones has a demonstrated commitment to global and local stewardship and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the HoustonMarch of Dimes, the Board for the Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council (Houston) and Child Advocates. Professionally, she is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, an organization whose membership consists of the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the State Bar of Texas, where she also served on the Disciplinary Rules and Professional Conduct Committee. She has also served on the Europe Committee of the American Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association (Strategic Planning Committee) and is a current member of the Executive Leadership Council.

Ms. Jones has received numerous recognitions for her accomplishments by the Houston Business Journal in their annual “Women Who Mean Business” Awards. In 2016, she was recognized by the Houston Business Journal as a Woman of Influence in the Energy Industry. She was a recipient of the Catalyst award fromUptown ProfessionalMagazine and has been recognized as an Outstanding Woman in Business by Leadera Group. Recently, Ms. Jones graduated from DirectWomen’s Board Institute, whose primary mission is to increase women executive representation on boards of directors.

Ms. Jones received her BBA, General Business from Sam Houston State University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law (with an emphasis in technology law). She has been married for more than 25 years to her best friend, Kevin Jones. Regina and Kevin are the proud parents of two sons, Kevin and Dylan who are both Eagle Scouts.

Liz Klingensmith's Profile

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Liz Klingensmith strategically partners with clients throughout the dispute resolution process as a counselor, trusted advisor and advocate from pre-litigation risk assessment all the way through trial. Business-minded and practical, Liz finds cost-effective solutions to achieve clients’ business objectives.

Clients trust Liz’s judgment and legal skills, and know they will receive outstanding client service and consistent results. Liz helps clients achieve peace of mind during the litigation process, so they can stay focused on growing their businesses.

With more than a decade of litigation experience, Liz has tried multiple cases to verdict, arbitrated and mediated disputes with favorable results.

Liz advises clients in Texas and Oklahoma in various commercial disputes including those arising from oil and gas leases and assignments, joint operations, joint accounting, mergers and acquisitions, preferential rights or areas of mutual interests, surface use accommodation and damages, oilfield services and equipment, seismic operations, equipment and pipeline failure, nuisance, quiet title, surface and subsurface trespass, hydraulic fracturing, mineral liens and theft of trade secrets.

Liz helps clients resolve disputes across multiple industries: energy, exploration and production, oilfield services, transportation, construction, banking, real estate, and professional services, involving claims for breach of contract, negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, post-judgment enforcement, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, tortious interference, conversion, and declaratory judgment.

Anne Lapierre's Profile

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Anne Lapierre is global head of energy at Norton Rose Fulbright leading over 1000 strong team of energy lawyers. She is currently the driving force behind the firms strategy to support clients in managing the energy transition and the decarbonisation of their business.

Anne focuses on project development, construction, financing, acquisition and transfer of projects related to both renewable and conventional oil and gas production. Throughout her career, Anne has specialised in first of its kind, ground breaking energy projects and has been a leading voice in renewable energy procurement. She sat for 12 years at the board of France Energie Eolienne (FEE), the French wind association and sits since 2017 as an independent market expert on Bertrand Piccard’s Solar Impulse Foundation’s Strategic Committee.

Anne was a leading adviser on the innovative solar industry scale-up initiative led by IRENA and TWI aimed at providing freely available ‘open source’ standardised contract documentation, designed to simplify solar power transactions. The project was set up to support the rapid and widespread scale-up of solar energy, in line with goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

Anne also provided legal and regulatory assistance to the World Bank in the context of the Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI), an integrated approach to tackle policy, technical and financial issues associated with scaling up solar energy deployment, especially in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Anne had numerous recognitions: she has been included in A Word About Wind’s prestigious international Women’s Power List Top 100, for several years she was recognized as Lawyer of the year in the Financing & Project development sector by Best Lawyers, she has been selected by Transition Economist to the “TE100: Women of the Energy Transition” in the renewables category and she ranked among the 50 most influential lawyers in Africa by publication Jeune Afrique.

Graydon Dean Luthey Jr.'s Profile

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Dean Luthey is a shareholder in the Tulsa office of GableGotwals. He is a 40-year litigator who has been recognized repeatedly by his peers and clients for his litigation experience including in commercial and Native American law.

He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, various federal circuits, multiple state appellate courts, and has handled matters in federal and state trial courts and agencies across the country. Among his clients have been major energy companies, Fortune 500 companies, Indian tribes and their leaders, national churches, state and local governmental entities, insurance companies, Big 4 accounting firms, law firms, and health care providers. Dean served for over a decade as general counsel of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association.

Dean has served in many law leadership roles. He was presiding judge of a temporary division of the Oklahoma Court of Appeals; president of a Tulsa American Inn of Court; president of the Federal Bar Association Chapter of Northeastern Oklahoma; served for 10 years as one of the 12 members of the American Bar Foundation National Fellows Research Advisory Committee; and presents often to the annual Oklahoma appellate judicial conference where the audience is limited to appellate judges, trial judges, and their law clerks. He has lectured at the American Bar Association's annual meeting; meetings of the International Masters of Gaming Law; and seminars throughout Oklahoma.  He became an adjunct professor of law at The University of Tulsa In 1986.

In addition to being named in Martindale-Hubbell, Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, Best Lawyer in America, and Super Lawyers, he was selected by the American Bar Foundation as the Outstanding State Chair for the Fellows of the ABA, of which he is a life Fellow. Further, in 2011 he was presented with a Leadership Law award from the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Journal Record, as well as named to the inaugural "Men of Distinction" list published by the Tulsa Business Journal.

Dean has had extensive involvement with the Tulsa area community and beyond including Chairman of Oklahoma Futures (the State of Oklahoma economic development board); Chairman of the State of Oklahoma University Hospitals Authority; Chairman of the City of Tulsa revenue bond issuing Authority; Gilcrease Museum National Advisory Board; Tulsa Area United Way Board of Directors; University of Oklahoma College of Arts & Sciences Board of Visitors; OU/Tulsa President's Advisory Council; Tulsa Ballet Executive Committee and Board; the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas; Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, the Oklahoma Center for Community Justice Executive Committee; NatureWorks Board of Directors; Trustee of St. Simeon's Home and its Foundation; and for 16 years Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma.

Kelsey Machado's Profile

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Eversheds Sutherland

Kelsey Machado counsels clients on complex commercial litigation matters with a focus in energy. She has experience representing clients in state and federal courts litigating in various areas, including oil and gas, construction, maritime, employment, consumer protection, trademark infringement, breach of contract disputes and other general business litigation matters.

Kelsey’s trial experience includes participating in three jury trials and a seven-day arbitration as second chair. Recently, Kelsey obtained a favorable jury verdict for her client in a commercial dispute pending in a Texas federal court. Kelsey has also been involved in several construction disputes ranging from a natural gas pipeline project in Oregon to a senior care living facility located in Houston. Kelsey is well-versed in drafting and arguing dispositive motions, managing discovery, conducting witness interviews, preparing and presenting witnesses for depositions and trials, and mediation and settlement negotiations.

Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland, Kelsey was an associate at a boutique commercial litigation law firm in Houston. Her previous experience includes serving as a judicial intern for Judge Lynn N. Hughes in the Southern District of Texas.

Jessica Magee's Profile

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Holland & Knight LLP

Jessica Magee is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Dallas office. Ms. Magee focuses her practice on U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other federal and state governmental investigations and enforcement actions, internal investigations, securities class actions, corporate governance and complex commercial litigation involving partnership and company disputes.
Ms. Magee is a seasoned trial attorney and has significant experience with SEC investigations and litigation involving alleged accounting or disclosure fraud, offering fraud, insider trading, alleged wrongdoing in connection with initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrencies, failure to register, investment adviser and broker dealer duties and conduct, and more. She also has significant experience advising clients on matters of strategic planning, regulatory compliance, disclosure, risk mitigation and matters involving corporate and shareholder rights, partnership disputes, director and officer disputes and federal receiverships.

In addition, Ms. Magee represents companies, their officers and directors, and others in government investigations and enforcement actions. She also has experience representing court-appointed receivers, private equity funds in multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration matters, and a leading oil and gas exploration and production company in a multimillion-dollar negligence and breach of contract action. She also manages, defends and resolves complex business, product liability and tort litigation matters on behalf of a variety of clients.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Magee was a senior officer with the SEC, where she led the organization's trial unit and regional enforcement program. Her experience includes investigating, litigating and supervising matters involving public company accounting, reporting and disclosures, as well as private and public issuer accounting and offering misconduct, insider trading, cryptocurrency and cybersecurity, and matters involving individuals, officers, directors, audit firms, broker-dealers, investment advisers, financial institutions, transfer agents and private funds.

Kashif Malik's Profile

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Managing Director - Debt Capital Market Solutions

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Kashif Malik is leading the Oil & Gas Debt Capital Markets team in North America with a focus on originating debt and equity-linked securities for Investment Grade issuers.

Kashif has 10 years of experience working as a credit analyst on the buy-side as well as five years of experience on the fixed income trading desk where he covered the Energy sector and published research reports highlighting long-term investment ideas as well as short-term long/short trade ideas.

Kashif holds an MBA from Suffolk University and a B.S. from Boston University.

Brian Martin's Profile

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Manager, Environmental Support and Waste Management


Brian Martin is the manager of the Environmental Support & Waste Management group at Ameren, a St. Louis, MO based electric and gas utility company. Brian has led the Ameren Environmental Justice working group for the past two years.

Brian also serves on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group (IERG) where he is the Chairman. Brian has worked with IERG staff and IERG other member companies to review and comment on several legislative proposals related to Environmental Justice. Brian is also active in the Regulatory Environmental Group for Missouri (REGFORM) as Chairman of the Hazardous Waste Committee.

Brian graduated from University of Illinois at Champaign with a B.S. in Ecology and Ethology and graduated from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri with an MBA. Brian is certified as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. Brian is certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.

Utsav Mathur's Profile

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Utsav Mathur is a shipping, offshore energy and global disputes lawyer based in Norton Rose Fulbright's Houston office.

Utsav represents energy companies, charterers, owners, and operators on shipping disputes and regulatory matters ranging from charter-party disputes, Rule B and C proceedings, cargo claims, collisions, allisions, and other marine torts. Recently Utsav has been advising carriers, charterers, and shippers on the three major trends revolutionizing the marine transport sector – decarbonisation, digitization and automation.

In addition, Utsav advises clients on significant offshore energy projects. He has represented developers, contractors and vessel owners on US offshore wind projects, with particular emphasis on unique Jones Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and US general maritime law issues related to such projects. Moreover, he has assisted clients on a variety of other energy infrastructure projects including the construction of crude oil pipelines, deepwater ports, and LNG-fueled offshore power generation facilities. He has advised companies on litigation risks related to subsea pipeline construction, relocation and ruptures. Utsav has experience advocating for clients on matters involving the US Coast Guard, US Customs and Border Protection, and US Maritime Administration.

Utsav is also consulted by public companies and private investors on investments in the US Jones Act shipping market, and he advises clients with respect to US cabotage law concerns.

Utsav's exposure to the maritime industry began early in life as he descends from a family of mariners and has himself spent time at sea.

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Deputy Managing Director, Executive Vice President and General Counsel

TotalEnergies (US)

Elizabeth Matthews is Deputy Managing Director, Executive Vice President, and General Counsel for French energy major Total in Houston. She is responsible for directing the legal affairs of Total’s wholly owned U.S. affiliates, including exploration and production, refining and chemicals, gas and power, marketing and services, trading, and biofuels. She leads a team of approximately forty legal professionals, including attorneys, paralegals, compliance personnel and administrative staff. She chairs the Total U.S. Ethics Committee and U.S. Women’s Network. 
Prior to joining Total in 2013, Ms. Matthews was a member of the legal team at Chevron for eleven years where she worked in a number of different business units, including Global Downstream, Corporation Law, Energy Technology and Global Drilling and Completions. 

During the early part of her career, Matthews worked in Washington, D.C. for two major law firms. She also served as a federal law clerk for the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
Matthews graduated with honors from Yale University with a humanities and history major in 1992 and earned a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1995.
Matthews is President of the Texas General Counsel Forum (Houston) and a board member of the Harvard Law School Club of Houston. She serves on the National Advisory Council and is a past President of the Women’s Energy Network. She is past President of the American Petroleum Labor Lawyer’s Association and a member of the Association of Corporate Council.
She is actively involved in giving back to her community and serves as the Founder and past President of the Texas Sage Chapter of the National Charity League.

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General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary

Aris Water Solutions

Adrian Milton is the General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary at Aris Water Solutions, bringing with him more than a decade of legal experience across various industries. Prior to joining Aris Water Solutions, he served as Vice President and General Counsel at Headlands Research, Inc., a private equity-backed clinical trial site organization, where he was responsible for legal affairs and risk management. Before Headlands Research, Adrian served as the Deputy General Counsel for Concho Resources Inc. where he oversaw all legal functions, including securities, finance, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.  Adrian began his career at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he represented clients from various industries in corporate and securities matters.

Adrian holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Marketing from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Milton earned his Juris Doctorate from The University of Chicago Law School.

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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Ryan J. Morgan is the leader of Steptoe & Johnson’s Energy Transactions Practice Group, handling a mix of traditional natural resources and renewable energy projects. His practice involves representation of upstream exploration and production companies, investors, and private equity clients in negotiating complex transactions, operational agreements, and managing strategic business issues. Mr. Morgan provides trusted counsel on acquisitions and divestitures of upstream energy assets, regulatory guidance, and other oil and gas transactions, including joint ventures, participation agreements, joint operating agreements, exploration and development agreements, private equity financing transactions, and related industry contracts. In the past year he has guided a number of clients with projects using oil and gas in connection with cryptocurrency mining.

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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Melissa Munson practices in the areas of business and energy and natural resources law.  Her practice focuses on energy transactions, including those involving oil and gas exploration and production and upstream and midstream asset acquisitions and dispositions.  Melissa’s transactional experience includes advising clients in connection with the formation of joint ventures and joint development projects, general corporate matters including entity formation and corporate formalities, and other commercial transactions. She also has experience conducting due diligence on energy assets and corporate entities.

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Vice President, Hydrogen Energy

Air Liquide Americas

Laura Parkan currently serves as Vice President of Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy Americas. In this role, Laura oversees the development and integration of hydrogen energy to lead our industry on the path to a cleaner, safer, and more affordable energy future.

Laura joined Air Liquide in 1992. With 30 years of experience in project management, strategic planning, engineering, and business development, Laura played a significant role in developing and achieving both business and strategic objectives to increase Air Liquide’s profitability and presence in the energy market. She led and managed numerous departments, including the CO2 Business Line and Divestiture field, and improved operational efficiency of Air Liquide’s business lines. Most recently, Laura served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Air Liquide Electronics for 5 years.

As the Vice President of Hydrogen Energy Americas, Laura builds on Air Liquide's 50 years of leadership in the hydrogen market to advance the development and deployment of low-carbon solutions across the entire hydrogen value chain, from production and distribution, to end-user applications. Laura guides the hydrogen energy strategy throughout the Americas ensuring strong contribution to the Group's goals of tripling the sale of hydrogen and investing nearly $10 billion in low-carbon hydrogen by 2035. These goals are part of Air Liquide's ultimate ambition of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. In addition, Laura has completed advanced studies in International Development at INSEAD Graduate School in France.

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Beck Redden LLP

Seepan focuses his practice in commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes.

He has successfully handled several multi-million dollar and bet-the-company cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts and arbitral forums nationwide. Drawing upon his skills and experience in the courtroom, Seepan thrives in distilling complex cases to themes and facts that resonate with judges and juries. In doing so, he employs a tireless work ethic, fierce tenacity, and unwavering integrity to advocate on behalf of his clients — ranging from major oil and gas producers, unicorn startups, and Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and individuals.

Seepan’s IP experience includes litigating claims of patent and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of licensing agreements. He has also represented companies from a variety of industries — energy, software, real estate, and telecommunications — in complex commercial cases involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.

A first-generation Armenian-American, Seepan has also proudly served as pro bono counsel in several cases involving international human rights and refugee resettlement.

Outside the courtroom, Seepan maintains leadership positions in the Houston community. He is the youngest ever Chair of the International Law Section of the Houston Bar Association and also serves as President of the Stanford Alumni Club of Houston. Seepan is also on the Board of the Baker Institute of Public Policy Roundtable Young Professionals and is a Fellow of the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation and Texas Bar Foundation.

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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.

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Dee is a Senior Staff Attorney for the Division of Enforcement in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fort Worth Regional Office.  He is a member of the SEC’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit, where his investigations focus on complex and emerging issues.  He has worked on matters concerning all aspects of the federal securities laws and involving financial institutions, public companies, invest advisers, and broker-dealers.  Before joining the SEC in 2008, Dee was a partner at a Dallas-based law firm, traded weather derivatives for an international energy company, and was a registered representative.  He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and University of Oklahoma Law School and MBA program.  Dee currently serves as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University School of Law.  

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Managing Director

Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking

Elena is a Managing Director and Houston Team Head for the Energy + Group under Société Générale’s Natural Resources & Infrastructure business, focusing on structuring & lending and advisory solutions for clients across the energy spectrum. Throughout her career at Société Générale, Elena has led debt transactions, multi-disciplinary teams, and provided financial and capital raising advice to clients in the midstream and upstream space and is now focusing among others on emerging decarbonization and other energy transition opportunities on the advisory and financing side. Prior to Société Générale, Elena’s experience includes working for a European private equity firm and for a U.S. hedge fund on the investments side.

Elena holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Cox School of Business at the Southern Methodist University, and a B.B.A. from The Academy of Economics in Romania, and is fluent in Romanian, Spanish, and French.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Jessica Rodriguez joined Norton Rose Fulbright's Houston office in 2015. As a senior associate, she regularly assists domestic and international clients in energy M&A and regulatory matters covering every sector of the energy industry, including matters relating to LNG export projects, pipeline systems, and oil and gas properties. Jessica works closely with our energy partners, including the firm's Global Head of Energy and the US Head of Oil and Gas. She has advised on several of Norton Rose Fulbright's most notable transactions on behalf of energy clients.

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Global Head of ESG Financing

Credit Suisse

Scott J. Roose is a Managing Director and Global Head of ESG Financing based in New York. In addition to his ESG financing and advisory role, Mr. Roose provides senior DCM coverage oversight of select corporate relationships in the US.

Prior to relocating to New York in 2021, Mr. Roose was Co-head of the EMEA Debt Capital Markets group at Credit Suisse based in London. Mr. Roose focused on financing advisory, including capital raising for acquisition finance, liability management and derivatives, in addition to select coverage of the firm’s largest European corporate accounts. Mr. Roose was also a member of the Credit Suisse European Investment Banking Committee, Product Governance Oversight Committee and Managing Director Evaluation Committee (MDEC).

Mr. Roose was based in New York until 2004 where he covered high grade issuers across various sectors including, Pharmaceuticals, Technology, General Industrial and Transportation. Prior to this, he covered financial institutions in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg and was responsible for the origination and execution of regulatory capital, derivatives and structured products in London as well from 2000.

Mr. Roose started his career at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1994 as a member of the Debt Capital Markets group covering Bank and Insurance companies.

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Liskow & Lewis

Jody Schisel-Meslin is a member of the firm’s Maritime, Oilfield, and Insurance practice group.  Prior to practicing law, Jody managed the daily operations of a small fleet of offshore research, subsea construction, and multi-purpose support vessels operating out of US and international ports of call.  She oversaw the purchasing, inventory, and crew management of both offshore and in port operations.  Jody also has experience with time charters, as well as compliance with Class, Flag State, and Port State requirements.  Jody applies her real-world experience to the matters she handles for maritime clients. 

Jody served as an intern to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.  She also served as a legal clerk for the Tulane University Legal Assistance Program.  Jody received her Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. 

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Latham & Watkins LLP

Janice Schneider is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and global Vice Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department, where she specializes in environmental, natural resource and American Indian issues.  

Ms. Schneider has extensive experience in energy development and litigation both onshore and offshore, including oil and gas, coal, mining and minerals, renewable energy, and pipeline and transmission line development, as well as conservation actions.

She served as the Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management with the US Department of the Interior from 2014-2017 during the Obama Administration, overseeing the BLM, OSMRE, BOEM and BSEE.  She also served previously as a trial attorney with the US Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division’s Wildlife Section, in the US Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor and as Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of the Interior during the Clinton Administration.  

Ms. Schneider is recognized by Chambers USA and Legal 500 as a leading and recommended lawyer, and as an “Energy & Environmental Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal.  She has a B.S. in Biology and Marine Sciences from the University of Miami, and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark, Northwestern School of Law. 


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Trent Shores, a former United States Attorney, is a shareholder in the Tulsa office of GableGotwals where he advises clients regarding complex litigation, Native American law and policy, cybersecurity, and high stakes government and corporate investigations. He represents clients in state, federal, and tribal courts at all stages in the litigation process, including at trial and on appeal.

Prior to joining the Firm, Trent spent nearly 18 years in public service at the United States Department of Justice, most recently as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Trent was nationally recognized for his efforts to develop and implement strategic responses to Native American policy, violent crime, the opioid epidemic, and economic espionage and trade secret theft; and his work has been featured in national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Real Clear Politics, and the Associated Press.

As the chief federal law enforcement officer in Northern Oklahoma, he was responsible for all federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation in his district, an area covering 11 counties with a total population of more than one million people, including 13 federally recognized Indian tribes. Trent, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, served as Chair of the Native American Issues Subcommittee charged with developing and guiding national policy for Indian Country justice and related matters. In that capacity, he established a national initiative to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous persons and led a presidential task force investigating the Indian Health Service. He also served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee where he represented all U.S. Attorneys in the Tenth Circuit and provided counsel and advice on national policy matters and the operations of the Justice Department.

Throughout his career, including during his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Trent personally tried complex cases in federal district court and argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He has also testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and United States Sentencing Commission.

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Trent served as a National Security Cyber Specialist, a role in which he worked closely with the Joint Terrorism Task Force to investigate and prosecute cybercrime linked to international organized crime, complex white collar conspiracies, and domestic terrorism. He also previously worked as the Tribal Liaison for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, ensuring the Justice Department upheld its federal trust responsibility to federally recognized tribes and leading investigations into public corruption, embezzlement from tribal gaming operations, and a variety of violent crime violations. He has also represented the United States at the United Nations and Organization of American States arguing for the recognition of basic human rights for indigenous peoples worldwide.

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White & Case LLP

Abby Cohen Smutny is the Global Head of White & Case’s International Arbitration Practice. She is widely recognized as one of the leading international arbitration practitioners globally.  Abby’s leadership positions have included: Chair of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration (ITA); Vice President of the American Society of International Law; President of LCIA North American Users Council; AAA Advisory Board Member; Vice Chair of IBA Arbitration Committee and Chair of IBA Investment Treaty Sub-Committee; ALI Adviser on US Restatement on International Arbitration; co-Chair of the ICCA Task Force on Standards of Practice in International Arbitration; and Chair International Law Section of Washington DC Bar.  Abby is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

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Senator Robert J. Dole Distinguished Professor of Law

Washburn University School of Law

Freddy is the Senator Robert J. Dole Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Washburn Oil and Gas Law Center. He serves as Editor in Chief of Oxford University Press' InvestmentClaims reporter of international arbitral awards between states and foreign investors. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books on international energy law, international dispute resolution and transnational law, including relevantly for our program Evidence in International Investment Arbitration (Oxford University Press, 2018) (with Kabir Duggal & Ian Laird) and A Nascent Common Law,  The Process of Decisionmaking in International Legal Disputes Between States and Foreign Investors (Brill | Nijhoff, 2015). Freddy is an active member on the IEL’s International Practice and Academic Outreach committees. 

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Beck Redden LLP

Allison is a trial attorney who maintains a general commercial litigation practice, representing entities and individuals in a variety of civil litigation matters.  Her practice also encompasses appellate work and representation of attorneys in State Bar grievance proceedings. 

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Bracewell LLP

Luke Tanner focuses his practice on serving clients in the energy industry. He works on a variety of energy-related matters, including upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions, energy financing and the development of energy projects.

Luke has experience in oil and gas land management, ranging from field work to asset management. While in law school, he worked as a landman for the Lower 48 asset team of an FTSE 100 company based in Houston. In addition, Luke has experience working in-house as upstream counsel at a large independent exploration and production company, where he was the principal legal contact for the business development group on all upstream transactions.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Rahul’s practice focuses on acquisitions, divestitures, and strategic joint ventures involving a broad range of energy assets, with an emphasis on the upstream and midstream sectors. Rahul’s practice includes advising clients with the formation of drilling partnerships, joint development arrangements, farmout and participation agreements, and other joint venture arrangements, the acquisition and divestiture of upstream and midstream oil and gas assets and companies, and oil and gas special situations and alternative financing transactions.

Rahul has been recognized in Chambers USA for Energy: Oil & Gas —Transactional (Nationwide) for 2019–2021, with clients noting that "his strengths are his attention to detail and breadth of knowledge. He provides practical advice and appreciates what businesses are trying to accomplish."

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Vice President Legal – U.S. Onshore Resources and Carbon Management

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Derek is the Vice President of Legal for US Onshore Resources and Carbon Management at Occidental.  He was previously Vice President Legal of Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, which is dedicated to emissions reduction and low-carbon initiatives, including technology investments and project development, that further Occidental's strategic vision of building a sustainable energy future.  In addition, LCV is developing new business models that will enable participants in hard-to-decarbonize industries to reduce their carbon emissions.  

Prior to joining Occidental, he was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, General Counsel and Secretary of Volusion, LLC, where he managed Volusion's corporate development opportunities, including strategic partnerships and acquisitions, and was responsible for worldwide legal affairs.

Before Volusion, Derek was a corporate and securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His practice focused on venture capital and private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions in clean technology, renewable energy, internet, semiconductor, software, telecommunications and life sciences.

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Emerging Contaminants Practice Leader

Haley and Aldrich, Inc.

Dr. Xiong has 18 years of experience in environmental consulting, research, and litigation support, focusing on contaminated site management and remediation. He has developed cost-effective and streamlined strategies for final remedies accepted by federal and state regulatory agencies on projects that entail complex technical and policy issues. He served as an international expert for The World Bank assisting a major country in Asia to develop a national regulatory and technical framework for contaminated site management. As Haley & Aldrich’s emerging contaminants practice leader, he oversees the company’s efforts to develop and provide innovative technical solutions for emerging contaminants such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1,4-dioxane.  As a Principal Investigator, he is currently leading an applied research project funded by a federal agency to demonstrate PFAS destruction. He has held primary roles in the invention of three patented technologies and has published over a dozen papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Xiong also serves as a Director for the Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA) and a Vice President for the Southern California Chinese American Environmental Protection Association (SCCAEPA).

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Based in Los Angeles, Pillsbury partner Stacie Yee is the Firm’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and, in that role, is part of Pillsbury’s 6-person Executive Team and an ex oficio member of Pillsbury’s Managing Board, Partner Compensation Committee, and Board Committee on the Advancement of Diverse Attorneys.  She co-leads Pillsbury’s Equal Justice Task Force, which oversees implementation of Pillsbury’s three-year, $11 million commitment to pro bono and volunteer work, initiatives, and programming focused on civil rights and equal justice work, emphasizing racial justice issues. 

Stacie also handles employment litigation, arbitration and counseling, and complex commercial litigation for a global clientele.  She litigates wage and hour, California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act, discrimination, and retaliation/whistleblower, including qui tam, actions. She has litigated trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and false advertising claims. Stacie regularly provides preventative counseling to help clients avoid litigation and advises on contracts, policies, leaves and disability accommodations, terminations and other issues. She regularly helps Asia-based clients navigate employment law issues as they enter the U.S. market, and has worked closely with foreign airlines on employment-related and litigation matters.  She rounds out her practice by providing employment-related assistance in due diligence on M&A transactions.

Stacie co-chairs the Policing Working Group of the Law Firm Anti-racism Alliance, a coalition of over 250 law firms collaborating to address systemic racial equity issues.  She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Berger Institute at Claremont McKenna College, and previously served on the LCLD Fellows Alumni Executive Council for Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity.  In 2019, she was named one of the "Most Influential Minority Attorneys" by the Los Angeles Business Journal, 2019 and has consistently been recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Southern California Rising Star."  During law school, she served as an extern to Associate Justice Earl Johnson Jr. of the California Court of Appeals.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College.  She is admitted to practice law in California and Washington State.