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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 which begins at noon 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 August that attracts energy attorneys from all regions of Texas and surrounding states.

August 8-9, 2019


The Energy Law Section's XXXIV Review of Oil and Gas Law will be held on August 8-9, 2019 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, Texas. Registration is now open at  


If you have any questions, please feel free to email Matt Johnson at or Velda Powers at


Meeting Schedule:


January 16, 2019 Speaker & Topic: 


"Drones in the Oilpatch"

Legal ramifications of using drones in the oilpatch to reconnoiter on competitors’ operations.   

Joe Dancy from OU Law

February 20, 2019 Speaker & Topic: 


"Walking the Land: Easily Identifiable Environmental Issues In Oil and Gas Production"

Over the last several years, federal and state regulatory authorities have increased environmental compliance and enforcement actions related to conventional and unconventional oil and gas operations.  This presentation examines major state and federal environmental enforcement actions against operators and reviews differences in enforcement actions across major shale plays.  

Michael Reer from Harris, Finley & Bogle


March 20, 2019 Speaker & Topic: 


"Water versus Oil and Gas: Will the domestic needs for water exceed the demands of the oil and gas industry?

Water is needed for oil and gas development and production. This presentation discusses the demands for water balanced against the production of oil and gas, risks created by oil and gas development to surface and groundwater, domestic needs, and enforcement actions exercised to protect the water supply.

Roger Beecham of Freeman Mills PC


April 17, 2019 Speaker & Topic:  


"Third Age of Oil & Gas Law"


How some new economic arrangements developed in government concessions may be of use to sophisticated oil and gas lessors.

Professor James Coleman of SMU Law School



May 15, 2019 Speaker & Topic:



"Dealing with Millennial Jurors in Oil and Gas Cases"


Jason Bloom


June 19, 2019 Speaker & Topic:


"Disputes Over Production in Paying Quantities"


The presentation provides an overview of the doctrines involved in evaluating the issues of whether leases have terminated for failure to produce in paying quantities. The review both covers the relevant legal authorities and provides a practical guide as to what goes in and what stays out of the analysis


Daniel Charest of Burns Charest, LLP and James Key of Harris, Finley & Bogle P.C.



July 17, 2019 Speaker & Topic: 



“Considerations in Drafting and Evaluating Area of Mutual Interest Agreements”

Areas of mutual interest agreements are common in contracts between two entities jointly exploring and developing oil and gas prospects.  They come in many forms, however, and often have unintended ambiguities that can lead to significant conflicts and exposure.  This presentation addresses several considerations surrounding AMI provisions that can be used as a tool for the lawyer drafting them in the deal context or analyzing them in the dispute context.  

Meghan McElvey of Baker Botts LLP

Thursday and Friday, August 8-9, 2019


The Energy Law Section's XXXIV Review of Oil and Gas Law will be held on August 8-9, 2019 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, Texas. You can register at


If you have any questions, please feel free to email Matt Johnson at or Velda Powers at


September 18, 2019 Speaker & Topic: 

"Mineral Purchase and Sale Agreements"


Cliff Squibb of Hamilton Squibb


October 16, 2019 Speaker & Topic:


"Current Issues Under the Louisiana Law of Oil and Gas”

Pat Ottinger of Ottinger Hebert will present a summary of current issues under Louisiana oil and gas law that might be of interest to a Texas practitioner.


November 20, 2019 Speaker & Topic: 

Topic TBD


Tom Phillips of Baker Botts, who was from 1988 to 2004 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas


December 18, 2019 Speaker & Topic:

"Texas Oil and Gas Caselaw update"


Jonathan Childers of Lynn, Pinker, Cox & Hurst


Section News: 


We have Course Materials available from the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Annual Review of Oil & Gas Law.  If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please email Velda Powers at

Section Officers:

Name: E. Foster Green
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Freeman Mills PC
Firm Address: 12222 Merit Dr Ste 1400
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75251
Business Phone: (214) 800-5191

Name: Collin Lensing
Officer Position: Vice Chair
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: Secretary/Treasurer
Employer: Rosewood Resources
Address: 2101 Cedar Springs Rd., Suite 1500
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75201
Business Phone: (214) 849-9392

Name: Matt Johnson
Officer: Symposium Chair
Employer: Hunt Oil Company
Address: 1900 N Akard St
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75201
Business Phone: (214) 978-8000

Name: Jorge Gutierrez
Officer: Communication & Sponsorship Chair
Employer: Reed Smith LLP
Address: 2501 N. Harwood Street
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75201
Business Phone: (469) 680-4225

Name: David Ammons
Officer Position: Immediate Past 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

Past Energy Law Section Chairs

2018-David Ammons

2017-Jordyn Christian-Gringras

2016-Mike Goldberg

2015-Ryan Sears

2014-Roger Beecham

2013-Rhodes Hamilton

2012-Jason Schumacher

2011-Caroline Akers

2010-Mark Nastri

2009-Scott Goldberg

2008-Debra Villarreal

2007-Jolisa Dobbs

2006-Norma Iacovo

2005-John Holden, Jr.

2004-Stewart B. Hoge/Kris Terry

2003-Stewart B. Hoge

2002-Tim Dowdy/Stewart B. Hoge

2001-Joseph Shade

2000-Karen Lynch/John R. Woodward

1999-Robert P. Baxter, Jr.

1998-Gerald M. Bendo

1997-Mark Galloway

1996-John C. Harrison

1995-Charles Sartain

1994-Becky McGee

1993-Patti Ivey

1992-John R. Tilley

1991-Brent Alan Helms

1990-Sherry Peart

1989-Arthur Wright

1988-David Houck

1987-Elaine Boze

1986-Terry Cross

1985-Charles F. Guittard

1984-J.T. Walker


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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.

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage

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


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