66th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute

Speakers & committee

Program Chair

CONNIE ROGERS is the founder and principal of Terra Law Group, LLC, in Golden, Colorado. Connie helps clients navigate complex regulatory regimes and environmental reviews, with an emphasis on compliance with U.S. federal land management statutes, the National Environmental Policy Act, species protection statutes, federal Indian law, cultural resource and religious freedom concerns, and international human rights and indigenous peoples issues. Connie previously served as Deputy Solicitor for Energy and Mineral Resources at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she was the lead lawyer on issues relating to the development of renewable and conventional energy and mineral resources.  Connie is a former trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and a frequent speaker at the Annual Institute and Special Institutes. Connie is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Native American Law (twice as Lawyer of the Year for Native American Law in Denver), in Who’s Who Legal: Mining, Denver Business Journal’s list of Top Women in Energy, and by Chambers USA for Natural Resources & Environment. Connie graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Corporate Counsel Co-Chairs

BARBARA F. FULLMER is Vice President and Chief Counsel for ConocoPhillips Alaska, a business unit of ConocoPhillips Company. Her practice encompasses oil and gas exploration and production plus oil and gas transportation matters in Alaska. Prior to working at ConocoPhillips, Barbara was a partner in a private firm focusing on natural resources issues. She also worked for the State of Alaska in the Department of Law and the Department of Natural Resources. In a prior life, she was a petroleum engineer for ten years in the Lower 48 and Alaska. Barbara serves on the board of the Armed Services YMCA – Alaska. 

TIMOTHY R. CANON is an attorney with Ovintiv Services Inc., where he works primarily on midstream and marketing matters. Tim was previously an associate with Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, where his practice covered upstream and midstream oil and gas contracts and transactional matters, oil and gas title examinations, and federal lands matters. Tim obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2010 and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2013. He is an active participant in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; he has co-authored several papers, has written numerous articles for the Foundation’s Mineral Law Newsletter, and currently serves on the Publications Committee.

Environmental Co-Chairs

ANN NAVARO is a partner at Bracewell LLP.  She advises on and litigates under the federal laws and policies governing natural resources and the environment. After more than 25 years as a litigator and policy advisor for the federal government, she brings exceptional insight and acumen to clients seeking to build, operate, and maintain infrastructure, produce valuable natural resources, or improve government policies and programs affecting their businesses. Ms. Navaro has held senior legal and policy positions at the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Department of the Interior, including most recently as Counselor to the Solicitor at the Department of the Interior. She spent more than 10 years as a trial lawyer in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the US Department of Justice, as well as 10 years litigating and ultimately managing all civil works litigation for the Army Corps.  At Bracewell, Ms. Navaro supports clients—including infrastructure developers and companies active in the upstream, pipeline, renewables, power transmission, and LNG sectors—on project siting and operation; permitting and enforcement under federal wetland, habitat and resource statutes; and related regulatory issues, policy advocacy, and litigation.

DAVID L. SCHWAN is the Managing Counsel at Concho Resources Inc., and has worked for Concho since October 2014. Before joining Concho, Mr. Schwan was a law clerk to the Honorable Gray H. Miller of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. Mr. Schwan was a commercial litigation associate in King & Spalding’s Houston office from 2006-2012. More recently Mr. Schwan has been a Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Mass Torts Committee within the Section of Litigation since August 2018. At the 2015 ABA Joint CLE Seminar, Mr. Schwan moderated a panel on hydraulic fracturing entitled “Fracked Up! – A Case Study on the Interaction of Layered Fracking Laws and Regulations in Different States.” At the 2018 ABA Joint CLE Seminar, Mr. Schwan spoke on a panel regarding regulatory changes in the new presidential administration entitled “Reality Check: Goals for Regulatory Streamlining During the Current Administration.” Lastly, Mr. Schwan was the seminar co-chair for the 2020 Joint CLE Seminar in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Mr. Schwan is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and he currently resides in Houston, Texas with Paul, his very understanding partner, and Walter, their German Shepherd.

International Co-Chairs

DIANA SANCLEMENTE is a partner at Sancelemente Fernandez Abogados So.A. in Bogota, Columbia. For 29 years, her practice has focused on the energy sector, mining, and major oil and gas projects in Colombia. In the last year, she has been involved in the conversion of TEA’s to E&P’s offshore contracts between IOC’s and the Colombian Agency of Hydrocarbons (ANH), offshore studies proposals with services companies, asset acquisition for oil and service companies, unconventional reservoirs studies, and helping service companies in performing all type of hydrocarbon onshore and offshore services. Diana is currently ranked in Chambers and Partners Leading Lawyers for Business (The Client’s Guide), as well as in Who’s Who Legal: Energy, which in 2015 listed her as one of 10 Colombian lawyers ranked within the best 208 energy lawyers globally. She co-wrote the Colombian chapter of Latin American Upstream Oil and Gas, published by the UK’s Globe Law and Business. After being Latin American regional director for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) for the past three years, she was appointed in 2018 VP of Regions in the same organisation. In addition, Georgetown University has selected her as a member of the Latin American law alumni advisory board at Georgetown Law.

CHARLES KAZAZ is a partner at Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP and is based in both Montréal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario. Charles specializes in mining law and practices in all aspects of environmental law. Charles advises mining companies on a wide range of commercial, land, and regulatory mining issues, including mine acquisitions and divestitures, mine reclamation and closure issues, earn-ins, joint ventures, regulatory compliance, mineral rights concerns, and indigenous rights issues and agreements. He has extensive expertise in environmental aspects of corporate, commercial, and property transactions, project development, regulatory compliance, and liability issues. He also advises businesses with regard to contaminated property, permitting, investigations and enforcement, environmental assessments, waste management issues, regulatory compliance, and defending environmental prosecutions. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in all major legal directories and ranking publications, including The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Mining) and Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Environment).

Landman's Chair

ALEX B. CAMPBELL is an owner/shareholder and Vice President of Land & Business Development at Enduring Resources, LLC. A Colorado native, Alex earned his BA/BS and MBA from Colorado State University. During his 30 years as a petroleum land manager, Alex has been an active member of numerous professional organizations, is a Life Member of the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, and was the recipient of the 1996 Landman of the Year award. He has been an active member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and serves as the DAPL/RMMLF Landman Trustee. Alex is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Western Energy Alliance, and serves on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association and the Independent Producers Association of New Mexico. During his distinguished Land career, Alex has been a member of the Board of Directors of Esenjay Exploration, Inc., Aspect Energy, LLC, and Core Resources, LLC. Alex is an expert in federal and state regulatory issues, as well as the entire range of land management challenges that accompany acquisitions, divestitures, and active unconventional drilling programs in the Rocky Mountain region. 

Mining Co-Chairs

VIRGINIA K. SCHWEITZER is the Co-Managing Partner of Fasken’s Ottawa office. She practices in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities, mining, energy and technology law. Regularly advising clients on public offerings, including IPOs, in Canada and the United States, Virginia has also assisted with private placements for mining, technology, and biotechnology clients. Her expertise also extends to negotiating mergers, takeovers, and acquisitions on behalf of both public and non-public companies. She works closely with her mining clients on joint venture agreements, option agreements, and royalty arrangements. Acting for various public companies, Virginia has advised clients including Ur-Energy Inc., BluMetric Environmental Inc., Aura Silver Resources Inc., Enablence Technologies Inc. and Intouch Insight Ltd. Virginia is the editor of the Canadian mining law chapters of LexisNexis’ American Law of Mining. The American Law of Mining is comprehensive guide used by mining lawyers and professionals, addressing all facets of mining law, including key Canadian aspects. Virginia is the Co-Chair of the Mining Section of the 66th Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute. Virginia volunteers, as a leader, with Girl Guides of Canada and enjoys camping, canoeing and snowshoeing.

JEFF N. FAILLERS is a partner at Erwin Thompson Faillers in Reno, Nevada. His practice includes business, corporate, real estate, and natural resources law with an emphasis on the representation of natural resource exploration and operating companies. Jeff handles complex transactions and mining-related matters, including property and corporate due diligence; project financing; title examination, reports, and legal opinions; business, property, and water right acquisition and disposition; and land-use entitlements. Prior to practicing law, he worked as an independent mineral landman where he assisted clients in the negotiation and acquisition mineral properties throughout the western United States. Jeff currently serves as a trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Oil & Gas Co-Chairs

KEVIN C. ABBOTT has over 35 years of experience representing all aspects of the oil and gas industry in trial and appellate courts. As a partner at Reed Smith LLP in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kevin began the firm’s oil and gas litigation practice, building a team of lawyers and paralegals who worked together to win numerous cases in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and other states.  In January 2020, Kevin opened his solo practice to provide litigation consulting and act as an arbitrator and mediator in energy disputes. Kevin has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Energy Law, as a Top Rated Lawyer in Energy Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell, and was the recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times Energy Leadership Award. In addition to his energy practice, Kevin has tried numerous libel cases for newspapers and other media. Kevin also serves as Professor of Practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, teaching courses in oil and gas law and media law.  From 2015-2019, he served as the University’s first executive director of the Energy Law & Policy Institute. Kevin is a trustee for both Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.

ANDREW J. (DREW) CLOUTIER is a partner in the Roswell, NM office of Hinkle Shanor LLP. He tries a variety of oil and gas cases, including administrative proceedings, for both the upstream and midstream segments of the oil and gas industry. Drew served as President of the State Bar of New Mexico in 2013 and as President of the Western States Bar Conference in 2018. He is also a long-time volunteer in Scouts BSA and served as a Scoutmaster of Troop 149 in Roswell for seven years and President of the Conquistador Council for five years. Drew and his wife, Carrie-Leigh, are co-handlers of a trained courthouse dog named Zia who comforts children who are victims of and witnesses to crime while testifying or being interviewed.

Public Lands Chair

NORA PINCUS is a partner in the Salt Lake City and Denver offices of Dorsey and Whitney. Nora is nationally recognized for her experience guiding mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, and agricultural companies through complicated transactions. Her practice focuses on representing clients in high value asset transactions, financings, and project development/build-out. Nora has substantial experience managing multi-disciplinary teams in major M&A transactions from due diligence to closing. She is an expert on the public land laws of the United States, working in tandem with regulatory and commercial teams in facilitating environmentally responsible development on public lands. Nora also helps clients in the ranching and agricultural sectors reach their commercial and conservation goals. Nora’s clients include domestic and international mining and energy companies, renewable energy developers, multinational agricultural corporations, national banks, and private equity funds. Nora received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and her law degree from the University of Denver.  Outside of work, Nora enjoys spending time outdoors skiing, biking and running. 

Water Chair

MICHELLE BRYAN is a Professor of Law and teaches water law and other environmental law courses in the Natural Resources & Environmental Law Program at the University of Montana School of Law. After a childhood spent in farming, ranching, and energy development communities in the West, she embarked on a career in natural resources law and policy. Her first position was as a policy specialist for the Montana Water Center, where she worked on issues involving water rights and mining impacts to water quality. After obtaining her law degree, she worked in private practice representing a variety of clients including local governments, private landowners, non-profits, developers, and affected neighbors and community groups. She now brings this diverse experience to her teaching and scholarship within the academy. Professor Bryan’s current research interests include the protection of tribal sacred waters, the relationship between land use and water use, and the role of public trust in water use.

Speakers

AMY ABDO is a seasoned trial attorney at Fennemore Craig in Phoenix, Arizona, who brings results-oriented commitment to every matter. Her approach is pragmatic, strategic, organized and efficient. Adept at leading legal teams, she has wide-ranging experience in business litigation, professional liability defense, employment law, public records law, and complex e-discovery issues. Amy is licensed to practice in Arizona, Nevada and California. She is experienced in all phases of litigation including bench and jury trials, arbitration, mediation, administrative proceedings and investigations. She represents businesses in complex commercial and employment matters, and she frequently litigates covenants not to compete, confidentiality and other restrictive covenants, often in compressed evidentiary proceedings. She represents leading law firms and attorneys in the defense of professional liability claims.  Amy is recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Southwest Super Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation and is rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

PAULA HOWELL ANDERSON is a partner in Shearman and Sterling’s Litigation practice. Her experience is broad, with an international focus, and encompasses Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations, global anti-corruption, sanctions and AML compliance, complex commercial litigation, cross-border disputes, and M&A-related litigation. She has led monitorship teams for the FCPA compliance monitorships of York International and Baker Hughes, and has conducted anti-corruption investigations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Before joining the firm, Ms. Anderson served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Diane Lebedeff, New York Supreme Court in 1999.  In 2012, she was awarded the National Organization of Women’s “2012 Women of Power and Influence Award,” and was named to Crain’s NY Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list of top achievers under the age of 40. In 2014, Ms. Anderson was named to Global Investigations Review’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list of the world’s leading investigations specialists. Ms. Anderson has also been recognized by the Council of Urban Professionals (“CUP”) as a 2014 CUP Catalyst Change Agent in Law for her extraordinary professional achievements and service to the community. In 2018, she was named one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine.

KATHRYN CAMERON ATKINSON is the Chair of Miller & Chevalier. Her practice focuses on corporate investigations and defense, transactional counseling, and compliance. She advises clients in a wide range of industries on the design and implementation of tailored international regulatory compliance programs, including performing compliance due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, performing compliance audits and assessments, training Boards of Directors, employees and third parties, and designing tailored safeguards in complex business transactions and relationships. Ms. Atkinson has twice been selected as a government-appointed Independent Compliance Monitor pursuant to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs), for ZimmerBiomet and KBR, Inc.  Ms. Atkinson is a frequent speaker on anti-corruption compliance, and has served as faculty in the CEELI Institute’s Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption training program for foreign enforcement officials. She was named to Who’s Who Legal “Thought Leaders” (2019), Global Investigation Review's “Women in Investigations 2015.” Latinvex’s “Latin America's Top 100 Female Lawyers: FCPA and Fraud” (2017-2019), and the Ethisphere Institute's “Attorneys Who Matter” lists. “The ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’ Kathryn Cameron Atkinson 'brings a great approach to difficult situations,’” notes Chambers USA and Chambers Global, where she is ranked Band 2 in FCPA (Nationwide).

NICOLLE SNYDER BAGNELL is a partner at Reed Smith LLP where she serves as Vice Chair of the firm’s global Energy & Natural Resources Group. Nicolle focuses on litigation and regulatory issues regarding natural gas production, transportation and storage. She represents natural gas companies in a variety of litigation including lease disputes, royalty class actions, dormant mineral act claims, condemnations, encroachments and contract issues, as well as counsels clients on a variety of environmental matters including permitting and permit disputes, and provides advice on shale transactions. In addition to her trial work, Nicolle has argued before state appellate and supreme courts as well as before panels of the Third and Fourth Circuits. Nicolle graduated from Harvard University, cum laude, in Environmental Science and Public Policy in 1998 and received her J.D. and Masters in Environmental Science from Duke University in 2001. Nicolle was named a “Fast Tracker” by the Pittsburgh Business Times; a Law360 “Rising Star” three times; a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers; a Business Women First award recipient by the Pittsburgh Business Times; and one of the “Pennsylvania Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council.

OSCAR BENAVIDES is a partner at Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados and focuses his practice on transactional and regulatory work for mining projects. He has over 20 years of experience advising clients on project finance and M&A, as well as structuring, negotiating, and executing exploration, joint venture, and mining project investment contracts. He has been consistently recognized as a leading mining lawyer by international and local publications such as Legal500, Chambers & Partners, Latin Lawyer, among others; and is included in the “Global Elite Thought Leader 2020” list by Who’s Who Legal among the 24 most renowned mining practitioners in the world. Oscar is member of the board of the Canada-Peru Chamber of Commerce, holds an LLM from the University of Denver, USA – Master in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and was grantee of the Jan M. and Marjorie G. Laitos Scholarship in Natural Resources.

JENNIFER BIEVER is a director at Lewis, Bess, Williams & Weese P.C. She is one of the leading legal experts nationally and in the Rocky Mountain region on methane and related emissions from the oil and gas industry. Jennifer recently worked with industry, environmental stakeholders and the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division to develop a first-of-its-kind emissions monitoring framework for the natural gas transmission sector and plays a significant role in Colorado’s ongoing oil and gas rulemakings and stakeholder processes. Jennifer assists in evaluating, commenting on, and contesting state and federal regulatory regimes affecting environmental requirements and compliance, and her wealth of knowledge and experience allows her to assist companies in the implementation of compliance evaluation programs, handling of environmental enforcement matters, permitting of significant and comprehensive natural resource projects, and litigation related to such permitting actions. Jennifer has represented several companies in enforcement by state and federal agencies with respect to emissions from oil and gas storage tank facilities.

BERGLIND HALLDORSDOTTIR BIRKLAND is a member of Debevoise & Plimpton’s International Dispute Resolution Group. Ms. Birkland’s practice includes representing clients in investor-state and international commercial arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and the ICC International Court of Arbitration. She has significant experience advising clients in the natural resources sector — including in the mining, oil and gas, and energy industries — regarding their rights under investment treaties, contracts with states and state-owned entities, and general international law. Ms. Birkland’s recent representations include, among others, acting on behalf of Tethyan Copper Company—jointly owned by Antofagasta Minerals and Barrick Gold—in its US$6 billion arbitration win against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and advising another international mining company in a $900 million dispute under the terms of a Free Trade Agreement. Ms. Birkland holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a notes editor of the New York University Law Review.  Ms. Birkland has made contributions to a number of legal publications, including the ICSID Review.

ALLYSON BOIES is the Vice President of Land at Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. Since joining Extraction in 2013, Mrs. Boies held various positions, most recently as Land Director. In her current role, Mrs. Boies leads a dynamic team of landmen responsible for acquisitions and divestitures that allow for responsible growth and execution of Extraction’s corporate strategy. Prior to joining Extraction, Mrs. Boies worked for both Forest Oil and Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City. Through her involvement in both the land and legal departments of these companies, Mrs. Boies developed a unique respect for the intersection of legal and land transactions at an exploration and production company. Mrs. Boies is able to use her experience at the nexus of land and legal to deftly maneuver between both worlds. Mrs. Boies received her law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree is Public Policy from Southern Methodist University.

AUSTIN BRISTER represents oil and gas companies and landowners in upstream oil and gas litigation, including mineral and leasehold title disputes, surface trespass and damages, royalty calculation and payment disputes, operator/non-operator disputes, removal of operator, lease termination/perpetuation disputes, retained acreage and proration unit issues, and an array of other issues in the upstream oil and gas sector. Austin has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in courtrooms across Texas. Austin strives to find practical business solutions, but if necessary he works hard to implement aggressive strategies in the courthouse. Austin is licensed in Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, and North Dakota. Austin is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Young Professionals Committee. Austin frequently publishes articles and gives presentations on oil and gas issues, including articles and presentations for the Texas Oil and Gas Law Journal, Law360, Texas State Bar, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Wyoming Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, Wyoming College of Law, University of Texas, South Texas College of Law, American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Landman Magazine, National Association of Division Order Analysts, National Association of Lease and Title Analysts, and numerous local chapters of landman and lawyer associations.

SHARON BUCCINO is a Senior Attorney and Director of the Land program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Originally from central Florida, Ms. Buccino has spent over 25 years in NRDC’s Washington DC office. Her current work focuses on energy policy and transparent government. Ms. Buccino actively litigates in federal court and advocates before federal agencies and Congress. Working with 16 Indian Nations, she secured a recent court victory against the Federal Communications Commission. The action preserved environmental and historic review for the siting of cell towers and other wireless infrastructure. Ms. Buccino also led NRDC’s successful litigation under the Freedom of Information Act to force disclosure of the Cheney Energy Task Force papers. These documents exposed industry influence in shaping the fossil fuel agenda of the Bush-Cheney Administration. Ms. Buccino has expertise in numerous federal laws including the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Before joining NRDC, Ms. Buccino practiced environmental and administrative law with a private firm in Washington, DC. She also served as a law clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court.

LINDA M. BULLEN is a solo practitioner whose practice emphasizes environmental and energy law with an emphasis on renewable energy development in the Southwestern U.S. She assists her clients from siting through flipping the switch, and has been counsel to roughly forty renewable energy projects, primarily photovoltaic solar projects, on federal, state, municipal and private lands. Because of the preponderance of federal lands in the Southwest, her practice includes an emphasis on National Environmental Policy Act issues. Linda began her environmental law practice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Assistant Regional Counsel, Region V, Chicago from 1986-1988 and in the Chicago-based international law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery from 1988-1994. She served as an Assistant Attorney General in Minnesota from 1994-1997. She practiced in Nevada with the law firm of Lionel Sawyer & Collins from 2001 to 2014, specializing in environmental and energy matters. She began Bullen Law, LLC in 2015. Top-ranked in Chambers USA for Environmental Law, Chambers described Linda as “a superior environmental lawyer.” She has an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell directory and holds the distinction of being the first Nevada attorney to be invited to join the American College of Environmental Lawyers. 

MARCELLA BURKE is a partner in the Washington, DC and Houston offices of King and Spalding. She previously served at the U.S. Department of the Interior as the Deputy Solicitor for Energy and Natural Resources, and Senior Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. In these roles, Marcella was lead counsel for Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation (OSMRE), all of which oversee management of federal lands, rulemakings, enforcement matters, decommissioning and other end of life asset liability matters, and high-stakes, complex incident responses and disputes.

JIM BUTLER is a shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer working in Reno and Salt Lake City. Jim has been helping clients in environmental, mining, public land, and natural resources areas since 1988. His experiences include mine permitting and appeals for more than sixty mining and exploration projects, the application and interpretation of the National Environmental Policy Act and environmental due diligence in mining transactions. Jim is admitted to practice in Utah and Nevada, and before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has testified before the United States Senate twice on mining law reform legislation. Jim was the Program Chair for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s 51st Annual Institute in 2005. He has taught at several Mining Law Short Courses and presented numerous papers at annual and special institutes on mining related topics. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Utah Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen H. Anderson of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

ANNE J. CASTLE is a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado Law School, focusing on western water policy issues, including Colorado River management, integration of land use and water planning, and alternatives to permanent agricultural dry-up. From 2009 to 2014, she was Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior where she oversaw water and science policy for the Department and had responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey. While at Interior, Castle spearheaded the Department’s WaterSMART program, which provides federal leadership on the path toward sustainable water supplies and was the driving force behind a multi-agency MOU addressing sustainable hydropower. Castle also provided hands-on leadership on Colorado River issues and was the Chair of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group and a champion of Minute 319 between the US and Mexico. Castle is a recovering lawyer, having practiced water law for 28 years with the Rocky Mountain law firm of Holland & Hart.

ASHLEY G. CHRYSLER is an associate at Warner Norcross + Judd, a full service law firm with over 200 attorneys in Michigan. Ashley works out of Warner’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. She has extensive experience in mining and natural resource litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative tribunals, with a focus on wetland and Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting. She counsels mining and natural resource development clients on litigation, permitting strategy, and other aspects of project development. Ashley received her B.A. in Political Science/Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University in 2012 and her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law in 2015.

ROBIN KUNDIS CRAIG is the James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and affiliated faculty of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment and the Global Change and Sustainability Center. She also serves on the Executive Board of the University of Utah’s Water Center. Craig specializes in all things water, including the climate change and water; the food-water-energy nexus; water quality and water allocation law; and marine protected areas and marine spatial planning. She is the author, co-author, or editor of 11 books and over 100 law or science articles and book chapters. Craig is an elected member of American Law Institute and a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law. Her comments on contemporary marine, water, and climate change issues have been quoted in National Geographic, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other news outlets. At the University of Utah, she teaches Environmental Law, Water Law, Ocean & Coastal Law, Toxic Torts, Property, and Civil Procedure.

WENDY BOWDEN CROWTHER has practiced water resource law since 2000. She is currently a shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer and member of the firm’s Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources practice group. Her practice focuses on natural resources and environmental law with an emphasis on water law and related litigation. Ms. Crowther represents water conservancy district, special service districts, municipalities, water companies and individual water right holders.  Ms. Crowther regularly appears before the Utah State Engineer, the District Court, and the Federal Court. She has completed numerous water right transactions and is experienced in both reclamation law and condemnation litigation. Ms. Crowther has also represented clients in matters dealing with the Clean Water Act.

DANIEL P. ETTINGER is a partner at Warner Norcross + Judd, a full service law firm with over 200 attorneys in Michigan. Dan works out of Warner’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of mining and natural resource development, environmental law and litigation, including Clean Water Act matters, NEPA and NHPA compliance, and administrative law, with a special focus on issues related to Native American tribes and cultural resources. Dan advises mining and natural resource development clients regarding environmental permitting and other regulatory compliance. He also advises them regarding tribal engagement and consultation, compliance with laws aimed at protecting tribal interests and resources, such as NHPA, and other cultural resource issues that can arise in the course of permitting a development project. Dan also has extensive experience representing mining and other natural resource development companies in federal and state courts, and before administrative tribunals. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Tufts University in 1991 and his J.D. from Duke University in 1995.

MARK FINLEY is the Fellow in Energy and Global Oil at Rice University's Baker Institute. He has 35 years of experience working at the intersections of energy, economics, and public policy. Before joining the Institute, Finley was a senior economist at BP, where he led the production of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, the world’s longest-running compilation of objective global energy data. He also led the global oil market and transportation sector analyses for the long-term BP Energy Outlook. Before joining BP, Finley was an analyst and manager at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, where he assessed the implications for U.S. strategic interests of developments in global oil and other energy markets. Finley is a senior fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. He has held leadership roles in the International Association for Energy Economics, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Conference of Business Economics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he sits on the external advisory board of the University of Michigan Energy Institute. Finley is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University and the George Washington University.

JILL FULCHER is a shareholder at Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. She joined the firm in February 2014 and where she focuses her practice on representing companies before state and local regulatory bodies. Before joining Beatty & Wozniak, Jill worked as a title attorney, authoring drilling and division order title opinions for lands in the Rocky Mountain region, and performing due diligence for acquisitions and divestitures. Now, Jill primarily represents oil and gas companies before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she has garnered hundreds of favorable orders for her clients pertaining to drilling and spacing units, increased well density, statutory pooling, unitization, and well location requirements. Jill has also been involved in nearly every contested hearing before the COGCC concerning disputes over operatorship, and has represented oil and gas companies in appeals of final agency action. In addition to assisting oil and gas companies in adjudicatory hearings before state agencies, Jill has represented oil and gas companies and trade associations in a number of rulemakings before the COGCC, and has successfully testified against proposed anti-oil and gas legislation before the Colorado General Assembly. 

ROY W. FULLER works as an attorney-advisor with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, in Washington, D.C, where he advises the Bureau of Land Management in matters involving implementation of the Mining Law of 1872, the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, the Materials Act of 1947, and other federal statutes. Before joining the Solicitor’s Office in December 2015, Mr. Fuller served as environmental counsel for several mining and exploration companies, and as an associate attorney at Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite in Phoenix. During law school, he was an intern at the Solicitor's Office in Salt Lake City. Mr. Fuller received his J.D. from the University of Utah, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Journal of Land, Resources, & Environmental Law. He has a Master of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Brigham Young University. He has a lifelong interest in geology and other natural sciences and has taught introductory geology classes at a community college in Arizona.

ASHLEY GARBER is General Counsel of Nine Point Energy, LLC. Ashley provides legal support in the areas of day-to-day oil and gas operations, litigation, acquisitions and divestitures, equity and debt financings, corporate governance, and corporate secretarial functions. Ashley also manages the human resources department and advises on corporate strategy and business plans. She joined Nine Point Energy, LLC’s predecessor company Triangle USA Petroleum Corporation in 2012 as its Associate Counsel, becoming its General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2014. Before joining Triangle USA Petroleum Corporation, Ashley served as Assistant General Counsel for Kinder Morgan Energy Partners. She began her legal career with a Washington, D.C. law firm, focusing on the firm’s oil and natural gas pipeline and project development practices. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a juris doctorate from the University of Houston.

ERIK GOLDSILVER is a Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, Ontario, and practises corporate and securities law with an emphasis on mining and natural resources. He acts for Canadian and international mining companies on acquisitions and dispositions of mines, mining projects and mining companies, project development, and mine operations in Canada and throughout the world. Erik advises on the structuring and negotiation of option and joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements, royalty arrangements, streaming transactions, and off-take agreements. He has extensive experience with all legal aspects of the development, construction and operation of mining projects including advising on Aboriginal issues and claims, environmental and regulatory compliance matters, permitting issues and mine closure, decommissioning and reclamation issues. Erik also advises mining clients on energy-related issues such as power procurement, interconnection, and transmission services. Erik is actively involved in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He has been recognized in Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, among others.

MEGAN S. HAINES is counsel and serves as co-chair of the energy disputes practice at McGuireWoods in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has led numerous high-profile energy litigation and environmental regulatory matters in state and federal courts and before state and federal agencies on behalf of companies whose businesses extract, build, or manufacture – from natural gas exploration and production companies and coal mining companies to steel and carbon product manufacturers. Megan also has counseled clients through environmental regulations, state energy regulatory commission proceedings, and municipal zoning matters impacting real estate development and commercial transactions. From 2013 to 2018, Megan served as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Duquesne University School of Law, where she instructed Oil & Gas Law.

LAWRENCE A. HALL is a partner in the Dallas office of Baker Botts L.L.P. and a member of the Baker Botts Oil and Gas M&A Team. His practice centers around the representation of private-equity-backed and other oil and gas companies in their upstream transactions, as well as the representation of management teams and private equity providers in connection with private equity funding arrangements. In addition to handling acquisition and divestment transactions, Mr. Hall represents his clients with respect to exploration and development participation arrangements, traditional and nontraditional financings, and midstream arrangements. Prior to joining Baker Botts in March 2017, Mr. Hall was a partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight LLP from March 2010 to February 2017 and the Tulsa office of Conner & Winters, LLP prior to moving to Texas. Mr. Hall received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and his law degree from Harvard Law School.

NAVIN JONEJA is a partner in the Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Navin is considered an expert on Canada’s foreign investment laws and regulations including those pertaining to national security and state-owned enterprises, and has significant experience in navigating the approval and notification requirements under the Investment Canada Act and other foreign investment laws regulations. He represents a wide range of clients doing business in Canada a significant component of which are in the mining, oil and gas, and other natural resource sectors, and has been involved in several high profile transactions in the sector. Before joining Blakes, Navin practiced law in Washington, DC where his practice focused on trade-related matters including the CFIUS process. Navin is the author of a textbook entitled: Regulation of Foreign Investment in Canada - The Investment Canada Act - Law, Policy and Practice and has served for many years on the Canadian Bar Association’s Foreign Investment Review Committee. Navin’s practice also entails advising on all aspects of antitrust law in Canada, and he is the incoming Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Competition Law Section.

BYRON C. KEELING is a founding shareholder of the Houston law firm of Keeling & Downes, P.C.  He is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and a significant portion of his practice includes oil and gas litigation and appeals. He received his B.A. from Baylor University in 1988, his J.D. from Baylor University School of Law in 1990, and an LL.M. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1994. He has authored many articles and papers, and his articles on oil and gas topics have appeared in the Oil & Gas Financial Journal, Baylor Law Review, St. Mary’s Law Journal, and the Petroleum Accounting & Financial Management Journal.  He has been named as a Texas Super Lawyer® every year since 2007. 

ALEXANDRA B. KLASS is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, natural resources law, environmental law, tort law, and property law. Her recent scholarly work, published in many of the nation’s leading law journals, addresses regulatory challenges to integrating more renewable energy into the nation’s electric transmission grid, siting and eminent domain issues surrounding interstate electric transmission lines and oil and gas pipelines, and applications of the public trust doctrine to modern environmental law challenges. She is a co-author of Energy Law and Policy (West Academic Publishing, 2d ed. 2018) (with Davies, Osofsky, Tomain, and Wilson); The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law (Foundation Press, 4th ed. 2017) (with Ruhl, Salzman, and Nagle); Energy Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press 2d ed. 2020) (with Hannah Wiseman); and Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases (Aspen, 4th ed. 2018) (with Klein, Cheever, Birdsong, and Biber). Prior to her teaching career, Professor Klass was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, where she specialized in environmental law and land use litigation. 

JEFF B. KRAY is an environmental litigator at Marten Law LLP in Seattle, Washington. Over a 28 year career, Jeff has conducted numerous trials, litigated administrative hearings, and appeared in federal and state appeals. He is consistently ranked by his peers as a top environmental lawyer and has been recognized as a leader in the environmental field by inclusion in Chambers, Best Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers, and other publications. Before joining Marten Law in 2003, Jeff spent over a decade in the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Jeff’s practice focuses on the neighborhood in which PFAS has become an urgent environmental issue; the intersection between water quality, water resources, and complex environmental litigation, including Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act permitting and regulatory compliance, and CERCLA (Superfund) site remediation. He is a frequent speaker and writer on PFAS. Jeff has represented public and private clients throughout the country, including municipal water suppliers and municipal waste operators impacted by PFAS contaminants.

SARAH ROUBIDOUX LAWSON is of counsel at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt in Seattle, Washington. Sarah works with tribal governments and tribal entities to achieve self-governance and economic development goals while protecting tribal resources and sovereignty. Before joining Schwabe, Sarah spent over 10 years working in tribal government, advising tribal council and tribal departments on a variety of matters including contracts, real estate development, and legislation. Sarah’s practice is particularly focused on tribal tax matters and land and natural resource management, and she is widely regarded as an authority on issues involving Indian trust land. Sarah is admitted to practice in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Wisconsin, as well as a number of tribal courts nationwide. She earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan, J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and LL.M. in Tax from the University of Washington. Sarah is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, a federally recognized tribe.

ANDY LILLIE is a partner in the Denver office of Hogan Lovells US LLP.  He leads the office’s dispute-resolution and litigation group, and helps clients solve their trickiest legal problems so they can focus on their business objectives. An accomplished trial lawyer and dispute-resolution authority, Andy fervently advocates for his clients as their trusted advisor: he’s astute, insightful, attentive, and pragmatic. He has one goal—to lift his client's burden. Andy handles myriad disputes, often for energy and natural-resources businesses with commercial and environmental litigation, regulation, and compliance matters. He counsels clients on dispute prevention and resolution, permitting, cybersecurity, and best business practices. In the natural-resources world, Andy works in the electricity generation, oil and gas, gold and hard-rock mining, wind, solar, and utilities sectors. He handles issues involving toxic torts, land use, air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, and climate change. Andy holds a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, an M.A. in Science Journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a B.S. and B.G.S. from the University of Michigan.

LUIS E. LUCERO is a partner at Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he heads the Mining Group. He is also an expert in project finance, complex litigation, arbitration, and corporate matters. With a law degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1983, and a postgraduate course in Business Law from the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Luis has taken many more specialized courses such as the Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Law School; the Global Issues in Corporate Mining Strategy and Government Policy, University of Dundee; and the Lex Mundi Institute Business Management Program, University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He led workshops at the Center for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, UK, where he was Honorary Lecturer. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the World Initiative of Mining Lawyers.

M. BRADFORD MOODY is Of Counsel at Henneman Rau LLP, in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law. He began his law practice with the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in 1983 as an associate. From 1988 until 1996, he worked for Pennzoil Company, first as Attorney and later Senior Attorney. From 1996 until 2000, he worked for Belco Oil & Gas Corp., first as Senior Attorney and later Vice-President, Legal and Land. In 2000, Mr. Moody returned to private practice, concentrating in the fields of oil and gas, oil and gas litigation, and renewable energy development.

ALMIRA MORONNE is an associate in the Natural Resources Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Moronne’s practice focuses on mining, foreign investment, international trade, and Indian law. She primarily represents clients in the business of exploring for and developing hard rock minerals, as well as industrial minerals, coal, uranium, and other energy resources. She also represents clients in a wide range of industries in cross-border transactions and joint ventures, with special emphasis on export control and the CFIUS process for foreign investment transactions. Ms. Moronne serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the American Bar Association Mining Subcommittee, the Financial Advisory Committee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and the leadership council of the Posner Center for International Development.

GERRY MORTON has a diverse background. He began his oil industry career in 1982 after graduating from Brigham Young University with an Engineering Geology degree, spending six years with Texaco as a geophysicist. He received his MBA in Finance in 1985 and a law degree in 1988, both from the University of Houston.  After working for a major New York law firm in oil and gas related mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Morton joined Pogo Producing Company in 1993 where, among other position, he served as Vice President – Law and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Morton assumed an operational role in 2003 as Pogo’s Senior VP over its Asia and Pacific operations located in Thailand, New Zealand and Vietnam.  Mr. Morton joined Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. in 2008 as General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development. In 2009, Mr. Morton was honored to receive the Magna Stella Award from the Texas General Counsel Forum in the Solo General Counsel category.  In 11 years, he was been involved in over $14.5 Billion in Capital Market, A&D, M&A and JV deals, culminating in the merger of Carrizo with Callon Petroleum following a robust sales process, against a backdrop of shareholder activism and a challenging energy market.

LIZ OCH is a senior associate in the Denver office of Hogan Lovells US LLP. Liz is a litigator who counsels clients in all stages of environmental, energy, and natural resources disputes. She relies on her background in environmental science, stakeholder analysis, and dispute resolution to bring creative, collaborative solutions to conflicts over natural resources, environmental remediation, and energy production. Liz has rich experience with matters arising under the federal environmental statutes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as well as state cleanup statutes. She advises clients in the energy and extractive resources industry on conflicts ranging from royalty disputes to lease-interpretation issues. Liz also maintains a general commercial litigation docket, representing clients across a variety of industries, and has a robust pro bono practice with an emphasis on human rights issues. Liz holds a J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Michigan Law School, a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, and a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from Northwestern University.

JAMES P. PARROT is a shareholder at Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. in Denver, Colorado. James strives for business-oriented solutions that maximize operators’ abilities to complete projects and close deals quickly, efficiently, and securely. He started in the oil and gas industry as a landman and traveled through Wyoming obtaining leases, examining mineral title, negotiating and drafting joint operating agreements, and performing due diligence for acquisitions, divestitures, and oil and gas financing. Today, he focuses on oil and gas regulatory and transactional matters, and represents numerous companies before state and federal agencies in the Rocky Mountain Region. He has obtained approval for thousands of spacing and pooling matters, prevailed in dozens of contested hearings, negotiated with regulators on challenging environmental mitigation and remediation matters, established enhanced oil and gas recovery units, resolved high-risk suspense funds, and represented operators and industry groups in rulemaking and legislation proceedings.

PETR POLÁŠEK is a partner with White & Case LLP’s international arbitration group in Washington, DC. He is an international arbitration specialist with deep experience in complex technical and valuation aspects of international disputes. He specializes in investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and public international law. Petr has worked extensively with mining companies and mining industry experts in cases involving claims by mining companies against host governments under investment protection treaties. Petr also has represented clients in complex international disputes involving sectors such as oil & gas, chemicals, waste management, banking, telecommunications, airport construction, government bonds, and real estate. Petr has acted as counsel in cases before a number of arbitral institutions, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as well as in proceedings under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Petr was educated in the Czech Republic (Charles University, Faculty of Law) and the United States (George Washington University Law School) and has written and spoken on topics relating to international arbitration and international law.

MARTÍN AÑEZ REA has been a partner, international consultant, and arbitrator at DRLAbogados, a Spanish law firm specializing in infrastructure, energy, and international litigation in Madrid, Spain, since August 2019. He is the former Director of Upstream Legal Services at REPSOL S.A., responsible for Latin America. He has more than 20 years of experience working as a legal advisor in international contracting, joint ventures, international arbitration, foreign investment, E&P acquisitions and divestments, negotiations with governments, integrated projects of liquefied natural gas, environment and corporate social responsibility, and know-how in continental law and common law. Martín received his law degree from the Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Magister Scientiarum in Economic Law by the Universidad de Chile (Santiago, Chile), and ESADE Alumni, Diploma in Business Management (Madrid, Spain). He is a member of AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators) and the IBA (International Bar Association). He has been recognized for Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year Awards’ for 2008 – Project Finance Category: First LNG export project financing in Peru, and Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year Awards’ for 2005 - M&A Category: Peru LNG acquisition.

NATALIE L. REID is a partner in Debevoise & Plimpton’s International Dispute Resolution Group focusing on international arbitration, public international law, and complex commercial litigation matters. A Jamaican national, she advises and represents multinational corporations, sovereign states, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations in U.S. and international courts and tribunals. As part of that practice, Ms. Reid frequently advises clients in the mining, oil and gas, and energy sectors on the full range of issues related to international disputes, including investment treaty planning, claims analysis, and complex international arbitrations and parallel proceedings. Ms. Reid also sits as an arbitrator. Ms. Reid is one of the partners who led the team representing Tethyan Copper Company—jointly owned by Antofagasta Minerals and Barrick Gold—in its US$6 billion arbitration win against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the second-largest ICSID award ever rendered. Her recent matters include advising another international mining company in a $900 million treaty dispute against a Latin American state. Ms. Reid speaks and lectures frequently on international arbitration and public international law, and is the author and co-author of numerous publications, including contributions to The Arbitration Review of the Americas (2015, 2016, 2017) and the ICCA Congress Book (2015, 2019).

CHRIS RICHARDSON is a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado. He has worked with secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, and creditors’ committees in numerous Chapter 11 proceedings. He has also assisted clients and debtors in buying and selling companies out of Chapter 11, as well as reorganizing or liquidating debtor companies, and has represented purchasers of oil and gas assets in Chapter 11 Section 363 auctions in bankruptcy proceeding in Wyoming, Colorado, and Delaware. Mr. Richardson has lectured on acquisition agreements, deal structures, and debtor-creditor issues, including the impact of bankruptcy on environmental laws, lessor-lessee relationships in bankruptcy, bankruptcy current developments, and asset sales in a bankruptcy.

ROB RISLEY is in-house counsel at Freeport-McMoRan Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona, where his practice focuses on domestic and international transactions involving acquisitions of mineral rights and on domestic real estate and alternative energy transactions. Among numerous other transactions he has handled for Freeport worldwide, Rob negotiated the acquisition and restructuring of an interest in the Tenke-Fungurume copper-cobalt project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the sale of Ambatovy nickel project Madagascar. Prior to joining Freeport, Rob practiced in the Bangkok office of White & Case handling resource, energy, and power-related project-finance transactions located throughout Southeast Asia. He also handled financing transactions, land use planning issues, environmental issues, and government relations efforts in Tucson and Phoenix. Prior to studying law, he spent seven years exploring and developing a natural gas project in the Gulf of Thailand, and he has also provided geologic exploration support to projects in Alaska and the Netherlands. Rob holds degrees from the U.C.L.A. School of Law (J.D.), the University of Arizona (M.S., Geosciences) and the University of California at Davis (B.S., Geology, honors). 

MARK RODRIGUEZ is a partner at Beck Redden LLP in Houston, Texas, and a trial lawyer with nearly 25 years of experience representing companies in high-stakes litigation, particularly in matters involving the energy industry. From class actions to False Claims Act claims to actions by the Federal government, Mark has represented companies in lawsuits, appeals, and arbitrations all across the country, including Texas, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming. Mark has defended energy companies in lawsuits and class actions involving claims for royalty underpayment, failure to develop or to protect against drainage, improper measurement, and numerous other types of claims. Mark has also represented companies in disputes under joint operating agreements, farmout agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and other energy-related deals and transactions. In addition, Mark has extensive experience representing lessees and producers in audits by state and Federal governments, administrative appeals, False Claims Act/qui tam and civil penalty actions, and investigations by the Department of Justice, Department of Interior, and other state and Federal agencies.

CARLOS R. ROMO is a director at Lewis, Bess, Williams & Weese P.C. He has over a decade of experience working on a variety of Clean Air Act matters with a focus on the oil and gas industry. He cut his teeth working on Texas air quality permitting, compliance, and enforcement matters after practicing for nearly 10 years in the Austin, Texas office and environmental department of an international energy law firm. Carlos has extensive experience assisting the oil and gas sector with compliance with New Source Performance Standards OOOO and OOOOa. His experience includes: conducting environmental audits and assisting operators meet audit act requirements; permitting major sources under CAA New Source Review and Title V programs; permitting minor oil and gas sources via state permits by rule and standard permits; responding to EPA CAA Section 114 information requests; negotiating agreed orders in enforcement matters; and defending operators in citizen suit litigation and nuisance suits in state and federal courts arising from air emissions. Carlos moved to Colorado in 2017 and has continued to work on sophisticated air quality matters.

HEIDI K. RUCKRIEGLE is a Senior Associate at WilmerHale. Her practice centers on regulatory matters. She represents clients in oil and gas development, mining projects, transmission infrastructure, renewable energy infrastructure, and water law on private and public lands. She advises on environmental issues and land use permitting and development, and has regional, national, and international experience spanning all stages of permitting, development, and compliance for clients. She has conducted research and advised on the Federal Land Policy Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Clean Water Act.

JOHN RUPLE is a Research Professor of Law and Stegner Center Fellow at the Wallace Stegner Center for Land Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. John’s research focuses on public land management, water resource allocation, and empirical assessing National Environmental Policy Act compliance. Before joining the University of Utah in 2008, John worked as policy analyst in Utah Governor Jon Huntsman’s Public Lands Office, as an environmental attorney in private practice, and as a NEPA contractor specializing in permitting for projects on National Forest System lands.

JOSEPH A. SCHREMMER is the Leon Karelitz Oil & Gas Law Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he teaches courses on oil and gas, energy, commercial law, and property. He writes about oil, gas, and mineral law, with a current focus on the nature and extent of property rights in the subsurface. Schremmer joined the law faculty after six years in private practice in Wichita, Kansas. Among many other areas, Schremmer practiced all aspects of oil and gas law. While in practice, Schremmer taught courses related to oil and gas and environmental law as a lecturer at the University of Kansas School of Law and an adjunct professor at Washburn University School of Law, where he was the 2019 Adjunct Professor of the Year.

LUIS SARABIA has a broad general litigation and arbitration practice. He has specific expertise in acting for leading mining companies in their large and complex litigation and arbitrations, both in Canada and internationally. He has appeared as lead counsel for public and private corporations before various courts and administrative tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Securities Commission. Luis has also been lead counsel in international arbitrations, has given expert evidence in the United States, and often acts on matters involving Spanish-speaking parties. He regularly acts as counsel in class actions, takeover bids and change of control litigation, as well as restructuring and environmental litigation. Select Recognition: Chambers Canada; Benchmark Canada; Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers; Lexpert Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining; The Best Lawyers in Canada.  

AMY E. SENESHEN serves as the managing partner of Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. She specializes in the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas upstream and midstream assets, and advises clients in the energy sector on day-to-day operational issues and transactional matters. Ms. Seneshen also represents companies in negotiating and structuring natural resource projects for the exploration and development of mineral properties. She is the vice-chair of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Special Institutes Committee and has also served as a trustee-at-large and member of the Financial Advisory Committee and Long Range Planning Committee. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and by 5280’s Top Lawyers, as well as by Best Lawyers in America in the field of oil and gas law. The Denver Business Journal has named Ms. Seneshen to its list of Who’s Who in Energy and Top Women in Energy. Ms. Seneshen is the past Chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and her law degree from the William and Mary College of Law.

DR. DAVID SENESHEN is the president of Geochemical Insight, LLC, a consulting company specializing in helium and hydrocarbon exploration. He assists domestic and international companies with exploration for helium and hydrocarbon deposits. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dr. Seneshen earned his Ph.D. in exploration geochemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1997. He was a co-owner of Vista Geoscience in Golden, Colorado from 2007 to 2015, where he managed geochemical exploration and baseline environmental services for petroleum and mining companies as well as state and federal governmental agencies. Dr. Seneshen also designed, implemented and interpreted domestic and international geochemical exploration surveys for mineral and petroleum deposits for Inco Ltd., Western Mining Corporation, the Alberta Geological Survey and Direct Geochemical from 1989 through 2006. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, the Association of Applied Geochemists, and American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

MARCELLE F. SHOOP is Director of the Saline Lakes Program for the National Audubon Society. The program is part of Audubon’s Western Water initiative focused on advancing balanced solutions to water use in the West to ensure birds, ecosystems, people, and economies thrive. Marcelle primarily concentrates on policy and conservation solutions at Great Salt Lake and its wetlands, and other saline lakes in the Great Basin region. Marcelle, a Western native and long-time Utah resident, has a background in environmental and natural resources law, policy development, sustainability, and stakeholder relations. She also served as a RMMLF Trustee from 2018-2019. She has held various legal and managerial roles with Rio Tinto and its subsidiary, Kennecott Utah Copper. Marcelle’s work included advancing business approaches to sustainable development, and socially and environmentally responsible business and supply chain practices. Some of this work involved BirdLife International, The Nature Conservancy, and Conservation International in connection with Rio Tinto’s biodiversity program. This experience strengthened her understanding of the important community connections between birds, water, and the environment. Prior to her career at Rio Tinto, Marcelle practiced public lands and natural resources law with Holland & Hart in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  

DAVID B. SPENCE is the Baker Botts Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and Professor of Business, Government & Society at UT-Austin’s McCombs School of Business. He earned his Ph.D in political science from Duke University, his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and his B.A. from Gettysburg College. Professor Spence’s research and teaching focuses on government regulation of business, particularly the energy industry. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Bren School of the Environment, the Georgetown University Law School, the Harvard Law School, the Cornell Law School, the Vanderbilt University Law School, and Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.  He also teaches executive education courses on corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations for firms in the energy industry. Professor Spence is co-author of the leading energy law textbook, Energy, Economics and the Environment (Foundation Press, 4th Ed., 2015), and more than 40 scholarly articles and book chapters on regulatory law and politics. His writings on energy policy issues have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle and other major newspapers.

JASON D. STEIERT is an associate at Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a native of Denver and attended the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Jason works primarily with hard rock mining clients and specializes in title review, transactional agreements, and the land/supply contracts necessary to commence and maintain mining projects. Jason has conducted diligence and advised clients on a variety of aspects of mining including the mining law, regulatory compliance, agency oversight, exploration, leasing, and royalty agreements. Before joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Jason worked at Fabian VanCott in Salt Lake and gained experience in a wide variety of litigation matters, including contest penalty proceedings under the Mine Safety Health Act. When Jason is not working with clients, he enjoys cooking and loves spend time with his partner, Amanda, and their son, especially when it’s outdoors hiking, fly-fishing, or skiing.

HEATHER TANANA Is a Research Associate & Stegner Center Fellow at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. She is experienced in state, federal, and tribal courts. She also founded the Indian Law Section of the Utah State Bar Association. Before joining the Stegner Center, Heather was a shareholder with Richards Brandt Miller Nelson and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Heather also holds a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, where she is an Associate Faculty member. Her research interests include exploring the overlay between environmental and health policy, promoting better practices in Indian child welfare, and criminal justice in Indian Country. 

FRANCE M. TENAILLE is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and a member of the firm’s Business Law and Energy, Infrastructure and Mining Groups. She is also leader of the firm’s Latin America and Cuba teams. France is an experienced business lawyer who has practised in Canada for more than 20 years, advising and leading on Canadian and international commercial and M&A, capital markets, and project finance transactions, with an emphasis on Latin America, energy and natural resources. Before moving to Canada, France practised for more than five years at a major law firm in Caracas, Venezuela. Her civil law background and fluency in Spanish, coupled with her common law training and Canadian experience, allow her to advise Canadian and international clients on a full range of Latin American matters. Similarly, she is also well-positioned to advise Latin American clients on Canadian business and transactions. In addition to The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, France has been recognized for her service and expertise in several prominent publications, including Chambers GlobalChambers Latin AmericaWho’s Who LegalIFLR1000 and Latinvex. France is a founder and former vice-chair and secretary of the New York State Bar Association’s Latin American Council.

JON D. TJORNEHOJ (Turn-a-hoy) is the Managing Member of Tjornehoj & Hack LLC, a natural resources law firm focused on mineral title examination. After graduating from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2002, Jon became an associate in the natural resources department at a large Denver law firm. His work there initially focused on litigating environmental and public lands issues relating to natural resource development projects in the Rocky Mountain region. Jon’s practice there later concentrated on oil and natural gas transactions and title examination. In 2007, Jon began a solo title practice which grew to become Tjornehoj & Hack LLC. Jon’s new practice initially revolved heavily around providing title curative services—experience that helped inform his title examination work with a landman’s perspective.  Jon’s experience in mineral title runs the gamut from simple undeveloped fee properties to complex producing federal exploratory units.

PHILIP UROFSKY is head of the global anti-corruption practice at Shearman & Sterling LLP, where he counsels Boards, companies, and individuals concerning  government investigations, internal investigations, and compliance controls with respect to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, financial sanctions regulations, and other white collar laws and regulations. Formerly the lead FCPA trial attorney at the Department of Justice, he was responsible for many FCPA investigations and prosecutions, helped negotiate the Council of Europe and OECD Conventions and was designated as the U.S. expert for the OECD Working Group on Bribery’s peer review process, and was the principal drafter of the DOJ’s Federal Principles of Corporate Prosecution (the “Holder Memo”) (although he disclaims any responsibility for what the government did with it afterwards). Mr. Urofsky writes and speaks widely on topics related to the design and implementation of compliance programs and sanctions and anti-corruption enforcement trends and patterns.

JEFFREY A. ZLOTKY serves as a Partner and General Counsel of NGP Energy Capital Management, L.L.C., a leading private equity firm in the natural resources industry that manages a family of investment funds with cumulative committed capital of more than $20 billion since inception.  He applies his broad experience in the energy and private equity industries to the structuring and execution of transactions on behalf of both NGP and its portfolio companies. Before joining NGP, Mr. Zlotky spent his entire professional career with the global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP, where he was a partner in their Corporate and Securities practice group, with an emphasis on energy finance and private equity. During his tenure, Mr. Zlotky served in a variety of management positions with the firm, including as its global Managing Partner from 2009 to 2012. He has received numerous accolades for his professional expertise on best lawyer lists on the national, state and local level. Mr. Zlotky received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.