Recent Developments in Oil and Gas Law

  • a Virtual Setting
  • Thursday, January 14, 2021


Bruce M. Kramer is a nationally known oil, gas, energy and land use legal scholar and a long-time professor at Texas Tech University School of Law. Bruce has advised companies on a wide array of legal issues and strategies in the energy arena for more than 40 years. His areas of experience include state and federal laws, as well as regulations and rules affecting exploration, production and upstream facilities. Bruce is the co-author of several important books that have become the definitive references for energy lawyers, including two multi-volume treatises, The Law of Pooling and Unitization and Williams and Meyers Oil and Gas Law (since 1996). Bruce’s books and legal articles have been cited as authority in numerous court rulings and appellate opinions, including decisions of the Supreme Courts of Texas and multiple other states, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and numerous Federal District Courts as well as testifying before legislative and administrative bodies. 



Patrick H. Martin is a professor emeritus at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, where he taught oil and gas law, jurisprudence, and contracts. Professor Martin published the latest updates/revisions for the two oil and gas treatises he co-authors with Professor Bruce Kramer: Pooling and Unitization and Williams & Meyers Oil and Gas Law. His other publications include three casebooks, Jurisprudence: Text and Readings on the Philosophy of Law (with Christie and MacLeod, 1995, 2007, 2020), Oil and Gas Cases and Materials (with Kramer, Hall, and Ritchie, 1992, 1996, 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016) and Economic Regulation: Energy, Transportation and Utilities (with Pierce and Allison, 1980) as well as numerous articles on oil and gas law and energy regulation. He is also the author of Elizabethan Espionage: Plotters and Spies in the Struggle Between Catholicism and the Crown (2016). Professor Martin was a Director of the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board, Institute for Energy Law, Center for American and International Law (formerly Southwestern Legal Foundation) and as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He was a Reporter for the Committee on Mineral Rights, Louisiana Law Institute; a Reporter for the Oil and Gas Reporter; and an Editorial Advisor, Public Land and Resources Law Digest. 



Gregory D. Russell is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and leads the firm’s energy group, one of the most experienced energy state and national practices in the Midwest. For more than 25 years, he has been advising producers and pipeline operators in Ohio on business and regulatory matters, ranging from asset transactions, to unit operations and development, to leasehold and royalty disputes. Greg's practice frequently involves appearing before state and federal courts and regulatory agencies.



Ilya Batikov is an associate in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the firm’s energy group. His practice focuses primarily on oil and gas and public utility matters, including litigation before state and federal courts and administrative bodies. Ilya regularly counsels clients in matters involving oil and gas development, leasing and operating rights, and mineral ownership. He also has experience representing clients, including wholesale and retail suppliers, in rate proceedings, complaint proceedings, and investigations before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.