Oil & Gas Law Short Course

October 18-22, 2010 in Houston, Texas

Biographies updated 2/8/2010

Owen L. Anderson is the Eugene Kuntz Chair in Law in Oil, Gas & Natural Resources at The University of Oklahoma. He is licensed to practice law in North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas. He is co-editor of Cases and Materials on Oil & Gas Law, a leading casebook on United States oil and gas law, co-editor of International Petroleum Trans­actions, the only textbook on international petroleum transactions law, co-editor of the pocket parts to the treatise Kuntz on Oil and Gas Law, and co-editor of the treatise Waters and Water Rights. He has authored numerous articles on oil and gas law, and he is a frequent lecturer on oil and gas law and policy. He is a Trustee of RMMLF, a Trustee of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, an Advisory Board member of the International Oil and Gas Educational Center at the Center for American and International Law, a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and a member of the Oklahoma legal committee to the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission. He serves as an Editor of the Oil and Gas Reporter, as a Commissioner for the National Conference of Commis­sioners on Uniform State Laws, and as Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Title Standards. In 2002, Professor Anderson completed a project as Editor of a Model Well Service Contract, a Model Seismic Acquisition Contract, and accompanying Guidance Notes—a joint effort of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Petroleum Equipment & Suppliers Association, and the International Association of Geophysi­cal Contractors. His prior teaching experience includes Southern Methodist University, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas, The University of Calgary, The University of Oslo, Norway, the University of Dundee, Scotland, and his alma mater, The University of North Dakota. His energy law experience includes general counsel to the North Dakota Industrial (Oil and Gas Conservation) Commission and the North Dakota Board of University & School Lands, lawyer for Kerr-McGee Corporation, and a legal and policy consultant to the oil and gas industry. He was raised on a small grains and cattle farm in North Dakota.

Phillip D. Barber is a Member of Phillip D. Barber, P.C. in Denver, Colorado. Phil specializes in Trial Practice – Natural Resources Law. He earned his A.B., magna cum laude, with high distinction, from Dartmouth College in 1975; and his J.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1979. Phil was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1979, and to practice before the the U.S. Supreme Court in 1983. He is a Member of the Denver, Colorado, and American Bar Associations; and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He is co-author of Supplement to Natural Resource Damages: Law and Economics (1993); and Chapter XIX, “Administrative Procedures and Judicial Review,” Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases (Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 1985). He has spoken at numerous institutes, including: Natural Resources and Environmental Litigation Seminar, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 1985; Colorado Business Litigation: Strategies for Success, 1994; “Farmout Agreements and Joint Operating Agreements,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Oil and Gas Short Course 1994-02; and “Fundamental Issues in Oil and Gas Law in Colorado,” National Business Institute Seminar 1995. He was Editor of Colorado Methods of Practice, Oil and Gas Chapters, 2000-02. He speaks French fluently.

Laura H. Burney served as the Albert and Helen Herrmann Professor of Natural Resources Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law, where she began teaching in 1985. Her teaching areas included general property law, oil and gas, and water law. Professor Burney has taught in a variety of programs, including transnational study and training programs for Mexican lawyers and as a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law. She has written extensively on oil and gas legal issues, and is a frequent speaker at energy resources conferences and courses for attorneys and other professionals in the industry. Over the years, Ms. Burney has been involved in the litigation of oil and gas cases and has argued cases before appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Texas. She has also served as an arbitrator and as a testifying or consulting expert in a variety of cases in Texas, Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and other states. She received her B.A. from Trinity University and graduated from St. Mary's School of Law, with distinction, in 1984. Ms. Burney served on the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Council of the State Bar of Texas for nine years, completing her tenure as chair in 2005. She is now of counsel with The Law Offices of Luke C. Kellogg, P.C. in San Antonio, Texas.

John S. Dzienkowski is the John S. Redditt Professor in State & Local Government Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. John is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a high honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. While in law school, John served as the editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review and received the honors of a member in the UT Chancellors and the Order of the Coif. He served as a judicial law clerk for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Sneed (1983-84) and for District of Massa­chu­setts Judge Robert Keeton (1984-85). John began his teaching career at Tulane Law School in New Orleans and joined the Texas faculty in 1988. He was a visiting professor at the George Washington University School of Law (1992-93) and at Cornell Law School (1995). In Spring 2002, John visited the University of Florida Levin College of Law as the Hurst Eminent Visiting Scholar, and in Fall 2002, he visited the University of Alabama School of Law as the Francis Hare Visiting Chair in Tort Law. John teaches and writes in the areas of professional responsibility of lawyers, real property, international energy transactions, and oil and gas taxation. He is widely regarded as one of the most dynamic and effective speakers on topics of professional responsibility and he has delivered almost one hundred ethics presentations to in-house corporate departments, large and small law firms, state bar continuing legal education programs, and law faculties throughout this country. John is a two-term member of the drafting committee of the Multistate Profes­sion­al Responsibility Examination. In the area of professional responsibility of lawyers, John has authored leading articles on topics relating to conflicts of interest in lawyering: Positional Conflicts of Interest (71 Texas L. Rev. 457), Lawyers as Intermediaries (1992 Ill. L. Rev. 741), Multidisciplinary Practice of Law (69 Fordham L. Rev. 83) (with Bob Peroni), and Lawyer Equity Investments in Clients (81 Texas L. Rev. 405) (with Bob Peroni). He is the editor of the leading statutory supplement on Professional Responsibility: Standards, Rules, and Statutes and a co-author of a casebook on Professional Responsibility of Lawyers (1988 and 2002, with John Sutton). In the area of natural resources, John is a founding co-author of the first commercially produced casebooks on Natural Resources Taxation (1988) and International Petroleum Transactions (1993 and 2000). He is also the co-chair of a bi-annual UT Program on Oil and Gas Taxation co-sponsored with the Internal Revenue Service.

Monika Ehrman is Senior Counsel with Pioneer Natural Resources Company, in Dallas, Texas, where she supports the Barnett Shale, Eagle Ford, and Midcontinent asset groups, domestic energy marketing, and bankruptcy disputes/litigation.  She previously worked in the Dallas office of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, where she practiced oil and gas litigation and represented integrated and independent energy companies, as well as individual mineral interest owners.  Ms. Ehrman received her B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta; and later received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas.  Prior to law school, she worked as a petroleum engineer in the upstream, midstream, and pipeline sectors of the energy industry.  In addition to her experience with the technical aspects of the industry, she has also worked as an analyst in the areas of commodity risk management and energy trading.   Ms. Ehrman currently serves as Council Member on the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Council of the State Bar of Texas.  She has presented and written on a variety of energy topics.  Her publications include “Evaluate Twice, Elect to Consent Once: A Review of XTO Energy Inc. v. Smith Production Inc.”, Oil, Gas and Energy Res. Law Section Rep. (June 2010);"Duties of the Executive", The University of Texas School of Law 33rd Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute (2007) (coauthor with J. Robert Beatty); and "Competition is a Sin: The Evaluation and Effects of a Natural Gas OPEC", 27 Energy L.J. 175 (2006).

Bruce M. Kramer received a B.A. in International Relations from UCLA, a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, and an L.L.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Illinois College of Law. He is Maddox Professor of Law Emeritus, Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas and Of Counsel, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, Houston, Texas. Professor Kramer is the co-author of The Law and Pooling and Unitization (3d ed.), Williams and Meyers Oil and Gas Law (since 1996, Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (6th and 7th eds.) and International Petroleum Transactions. He is the author of numerous law review articles on oil and gas law including “The Sisyphean Task of Interpreting Mineral Deeds and Leases: An Encyclopedia of Canons of Construction and Royalty Interests in the United States: Not Cut From the Same Cloth.” He has been an editor of the Oil and Gas Reporter and was recently named the administrative editor of that publication.

John S. Lowe (Chair) is the George W. Hutchison Professor of Energy Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he teaches Oil and Gas Law and Oil and Gas Contracts. He is also an Honorary Lecturer and Principal Researcher of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He is a graduate of Denison University and Harvard Law School and a member of the bars of Texas, Oklahoma, and Ohio. Professor Lowe is author of Oil and Gas Law in a Nutshell (4th ed. West 2003); volumes 6, 7 and 7A of West’s Texas Forms (3d ed. West 1997); one of the editors of volume 28 of West’s Legal Forms (3rd ed. West 1997), Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (4th ed. West 2002), and International Petroleum Transactions (2d ed. Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fnd. 2000); the maintenance editor for West’s multi-volume treatise, Summers on Oil and Gas Law; and one of the maintenance editors for Kuntz Law of Oil and Gas. Professor Lowe is a past President and a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and Vice Chair of the Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law. He is also a Past Chair of the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources of the American Bar Association, and a former member of the Council of the Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Section of the Texas State Bar. He is one of the editors of the Oil and Gas Reporter, and a frequent continuing education speaker, expert witness, and legal consultant, as well as a member of arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association and the Center for Public Resources’ Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Patrick H. Martin is Campanile Professor of Mineral Law and has taught at Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge since 1977. From 1982-84 he served as the Commissioner of Conservation for the State of Louisiana. Prior to joining the faculty at LSU, Professor Martin taught at the University of Tulsa Law School. Before entering teaching, he was a staff attorney with Gulf Oil Corporation in New Orleans. Professor Martin holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Louisiana State Univer­sity and a J.D. degree from the Duke University Law School. His publications include Pooling and Unitization (with B. Kramer, 1989) and Williams & Meyers Oil and Gas Law (update and revision author with B. Kramer, 2002) and three casebooks, Juris­prudence: Text and Readings on the Philosophy of Law (with Christie, 1995), Oil and Gas Cases and Materials (with Maxwell and Kramer, 2002) and Economic Regulation: Energy, Transportation and Utilities (with Pierce and Allison, 1980) as well as numerous articles on oil and gas law and energy regulation. He is a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and a member of the Board of Editors of the Oil & Gas Reporter. Professor Martin has also served as an arbitrator, mediator and consultant in the oil and gas industry.

Robert J. Personi is the James A. Elkins Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of federal taxation (including natural resource taxation and international taxation), law and economics, and professional responsibility and legal ethics. He is a frequent speaker at academic conferences and continuing legal education programs throughout the country. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and five books, including, with Anderson, Dzienkowski, Lowe, Pierce, and Smith, the most recent edition of Hemingway’s treatise on Oil and Gas Law and Taxation (published by the West Group in 2004). He earned a BSC from DePaul University; a JD from Northwestern University; and an LLM (in Taxation) from New York University. Past appointments: Jack N. Pritzker Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Fall 2006, Northwestern University School of Law; J. Landis Martin Visiting Professor of Law and Business, 2002-03, Northwestern University School of Law; Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law, 1992-2003, Professor of Law, 1989-2003, George Washington University Law School; Visiting Professor of Law, Spring 2001, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Visiting Professor of Law, Spring 1995, UCLA School of Law; Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Spring 1989, NYU School of Law; Associate Professor of Law, 1984-89, Assistant Professor of Law, 1981-84, Tulane University School of Law; Professor-in-Residence, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel, Washington, D.C., 1985-86; Instructor in Taxation, 1980-81, New York University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation Program; associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, San Francisco, 1978-79; associate, Jenner & Block, Chicago, 1976-78. Selected publications: Taxation of Business Enterprises (with S. Bank & G. Coven) (West Group 3d ed. 2006); Taxation of International Transactions (with C. Gustafson & R. Pugh) (West Group 3d ed. 2006); “Exploring the Contours of a Proposed U.S. Exemption (Territorial) Tax System,” Tax Notes and Tax Notes International (with J. Fleming) (2005); “Reform and Simplification of the U.S. Foreign Tax Credit Rules,” Tax Notes and Tax Notes International (with J. Fleming and S. Shay) (2003); “The Decline in Lawyer Independence: Lawyer Equity Investments in Clients,” Texas Law Review (with J. Dzienkowski) (2002); “What’s Source Got to Do With It?”—Source Rules and U.S. International Taxation,” Tax Law Review (with J. Fleming and S. Shay) (2002); “Multidisciplinary Practice and the American Legal Profession: A Market Approach to Regulating the Delivery of Legal Services in the Twenty-First Century,” Fordham Law Review (with J. Dzienkowski) (2000); Three-Volume Treatise, U.S. International Taxation (with J. Kuntz) (Warren, Gorham & Lamont 1992); Natural Resource Taxation: Principles and Policies (with J. Dzienkowski) (Carolina Academic Press 1988.

David E. Pierce is a Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law where he teaches Oil and Gas Law, Advanced Oil and Gas Law, Energy Law, Contracts, and Hazardous Waste Regulation. Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Pierce was an oil and gas attorney for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas and a Research Fellow at the University of Utah’s Energy Law Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to that he practiced law in Kansas. Professor Pierce holds a B.A. degree from Kansas State College of Pittsburg, a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law, and an LL.M. (Energy Law) from the University of Utah College of Law. Professor Pierce is a member of the American Law Institute. Professor Pierce is a co-author of Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (West 4th ed. 2002) (with Professors John S. Lowe, Owen L. Anderson, and Ernest E. Smith), an upkeep/revisions co-author for Kuntz on the Law of Oil and Gas (Anderson 1998) (with Professors John S. Lowe, Owen L. Anderson, and Ernest E. Smith), and the author of the Kansas Oil and Gas Handbook (KBA 1986).

Doug Wall is Associate General Counsel, Domestic Operations for Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. in Denver, Colorado.  He is responsible for various legal matters involving the company’s oil and gas exploration and production activities in the Rockies and supports the company’s domestic marketing activities.  Prior to joining Pioneer, he was an attorney with Holme Roberts & Owen in Denver.  He received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wyoming.  Prior to law school, he was a Captain in the Military Intelligence branch of the United States Army. 

Jacqueline L. Weaver is the A.A. White Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center.  She received her B.A., Harvard University; Ph.C., University of California at Los Angeles; and J.D., University of Houston.  Professor Weaver is an alumna of the Law Center, having graduated magna cum laude in 1975. In 1977 she joined the faculty and has taught courses in Oil and Gas, Energy Law and Policy, International Petroleum Transactions, Natural Resources, Water, and Environmental law. She recently won the University of Houston Teaching Excellence award for 2005-2006.  Professor Weaver is a co-author of the leading treatise on Texas oil and gas law and of the casebook titled "Energy, Economics and the Environment." She has written numerous articles on oil and gas law and energy policy, including an article on Enron's effect on energy markets. She was the Director of the Russian Petroleum Legislation Project in 1990-1991, blending academic and organizational skills to draft a model petroleum code for the new Russian Federation, with the participation of the World Bank, the European Bank, major oil companies, and Russian academics and officials.


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