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Expert in Oil & Gas, Environmental Law, Regulation, Petroleum Geology & Mineral Leasing

Expert ID: 723784 Texas, USA

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As a practicing environmental attorney for 10 years (1995-2005), he represented several clients in matters involving air quality compliance and alleged environmental effects due to air pollution. He reviewed several air pollutant effect studies and dispersion models, and conducted preliminary statistical analysis of various pollutants released to the atmosphere and relative dispersion thereof. His writing requirement to receive a Masters Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma concerned release and dispersion of hydrogen sulfide gas from oil and gas wells, and possibility and range of toxicological effects to human receptors.

As a petroleum geologist of 10 years (1980-1990), he supervised the core sampling of several oil and gas wells, and described the lithology of those core samples as well as reviewed and utilized petrophysical analyses of the cores for further oil and gas development and exploration drilling.

As a practicing environmental attorney of 10 years (1995-2005), he has researched, reviewed, and provided legal advice from various environmental codes, both federal and state.

As a petroleum geologist with 10 years experience (1980-1990), he developed oil and gas production and exploration prospects using various geologic mapping techniques. As a practicing oil & gas attorney (1995-2005) and oil and gas regulatory advisor (1990-1995, 2005-2007), he has routinely reviewed geologic maps for trial and hearings, and supervised the development thereof.

As a practicing environmental attorney of 10 years (1995-2005), and an oil and gas regulatory advisor of 7 years (1990-1995, 2005-2007, he has handled numerous matters for clients and present corporate employer dealing with the regulation of environmental impacts caused by various land uses, including oil and gas drilling, production and refining, above ground and underground storage tank use, waste disposal, land treatment of wastes, and remediation.


Beyond governmental advisory roles, he has not been an active consultant, as he has been employed either by a major oil & gas company as a geologist or regulatory advisor, or as an attorney in private practice with a major law firm, for the duration of his career. However, he has worked actively with numerous consultants in formulating testimony and exhibits for trial and hearings.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas - Pasadena, Texas - Beaumont, Texas - College Station, Texas - Baytown, Texas - Bryan, Texas - Sugar Land, Texas - Port Arthur, Texas - Galveston, Texas - Missouri City, Texas

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1980 Degree: BS Subject: Geology Institution: University of La. at Lafayette (formerly Univ. SW'n La.)
Year: 1990 Degree: JD Subject: Law Institution: Oklahoma City University
Year: 1995 Degree: MS Subject: Environmental Science Institution: Univerity of Oklahoma

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2005 to 2007 Employer: OXY USA Inc. Title: Senior Regulatory Advisor Department: Hugoton Asset Team Responsibilities: He supervises all regulatory aspects for major oil and gas exploration and production company operations in Oklahoma and Kansas
Years: to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Shareholder Department: Environmental Section Responsibilities: He was employed as a litigation and regulatory attorney, practicing in the areas of environmental, oil and gas, toxic tort, and products liability law.
Years: 1980 to 1995 Employer: OXY USA Inc. (formerly Cities Service Oil & Gas Co.) Title: Senior Staff Geologist / Regulatory Advisor Department: Kan-O-Tec (OK, KS, TX & CO) Responsibilities: Geologist in production (1980-84) and exploration (1985-1990) prospecting for oil and gas in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Colorado. Regulatory Advisor (1990-95), supervising regulatory aspects for major oil and gas company in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Colorado.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2001 to 2004 Agency: Louisiana Office of Conservation Role: Legal Advisor Description: He worked as part of a consulting group designing a water management program for the state of Louisiana

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Association of Professional Landmen, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Oklahoma Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association
Licenses / Certifications
Oklahoma Attorney's License
Louisiana Attorney's License
Professional Appointments
Kansas Oil & Gas Advisory Committee, Kansas Corp. Cmsn.
Kansas Rules & Regulations Subcommittee, KCC
Kansas Oil & Gas Resources Board
Oklahoma Oil & Gas Industry Advisory Board, OK Corp. Cmsn.
Awards / Recognition
AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, Pre-eminent Attorney in Area of Practice
Research Editor, Oklahoma City University Law Review
Scholarship, Outstanding Oil & Gas Law Student, Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers
Medical / Professional
Worked while earning BS Geology under Pennzoil Petroleum Corp. on mapping project for senior level credit.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has one published work in the Oklahoma University Law Review, a major unpublished work concerning oil and gas remediation law and regulation in Louisiana, and numerous unpublished works for legal seminars and teaching assignments concerning oil and gas law, environmental matters, mineral leasing, water rights, and land use

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has testified as an expert witness at regulatory hearings in the areas of petroleum geology, mineral leasing, and environmental matters, and as a practicing attorney for 10 years preparing expert witnesses in the same types of matter and water rights.
Training / Seminars
He has delivered an number of papers for attorneys and petroleum landmen on various aspects of oil and gas, environmental and mineral leasing law; and, served as an adjunct professor at the Univ. of La. at Lafayette in courses dealing with same subject matters.
Vendor Selection
He has hired several environmental and oil and gas expert witnesses as attorney and regulatory advisor, and was part of a vendor contract group as legal advisor in formulating a water management program for the Louisiana Office of Conservation
Marketing Experience
As an attorney, he participated in various marketing strategies to expand client base and overall firm recognition.
Other Relevant Experience
He has served on several governmental and oil & gas industry committees formulating various regulations and reviewing legislation.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Minor proficiency

Fields of Expertise

air-pollutant environmental effect, environmental compliance, environmental impact, core sample, environmental code, environmental protection, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Protection Agency regulation, environmental regulation, federal environmental regulation, geologic mapping, geology, mineral resource geological investigation, oil exploration, petroleum industry, stratigraphic exploration, petroleum industry, stratigraphy, land use environmental impact regulation, National Environmental Policy Act, oil regulation, gas industry, legal counsel, lease, water rights, state regulation, environmental forensics, downhole tubular inspection, downhole corrosion, deviation drilling, CO2 flooding, cosurfactant, oil drill bit, American Petroleum Institute, oil raffinate, environmental benchmarking, oil spill containment equipment, oil environmental contamination process, micropore, chemical plant environmental cleanup, formation fracturing, oil sampling, aquatic environmental toxicity, natural gas processing, fluid injection, oil spill prevention, oil tank, environmental water sample, environmental science, oil detection, environmental cleanup technology, hydrogeology, petroleum product, environmental site auditing, oil well, environmentally hazardous-chemical analysis, oil well logging, oil-spill control, hazardous waste emergency response operation, hazardous waste emergency response equipment, petrology, geography, offshore oil pollution control equipment, containment island, bioremediation, absorption application, insecticide environmental effect, oil field water, geophysics, environmental toxicology, environmental modeling, environmental risk assessment, environmental impact statement, environmental health, environmental engineering, enhanced oil recovery, crude oil recovery, containment, asbestos environmental effect

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