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Young Energy Professionals Workshop: The Oil and Gas Sessions


An evolution of IEL’s previous Young Litigators and Doing Deals conferences, the Workshop features transactional and litigation topics designed for attorneys in their first ten years of practice, or those new to oil and gas matters.  


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Arigesta Joyce Adetutu's Profile

Arigesta Joyce Adetutu Related Seminars and Products

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Arigesta Joyce Adetutu is a Senior Associate in the Global Projects Department at Baker Botts L.L.P.  Her practice is focused on assisting clients in understanding complex legal regimes governing the international trade of goods, services, and cross-border investments. In her practice, Joyce represents clients in matters involving economic and trade sanctions administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).  Joyce also advises clients with respect to the applicability of U.S. export controls to their goods, software and technology.

Joyce relies on her early experience with large-scale energy transactions to give her a deeper understanding of complex commercial issues in the energy industry when counseling clients on matters related to international trade.  Joyce has also counseled clients on a broad range of energy-related transactions, including upstream and midstream acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures, as well as the structuring and negotiation of energy projects in the United States and South America.

Brian Anderson's Profile

Brian Anderson Related Seminars and Products

Assistant General Counsel

CNX Resources Corporation

Brian Anderson is Assistant General Counsel at CNX Resources Corporation in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.  Brian supports CNX’s upstream and midstream operations in the Appalachian region and provides advice on a variety of corporate legal matters, including securities, corporate governance, and transactions.

Brian joined the IEL in 2018 as an inaugural member of IEL’s YEP Leadership Class.  In addition, Brian has spoken at and assisted in planning several IEL conferences.

Prior to joining CNX, Brian spent nearly a decade as Senior Counsel with Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company supporting Chevron’s Appalachian Mountain Business Unit, and prior to that was an associate with K&L Gates LLP in Pittsburgh.  Brian has a B.S. (Accounting) and J.D. from West Virginia University.  He lives in Wexford, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

Carina L. Antweil's Profile

Carina L. Antweil Related Seminars and Products

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Carina Antweil represents public and private companies in a broad range of corporate and securities matters. She represents issuers, investment banking firms and other investors in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, including initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary public offerings and 144A offerings. Her practice also includes mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters, including Exchange Act reporting and corporate governance. She has substantial experience in the oil and gas industry and is a member of the Baker Botts Oil and Gas M&A team.

Katherine Baker's Profile

Katherine Baker Related Seminars and Products

Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea LLC

Katie Baker is a partner in the Shreveport office of Bradley Murchison Kelly and Shea LLC.  For over 10 years, she has focused her practice in the areas of oil, gas and energy law.  Katie represents major and independent energy companies in litigation, title examination, and she routinely advises clients in all aspects of oil and gas exploration and production operations, including matters related to lease disputes, mineral owner demands, operating agreement disputes, title issues, and Louisiana risk-fee issues.  She also has extensive experience in handling complex commercial litigation matters.  Katie has a strong federal court practice as well as experience at the appellate level in both state and federal courts. 

Katie is also very active in her community.  Katie served as the President of the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, which is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Katie resides in Shreveport, Louisiana with her husband, Daniel Baker, and their two young children, Noah and Miriam.

Hon. Nannette Jolivette Brown's Profile

Hon. Nannette Jolivette Brown Related Seminars and Products

Chief Judge

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana by President Barack Obama and after the United States Senate confirmed her nomination by unanimous consent, she began active service on October 5, 2011. She was elevated to Chief Judge on May 25, 2018. Just prior to her appointment to the United States District Court, Judge Brown was Deputy Mayor and City Attorney for the City of New Orleans. Prior to that, she was a Partner with the firm of Chaffe McCall, LLP, where she had a varied practice in commercial and environmental litigation, as well as in real estate law and other transactional matters.

Judge Brown graduated from Tulane Law School with a Juris Doctor. She later served as a teaching fellow at Tulane Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic while pursuing an LLM in Energy and Environment. She also served as associate professor at Southern University Law Center and clinical professor at Loyola Law School, where she helped establish the Mediation Section of the Loyola College of Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice. Judge Brown has been honored with the Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award by the National Federal Bar Association and the Ernest Morial Award by the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. She has also been honored with the National Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Division Excellence in the Judiciary Award.

Jaclyn Hickman's Profile

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Liskow & Lewis

Jackie Hickman is an energy litigator who defends global exploration and production companies in a wide range of environmental and operational matters, including well-blowouts, legacy litigation, commercial disputes, expropriation/condemnation matters, and mass tort/exposure cases. 

As part of her practice, Jackie has managed all aspects of complex energy litigation from initial discovery through trial and appeal. Jackie has significant trial experience acting as second-chair of multiple mass-tort trials, conducting direct and cross examination of witnesses, and arguing motions and evidentiary objections. Jackie has also had significant success at the appellate level, including researching and writing successful briefs to Louisiana appellate courts and the U.S. Fifth Circuit.

Jackie earned her Juris Doctor and Degree in Comparative Law in 2014 from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, where she graduated magna cum laude. At LSU, Jackie was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and a trial advocacy competition champion. She received her bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College in 2005.

Matt Jones's Profile

Matt Jones Related Seminars and Products

Liskow & Lewis

Matt Jones has been trying cases for decades and in the energy space. He loves transforming complex cases into compelling narratives for judges and jurors. His experience is broad, deep, and it spans several states. He graduated from LSU Law in 1989, and he served as a law clerk to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. In his more than thirty years of practice, he has handled virtually every kind of oilfield dispute. He is also the third generation of his family to be involved in oil & gas. He is licensed in Louisiana and Texas.

Bryan Loocke's Profile

Bryan Loocke Related Seminars and Products

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Bryan Loocke is an accomplished transactional lawyer at Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Houston office. He represents public and private clients in a variety of domestic upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions. He is highly experienced in leading complex deals that require multidisciplinary teams.

Over the course of nearly two decades he has been involved in a wide range of transactions including drilling participation agreements, farmouts, operating agreements, gathering and transportation agreements, rig agreements, production payments, preferred equity investments and traditional and mezzanine financings.

Bryan has been recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer” in Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas, 2018-2020 by Legal 500 U.S., and by Chambers USA in Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) (Nationwide) in 2019 and 2020.

Melissa Munson's Profile

Melissa Munson Related Seminars and Products

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.

Erin Murphy's Profile

Erin Murphy Related Seminars and Products

Legacy Reserves Inc.

Erin Murphy is the Vice President – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Legacy Reserves Inc., an independent energy company engaged in the development, production, and acquisition of oil and gas properties in the Permian Basin, East Texas, Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent regions.

Prior to joining Legacy, Erin worked as a Managing Attorney for Ovintiv USA Inc. (fka Encana), where she provided legal and strategic advice to US and Canadian Operations, Land, EH&S, Regulatory Affairs, Supply Chain Management, Business Development, and other corporate stakeholders regarding a large variety of transactional, operational, regulatory, and litigation matters.  Before going in-house Erin worked at the private law firm Davis, Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado in their natural resources and litigation departments.

Erin received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, graduating summa cum laude, and double-majoring in Legal Studies and Political Science. She attended law school at the University of Wyoming College of Law, graduating Order of the Coif and serving as a publisher and editor for the Wyoming Law Review.

In her spare time Erin serves as a volunteer and Executive Board member for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, a national non-profit organization dedicated to delivering health and wellness education programs to those living with MS and their families.

Stacy Neal's Profile

Stacy Neal Related Seminars and Products

Managing Counsel

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Stacy is Managing Counsel at Occidental Petroleum Corporation in Houston, Texas.  Stacy manages and oversees litigation and arbitration matters on behalf of each of Oxy’s business units, including oil and gas, midstream and chemicals.  Stacy also provides pre-litigation counseling to Oxy’s business representatives and assists with electronic discovery, records retention and other matters.

Prior to joining Oxy, Stacy was a litigator at Vinson & Elkins in Houston where she litigated and arbitrated a wide variety of oil and gas and commercial disputes.

Tina Q. Nguyen's Profile

Tina Q. Nguyen Related Seminars and Products

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Tina Q. Nguyen represents plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in a variety of high-stakes, complex commercial matters. Her practice focuses on energy litigation, pension and ERISA matters, and real-estate defense.

Ms. Nguyen represents and advises energy clients on lease termination claims, royalty litigation, area of mutual interest provisions, and disputes arising from other oil and gas agreements. She also has extensive experience in pension and ERISA litigation, including defending class action claims of breach of fiduciary duties. Clients value Ms. Nguyen's ability to provide practical guidance based on her substantive legal experience and her skillful advocacy through trial and appeal.

Before joining Baker Botts, Ms. Nguyen was a law clerk to then Chief Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Stephanie Noble's Profile

Stephanie Noble Related Seminars and Products

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Stephanie is a trial lawyer who has litigated commercial matters in both state and federal courts across the country. She has experience representing clients in a wide array of cases, including energy, contract, shareholder, and construction disputes. Her experience also includes representing companies in international and domestic arbitrations, as well as administrative appeals. Stephanie is also actively involved in the Firm’s pro bono practice, through which she has represented individuals in asylum and family-law proceedings and advised local non-profits on various litigation and regulatory matters.

Tracey Rice's Profile

Tracey Rice Related Seminars and Products

Copeland & Rice LLP

I've spent my career as a trial attorney helping energy companies resolve complex business disputes inside and outside the courtroom. Clients value my focus on boiling complex issues down to the most important facts they need to make decisions -or that I will need to advocate successfully to a judge or jury. My clients and their business teams want direct, actionable solutions to facilitate their work. I have the experience and judgment to provide the concise, insightful advice sophisticated clients demand.

Honored as a Texas Rising Star, my litigation practice has spanned a broad range of commercial litigation issues, including breach of contract disputes, environmental and toxic tort matters, trade secret claims, personal injury and product liability cases, and white collar criminal investigations. Whether preparing cases for court, working side-by-side with corporate clients in their offices, or interviewing pipeline engineers, forensic accountants, or other experts in the field, my goal is always to help clients efficiently achieve success as they define it. 

My attention to business results and financial impact is rooted in my education and affinity for numbers. I graduated first in my class in Finance from the Business Honors Program at Texas A&M University. Later, applying that analytical approach to legal problem-solving, I attained my law degree from the University of Houston Law Center magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. I spent the first half of my career in the Litigation Department of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where I worked closely with Morgan Copeland. Now, as partners at Copeland & Rice LLP, we have the privilege of resolving complicated disputes by providing high quality legal services in a more flexible, less costly environment with fewer conflicts.
I previously served as a Board Member for Aurora Picture Show and enjoy spending time with my husband and three children. I also volunteer at Dress for Success Houston.

Christopher Richardson's Profile

Christopher Richardson Related Seminars and Products

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Chris Richardson is a partner in the Finance & Acquisitions Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. His practice has an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate financing and restructuring work. In connection with restructuring work, Mr. Richardson has substantial experience in Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters. He has worked with secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, and creditors’ committees in numerous Chapter 11 proceedings (Standard Metals, MiniScribe, Kaiser Steel, The Shane Company, Colorado-Ute Electric Association, Formus Communications, NII Holdings, Schwinn Bicycles, Gryphon Gold, American Eagle Energy, American Standard Energy, Atna Resources, Boomerang Systems, Linn Energy, III Exploration II, Augustus Energy, Lighthouse Resources, Extraction Oil & Gas, PetroShare, and Battalion Resources, among others). He has assisted clients and debtors in buying and selling companies out of Chapter 11, as well as reorganizing or liquidating debtor companies. He has represented purchasers of oil and gas assets in Chapter 11 Section 363 auctions in bankruptcy proceeding in Wyoming, Colorado, and Delaware.

Mr. Richardson’s corporate practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and financing work, primarily in the purchase and sale of privately held companies. Many of his transactions have been in connection with leveraged buyouts and buildups of platform or portfolio companies. In addition, he has substantial experience in transactions involving oil and gas and coal companies in both the context of purchase and sale transactions as well as in day-to-day operational matters. Mr. Richardson and his team of DGS lawyers recently completed the sale of an oil and gas refinery for a long-time client of the firm. He also has significant financing experience and has recently represented venture capital groups, institutional lenders, and equity participants in loan and restructuring matters. 

Bianca Roberson's Profile

Bianca Roberson Related Seminars and Products

Shell Oil Company

Bianca Roberson is Legal Counsel for Shell in the Contracts and Procurement group. Bianca collaborates with business partners in the drafting and negotiation of contracts for commercial projects globally. Prior to joining Shell, Bianca worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for three years. Bianca is a graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law where she received a Juris Doctorate in 2013.  Bianca is a member of the Houston Bar Association, the Executive Director of the Downtown Group, and President of the Young Energy Professional Committee. Bianca is also the Founder of WE WILL, a non-profit that seeks to access, educate, and inspire high achieving but underserved high school women about careers in law.

Bianca grew up in Texas City, Texas and after graduation attended Howard University in Washington, DC.  After graduating with a BBA in Finance, Bianca worked for two years on the commodities trading floor at Morgan Stanley in New York City.  Bianca is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc – a public service organization. Bianca has also worked extensively with Team in Training, which is the fundraising arm of the Leukemia and Lymphoma. Within her work with TNT, Bianca has completed several triathlons and marathons to raise money to fund cancer research.

Bianca is a true “foodie” and dotes a lot of time chasing her nine-year old daughter, Sloane, five-year-old son, Duke, and three-year old daughter, Ella.

Omar Samji's Profile

Omar Samji Related Seminars and Products

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Omar Samji is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice and Energy Industry Group.  His practice focuses on strategic transactions, private equity investments, joint ventures, and project development, with a particular emphasis on energy transition, low carbon energy, energy-related infrastructure, and midstream transactions. 

Clients describe Omar as a "very measured" lawyer who delivers "fantastic results” (Chambers USA). 

Matthew Sherwood's Profile

Matthew Sherwood Related Seminars and Products

Brown & Fortunato

Matt Sherwood is a shareholder at Brown & Fortunato, PC in Amarillo, Texas where he serves as the head of the firm’s Litigation Group. Matt is licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, the Northern District of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Matt is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. When Matt obtained his certification in Civil Trial Law, he became the youngest attorney in the state of Texas to hold both Board Certifications.

Matt’s practice includes representing individuals and businesses in numerous types of litigation matters, including oil and gas, contracts, construction, employment matters, personal injury, professional liability, products liability, real estate, tort, and insurance defense. In oil and gas matters, Matt regularly represents clients in production in paying quantity disputes, contract disputes, joint operating disputes, and oilfield injury claims.

Matt has tried more than two dozen cases to verdict and has handled numerous matters at the appellate level, as well. Matt’s success has led to his selection as a Rising Star by Texas Lawyer Magazine every year since 2012.

Nicholas Shum's Profile

Nicholas Shum Related Seminars and Products

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Nick is a trial lawyer who represents and advises clients in both litigation and arbitration. Nick has tried a range of commercial cases and, in recent years, has obtained jury verdicts of $96 million (net) and $60 million (net) and a take-nothing arbitration award on multi-million dollar claims for energy industry clients.   

Nick’s practice focuses on handling disputes in the energy industry, including a variety of oil and gas matters.  Nick also has significant experiencing handling antitrust, unfair competition, and trade secrets matters, M&A and PSA disputes, and other commercial disputes.

Matt Simmons's Profile

Matt Simmons Related Seminars and Products

Land Supervisor, Northern Region

Continental Resources, Inc.

Matt Simmons is a Land Supervisor with Continental Resources, Inc.  In this role, Matt is responsible for managing land professionals working within Continental’s Northern Region who perform a wide array of land functions such as leasing projects, acquisitions, divestitures, non-operated well activities and regulatory actions.  Matt has acted as a corporate representative in litigation on behalf of Continental.  Prior to Continental, Matt worked for Chesapeake Energy Corporation spending most of his time there as a Landman in Chesapeake’s South Texas Business Unit.  Matt’s ten years in oil and gas have allowed him to perform a variety of land duties for producing assets across the United States, including in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Montana, and North Dakota.

Prior to joining the oil and gas industry, Matt was an Agent for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and, in this capacity, he worked with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Matt has provided sworn testimony in State and Federal court as well as proceedings before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Matt received his B.A. from Mississippi State University in 2002 and his J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law in 2007.  He is a Certified Professional Landman and is licensed as an attorney in the States of Mississippi (inactive) and Kansas (active).            

Benjamin T. Sweet's Profile

Benjamin T. Sweet Related Seminars and Products



Ben Sweet serves as Counsel – Chevron Upstream Law, North America Litigation Management in Houston, Texas.  He currently works with a team of lawyers that handles all litigation involving Chevron’s upstream assets and operations in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, as well as offshore US.  Ben’s work focuses primarily on royalty matters, environmental disputes, and offshore decommissioning.  Prior to joining Chevron in 2019, Ben worked at the Houston office of Baker Botts L.L.P. for nine years. Ben is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D.) and Vanderbilt University (B.A.). 

Lindsey F. Swiger's Profile

Lindsey F. Swiger Related Seminars and Products

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Lindsey is a Senior Associate in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Houston Office. She is a projects lawyer, focusing on project development and financing, mergers, acquisitions, divestments and joint venture structuring. She has significant experience working with conventional and renewable energy corporate clients on the structuring, acquisition, development, expansion and divestment of domestic and international infrastructure projects.

Lindsey counsels and advises clients in the negotiation and drafting of engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) agreements, construction and asset management agreements, operating and maintenance and other service agreements, power purchase agreements, offtake agreements, feedstock supply agreements, joint operating agreements, joint venture arrangements (including corporate structuring and compliance considerations), common facilities agreements and asset and share purchase and sale agreements.

Lindsey is the co-chair of Norton Rose Fulbright’s US Energy Transition Associate Group.

Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Lindsey worked in-house at a major international integrated energy company.

Paul Trimble's Profile

Paul Trimble Related Seminars and Products

Trimble Law Group

As Founding Partner at Trimble Law Group, PLLC, Paul focuses his practice on upstream oil and gas issues of all variety, which include both litigation and oil and gas transactions. He regularly serves local and regional clients in this rapidly changing industry with emerging opportunities and risks as well as the challenges of competition and governmental regulation. Most of Paul’s career was spent with large regional firms, but he has also served as in-house counsel for a large oil and gas company in Oklahoma City.

Paul currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Law, teaching Oil and Gas at the OU Law School for the last two years and teaching Oil and Gas Regulation in the Masters of Legal Studies program.

Kyler K. Burgi's Profile

Kyler K. Burgi Related Seminars and Products

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Kyler Burgi is an associate in the Trial Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. His practice focuses on bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, complex commercial litigation, and toxic tort litigation.

Mr. Burgi has a diverse bankruptcy & creditors’ rights practice that spans multiple industries, including oil & gas, mining, real estate, retail, tech, and recreation. He helps lenders, borrowers, trade creditors, mechanics’ and oil and gas lien holders, and equity holders develop and implement strategies to navigate in-court and out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy proceedings, judicial and nonjudicial foreclosures, and receivership actions. Mr. Burgi defends clients against preference and fraudulent transfer claims in courts across the country. He also represents debtors and trustees in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies.