70th Annual Natural Resources and Energy Law Institute

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • July 18-20, 2024

Chairs and Speakers 

Program Chair

JARED A. HEMBREE is a partner in the Roswell, New Mexico office of Hinkle Shanor LLP and is an adjunct professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he teaches Oil and Gas Law. His primary practice is oil and gas law, including title examination, transactions, and litigation. Jared is a Trustee of The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law and is on the faculty for the FNREL Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Short Course. He has served on the Boards of Directors for the American Association of Professional Landmen, the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Landmen’s Association. Jared received a J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 2005 and graduated with Honors receiving a B.A. in History with a Minor in Museum Studies from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana in 2000. He currently serves as a Representative from Chaves County in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Program Committee

NICOLLE BAGNELL is a partner at Reed Smith in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is an energy litigator with extensive court room experience representing the oil and natural gas industry. Nicolle has won both jury and non-jury trials, and has successfully represented clients before the Third, Fourth, and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as state supreme courts and other appellate courts in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Nicolle has extensive class action experience, successfully defeating class certification for industry clients in cases in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. She has also litigated lease and contract disputes, condemnations, and encroachments. Nicolle is a graduate of Harvard University and received her J.D. and Masters from Duke University. She is a thought leader on oil and gas legal issues and a board member of industry organizations that focus on energy. Nicolle has been Ranked in Chambers USA for Pennsylvania Energy & Natural Resources (Band 1) and Nationwide Oil & Gas Litigation, 2023. She has been recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star and a National Diversity Council – “2018 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania.”

VANESSA CASADO PÉREZ is a Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law and a Research Professor at the Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics. Vanessa is a water law and property law scholar. Her scholarship focuses on the role that private rights of use and markets can play in managing publicly owned scarce resources. Her work has appeared in, among others, New York University Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, and Southern California Law Review. She was the 18th Wallace Stegner Center Young Scholar at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and the 2021-22 Distinguished Junior Scholar at Pac-Haub Environmental Law illustrate. Vanessa received her law degree, her B.A. in Economics, and her masters in law from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. She also holds an LLM from the University of Chicago and a JSD (Juridical Science Doctor, PhD equivalent) from New York University. Before joining Texas A&M, she was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School.

MIYANOU DUFOUR is a partner in the Mining and Environmental areas at Hernández & Cía, in Lima, Peru. She provides comprehensive legal advice in all aspects related to the governance and operations of companies with a 360° advisory vision of the mining sector in corporate, mining, and regulatory aspects. Miyanou is one of the main advisors of several companies in the sector, including Compañía Minera Antapaccay, Marcobre, Lumina Copper, and Minsur, among others. She also oversees corporate transactional matters for the mining sector. Miyanou holds the first historical position at the Law School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, the most prestigious law school in Peru.

NORMAN FINDLAY is a Partner in the Toronto office of Bennett Jones LLP. He is primarily engaged in securities law with an emphasis on public offerings of securities, mergers and acquisitions, and takeovers. His practice also involves private placements of debt and equity securities, mining law, corporate governance, shareholder activism, and general corporate transactions. Norman has been recognized by Lexpert as a leading practitioner in Mining and Corporate Finance & Securities, by The Best Lawyers in Canada in the practice areas of Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, and Securities Law, and by Who's Who Legal: Canada and Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Mining Law. In addition, Norman has been recognized by Canadian Who's Who as a prominent Canadian. He has spoken at a number of conferences in Canada, the United States, South Africa, and South America on topics relating to securities and mining law. Norman has acted as lead counsel for issuers and investment dealers in a number of significant financings and M&A transactions. He is also a member of the Annual Institute Site Selection Committee and former Annual Institute regional chair for The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law.

AARON FRIESS is a Senior Attorney at NextEra Energy Resources, where he supports NextEra’s utility-scale solar and storage development team in negotiating power purchase agreements and energy storage agreements to meet the energy needs of utility, commercial, and industrial customers seeking reliable, renewable power solutions. Aaron began his career in Hinkle Shanor LLP’s Roswell office, and has represented oil and gas owners and operators, gas and electric utilities, and independent power producers in both private practice and as in-house counsel. Aaron received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Washburn University School of Law and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Kansas State University. Aaron lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife, son, daughter, and German Shorthaired Pointer and is happiest when spending time outdoors hiking, rowing on the Des Moines River, or cheering on the Kansas State Wildcats.

TIM HAGERTY is a Partner in the Louisville, Kentucky office of Frost Brown Todd. Tim has spent three decades advising clients across the nation on a wide variety of environmental compliance, liability, and litigation issues arising under federal, state, and local laws, with a strong emphasis on energy issues. Tim has provided advice and counsel on complex permitting and compliance matters arising under the Clean Water Act, including helping clients obtain, defend, and comply with NPDES discharge permits for facilities in the electric utility industry and the iron and steel, chemicals, and metals manufacturing sectors. He also has extensive experience helping clients navigate the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and related resource review laws for electric generation and transmission line projects, major highway and bridge projects, pipelines, private commercial and residential developments, public transit, and even riverboat casinos. In recent years, Tim has assisted clients in the electric generation sector to comply with the requirements of the federal Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule and related state waste laws. Tim is the former President of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation and chairs the annual Kentucky Energy Management Conference.

MATT HARTFORD is Managing Counsel, Rockies Legal, for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, in Denver, CO. In this role he supports Oxy’s business units for upstream E&P, Government Affairs, and Ethics and Compliance. Before assuming an in-house role, he worked for Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP and Beatty & Wozniak, P.C., generally concentrating on all aspects of oil and gas upstream E&P matters. Matt earned his J.D. from the University of Wyoming, and he is a past Panel Moderator, Speaker, Update Author, and Member of the Corporate Counsel Committee for The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law.

DAVID B. HATCH is a principal of Max Exploration, LLC, in Salt Lake City, Utah, which owns and manages mineral and royalty interests throughout the Rocky Mountain states. He previously worked as an oil and gas title and transactional attorney with Holland & Hart LLP and Walker, Steiner & Schmidt, P.C. where he rendered numerous oil and gas title opinions and gained considerable experience in all types of oil and gas transactions. Although he found the law firm life rewarding, he was eager to return to his family roots on the business side. Dave has spoken at many industry conferences and currently teaches Oil & Gas Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah as adjunct professor. He is an active member of The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law and the American Association of Professional Landmen. He received both a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Utah and passionately cheers for the Utes. 

JULIE PADILLA is an attorney with the Fryberger Law Firm in Duluth, Minnesota. Her practice is focused on energy and natural resources, regulatory law, and economic development. Before joining Fryberger, Julie served as Chief Regulatory Officer for Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, advocating for responsible mining development in Northeastern Minnesota and managing the company’s legal, permitting, public relations, and government relations functions. Julie has also held senior level and general counsel positions at multiple renewable energy and energy efficiency financing companies, was a partner and head of the government relations department at Larkin Hoffman Law Firm in Minneapolis and was staff for members of both the Minnesota and U.S. Senate. She has also served as a Senior Lecturer on Environmental Law and Regulation at the University of Wisconsin – Superior.

SARAH STEVENSON is a Shareholder in Modrall Sperling’s Natural Resources Department and a litigator representing public entities and private businesses. She is the managing attorney for Modrall’s Santa Fe office. Her natural resources practice focuses on water law and Native American law, including natural resource development projects on Native American land. Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University School of Law and received a joint J.D./M.A. in International Political Economics and Development from Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She clerked for the Honorable Patricio M. Serna of the New Mexico Supreme Court from 2009 to 2011. Her B.A. is from Scripps College. Sarah served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger.

SARAH P. STEWARD is Senior Counsel, Low Carbon Solutions for Exxon Mobil Corporation, in Spring, Texas. Her current practice supports the company’s domestic carbon capture and storage business, including offtake agreements, storage site acquisition, policy advocacy, and regulatory advice. Sarah previously served as counsel for ExxonMobil in Upstream Commercial and Operations, where she provided operational support for the Bakken and Mid-Continent regions, in addition to serving as the upstream royalty subject matter expert. Before joining Exxon, Sarah served as Corporate Counsel, Americas for the Weir Group, Oil & Gas Counsel with Denbury Resources, and Legal Counsel with Hess Corporation. Sarah started her legal career with Liskow & Lewis in Houston, Texas, where her practice focused on commercial oil and gas litigation and admiralty and maritime law. Sarah holds a B.A. from Austin College in Sherman, Texas; a M.S.W. from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University—St. Louis; and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law, where she served as the Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Criminal Law. Sarah is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Speakers

HALEY ADAMS is a principal attorney at NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and a world leader in battery storage. Haley advises renewable energy developers and environmental specialists on compliance with local, state, and federal land use, zoning, and environmental laws pertaining to the development of transmission, wind, solar, and battery storage systems. She also supports environmental compliance and enforcement issues for Florida Power & Light Company. Before joining NextEra Energy Resources, Haley was an attorney at Modrall Sperling and an Associate Counsel at the New Mexico State Land Office. She is a graduate of Florida International University and Lewis & Clark Law School. Haley serves on the Young Professionals Committee of The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law and is a member of the Florida and New Mexico state bars.

GARRETT ALTMANN is the Western Restoration Program Manager at the Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC). He provides technical assistance and resource coordination for Tribes and underserved communities leveraging federal BIL/IIJA appropriations, while also working to advance federal procurement, regulatory, and program policies to deliver more equitable and effective environmental restoration projects. Before joining EPIC, Garrett worked for the Santa Clara Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico where he coordinated a nationally recognized recovery effort following the 2011 Las Conchas wildfire and post-fire flood disasters. He continues to participate as a Tribal representative on FEMA’s Mitigation Framework Leadership Group and serves on the steering committee for the California Fish Passage Forum. His academic credentials include a B.A. (honors) in Geography from UC Santa Barbara, and an M.Sc. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

KEVIN BAKER is the Deputy General Counsel, Hydro, for rPlus Energies. Kevin is particularly skilled in regulatory and permitting matters. In this area he provides legal support and actively participates in agency and regulatory processes. Kevin was the lead attorney and critical to rPlus Energies’ successful and multifaceted filing of two pumped storage license applications with the FERC. Previously, for Antofagasta Minerals, Kevin was the Vice President, Legal Affairs for one of the nations’ largest and most controversial copper and nickel mining projects located in Minnesota. Kevin led the successful defense of the mine’s mineral rights by preventing an Antiquities Act designation, the termination of a withdrawal action from the U.S. Forest Service and reversing a Department of the Interior official opinion. Kevin was also the senior attorney for Rio Tinto’s energy group in the U.S. Later, he served as Rio Tinto’s business development attorney and was responsible for the creation and listing of Cloud Peak Energy on the NYSE. Kevin is an award-winning author and volunteers as a motivational speaker across the country. Kevin holds a B.S. in International Finance from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Oregon.

JESSIE BARRINGTON is a distinguished legal expert specializing in Federal Indian Law, natural resources law, and litigation. Serving as Executive Director at the Western Resources Legal Center and as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, she enriches academic instruction with her extensive practical experience. Before joining the faculty, Jessie was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Portland, Oregon, where she led the Financial Litigation Unit and secured a notable victory in United States v. Smith at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Her career also includes pivotal roles at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she significantly influenced Indian Affairs policy and handled complex legal issues across a broad spectrum, including environmental compliance and natural resources law. She holds a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was a Cornelius Honors Society member and received the 2011 Community Service Award. Barrington, co-author of “American Indian Identity,” is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

ETHEL BRANCH was appointed by President Nygren as the 13th Attorney General of the Navajo Nation. Ethel is Bįįh Bitoodnii (Deer Springs Clan) born for the Naakai (Mexican People). She was born in Tuba City (Navajo Nation) and was raised on her family’s ranch 10 miles south of Leupp (Navajo Nation). She previously served as the Navajo Nation’s 11th Attorney General. Most recently Ethel Co-Founded and served as the Executive Director of Yee Ha’ólníi Doo, which does business as the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund. In March 2020 she mobilized a crowdfunding effort to bring COVID relief to Navajo and Hopi reservation-based families. Ethel was recognized as one of the 7 unsung heroes of the pandemic by Bill Gates. As the Navajo Nation's 11th Attorney General, Ethel has worked on a broad range of issues that impact Indian Nations. Before becoming the Nation's 11th Attorney General, Ethel worked for a private law firm representing Indigenous Nations in sovereign-to-sovereign negotiations and high stakes litigation. Before that she worked in Tribal finance and served as bond counsel to the Navajo Nation. Ethel also worked to advance Indigenous human rights in the United States through her work for a legal non-profit and in her role as Co-Chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission.

TIM CANON is Counsel at Chevron, Rockies Business Unit in Denver, Colorado. Tim Canon is an oil and gas generalist whose current practice focuses on his client’s upstream oil and gas development in the DJ Basin. He has significant experience in oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures, including corporate mergers; midstream and downstream marketing; supply chain/procurement; managing in-house company litigation caseloads; federal oil and gas leasing, communitization, and unitization matters; and drafting, reviewing, and implementing title opinions and related curative activities. Tim is an active member of The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law, having co-authored and presented several papers at the Foundation’s special and annual institutes, authored or co-authored several sections of the Mineral Law Newsletter, and editing treatise chapters.

SAMANTHA CARL-YODER is a Policy Director in the Washinton, D.C., office of Brownstein, and the Co-Chair of the firm's international practice. She draws on her nearly 20 years of service at the U.S. State Department, working in both Washington, D.C. and embassies across the world, to build strategic partnerships for companies expanding domestically and overseas. Her sophisticated understanding of foreign policy and deep relationships with sovereign governments, third-party institutions and global media organizations is used to solve problems that require a multidisciplinary approach. She successfully shepherds companies into new markets, develops bilateral partnerships and manages senior relationships with dignitaries for multinational clients. In addition to her government outreach, Samantha forged lasting relationships with industry trade associations, think tanks, advocacy groups, chambers of commerce and media organizations. Before joining the private sector, Samantha served for nearly two decades as a foreign service officer in Indonesia, Peru, Myanmar (Burma) and Brazil. She also held senior positions in the Trump and Obama administrations, including serving as chief of staff to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the State Department, chief of staff to the Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of Energy Resources and as a senior advisor to two deputy secretaries.

HANNAH CARRESE is an Associate at Holland & Hart, LLP, in Denver, Colorado. She works on federal land use permitting, regulations governing land use and environmental quality, and water law disputes. Before joining Holland & Hart, Hannah served as a law clerk for Judge Harris L. Hartz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

DANE CHAMORRO is a Partner in Control Risks Americas business based in Washington, DC. A former U.S. diplomat, Dane was most recently Markets and Partnership lead for the Asia Pacific and immediately before that Managing Partner for the Southeast Asia business based in Singapore. Previously he acted as Director of Global Risk Analysis for the Asia Pacific region and Managing Director of the company’s North Asia business, encompassing Greater China, Korea, and Mongolia. Dane regularly advises strategic and portfolio investors and private equity firms on political and partner risks, corporate governance, and high-profile business disputes. Before joining Control Risks, Dane worked as a government integrity programs manager for Swiss group SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) developing fiscal governance programs for sovereign clients in South and South-East Asia. Dane also worked as a consultant for the Hong Kong office of Chicago’s Technomic Consultants and advised on government relations for the world’s largest nuclear fuel trading firm. Dane has a degree in international finance from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, is an honors graduate of the U.S. Army Intelligence School, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner and licensed investigator in Singapore.

VARU CHILAKAMARRI is a Partner at K&L Gates, LLP, in Washington, D.C. Her practice focuses on litigation services, primarily in environmental permitting, enforcement, and regulatory law. Varu also advises clients on government-facing matters.  Varu previously served in the Biden Administration as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where she oversaw the Torts Branch. Before that, Varu was an appellate attorney in DOJ’s Environment & Natural Resources Division, where she handled dozens of complex civil and criminal appeals involving federal environmental and animal welfare laws. She was Chief of Staff to the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment Division from 2015-2016.  During her tenure at DOJ, Varu also served as a deputy to the Associate Attorney General and on detail to the White House Counsel’s Office. She joined DOJ as a trial attorney in the Civil Division’s Federal Programs Branch. She clerked for Judge R. Guy Cole in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge Timothy B. Dyk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Varu graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and the Ohio State University.

ASHLEY CHRYSLER is a Partner at Warner Norcross + Judd LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She specializes in complex commercial litigation and appeals, with a focus on environmental, renewable energy, mining, and zoning litigation. Ashley assists clients at every stage of the legal process, from permitting and pre-litigation disputes through appeal. At the permitting stage, Ashley helps clients by ensuring their permit applications are complete and well-supported, then works with the client and agency to create a solid permitting record. Ashley is also a skilled courtroom advocate, has worked with a wide variety of technical experts, and has litigated in numerous administrative tribunals as well as state, federal and appellate courts throughout the country. She has also worked with legislators, agencies, and industry groups on new legislation and administrative rulemaking.

JOHN COSSA is the General Counsel of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council. He focuses his practice on implementing FAST-41 - the Permitting Council's enabling statute - to bring predictability, transparency, and accountability to the Federal environmental review and authorization process for U.S. infrastructure projects. John’s area of expertise is natural resource development on federally managed lands and the Outer Continental Shelf, including oil and gas, pipeline, transmission line, renewable energy, and mining development on lands managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). Joen leverages experience he gained from his time at DOI – first at the Bureau of Land Management; then at the Office of the Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management; and finally at the Office of the Solicitor – and subsequently in private practice, to implement a host of legislative infrastructure permitting reforms.

LISA DECKER is Senior Counsel for Devon Energy, a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company. In that role she is responsible for environmental matters and general litigation matters. Lisa’s practice focuses on environmental issues arising out of state, local and federal environmental laws, including environmental litigation. She advises clients on permitting, reporting, enforcement actions and other environmental compliance issues, including rulemaking and negotiations with federal, state and local governmental authorities. Lisa has extensive litigation experience on matters such as Superfund cleanups and cost recovery, toxic tort class actions for personal injury and property damage, natural resource damages and citizen suit claims. Her experience extends to general litigation matters, including cases for personal injury, contracts, construction defects, product liability, royalty and other general oil and gas litigation matters. Before moving in-house, Lisa was a partner at both Holme Roberts & Owen (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner) and Snell & Wilmer. She earned her law degree from Stanford University in 1990, and currently serves on the editorial board of the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Natural Resources & Environment publication.

JESSICA K. DELBAUM is a Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Antitrust practice. She focuses on defending multi-national companies’ mergers and acquisitions before the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice and coordinating the multi-jurisdictional antitrust defense of transactions. She also counsels clients on an extensive array of antitrust issues such as competitor collaborations, cartel leniency applications, and Hart-Scott-Rodino Act compliance, including integration planning. Before joining Shearman & Sterling, Jessica was an Attorney General’s Honors Program Attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. While at the Division, she investigated possible violations of the antitrust laws involving mergers and acquisitions, the reporting and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and civil price-fixing. Jessica is the author or co-author of numerous articles and publications, including a chapter on Mergers & Acquisitions in Antitrust Adviser (5th ed.). This treatise features contributions from top practitioners in the field and addresses practical antitrust topics. She is widely recognized in the key guides for antitrust/merger control, including Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500 and Chambers.

LYDIA DEXTER is a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, graduating cum laude in May 2023. She is a Legal Fellow at Earthrise Law Center, where she works primarily litigating public lands and Clean Water Act issues. Additionally, Lydia currently serves as the Secretary of the Indian Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. During law school, Lydia served as the President of the Native American Law Student Association and was the first solo Editor-in-Chief of the Animal Law Review. Lydia is interested in the intersection between environmental law, federal Indian law, and Indigenous Peoples’ issues, in particular, protection of cultural resources.

LINDSAY DOFELMIER is a Senior Associate in Hogan Lovells’ Denver office. Her practice is global and spans all stages of project development. She advises clients on resource development on public, private and Indian lands, complex commercial transactions, permitting, compliance, disputes, and issues arising under federal and state statutes related to energy, the environment, and natural resources. Lindsay provides full-service support for her clients in complex extractive- and energy-industry transactions and disputes—from conducting front-end due diligence and ESG consulting to drafting and negotiating acquisition, divestiture, merger, supply, and royalty agreements and related financing and investment instruments, providing daily operational support for projects, and representing clients in disputes in state and federal courts. Before joining Hogan Lovells, Lindsay was an associate in the Houston office of a major international law firm where her practice focused on environmental transactions and a legal fellow in Defenders of Wildlife’s Denver office, where she worked a variety other of legal matters related to conservation and special status species. Lindsay clerked for the Honorable Melinda Harmon of the Southern District of Texas and is a member of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Clear Sky First Nation.

MIYANOU DUFOUR is a partner in the Mining and Environmental areas at Hernández & Cía, in Lima, Peru. She provides comprehensive legal advice in all aspects related to the governance and operations of companies with a 360° advisory vision of the mining sector in corporate, mining, and regulatory aspects. Miyanou is one of the main advisors of several companies in the sector, including Compañía Minera Antapaccay, Marcobre, Lumina Copper, and Minsur, among others. She also oversees corporate transactional matters for the mining sector. Miyanou holds the first historical position at the Law School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, the most prestigious law school in Peru.

DEIDRE DUNCAN is a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and the leader of the firm’s environmental practice. She represents clients on permitting, compliance, and litigation relating to the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and other environmental statutes. She frequently counsels clients on administrative rulemaking and policy, providing regulatory clarifications when necessary, and drafting federal and state legislation on a myriad of intricate issues. Deidre is well known for negotiating and obtaining permits for complicated energy and development projects. Her clients include development companies, oil and natural gas pipelines, electric utilities, agricultural interests, state and local agencies, and various trade associations. She advises on permitting matters that present novel issues, such as risks associated with obtaining CWA authorizations, including section 404 and Nationwide Permit 12 authorization from the US Army Corps of Engineers, as well as Rivers and Harbors Act section 408 and section 10 authorizations from the Corps. As part of our energy transition practice, Deidre also assists clients with navigating permitting, regulatory, and compliance standards for the development and transmission of new energy sources and the retirement of traditional energy sources.

JOHN FAST is a key member of the Business Crimes, Investigations, and Compliance group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto, Canada, and maintains a national practice dedicated to white collar crime matters. John has significant experience conducting internal investigations, designing and evaluating compliance programs, and defending criminal and regulatory enforcement actions and charges related to bribery, corruption, sanctions, fraud, securities offences including insider trading, and environmental offences. John is frequently called upon to advise on compliance with anti-corruption, sanctions, lobbying, and conflicts of interest laws. He has led or participated in robust anti-corruption and sanctions compliance program assessments and risk assessments for several of Canada's largest companies, including conducting on-site risk assessments in Europe and South America. John is a member of the Compliance Monitorship team for AtkinsRéalis (previously SNC-Lavalin) pursuant to the Probation Order imposed by the Quebec Court as part of its sentencing on charges of fraud in Libya and its Remediation Agreement to resolve charges related to misconduct associated with the Jacques Cartier Bridge project that occurred between 1997 – 2004. He is ranked as an Associate to Watch by Chambers Canada in the area of White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.

LOIS ELLEN FRANK, Ph.D. is a Santa Fe, New Mexico based Chef, author, a Native foods historian, culinary anthropologist, educator, photographer, organic gardener, and a James Beard Award winning cookbook author, for her book Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations. She is the chef-owner of Red Mesa Cuisine, LLC, a catering company specializing in Indigenous Cuisine and Cultural Education with a modern twist where she cooks alongside Native American Chef Walter Whitewater, Diné (Navajo). Dr. Frank has spent over 30 years documenting and working with the foods and lifeways of Native American communities in the Southwest. In 2020, she was the recipient of the Local Hero Olla Award, which recognizes an exceptional individual for the work they do to create healthy, innovative, vibrant, and resilient local sustainable food systems in New Mexico. In August of 2023, her new cookbook, Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky Modern Plant-Based Recipes Using Native American Ingredients was released.

CANDACE FRENCH is an Attorney at Sacks Tierney P.A., in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has more than fifteen years of experience working in Tribal communities and has dedicated her legal career to serving Indian Country. Originally from Anadarko, Oklahoma, Candace is an enrolled member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and is of Navajo, Comanche, and Blackfeet descent. Before joining Sacks Tierney, Candace worked for the Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel where she provided legal representation to the 24-member Navajo Nation Council, standing committees, and other programs within the legislative branch. Candace is part of the team that serves as litigation counsel for the Navajo Nation in the Arizona General Stream Adjudication for the Little Colorado River System and Source. She has participated in engagements for Tribal clients involving long-term care, economic development, and sovereignty. Admitted to practice in Arizona and the Navajo Nation, Candace is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Indian Law Section. Candace received her B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in American Indian Studies, an M.A. in Criminal Justice, and her J.D. with a certificate in Indian Law, all from Arizona State University.

ANDREW GLENN is a Shareholder at Beatty & Wozniak, P.C., in Denver, Colorado, where he specializes in commercial litigation involving breaches of contracts, business torts, construction, product liability, and real-property disputes within the Energy and Natural Resource industries. As a dedicated advocate for his clients in the oil and gas and natural resource sectors, Andrew skillfully tackles complex cases in both state and federal courts. He crafts tailored strategies for his clients throughout the litigation process, from discovery and depositions to the trial presentation before the judge or jury. Andrew’s expertise extends to appellate advocacy, where he has a track record of successful appeals, including the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Andrew also provides valuable counsel to energy clients on state and federal regulatory matters and litigation before administrative adjudicatory entities and in federal court. He has effectively represented clients in enforcement proceedings before state agencies and resolved disputes before the Interior Board of Land Appeals. Andrew also guides clients through a variety of regulatory compliance issues, offering comprehensive support on matters involving: National Environmental Policy Act; Federal Land Policy and Management Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Endangered Species Act; Clean Air Act; and Mineral Leasing Act.

ANDREW GOOD is a Partner at Olvia Gibbs LLP in Columbus, Ohio. He represents companies active in the oil and gas industry in both litigation and arbitration matters, from risk management to trial. He also advises clients on compliance and regulatory issues, contract drafting, and handles proceedings in front of administrative agencies, including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Commerce. In addition to his energy practice, Andrew has broad experience in commercial and business litigation, including breach of contract and lease claims, construction disputes, non-compete and non-solicitation disputes, trade secrets, business torts, and real property-related claims. He is OSHA certified in Construction Safety and Health and has drafted and reviewed numerous construction contracts. With over a decade of experience, Andrew has handled hundreds of cases that involved investigating claims, preparing and responding to motions, and conducting depositions. Likewise, he has tried multiple cases to verdict, arbitrated numerous matters, handled appeals, and favorably resolved complex cases through mediation. By combining his legal experience with an in-depth understanding of industry and state-specific issues, Andrew provides clients with practical and effective strategies.

MAX GOTTLIEB is a Partner with Hissam Forman Donovan Ritchie PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia. Max has a diverse and varied energy sector practice, ranging from leading complex federal court litigation to heading-up the firm’s corporate and transactional services. As a successful trial lawyer — having tried first-of-their-kind and precedent setting matters — Max became the author of the Trial Handbook for West Virginia Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Superlawyers®. After attending Georgetown University and Washington and Lee School of Law, receiving Latin honors from both, Max clerked for the Hon. Robert B. King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for the Hon. Robert Chambers of the U.S. District Court for Southern District of West Virginia. Before law school, Max worked for various elected officials on the state and federal levels, including West Virginia’s senior United States Senator.

LAURA GRANIER is a Partner and Co-Chair of the mining practice at Holland & Hart, LLP, where she focuses her practice on mining, Tribal, energy, and other natural resources issues. She served as lead counsel for Lithium Americas in the successful defense of the federal and state authorizations for the Thacker Pass Lithium Mine which is now the largest known lithium deposit in the world. Laura has spent more than two decades leading teams in numerous regulatory and judicial proceedings involving complex tribal, water, and environmental agency issues. She has successfully handled issues of first impression important to development on public and federal lands, including extensive work advocating for multiple use of federal lands in the course of the land use planning efforts related to the Greater Sage Grouse. Laura has recently been recognized among the Best Lawyers in America for water law and mining law.

ADAM W. GRAVLEY is a Partner at Van Ness Feldman in Seattle, Washington. He has over three decades of experience representing both public and private clients in environmental law with a particular focus on resolving water issues in regulatory, litigation, transactional, and public policy settings. His comprehensive water practice includes water rights permitting, transfers, and appeals; general stream adjudications; settlement, mediation, and collaborative resolutions; water supply agreements; public water system and drinking water regulation; water quality regulation and resource protection; entity and regional governance; legislation and administrative agency law; and related real estate, municipal, and public utility law matters. He represents the association of municipal water utilities in Washington. Adam has significant experience leading transactional due diligence teams and providing strategic advice for complex real property and natural resources transactions. Best Lawyers named Adam a “Lawyer of the Year” for water law in 2022 and 2024. 

GONZALO GREZ is a Partner at Cariola in Santiago, Chile, where he leads the mining and natural resources practice group. He specializes in mining transactions and project developments, with strong expertise in all types of contracts and other areas related to the mining chain, communities, land access, and cross border projects, with a comprehensive understanding of the mining business. He has participated in almost all relevant exploration, project development and Chilean mining M&A and joint ventures projects. Gonzalo is a member of the International Committee of The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law and a member of the Chilean Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He was a Professor of Corporate Law at Universidad Católica de Chile between 2001 -2017), the Director of the Natural Resources and Environment post graduate program at Universidad de Los Andes 2015-2018, and Vice Chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. Gonzalo has been a speaker and member of the Organizing Committee of the International Mining Congress in Ecuador, Brazil, and Chile, and co-author of the book “Indigenous Rights in South America” published by The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law.

BEN HOLLIDAY, a graduate of Texas A&M University and St. Mary’s University School of Law, he began his career as field landman leasing in South Texas and along the Gulf Coast. Shortly thereafter, he moved in-house with David H. Arrington Oil & Gas as a member of the Barnett Shale asset team. Since 2010, Ben has focused on representing operators with a focus on regulatory and title examination. Ben is the President of Holliday Energy Law Group and Massive Minerals Management, is Board Certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is the current South Texas Regional Director for AAPL, and a Past President of the San Antonio Association of Professional Landmen.

KYLE B. HOWE is an Attorney at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley in Denver, Colorado, and is a natural resources, environmental, and water rights attorney. Kyle handles the full range of water resources issues for surface water and groundwater. He represents clients in water rights litigation and has experience dealing with the complexities that arise in Colorado’s water courts. He also helps clients resolve various environmental issues in administrative and regulatory contexts. In his transactional practice, Kyle assists clients in the energy, mining, and water industries with natural resources transactions and related corporate and business matters. Kyle graduated from University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he was a Sturm Law Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the University of Denver Water Law Review. During law school, he gained experience externing at the Colorado Court of Appeals, a water resources start-up company, and the Natural Resources and Environment Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. Kyle is an active member of The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law and currently serves on the Foundation’s Young Professionals Committee.

JACQUELINE HYATT is a litigation, regulatory, and natural resources attorney at Williams, Weese, Pepple & Ferguson in Denver, Colorado. Jacqueline represents clients in matters involving energy, oil and gas, water, federal lands, mining, and environmental issues in state, federal, and Tribal courts as well as state agencies. Before entering private practice, Jacqueline served as a law clerk to Judge Bobby Baldock on the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jacqueline is a 2016 scholarship recipient from The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law.

JERRIS JOHNSON, CPL, is passionate about advancing the energy industry and contributing to its sustainability and growth. He is a frequent speaker and instructor for national and local associations and corporate events, sharing his knowledge and insights on various topics related to land practices, energy trends, and the utilization of artificial intelligence and technology hacks. With over 20 years of opportunities in the energy industry, his experience ranges from leading large teams to excelling in individual roles for multiple oil and gas and renewable energy companies. Jerris values integrity, excellence, and service in his work and life. He is highly involved in volunteerism and leadership for the American Association of Professional Landmen.

KELLY JOHNSON is a Partner in Holland & Hart’s Washington D.C. office. She provides environmental and natural resources compliance advice and helps clients navigate complicated political and policy matters in Congress and federal agencies. After beginning her career at Holland & Hart, Kelly served as Senior Counsel to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. She later was the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General in the Environment & Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Kelly has served as the Administrative Partner of the Washington D.C. office for Holland & Hart since 2006. From 2012 to 2017, she led Holland & Hart’s Environment and Natural Resources Practice Group and recently completed a three-year term as an elected member of the firm’s management committee. Kelly received her J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. She also holds an M.P.A. from the School of Environment & Public Affairs at Indiana University and a B.S. in Environmental Management from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University.

ARSHIA JAVAHERIAN serves as the Vice President of Legal Affairs at Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, where he spearheads the company’s legal, risk, and compliance initiatives. With extensive experience in legal and regulatory affairs, he plays a crucial role in the company’s executive management team, helping to develop and advance strategies for the permitting of a cutting-edge copper-nickel mining project by building bridges and navigating legal complexities. Arshia’s legal career began at the Illinois Commerce Commission as a regulatory attorney litigating rate cases. This was followed by a significant role at Alliant Energy, where he successfully advocated rate, permitting, and compliance matters in front of key regulatory bodies. At Enbridge, Arshia used his regulatory expertise and managerial skills to lead a team that successfully permitted over $3 billion in infrastructure projects across eight states. During this time, Javaherian obtained an LLM degree in Indigenous Peoples Law and negotiated groundbreaking agreements with Indigenous Tribes by leveraging his commitment to respectful and meaningful collaboration. Before his current role, Arshia worked at Commonwealth Edison Company in Chicago, where he and his team provided legal support and oversight to the utility’s day-to-day operations.

J.D. KESLER is a Shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City.  J.D. guides his clients through the acquisition, development, financing, and operation of energy infrastructure projects. Throughout his career, he has represented clients in deals involving oil and gas, interstate pipelines, solar, wind, hydrogen, geothermal, power plants, renewable natural gas, and many others. J.D. and the team at Parsons Behle represented the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as Operating Agent of the Intermountain Power Agency (“IPA”) in negotiating a first-of-its-kind hydrogen venture. Renewable energy will be converted into hydrogen, stored in underground salt caverns, and then delivered to IPA’s power plant, where it will be used to reduce the carbon emissions in the generation of electricity. The project is the first to combine utility and industrial scale renewable hydrogen production, storage, and transmission. Before joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, J.D. spent nearly six years as in-house counsel at a natural gas company, with divisions focused on oil and gas exploration, local natural gas distribution and interstate pipelines.

JENNIFER KNOWLTON is the Supervisor of Permian Emissions – New Mexico at ConocoPhillips. Her background includes midstream operations, upstream operations and consulting. Jennifer has more than 20 years of experience mitigating risk and advancing organizational performance through strong leadership, vast knowledge of air quality and compliance and refined project management capabilities. Jennifer excels in implementing complex regulations and programs while ensuring continuity of business operations. Jennifer and her team are currently implementing new air quality regulations under the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division Venting and Flaring rule, the Ozone Precursor rule and draft NSPS Quad Ob/c regulations. Jennifer holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering, a master’s degree in environmental law and policy and is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in multiple states. She is an authoritative voice within the U.S. oil and gas industry with expertise across a wide range of regulatory topics, including greenhouse gas record keeping, NSPS Subpart OOOOa, LDAR programs, and major source permitting. Jennifer enjoys traveling and being a drop in mom to her two sons who are attending college at Arizona State University and Colorado State University.

ALEX KUIPER is the Managing Partner of Kuiper Law Firm in Houston, Texas. He counsels a variety of energy industry clients in multiple legal facets. He is Board Certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specializations. His legal practice focuses primarily on oil and gas law, employment law, and bankruptcy law. He routinely acts as outside counsel for private equity oil and gas companies and Fortune 500 companies. Throughout his career, he has assisted in billions of dollars' worth in corporate acquisitions, authored countless oil and gas title opinions, and participated in civil disputes and litigation. His extensive reach extends to admissions in Texas, North Dakota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming, where he continues to be a member of various professional organizations. Alex received his B.A. in Political Science from The University of Texas, and attended South Texas College of Law, where he earned his J.D. He began working for large private practices centered around oil and gas Law. He then began his own firm, creating a better experience for his clients by providing effective, efficient, and personable representation.

RHETT LARSON is the Richard Morrison Professor of Water Law at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. He is also a senior research fellow with the Kyl Center for Water Policy. Rhett’s research focuses on international and domestic water law and policy. He works on dispute resolution in water rights adjudications in Arizona and the Colorado River Basin. He was appointed by the Governor of Arizona to the board of directors of the Arizona Mexico Commission. He leads a USAID-funded project improving water supplies in Lebanon and Jordan. He was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and a Lady Davis Fellow and visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of Just Add Water: Solving the World’s Problems Using its Most Precious Resource (Oxford University Press, 2020) and, with Vanessa Casado Pérez, co-editor of A Research Agenda for Water Law (Edward Elgar, 2023). Rhett practiced natural resource law with firms in Arizona, focusing on water rights and water quality. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago and his M.Sc. from the University of Oxford in Water Science, Policy, and Management.

LUKE LIBEN is a Partner in the oil and gas team of Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources group. Luke has spent over a decade representing energy industry clients litigating a variety of cases involving all aspects of the development of the Marcellus and Utica shales. Luke handles complex contractual disputes, including cases involving drilling contracts, joint operating agreements, and other industry specific relationships. Luke has significant experience representing exploration and production companies in royalty litigation, both class action and individual cases, and has defended many of the most common lease forms and provisions found throughout Appalachia. Luke also represents midstream companies in storage field cases, land use disputes, encroachment cases, and condemnations, and industry contractors on issues including workplace fatalities. Luke routinely argues motions and represents clients at trial in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, and before the American Arbitration Association.

JENNA MANDELL-RICE is a Partner at Van Ness Fedman LLP in Seattle, Washington, and the Co-Coordinator of the firm’s Land, Water and Natural Resources practice. Jenna counsels private and public clients on natural resources, environmental, and water-related permitting, with a particular focus on permitting renewable energy development (wind, solar and hydropower) and water infrastructure projects. She assists clients in developing comprehensive permitting strategies and counseling them through the regulatory process from project conception to construction. Jenna’s comprehensive water practice includes advising clients on authorizations for in-water work, water quality requirements, and water supply issues, including water rights. Jenna also assists renewable energy developers with federal permitting including FERC hydropower licensing and federal land-use authorizations for wind and solar projects. She has significant experience navigating endangered and special-status species issues and Federal and state environmental review. Jenna represents clients before federal and state regulatory agencies and has successfully represented clients in defending projects and permits in state and federal court.

ANNE MINARD is an Attorney-Advisor in the Albuquerque, New Mexico office of the federal U.S. Department of Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Southwest Region. Before joining the Office of the Solicitor, she clerked for Justice Charles Daniels on the New Mexico Supreme Court and Judge Harris Hartz on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and served in both the civil and criminal divisions at the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. She is a proud graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque, where she focused on Indian Law and Natural Resources Law. In her previous career, Anne worked as a journalist covering science and the environment, and her work appeared in multiple national publications. In her free time, Anne enjoys hiking, swimming, and vigorous games of fetch with her rescue dogs.

KATIE MOISAN is an Attorney at Fairfield and Woods P.C. in Denver, Colorado. Katie represents clients in the oil and gas and real estate sectors. Her practice primarily consists of title, due diligence, land entitlements, and commercial real estate acquisitions. Katie draws on her experience as both an in-house and private practice attorney to advise her clients and help them solve issues from multiple angles or understand and mitigate business risks involved in their projects. She is passionate about utilizing our land in a manner that protects our natural resources, benefits the community, and serves generations to come. Katie graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2016, although her loyalty will forever be with her Oklahoma State cowboys. She resides in Denver with her husband and daughter. Katie is an active member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Petroleum Club, and the Denver Association of Professional Landmen. 

KATIE L. MONROE is currently the Director of Land Administration for Greylock Energy in Charleston, West Virginia. Ms. Monroe is an accomplished attorney and land professional with diverse experience in the energy industry spanning coal, oil and gas, and interstate transmission pipelines. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section, the West Virginia State Bar Probate Committee, Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the AAPL, and is a Past President of the Charleston Estate Planning Council. She is admitted to practice in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, and the United States Supreme Court. Katie earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law. She has been a speaker at various industry events including various National Business Institute CLE seminars, the West Virginia Tax Institute, MBLC of the AAPL, and the Huntingon Estate Planning Council.

ALI NAUSHAHI is a Partner at Bennett Jones in Toronto, Ontario. Ali practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and mining. Ali acts for clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, public equity and debt offerings, private placements, reverse takeover transactions, and stock exchange listings. While Ali acts for clients in a number of industries, he focuses on the mining sector. Ali has assisted mining and royalty/streaming companies with acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, royalty and streaming transactions, earn-in agreements, and offtake agreements. Ali also advises companies on various matters relating to corporate governance and continuous disclosure obligations.

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, construct renewable energy projects on public lands, produce valuable natural resources, or improve government policies and programs affecting their businesses. Ann has held senior legal and policy positions at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of the Interior. She spent more than 10 years as a trial lawyer in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and 10 years litigating and ultimately managing all civil works litigation for the Army Corps. At Bracewell, Ann 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; federal public lands matters; tribal issues; and related regulatory issues, policy advocacy, and litigation.

GEORGE NIÑO is the Executive Vice President Legal and Compliance for Yokogawa Corporation of America (YCA). He has a similar role with KBC Advanced Technologies (KBC). YCA and KBC’s ultimate parent company is Yokogawa Electric Corporation, which is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. George provides advanced solutions in the areas of measurement, control, and information to customers across a broad range of industries, including energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and space. He addresses customer issues regarding the optimization of production and assets. In 2023, George began researching the legal risks and benefits of companies using generative AI tools. He often speaks about policies regarding the responsible use of AI and related legal and ethical issues. In 2023, he discussed these topics at SMU, and in 2024, he will moderate a panel on these topics at Stanford Law School. George also posts about AI on LinkedIn. George is a member of the boards of the Texas General Counsel Forum (Houston) and the Hispanic Bar Association (Houston). Early in his career, he worked as International Law Enforcement Specialist with the Department of Treasury and Special Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice. George graduated from Yale and Stanford Law School.

PETER ORTEGO is the General Counsel of Ute Mountain Ute Justice Department. After working in Denver for six years practicing primarily criminal law, domestic relations, and juvenile law, Peter has been working in the Justice Department of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe since April 2000, and has served as the Tribe’s General Counsel since January 2002. Among other things, Peter has drafted numerous laws, policies, and regulations for the Tribe, has assisted the Tribe in government relations and cultural protection, and has worked on resource development for the Tribe. Peter is not a Native American. Peter advises the Tribe in all legal matters, including energy development, and coordinates with Special Counsel as needed, such as with the Sweetwater Hydro-Electric Pump Back Storage project. The Tribe is transitioning from focusing primarily on oil and gas production to renewable energy production and currently has numerous contracts in place for solar development. Peter earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

NADINE PADILLA is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where she teaches courses at the intersection of Indian Law and Environmental Law. Nadine co-leads the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section in the Clinical Law Program. Before joining the UNM Law School faculty, Nadine served as the Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department. She also previously worked as a staff attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, where she represented communities seeking to protect their air and water quality. Nadine began her work on environmental issues as a community organizer working to protect Indian sacred sites. She has over two decades of experience working with Tribes and environmental justice communities.

EDUARDO PASETA is the General Council of Minsur in San Borja, Perú. Minsur is the parent company of the mining division of the BRECA Group, the only Peruvian company member of the ICMM and second world largest producer of tin. He is responsible for supervising all legal, compliance and permitting aspects of all operations and explorations projects of BRECA’s mining division. Previously, he was the General Counsel of Marcobre, which owns Mina Justa, a large-scale copper mine in Perú and the largest project of a conglomerate in Perú called BRECA Group. He has also served in different legal roles, including Legal and Regulatory Superintendent, at Compañia Minera Antamina, a joint venture between four leading companies in the global mining industry (BHP Billiton, Glencore, Teck and Mitsubishi Corporate). He started his career in 2004 in private practice at law firms, including at the Osterling law firm, a longstanding firm in Perú, where he gained experience addressing legal issues related to environmental and natural resources matters. Eduardo is known for his deep knowledge and experience in all aspects of the mining industry. He has a Master of Laws in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy from the University of Denver.

JANE RUEGER is a Partner at Perkins Coie LLP in Washington, D.C. She draws on her deep knowledge of the electric industry and markets to advise clients in transactional, litigation, policy, and regulatory matters. Jane regularly represents clients negotiating procurement contracts for power and associated products from carbon-free and conventional resources. She advises clients on a wide array of physical transactions, virtual transactions, REC-only transactions, and the development of behind-the-meter power supply options. She also counsels market participants on RTO/ISO market rules around the United States and the development of creative strategies to successfully operate within those markets. In addition, Jane advises clients on advancing their energy policy goals in areas such as transmission planning, grid interconnection, market structures, and adoption of policies favorable to cutting-edge technologies that are critical to decarbonizing the energy industry, such as microgrids and zero-emission vehicles. A core strength of Jane’s practice is the diverse nature of her knowledge and client base, including electric and gas utilities, financial institutions, large industrial and commercial consumers of power, and other utility service providers. Jane has been an active member of the Energy Bar Association for many years, and in 2020-21 served as its President.

DE VANN SAGO is an Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Environment, Land & Resources Practice and Litigation & Trial Department. Ms. Sago advises clients on complex environmental regulatory issues and litigation across a variety of sectors. Before joining Latham, De Vann was an associate at a national law firm where she worked on regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters in the transportation sector. De Vann is a graduate of Princeton University and Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, she interned at the Office of the General Counsel at the US. Department of Transportation. De Vann was also an editor of the Georgetown Environmental Law Review. Before law school, she completed a fellowship in children’s health at a Nashville-based public interest law firm.

ALEXANDER SAMSON is a Partner at DLA Piper in Brisbane, Australia. He is skilled corporate and commercial lawyer, advising on international and domestic private M&A, complex joint ventures and logistical arrangements, corporate structuring and restructuring, fundraising, commercial transactions and corporate advisory. Alexander has a broad array of sector expertise but is particularly focussed on energy and natural resources. Alexander co-leads DLA Piper’s Global ENR Battery Mineral sub-sector. Alexander strives to provide commercial and pragmatic advice combined with a fresh style of client service delivery.

THERESA M. SAUER is a shareholder at Beatty & Wozniak in Denver, Colorado, and heads its federal practice group. Theresa specializes in supporting energy companies on federal land access, species, surface rights and legacy environmental concerns. She counsels clients on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and operating mineral leases on state and federal lands. Theresa also advises clients on the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and related issues, including options for operating in special status species’ habitat, and works with federal regulators to process permits and documents. Theresa represents the energy industry in state and federal rulemakings through trade associations and on behalf of individual clients. She also represents industry in NEPA-based federal litigation. Before law school, Theresa worked as a natural resources analyst for a former Colorado governor and was at the Colorado Bureau of Land Management where she worked directly with program leads on issues including oil and gas leasing and species conservation. Theresa provides a pragmatic approach to legal issues faced by energy companies. She is thorough, creative, and knows how to think outside the box to reach practical business solutions and achieve client objectives.

PAUL SEBY is a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in Denver, Colorado. He is a leading practitioner in the Rocky Mountain region, with nearly 25 years' experience analyzing a myriad of environmental issues. He counsels public and private clients in the energy, mining, manufacturing, and service industries on how to navigate and operate within the complex framework of state and federal environmental regulations and policies. Paul has vast experience prosecuting cases to enforce and overturn administrative agency regulations and decisions and has defended clients in federal and state enforcement proceedings, in appearances before the U.S. Supreme Court, several U.S. Courts of Appeal, and the Colorado Supreme Court, among others. Bearing in mind that a successful outcome is often a combination of traditional and non-traditional legal strategy, Paul leverages his experience to negotiate with government agencies and adversary groups. Clients across the country trust Paul to draw upon his deep understanding of how government programs and agencies function to identify existing and potential environmental pitfalls they may face in achieving their business goals. He efficiently and effectively guides his clients in developing practical, workable strategies to take on legal and business challenges, and has been recognized for his work by many leading legal publications.

AMY E. SENESHEN is the Managing Partner of Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. in Denver, Colorado. She specializes in upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions as well as exploration and development projects in the mining sector. Amy is a member of the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law and serves as the chair of its Programs Committee. She is ranked in the field of Energy & Natural Resources by Chambers, has been named to The Best Lawyers in America for the field of Oil & Gas Law, recognized by Super Lawyers in Energy & Natural Resources Law and has been selected by the Denver Business Journal as Who’s Who in Energy and Top Women in Energy. Amy 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.  

BRIAN SULLIVAN is a co-founder of McElroy, Sullivan, Miller & Weber, LLP. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Beginning in spring 2019, Brian joined the faculty of the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches oil and gas law. Before founding his law firm, Brian was a Legal and Technical Examiner (now Administrative Law Judge) in the Oil and Gas Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas. Brian was previously a Production Engineer at Amoco Production Company and a Consulting Engineer with Max F. Powell, P.E. Brian has served as the Chairman of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Council of the State Bar of Texas; Chairman of the Visiting Committee for the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at UT; and on the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Brian has been recognized by Texas Lawyer as one of five “Go To” lawyers for Energy Law and has been a Texas Monthly “Super Lawyer” every year since 2007. He graduated with Honors in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas and from the University of Texas Law School.

EMILY TABAK is a Partner in the Salt Lake City office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Emily identifies strategic solutions in environmental regulatory compliance, specializing in waste and chemicals management, contamination issues and emerging contaminants such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), multi-facility audit management and disclosures, and enforcement response. Emily has extensive experience helping clients navigate regulatory, permitting, and liability issues involving solid and hazardous waste, chemicals, site remediation, water quality, and air quality. She counsels clients managing complex audit and compliance processes, negotiates civil and criminal enforcement actions, and prepares submissions including reporting and disclosures to federal and state authorities and insurers. Emily also regularly advises clients involved in multiple industry sectors, including energy and resources, mining, oil and gas, aggregates, and electric power, focusing on liability and compliance related to changing federal and state environmental rulemaking, requirements and developments. Her experience includes regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and other statutory schemes.

JOHN M. (JACK) TANNER is a Director at Fairfield and Woods P.C. in Denver, Colorado. John helps solve business disputes, employing traditional and atypical litigation tactics to obtain the best results for his clients. He has represented clients in all aspects of complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including contracts, business torts, receiverships, intellectual property, and construction matters. His clients have included Kinder Morgan, Noble Energy, Microsoft, and Time Warner Telecom. Jack has served on the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee since 1996 and was its chair 2020-2021. He is a frequent lecturer on legal ethics, particularly ethics for in-house counsel. He has authored several articles on legal ethics, including; “In-House Counsel, Ethics, Whistleblowing, and Ethics,” 49 Colo. Law. No. 6, p. 29 (June 2020); “Top 10 Things In-House Counsel Need to Know about Ethics,” 45 Colo. Law No. 7, p. 59 (July, 2016); and “The New Rules of Professional Conduct:  Significant Changes for In-House Counsel,” 36 Colo. Law No. 11, p. 71 (November, 2007). After graduating from Duke Law School (with honors), he served as law clerk to Justice (later Chief Justice) Luis Rovira of the Colorado Supreme Court.

JEFFREY R. TAYLOR is a Partner at Lear & Lear PLLC in Salt Lake City, Utah. His practice focuses on title examination and has benefited from the selfless hours devoted by mentors and colleagues to help him develop his skills. Jeff believes in the phrase “better late than never,” married later in life, and stays young by raising a four-year old and a two-year old alongside his beautiful wife. While not perusing runsheets and preparing spreadsheets, Jeff enjoys the chilled mountain air, pine forests, chasing toddlers, and Utah’s rich blue skies. Jeff graduated from Brigham Young University in 2002 with a B.S. in Wildlife and Range Resources. Unsure about life as a forest ranger, Jeff graduated from law school in 2006 from the University of Utah.

ELIZABETH TIBLETS is a Partner at K&L Gates in Fort Worth, Texas. She is an oil and gas trial lawyer who has tried cases to the bench and to jury verdict. She represents her clients in their high-stakes disputes throughout the United States. Elizabeth has handled many different types of cases involving the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry, including cases involving alleged royalty underpayment, title questions, and obligations under operating agreements and purchase agreements. She is extremely proficient in handling putative class action lawsuits and has done so in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania. During her career, Elizabeth has been an integral part of teams who achieved favorable results at the Supreme Courts of Texas and North Dakota. Specifically, Elizabeth worked on the following cases: Blasi, et al. v. Continental Resources, Inc., et al., 959 N.W.2d 872 (N.D. 2021); Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company LP v. Texas Crude Energy, LLC, 573 S.W.3d 198 (Tex. 2019); and Phillips Petroleum Company v. Yarbrough, 405 S.W.3d 70 (Tex. 2013).

ADRIANO D. TRINDADE is a Partner at Mattos Filho Advogados in Brasília, Brazil. He is specialized in mining law and policy, with significant domestic and international experience. Adriano has provided legal advice for years to clients focusing on regulatory issues, project development, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, financing, and ESG factors related to mining, and has been involved in major projects and transactions in the mining sector. Adriano has also delivered capacity-building programs in Natural Resources and Mining Law to governments. His expertise has been recognized by international legal guides such as Chambers & Partners and Who’s Who Legal. Besides his legal practice, Adriano teaches courses on Mineral Law and Policy at Brazilian and international universities. He holds a PhD in Law and Regulation from the University of Brasília, and an LLM (Distinction) in Natural Resources Law & Policy from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy of the University of Dundee. Adriano is currently a Trustee-at-Large for The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law and serves on the Foundation’s International Committee.

JUDGE LINDA VANZI retired from the New Mexico Judiciary in 2020 after serving for 12 years as a judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, including two years as chief judge, following four years of service as a trial judge at the Second Judicial District Court, Civil Division. She was also a designated judge on several cases in the New Mexico Supreme Court. Bored by retirement, she joined the Rodey Law Firm where she practices in both the Complex and Commercial Litigation Group and the Labor and Employment Group. During the course of her career as a judge and attorney, Judge Vanzi has spoken at countless seminars and served on many committees, including as Chair of the Client Protection Fund, Chair of the Judiciary Budget Committee, the Judicial Education & Training Advisory Committee, and the Uniform Jury Instruction Committee. She has a special interest in state constitutional law and civil rights litigation and has authored several articles on these subjects. Judge Vanzi also acts as an arbitrator, hearing officer, and mediator on a regular basis, and continues to teach substantive classes at the UNM School of law.

DR. FABIAN E. VILLALOBOS is an engineer at RAND, and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has an interest in the intersection of technology, economics, and geopolitics and primarily focuses on issues in national security. His recent work has included research on critical minerals and technology supply chains, U.C.-China technological competition, technological risk, electric vehicles, hypersonic missiles, fighter turbine engines, submersibles, and autonomous systems. Fabian has been invited to speak about critical minerals and battery supply chains to audiences that include U.S. government officials in the Departments of Defense, State, and Commerce, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives; think tanks and academic institutes; universities; and foreign consulates and embassies. His commentary has been featured in the World Economic Forum, The Hill, Barron's, DefenseNews, New Security Beat, and more. He has been quoted in the New York Times, PolitiFact, Factcheck.org, Indopacific Defense Forum, The Wire China, and more. He is a co-inventor and co-author of patents. Previously, he worked in industry at startups and established manufacturers alike supporting R&D, product development, quality assurance, business development, and more.

DANIEL E. WALTERS is an Associate Professor of Law at the Texas A&M University School of Law. Previously he was an Assistant Professor of Law at Penn State Law and a Regulation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law. Dan writes about administrative and regulatory law, with a particular focus on the implications of democratic theory for the administrative state, public participation in administrative processes, deference, administrative behavior, and the court-agency relationship. He also writes about climate change and energy law, with an emphasis on electric transmission lines, grid governance, the food-climate nexus, and climate legislation. His articles have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Administrative Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, and the Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory (JPART), among others. He earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

KENYON S. WEAVER is Senior Counsel at the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. As Senior Counsel, Kenyon oversees CLDP's Energy Transition team of attorneys, specialists, and experts, which provides technical assistance on a government-to-government basis to ministries, regulators, and national energy companies on transparent and competitive legal and regulatory frameworks for sustainable investment in power, decarbonization, and minerals. Kenyon is a co-author of the Methane Abatement for Oil and Gas: Handbook for Policymakers, one of CLDP’s numerous best practice guides. Before joining CLDP, Kenyon was an attorney in the Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Washington, D.C. offices of Dentons, where he worked on cross-border transactions in energy and natural resources, economic sanctions, and trade and corporate issues. Kenyon received his J.D. in 2008 from Georgetown University Law Center, where he studied for a semester at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China. He holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University. Prior to law school, Kenyon served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan.

BRAD WEBER is the Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Antitrust Practice Group and Artificial Intelligence Industry Group, working in both the Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices. He is a Past Chair of the Antitrust & Business Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, a former Director on the Board of the State Bar of Texas, a Past President of the Dallas Bar Association, and a Past Chair of the Dallas Bar Foundation. Brad has developed a full-service antitrust practice with an emphasis on litigation, government investigations, and antitrust compliance. His recent litigation cases have involved clients from a wide range of industries, including energy, real estate, insurance, property management, building products, travel services, and agriculture. He also has extensive experience representing clients in class actions and multidistrict litigation. Brad speaks and writes frequently on antitrust law enforcement, practice, and compliance, including developing issues at the intersection of antitrust law and artificial intelligence (AI). He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. Brad received his B.S. degree in Engineering Science from Iowa State University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

DANIEL WEINSTEIN is a Partner at Urzúa Abogados in Santiago, Chile, where he provides strategic guidance to international companies entering the Chilean market or developing mining projects in the country, encompassing the full spectrum of the mining cycle, from initial exploration to establishing large-scale operations. He also offers advice to a diverse range of industry players, including metal trading companies, engineering and construction firms, and other key stakeholders in the mining sector. Daniel has over two decades of experience in the mining and natural resources sector and spearheaded transactions exceeding USD$22 billion across five continents, focusing particularly on Chile. Daniel has played a significant role in shaping Chilean mining regulations and policies, serving as an advisor to the Ministry of Mining and collaborating with industry-related trade associations. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Laws, summa cum laude, from the University of Chile and a Master of Laws from the University of Chicago. He is a regular speaker and lecturer at national and international forums. Residing in Santiago, Chile, he balances his professional pursuits with family life, sharing his home with his wife, two children, and a beloved dog.

JOHN B. WELDON JR. is a founding member of the Phoenix, Arizona law firm Salmon Lewis & Weldon. His practice focuses on water law, natural resources litigation, environmental law, Indian law, and electric power and utilities. John concentrates on the representation of the largest water users’ association in Arizona, and an agricultural improvement and power district, an Arizona municipality, environmental and natural resources related matters. He was one of the lead negotiators in resolving the water rights claims of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the Zuni Tribe, the Gila River Indian Community, the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and the Hualapai Tribe in Arizona. He has been included in Best Lawyers in America in Natural Resources Law, Water Law and Environmental Law every year since 1993, and he is a frequent author and speaker on Arizona water law and the Law of the Colorado River.

SCOTT WILLIAMS is a Partner at Berkey Williams LLP in Davis, California. He has spent the last several decades working for Indian Tribes primarily on matters related to water, water rights, fishing rights, environmental restoration, and Indian lands. Scott and his partner, Curtis Berkey, taught for nearly a decade the course entitled “Advanced Topics in Indian Law” at Berkeley Law School at UC Berkeley (formerly Boalt Hall). Since 1993, Scott and his colleagues in the firm have represented the Yurok Tribe in its efforts to reestablish a healthy and free-flowing Klamath River. Scott is a graduate of Stanford University and Boston College Law School. He received a Fellowship from Howard University to work in poor communities in rural Virginia. Scott then brought that civil rights litigation background to the Central Valley of California.

OLIVER WRIGHT is a projects partner in DLA Piper’s New York office and co-leads the firm’s global ENR Battery Mineral sub-sector. He has extensive experience advising on a broad range of transactions across the mining and metals sector, regularly taking the lead on project development, financing, and M&A transactions. He is ranked Band 1: USA-Nationwide: Mining & Metals (Transactional) by Chambers 2023. Clients have noted: “Oliver brings a practical approach and his in-house experience shines through in his interactions” (Chambers). Oliver represents clients in relation to deal structuring, investment risks, joint venture management, offtake arrangements and other operational matters, new country entry, and relations with host country governments. Oliver advises sponsors, lenders, and private equity and credit clients on transactions spanning several jurisdictions.