HARRY W. SULLIVAN, JR., is an International Energy Attorney based in Dallas, Texas, where he is an Adjunct Professor at SMU’s Dedman School of Law and at Texas A&M School of Law. He also works for Kosmos Energy in their West Africa exploration activities. His previous experience includes fourteen years as Senior Counsel-International in the International E&P Legal Group of ConocoPhillips, Of Counsel with Thompson & Knight LLP, fifteen years as Chief Counsel-International and Senior Counsel for Atlantic Richfield Company and five years as Senior Counsel for Sun Oil Company. Mr. Sullivan has a J.D. degree from Louisiana State University School of Law and an LL.M. degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Louisiana and Texas and before the Supreme Court of the United States, and he is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law in Texas. He is also admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales. His practice and experience focuses on the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, both in the U.S.A. and internationally, in more than 25 different countries.
FRANK CASCIO has represented clients in oil and gas and other energy related matters for over forty-five years. His current practice is limited to acting as advisory counsel on transactional matters, expert witness/arbitration consultations and teaching courses on international transactional documents and negotiations. After a short stint in academia, Mr. Cascio began his career in the oil business working in-house at Exxon Company, USA, primarily in domestic upstream projects. While working for Primary Fuels in 1984, he embarked to Accra, Ghana to negotiate his first PSC. It was not the ideal destination to begin a new phase of his career. But the challenge of working internationally was seductive and since that time his practice has been composed almost entirely of international upstream energy transactions. After more than twenty years of working in-house, he transitioned to a law firm and joined Jackson Walker LLP in Houston. In April 2001, he and Jim Barnes established Barnes & Cascio, LLP, a boutique law firm that limited its practice solely to international upstream transactional energy projects for a select client base. He frequently functioned as in-house general counsel on projects and his work almost always included first-chair negotiations. Barnes & Cascio ceased operations in mid-2015 following the retirement of Mr. Barnes. His geographical focus area is the Pacific Rim, primarily China, and most of the oil producing countries of sub-Saharan West Africa, but primarily Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal. Mr. Cascio is a New Orleans native and received a BA in History from the University of New Orleans and a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University.
KEITH B. HALL is Director of the Mineral Law Institute and the Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law at Louisiana State University (LSU). He teaches Mineral Rights, Advanced Mineral Law, International Petroleum Transactions, Civil Law Property, and an Energy Law Seminar that focuses on environmental issues relating to oil and gas development. His publications have focused on oil and gas leases, pooling and unitization, hydraulic fracturing, and induced seismicity that is associated with oil and gas activities. He is co-author of a textbook on oil and gas law that is used in U.S. law schools and also is co-author of a book published by the American Bar Association on the legal issues relating to hydraulic fracturing. He is a frequent speaker at national and international oil and gas conferences and is a contributing co-author to the forthcoming new edition of a leading textbook on international petroleum transactions. In prior years, Professor Hall has taught International Petroleum Transactions as a Visiting Professor at Baku State University in Azerbaijan, International Energy Transactions as a Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and Introduction to Mineral Law as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in New Orleans. Before joining the LSU Law School faculty, he practiced law for 16 years, with a focus on oil and gas litigation and transactions. Professor Hall is the Editor-in-Chief of the Institute for Energy Law’s Oil & Gas E-Report. He serves on the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Trustees Council, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators’ Educational Advisory Board, and the Executive Committee of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. He is a former Chair of the Oil & Gas Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He also is a registered professional engineer.