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Energy Law Section

Provides a forum for energy practitioners to meet, network, and to study topical issues in the industry. The Section meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Belo for lunch and a CLE lecture by an energy attorney or other relevant energy professional. 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 and surrounding states.

August 2-3, 2018


The Energy Law Section's XXXIII Review of Oil and Gas Law will be held on August 2-3, 2018 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, Texas. You can register at This year's program includes presentations on recent oil and gas decisions; mergers and acquisitions; oil and gas leases; title opinions; drilling and master service agreements; environmental issues; blockchain; and more. The seminar will be live streamed again this year, and you may register for live streaming at the website link above.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email Michael Frye at or Velda Powers at


Meeting Schedule:


March 15, 2017 Speaker & Topic: 


"All QCDs - No BFPs"

Examiners must appreciate that the party they determine owns property has record/apparent title, but is not a bona fide purchaser for value (BFP), the gold standard for title. Mr. George Snell is providing insight to alert the industry on this point and solicit support for a legislative change.

George Snell 


April 19, 2017 Speaker & Topic: 


"Energy Pipelines, the Trump Administration, & the Courts: New Policies & New Challenges"

Professor Coleman will discuss recent legal developments concerning the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, and he will present his research on increased scrutiny and legal challenges for pipeline approvals.

Professor James Coleman, SMU Dedman School of Law



May 17, 2017 Speaker & Topic: 


"Texas Oil & Gas Cases to Watch in 2017"

Through the ups and downs of the oil and gas industry, several cases have made their way through the Texas courts.  This presentation will provide an overview of various pending and/or recent oil and gas cases to be aware of in 2017.

Chris Halgren and Austin W. Brister


June 21, 2017 Speaker & Topic:  


"Constitutional Challenges and Regulatory Opportunities for State Clean Energy Policy Innovation"


In the absence of a comprehensive federal policy approach to climate change and clean energy, more and more states are stepping in to fill the policy void.  But renewable portfolio standards, feed-in tariffs, and other state clean energy policies have increasingly come under attack for alleged violations of the Constitution. This project examines how much latitude states have when they experiment with innovative clean energy policies and which policy best protects state policymakers from the risk of litigation over the constitutionality of their commitment to clean energy.

Professor Felix Mormann, Associate Professor at University of Miami School of Law & Faculty Fellow at Stanford University


July 19, 2017 Speaker & Topic: TBD



"Landman or Lawyer? Part 2 - Ethical Pitfalls to Avoid"


This presentation will briefly summarize and review a 3 and a 1/2 week jury trial tried by the speaker and co-counsel in Fisher County, TX in August of 2015 which is currently on appeal. Cause No. DC-2013-0016LW Hunt Resources, LLC, et al v. Stephens & Myers, LLP, et al.

Part 1 was essentially Q & A forum style while Part 2 will focus on the substantive ethical rules which were involved in the case that many energy lawyers may not realize they are faced with often. It will include some examples of evidence presented to the jury at trial in support of the record-breaking verdict against the landmand/lawyer involved and the current status of the case including points referenced by various parties in their appellate briefs.


Jordyn J. Christian-Gingras, Managing Counsel - JCG Legal Group, PLLC




Thursday & Friday, August 1- & 11, 2017: "Review of Oil & Gas Law Annual Seminar"

Belo Mansion
Program information can be found at

For questions email Sandi Anderson at or Collin Lensing at

Video may be purchased of the entire seminar for CLE credit by contacting Mrs. Anderson. 




September 20, 2017 Speaker & Topic:

"A Landman as an Expert Witness"

This presentation includes an examination and analysis of 4 cases in which a landman was utilized as an expert witness. 


·         Case #1: Confidentiality Expectations

·         Case #2: Market Value for “Benefit of the Bargain” purposes

·         Case #3: Values of Non-producing Oil & Gas Interests re H2S

·         Case #4: Reasonable Expectations from a Financial Institution Landman


Gregory L. Jessup, CPL of Jessup Energy Land, LLC


October 18, 2017 Speaker & Topic:

"Navigating the Muddy Waters of Environmental Investigations in Land Use"

Over their careers both presenters have seen certain common mistakes made by buyers and sellers of real estate in how they perform environmental due diligence investigations. These common mistakes run the gamut from failing to realize a particular property requires certain investigations, to failing to appreciate the time requirements to overcome regulatory obstacles presented by some projects. This presentation, along with the accompanying paper, is a compilation of the most noteworthy mistakes observed over the careers of the presenters and tips for how to avoid them in your practice.    

Mark McPherson (McPherson Law Firm, PC) & Stephanie Sunico (Sr. Scientist at Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.)  


November 15, 2017 Speaker & Topic: TBD

December 20, 2017 Speaker & Topic: TBD


Section News: 


We have Course Materials available from the 2016 & 2017 Annual Review of Oil & Gas Law.  If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please email Sandra Anderson at

Section Officers:

Name: David Ammons
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Hyanes and Boone L.L.P.
Firm Address: 1221 McKinney Street, Ste. 2100
Firm City, State, Zip: Houston, TX 77010
Business Phone: (713) 547-2066

Name: E. Foster Green
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Freeman Mills PC
Firm Address: 4925 Greenville Ave., Suite 1450
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75206
Business Phone: (214) 800-5191

Name: Collin Lensing
Officer Position: Secretary/Treasurer                
Company: Vendera Resources
Address: 2602 McKinney Ave, Suite 200
City, Address, Zip: Dallas, TX 75204
Business Phone: (469) 206-0020

Name: Michael C. Frye
Officer: Communication & Sponsorship Chair
Employer: Rosewood Resources
Address: 2101 Cedar Springs Rd., Suite 1500
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75201
Business Phone: (214) 849-9392

Name: Jordyn Christian-Gingras
Officer: Chair
Firm: JCG Legal Group, PLLC
Firm Address: 3505 Yucca Dr., Suite #101
Firm City: Flower Mound, TX 75028
Business Phone: (817) 279-3446

Name: Aaron Tobin
Officer Position: Board Advisor
Firm: Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton
Firm Address: 8080 Park Lane, Suite 700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75231
Business Phone: 214-265-3851

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Section Membership


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Energy Law Section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $30.00 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 DBA membership department.

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For questions regarding Section email/roster/webpage, email Jessica Smith or call 214-220-7477.  


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