ALEX RITCHIE is the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Foundation. He comes to the Foundation from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he held the Leon Karelitz Chair in Oil and Gas Law and taught oil and gas law, advanced oil and gas law, property law, natural resources law, energy law, and business associations. Before joining the UNM law faculty, Alex was Senior Corporate Counsel for Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc., based in Denver. Alex joined Suncor in 2009 after ten years in the Energy and Natural Resources and Corporate Transactions practice groups at Bryan Cave LLP (formerly Holme Roberts & Owen LLP). In addition to numerous Foundation papers and law review articles, Alex is a co-author of the Tenth Edition of Cases and Materials: The Law of Oil and Gas (Foundation Press 2016) (with Martin, Kramer and Hall). Over the course of his career, Alex has represented clients in oil and gas, mining, corporate, securities, commercial, mergers and acquisitions, and environmental matters.
MICHAEL J. MALMQUIST is a shareholder of Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City, Utah, and works in the firm's Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources practice group. He helps clients site and develop natural resource, energy, transportation, and other projects by advising them on environmental permitting, land use authorization, public lands, and NEPA issues and strategies. He also defends projects against permit appeals and lawsuits involving claims under NEPA, FLPMA, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water and Air Acts, and other environmental, wildlife, and public land laws. He has performed environmental and title diligence for various natural resource and energy acquisitions and mergers. Mr. Malmquist was previously with the United States Department of Justice, where his practice included trial and appellate litigation of cases involving NEPA, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and various Indian law and water law issues. He also represented the Department's position on legislative and policy issues with a focus on western natural resources and water rights. Mr. Malmquist was named 2010 Lawyer of the Year by the Utah Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Bar Section. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Utah Business Magazine's Legal Elite, Chambers USA, and Mountain States Super Lawyers and was named 2016 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Salt Lake City for Energy Law. He has an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
JANA L. GRAUBERGER, Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, TX
AMY MILLER HOLLIS, Managing Counsel, Gulf of Mexico, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Covington, LA
SCOTT A. ANGELLE, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington DC
JONATHAN A. HUNTER is a shareholder in the New Orleans office of Liskow & Lewis, where he devotes his practice full time to representing oil and gas companies. As leader of Liskow & Lewis’s federal oil and gas practice, he advises upstream oil and gas companies on matters governed by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Mineral Leasing Act, the False Claims Act, the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act, the Foreign Investment and National Security Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and numerous other environmental statutes and related regulations. He has successfully represented federal oil and gas lessees in dozens of administrative and judicial proceedings, including numerous regulatory enforcement and penalty proceedings, as well as disputes involving multi-billion dollar royalty, lease cancelation, and fraud claims. On behalf of federal oil and gas lessees, he has successfully intervened in lawsuits challenging the United States Department of the Interior’s administration of the federal oil and gas leasing program. A graduate of Yale College and the Louisiana State University Law Center, he has written and lectured extensively on oil and gas subjects. He helped create and has co-chaired the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Short Course on Federal Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing and Development, and has taught Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Law and basic Oil and Gas Law at Tulane Law School. He has been listed in both Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America for many years. He is currently the President of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
JARON E. MING, Regional Supervisor, Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA
ANGIE D. GOBERT, Chief, Pipeline Section, Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA
MICHELLE PICOU, Chief, Plans Section, Office of Leasing & Plans, Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA
KEVIN KARL, Senior Advisor to the Region Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Gulf of Mexico Region, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA
RICHIE D. BAUD, Regional Supervisor, Office of Production & Development, Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA
MICHAEL A. CELATA, Regional Director, Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA
MELISSA A. HEARN, Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
CHERISE M. GAFFNEY, Stoel Rives LLP, Seattle, WA
JONATHAN K. WALDRON, Blank Rome LLP, Washington, DC
DAVID T. DEAL, Deal Consulting & Dispute Resolution, LLC, Falls Church, VA
EUNICE RIM HUDSON, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, Washington, D.C. (Invited)
MICHAEL D. RUBENSTEIN, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, TX
ANTHONY C. MARINO, Slattery, Marino & Roberts, New Orleans, LA
BERNADETTE S. THOMAS, Chief, Adjudication Section, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico Region, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA
ANDREW M. ADAMS, Gieger, Laborde, & Laperouse, LLC, Houston, TX
PETER J. SCHAUMBERG, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Washington, DC
BONNIE ROBSON currently serves the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) in Denver as Program Manager for Appeals & Regulations. Previously, Bonnie served as the supervisor of ONRR's royalty appeals program; a program analyst, regulatory specialist, and acting Chief of Staff for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and its predecessor; a partner in private practice litigating accounting malpractice and oil and gas royalty and tax issues; the principal drafter of 2010 royalty regulations implementing the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act; an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska on onshore and offshore oil and gas lease, unit, royalty, tax, and pipeline matters; the Deputy Director and Petroleum Investments Manager of Alaska’s Division of Oil & Gas; and lead outside counsel to the Alaska State Legislature on oil and gas matters, including royalties on 4.5 bcfd of anticipated natural gas production. Bonnie has been a guest lecturer at some of the nation’s top law schools, including Columbia, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Duke, and University of California at Berkeley. Also, she served as a moot court judge for national competitions at Harvard. Bonnie's undergraduate honors included a four year honors scholarship, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa, and her selection as the top economics graduate. Bonnie is admitted to practice law in Alaska, California, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
MATTHEW T. BALLENGER, Deputy Assistant Solicitor, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC
FARLEY BURGE, Senior Counsel – HSEE, BP Legal, Houston, TX
RALPH MITCHELL, GoM Crisis and Continuity Manager, BP, Houston, TX
ERIN O’REILLY, Chief, Leasing and Financial Responsibility, Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA
STEVE KOVACS, Compliance Review Officer, Office of Safety Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Gulf of Mexico Region, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA
MICHAEL D. FARBER, Partner, Van, Ness, Feldman, LLP, Washington DC
JENNIFER MEHAFFEY, Lead Enforcement Specialist, Safety Enforcement Division, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC
BILL MOORE, GoM Commercial Negotiations Manager, Statoil, Houston, TX
MARTY TATE, Head of Upstream Agreements, BHP Billiton Petroleum, Houston, TX
CARL R. REWERTS, Land Manager, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Covington, LA
YVONNE KEEGAN, NBD and Commercial Advisor – Offshore Gulf of Mexico – Development, Shell Exploration & Production Company, New Orleans, LA
ANGELA MECHE, Contracts Representative, Shell Exploration and Production Company, New Orleans, LA
WILLIAM W. PUGH is currently the team leader for Liskow and Lewis’ Oil & Gas team in Houston. He has practiced Maritime, Oilfield and Insurance Law with the firm since 1980. His practice involves a wide variety of matters, including drafting and negotiating numerous energy and offshore related contracts (such as master service agreements, drilling contracts, charters and construction contracts) and helping companies, both domestically and internationally, develop comprehensive contracts that maximize the company’s risk allocation. He participated in drafting the 2002 AIPN International Model Well Services Agreements and is currently co-chair of the AIPN Model Contract Committee that is drafting an international drilling contract and reviewing the Model Well Services Agreements.
L. POE LEGGETTE, Baker Hostetler, Denver, CO
SHANISHA Y. SMITH, Baker Hostetler, Denver, CO