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Energy Law Section

Provides a forum for energy practitioners to meet and mingle and to study topical issues in the industry. The Section meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at the Belo for lunch and a CLE lecture by an energy attorney. Annually, the Section sponsors a two-day, in-depth seminar on a Thursday and Friday in the Fall that attracts energy attorneys from all regions of Texas.

Meeting Schedule:

Time and Location                               Speaker and Topic

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    Bryan Loocke of Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP
12:00 noon - Belo                                      "Current Midstream Trends: A Producer’s Perspective.  A review of current common legal issues facing oil and gas producers in negotiating transportation, processing and sales arrangements"
Wednesday, October 15, 2014        Jules Brenner, Strasburger & Price, LLP, and
12:00 noon - Belo                                Julie Lennon, Gaedeke Energy, LLC
                                                                       "Some Considerations of Risk in Oil and Gas Acquisition and Divestiture Transactions"
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   Arthur Wright and Rebecca Seidl, Thompson & Knight, LLP
12:00 noon - Belo                                      "Key Issues in Oil and Gas Purchase and Sale Agreements"
Wednesday, August 20, 2014         No Monthly Luncheon
Thurs & Fri, August 14&15, 2014    29th Annual Review of Oil and Gas Law
Belo Mansion                                               Program information can be found at
Wednesday, July 23, 2014              Ty Embrey, Lloyd Gosselink, PC
12:00 noon - Belo                                      "The Future of Water in Texas"
Wednesday, June 18, 2014            George Snell, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC
12:00 noon - Belo                                      "Texas Voluntary Pooling"
Wednesday, May 21, 2014             Paula Caldwell St. Onge, Consul General of Canada
12:00 noon - Belo                                     "Canada's Role in North American Energy Security"
Wednesday, April 16, 2014             Charles Sartain of Gray, Reed & McGraw, P.C.
12:00 noon - Belo                                     "Keeping Your Trade Secrets Secret"
Wednesday, March 19, 2014           Scott Moran and Michael Ma of Burford & Ryburn, LLP
12:00 noon - Belo                                      "Eminent Domain from Each Side"
Wednesday, February 19, 2014       Robert P. Smith, Ph.D., P.E.
12:00 noon - Belo                                    "Energy & Climate - Where We Are"
Wednesday, January 15, 2014         Craig A. Duewall and C. Mark Stratton of Shannon, Gracey, 
12:00 noon - Belo                                   Ratliff & Miller, LLP, and Gregory Jessup of Jessup, Harper, 
                                                                        Dean, LLC  
                                                                           "Litigation Trends in the Oil & Gas Industry"

2013 Meetings
Wednesday, January 16, 2013         David Ammons, Diamond McCarthy, LLP
12:00 noon - Belo                                     "Valuing the Potential of Land for Oil and Gas Development"

Wednesday, February 17, 2013       Todd D. Keator, Thompson & Knight, LLP
12:00 noon - Belo                                    "Like-Kind Exchanges in the Energy Sector"

Wednesday March 20, 2013             John Hicks, Scott, Douglas, McConnico, LLP.
12:00 noon - Belo                                     "Raildroad Commission Resources"

 Wednesday, April 17, 2013                Robert J. Traylor, Railroad Commission of Texas
12:00 noon - Belo                                       "Fracking and Groundwater Protection-                                                                                                     A Technical Presentation"                

Wednesday, May 15, 2013                Scott Lansdown, XTO Energy
12:00 noon - Belo                                    "Continous Development Provisions: Key Terms and the Issues that Can Arise in Their Application"

Wednesday, June 19, 20131             Luke J. Ellis & Justin A. Hodge. Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP                                                                "Supreme Court Landowner Condemnation: Landowner Perspective."
 12:00 noon - Belo                                   

Wednesday, July 17, 2013                No Monthly Luncheon--28th Annual Review of Oil and Gas Law, July 18th and 19th
12:00 noon - Belo                                    Program Information can be found at

Wednesday, August 21, 2013            No Monthly Luncheon due to Belo Construction
12:00 noon- Belo                                    

Wednesday, September 18, 2013         
12:00 noon - Belo

Steven E. Clark & Zac Duffy, McDole & Williams, PC

Employment in the Energy Sector: Key Terms in Employment Agreements and Workplace Policies           

Wednesday, October 16, 2013             
12:00 noon - Belo

D. Patrick Long, Pattong Boggs, LLP

Required Reading for Oil and Gas Lawyers: five critical cases that every oil and gas practicioner should remember.                                                                    

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
12:00 noon - Belo                                               
Stuart C. Holliman, Andrews Kurth, LLP

Royalty Calculation Update              


Wednesday, December 18, 2013            
12:00 noon - Belo

Richard Brown, Brown & Fortunato, PC

Case Law Update

Section News: 


We have Course Materials available from the last Annual Review of Oil & Gas Law.  If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please contact Sandra Anderson ( or 214-259-1871).


2015 Section Officers:

Name: Ryan W. Sears
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Denton US LLP
Firm Address: 2000 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1900
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-259-0900

Name: Michael R. Goldman
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.
Firm Address: 750 N. St. Paul Street, Suite 200
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75201
Business Phone: 214-692-0009

Name: Jordyn J. Christian-Gingras
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: TrustEn Legal, PLLC
Firm Address: 427 Copeland Dr.
Firm City, State, Zip: Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Business Phone: 817-279-3446

Name: David Ammons
Officer Position: CLE Chair
Firm: Diamond McCarthy, LLP
Firm Address: 1201 Elm Street, Ste. 3400
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75270
Business Phone: 214-389-5300

Name: Foster Green
Officer Position: Marketing Chair
Firm: Freeman Mills PC
Firm Address: 4925 Greenville Ave, Ste. 1450
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75206
Business Phone: 214-800-5191

Name: Roger Beecham
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, L.L.P
Firm Address: 901 Main St., Suite 4600
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: 214-245-3090

Name: Jonathan Childers
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP
Firm Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Ste. 2500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: 214-855-6800

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Section Membership


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Energy Law Section, please send a letter of request and a $25.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the membership department at the Dallas Bar.


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