Expert in Geology, Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, Energy Law, Business Law
Expert ID: 723740
Expert has nearly 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry, both domestic and international, embracing many different facets of the industry. He has been involved in both research and field operations, from acting as Director of the Pathfinding Group in Texaco's Offshore Division to prospect mapping and evaluation to sitting wells. Under his direction the offshore production volume of Energy Development Corporation increased by almost a factor of ten in a period of four years. In addition, he has worked on numerous international projects as a consultant for private petroleum exploration and production companies, national oil companies and other government agencies in over a dozen different countries. His expertise includes both technical and legal aspects of the U.S. and world petroleum industry.
Expert has an extensive background in geological research and field mapping, including a radical revision of the geologic map of a key area in northern New Hampshire that established a new stratigraphy for much of the northern Appalachians. His primary areas of expertise are structural geology and tectonics, including detailed structural analysis of metamorphic tectonites. Application of structural analysis to hydrocarbons and mineral exploration has constituted an important part of his career. He is also experienced in designing courses and conducting training on geological subjects. This includes over seven years as a university professor and various proprietary training seminars given in an industry setting.
Expert is an internationally recognized authority in the areas of oil and gas law, energy negotiations and hydrocarbons contractual regimes. He has worked extensively around the world for both national and privalte oil companies as adviser and legal counsel. His activities have included the conception and drafting of the standard oil exploration and production contract for Romania, helping to set up a new energy structure for the Republic of South Africa and contributing significantly to new contractual arrangements for Georgia, Mexico and PDVSA. He has been an energy sector adviser to numerous other governmental agencies, including those of Armenia, Bolivia and the UK. He has also represented both major and independent oil companies in negotiations and transactions in various parts of the world, notably in Eastern Europe and throughout Latin America. His work also encompasses domestic E&P and asset purchases and sales, most recently in the Rockies, Midcontinent and Appalachian basin.
Acting as an expert witness for a law firm in northeastern Ohio, Expert testified successfully on behalf of a small Appalachian basin oil and gas E&P company at a trial in federal court. His testimony strongly influenced the result in favor of the defendant company. Working for the government national oil agency of Romania, Expert designed and drafted the model agreement that nation still uses for outside companies that contract to perform exploration and production of hydrocarbons within its borders.Expert worked closely with the government of Georgia during the period of intensive negotiations with Azerbaijan and other Caspian basin countries with the object of locating the primary pipeline for export of oil production of the region through Georgia. The negotiations were ultimately successful.Expert was the primary outside consultant for SOEKOR, the national oil company of South Africa, for its successful effort to reorganize the energy sector of that nation.An independent oil company hired Expert to negotiate and develop E&P agreements in order for it to initiate exploration programs in both Georgia and Bolivia. The company still has an ongoing program in the former country.
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities:
Columbus, Ohio - Cincinnati, Ohio - Dayton, Ohio - Springfield, Ohio - Hamilton, Ohio - Middletown, Ohio - Lexington, Kentucky - Huntington, West Virginia