Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector

Law School Symposium

- in Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Texas A&M University School of Law
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth Texas, 76102

Online registration is closed.  Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the door.

Past Event


Presented by the Institute for Energy Law and the Texas A&M University School of Law

This annual symposium follows a career theme for new law graduates and young attorneys interested in working in the energy industries. Enhanced informal networking opportunities will be available during the symposium where attendees will be able to talk with the industry participants one-to-one or in small groups.

Conference Co-Chairs

Brett Podkanowicz
Counsel – Land & Legal
EnCore Permian
Midland, TX

Harry W. Sullivan, Jr.
Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law
Kosmos Energy
Dallas, TX


  • $0.00 - Student
  • $0.00 - Law Professors
  • $25.00 - Lawyers licensed less than 6 years
  • $75.00 - All others

Schedule and Faculty

Friday, March 24

5:00 – 6:15 pm

Joint Texas A&M Law School Energy Symposium and Career Paths Reception

This year’s reception will be a joint reception of the Career Paths Program and the Texas A&M University School of Law’s Energy Law Symposium: The Future of Energy (which takes place March 23-24).

Saturday, March 25

8:30 am

Registration and light breakfast

9:00 am


9:10 am

Outlook for Legal Careers in the Energy Sector

  • David Goldberg, Vice President – Legal, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, Range Resources Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas

9:30 am

The Oil & Gas and Energy Attorney


  • Becky McGee, Attorney and Consultant, Dallas, Texas


  • Bert Ferrara, Legacy Reserves, LP, Midland, Texas
  • Samuel E. Fubara, Thompson & Knight LLP, Dallas, Texas
  • Brett A. Miller, Langley & Banack, Inc., San Antonio, Texas

10:30 am


10:45 am

The Petroleum Land Manager and Land Administrator


  • Scott Larson, Scott Larson Law Firm, PC, Midland, Texas


  • Jonathan Groves, Endeavor Energy Resources, LP, Midland, Texas
  • Robert Gunn, Managing Counsel, EnCore Permian, Midland, Texas
  • Ross Smith, Double Eagle Andrews, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas

11:45 am


12:45 pm

Breakout Sessions with the Presenters

  • The Oil & Gas and Energy Attorney – Room 202
  • The Petroleum Land Manager and Land Administrator – Room 206
  • International Petroleum Transactions and Global Negotiations – Room 204
  • Compliance and Regulatory Professionals – Room 216

1:45 pm

International Petroleum Transactions and Global Negotiations


  • Andrew Melsheimer, Thompson & Knight LLP, Dallas, Texas


  • Curtis Frasier, Chairman, Shell Midstream Partners, GP, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Josh Marion, Kosmos Energy, LLC, Dallas, Texas
  • Jason Schumacher, Locke Lord LLP, Dallas, Texas
  • J. Richard Gallagher, Dallas, Texas

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Compliance and Regulatory Professionals

  • John Sardar, Chief Compliance Officer, Noble Energy, Inc., Houston, Texas
  • Alissa Eason, Kosmos Energy, LLC, Dallas, Texas
  • Jacki Pick, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Sr. Energy Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis, Dallas, Texas

3:45 pm

How to Get a Job


  • Patrick A. Dunn, Shapiro & Dunn, PLLC, Austin, Texas


  • Phillip Feiner, Vice President Legal & HR, Kosmos Energy, Dallas, Texas
  • Collin Lensing, General Counsel and VP of Corporate Development, Vendera Resources, Dallas, Texas

Overnight Accommodations

Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel
1701 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

  • Rooms are available in limited number at $159 per night plus taxes
  • Start date: 3/23/17
  • End date: 3/25/17


Other Information

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