Short Course on

Federal Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing and Development

Speakers & committee

Program Chairs

JANA L. GRAUBERGER, Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, TX

AMY MILLER HOLLIS, Managing Counsel, Gulf of Mexico, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Covington, LA

Speakers and Program Committee

ANDREW M. ADAMS, Gieger, Laborde, & Laperouse, LLC, Houston, TX

SCOTT A. ANGELLE, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington DC

MATTHEW T. BALLENGER, Deputy Assistant Solicitor, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

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

FARLEY BURGE, Senior Counsel – HSEE, BP Legal, Houston, TX

MICHAEL A. CELATA, Regional Director, Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA

DAVID T. DEAL, Deal Consulting & Dispute Resolution, LLC, Falls Church, VA

MARTIN DETLOFF, Managing Counsel - Gulf of Mexico, BP Energy Company, Houston, TX

MICHAEL D. FARBER, Partner, Van, Ness, Feldman, LLP, Washington DC

CHERISE M. GAFFNEY, Stoel Rives LLP, Seattle, WA

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

MATTHEW HAYNIE, Senior Counsel, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC

MELISSA A. HEARN, Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

EUNICE RIM HUDSON, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, Washington, D.C. (Invited)

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.

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

YVONNE KEEGAN, NBD and Commercial Advisor – Offshore Gulf of Mexico – Development, Shell Exploration & Production Company, 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

L. POE LEGGETTE, Baker Hostetler, Denver, CO

ANTHONY C. MARINO, Slattery, Marino & Roberts, New Orleans, LA

ANGELA MECHE, Contracts Representative, Shell Exploration and Production Company, New Orleans, LA

JENNIFER MEHAFFEY, Lead Enforcement Specialist, Safety Enforcement Division, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

JARON E. MING, Regional Supervisor, Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA

RALPH MITCHELL, GoM Crisis and Continuity Manager, BP, Houston, TX

BILL MOORE, GoM Commercial Negotiations Manager, Statoil, 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

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

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.

 

CARL R. REWERTS, Land Manager, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Covington, LA

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.

MICHAEL D. RUBENSTEIN, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, TX

PETER J. SCHAUMBERG, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Washington, DC

SHANISHA Y. SMITH, Baker Hostetler, Denver, CO

MARTY TATE, Head of Upstream Agreements, BHP Billiton Petroleum, Houston, TX

BERNADETTE S. THOMAS, Chief, Adjudication Section, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico Region, U.S. Department of the Interior, New Orleans, LA

JONATHAN K. WALDRON, Blank Rome LLP, Washington, DC