Angela Di Blasi currently works at Tricon International, Ltd providing advice to General Counsel and management on corporate and commercial matters related to company's global business. Ms. Di Blasi drafts and negotiate contracts, provides advice and support on litigation or arbitration processes in Latin America, and engages outside counsel on a range of matters. She received her J.D. from Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
Stacy L. Feltham is the Associate General Counsel for BHP Billiton’s Petroleum company, the global upstream oil and gas division of an integrated petroleum and mining company. She leads a legal department that provides strategic guidance, delivers legal advice, and manages risk for BHP Billiton’s operations. She is a trusted advisor on complex oil exploration, development and production ventures and has significant international government negotiation experience. Before joining BHP Billiton, Stacy worked 10 years with ExxonMobil and before that a regional law firm in Canada. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, a Law degree from the University of Alberta in Canada, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Long Island University in New York. She has been a member of Boards and Committees for various legal associations such as the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation and the Corporate Counsel Association, and various charitable organizations such as Stages Repertory Theatre, the American Heart Association, the Kids Eat Smart Foundation and the Society for the Physically Disabled.
Sara Bartel is Legal Counsel for Kony, Inc. a mobile application software and development company based in Austin, Texas. In this role she provides legal guidance to management, and negotiates commercial contracts including software and IP licenses with Kony customers in the western United States and Latin America. Ms. Bartel has taught CLEs on platform as a service agreements and transgender legal rights and has published an article on open source software licensing. Ms. Bartel devotes her personal time to activism and volunteer work in her home, Las Vegas, Nevada. She serves on the Board of Directors for NV-CURE, a non-profit advocacy organization helping individuals and families impacted by the criminal justice system and acts as Legislative Chair for that organization. Ms. Bartel is also a strong advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, providing pro-bono name and gender marker changes for transgender clients and over 100 hours per year of volunteer service for the Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada. Ms. Bartel also serves on the steering committee for modernization and reform of Nevada’s HIV laws and is a certified advocate and trainer for the Center Advocacy Network, the first program of its kind in the United States to be accredited by the National Advocate Credentialing Program. Ms. Bartel received her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law and her B.A. from Duquesne University, and is a licensed attorney in the states of Nevada and Pennsylvania.
Cyndi Baily is a highly accomplished attorney and compliance professional with extensive experience and expertise across diverse legal fields including, health care and life sciences, corporate compliance, data privacy and information security, general commercial and contract law and contract management, employment law, federal and state contracts, non-profit and tax exemption, securities law and corporate governance, licensing and technology transfer, dispute resolution, negotiation and litigation management.
Her demonstrated strengths are in the health care and life sciences industries, in both general counsel and chief compliance officer roles, and the oversight of the internal audit, information privacy and security, policy, risk management as well as environmental health and safety functions.
She is a dynamic professional with broad supervisory experience involving both legal and non-legal professionals; served as part of the C-level suite in three large businesses; and worked with boards comprised of experienced business leaders throughout the US and the world.
Experienced VP & Deputy General Counsel with a demonstrated history in the oil & energy industry. Skilled in Legal Compliance, Legal Writing, Labor & Employment, Dispute Resolution and Corporate Law. Strong interpersonal skills honed through 10+ years of advising and partnering with senior management to facilitate profit-producing transactions while mitigating risks and liabilities.
For more than 10 years, Ms. Benavides has provided straightforward legal and risk management advice to the manufacturing and oil & gas services industries in a variety of areas, including compliance, internal investigations, litigation, and employment law.
Currently, as Halliburton’s Chief of Global Investigations & Chief of the Code of Business Conduct, Ms. Benavides supervise and manage Halliburton's Code of Business Conduct (“COBC”) program, including its Global Investigations program, with a direct reporting relationship to the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer.
Jamie Carsey is a Senior Director at Markel, where she oversees the extra-contractual litigation against the company. Prior to joining Markel, Jamie was a partner with the law firm Thompson, Coe, Cousins and Irons, where her practice focused on insurance coverage matters and breach of contract and bad faith litigation, including trials, in multiple jurisdictions.
Victoria Lazar is a seasoned executive that has built public and private companies in the technology and infrastructure sectors. Currently, she is Executive Counsel – Mergers & Acquisitions for GE, leading M&A and capital markets transactions to reposition its portfolio at this pivotal time in the company’s history. Previously, Victoria was General Counsel of Surface, Drilling & Production, responsible for the legal, compliance and corporate secretarial functions of the most acquisitive division within GE Oil & Gas, selling highly engineered products and service solutions to oil & gas and industrial companies in the world’s most challenging socio-political and geographic environments. She also led the integration of the legal function and was on the core team that formed Baker Hughes, a GE company, one of the largest combinations in GE history and the world’s second largest oilfield services company, before moving to GE Corporate.
Victoria came to GE from Electronic Data Systems Corporation (now DXC), a former IT outsourcing Fortune 100 company, where she led key global M&A transactions. She became chief legal officer and secretary of ExcellerateHRO, a global business process outsourcing joint venture offering HR and pension solutions to over 33m customer employees. She also advised EDS and the EDS Board of Directors on key governance and litigation topics.
She began her legal career at BakerBotts LLP, specializing in capital markets, commercial and M&A transactions of all types, supporting clients in energy, oil & gas, financial, healthcare, retail and other industries. She also spent two years in litigation, focusing on antitrust and commercial disputes.
Victoria is passionate about furthering excellence and diversity in the profession, and mentoring others. She has been Executive Champion for the GE Women’s Network – Houston hub and led GE’s Houston 2009 United Way campaign. She was executive sponsor for pro bono activities with Tahirih, an organization devoted to defending victims of human trafficking. She organized a highly-acclaimed summer internship program at GE Oil & Gas for first year law students. She is on the Board of Directors of the Texas General Counsel Forum and recently served on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Energy Network. She routinely speaks on general counsel, M&A, diversity and compliance topics and has been active in the American Corporate Counsel Association.
She received her B.A. from Cornell University, graduating with honors, and her J.D. from The Law School at The University of Chicago. Victoria lives in Houston with her husband, Alex, and their two children. She has a working knowledge of Romanian and Spanish and has studied Russian. She is immediate past president of AJC-Houston, has been a play producer [Drama Desk award nominee] and functional Director for Stages Theater and spends time volunteering at the Awty International School.
Krystal Hunter is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for The Brock Group (“Brock”). She joined Brock in 2015, which is an international specialty multi-craft service provider for routine maintenance, turnarounds and capital projects to heavy industrial clients. She has global responsibility for the legal, risk management and commercial real estate functions for the business.
Prior to her tenure at Brock, Ms. Hunter was Assistant General Counsel at TCPN (acquired by Provista in 2015), during which time she managed their litigation, procurement, construction management related services, government contracting issues and provided legal support to the Board of Directors.
She has extensive experience in contract drafting, mergers and acquisitions, business restructuring, commercial real estate, corporate governance, complex litigation, and labor and employment matters.
Ms. Hunter holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Paula Narcisse is Senior Legal Counsel for Cameron International Corporation, a Schlumberger Company. As Senior Legal Counsel, Paula manages legal operational related matters for Cameron within the North America Land and North America Offshore territories. These matters relate to Cameron's Surface Systems, Valves and Measurement, Drilling Systems and One Surface business units, which generate about $3 billion in revenues in North America alone. Additionally, Paula is responsible for special projects for Cameron on a global basis. Her primary responsibilities afford her the opportunity to advise, counsel, and collaborate with the North American geo-market leadership team to help improve and/or meet financial goals and to minimize risk of loss. Paula also works with key stakeholders to manage all related Cameron litigation, including employment, products liability, personal injury, and complex commercial matters. Moreover, she handles compliance and client contract issues as well as conduct related training as needed. Paula is an experienced contract negotiator on varies types of contracts including master services agreements, equipment supply agreements, construction agreements, drilling agreements, purchase orders, equipment leases, procurement agreements, engineering agreements, and confidentiality agreements. Lastly, she is intricately involved in identifying legal risk exposure on related transactions and for the company as a whole.
Prior to her role as Senior Legal Counsel, Paula served as General Counsel for Cameron's Surface Systems Business Unit, which is the largest business unit within Cameron, generating over $1 billion in revenues. As General Counsel, Paula focused on upstream operational legal matters related to Surface Systems Business Unit on a global level.
Before joining Cameron, Paula worked at other companies including Select Energy Services, LLC. At Select Energy Services, Paula acted as Assistant General Counsel. In that capacity, she primarily (i) created, developed and implemented the Contracts Management process, (ii) managed all joint venture transactions, (iii) advised clients on related legal matters regarding the North American shale play, (iv) acted as Interim Corporate Secretary, and (v) prepared and negotiated varies commercial agreements.
Paula also worked at ConocoPhillips Company. At ConocoPhillips, Paula served as Senior Counsel. She managed all related legal work for the following North American downstream business units: Brand Management, Retail, Credit Card Enterprise, Real Estate, Procurement, Wholesale Marketing, and Aviation. In addition, Paula managed major capital projects including acting as lead counsel (i) for the purchase of 5 corporate aircraft for $180 million, whereby synthetic and tax leasing structures were utilized, (ii) for the sale of 8 corporate aircraft at a fair market value of $120 million, (iii) for the sale of 71 retail sites located throughout the United States generating about $45 million in revenues, (iv) in the negotiations of the Operating Agreement between Citibank U.S.A., N.A. and COP, whereby Citibank agreed to manage COP’s credit card operations. The transaction yielded $300 million in synergies, and was expected to yield over $40 million in recurring synergies thereafter, (v) in the sale of ConocoPhillips’ refineries, terminals and retail sites located in Utah and Colorado for approximately $200 million.
Paula earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Xavier University of Louisiana. She also completed the S. M. U. Law Program held at Oxford University, University College, in Oxford, England. She enjoys spinning, watching television, reading and spending quality time with her child.
Lara serves as Assistant General Counsel for Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. (commonly called Universal or Universal Weather). She has been with Universal since June 2009. Universal is a Houston, Texas-based company providing products and services for general aviation worldwide. Its customers include owners and operators of business jets.
Universal offers trip support services, flight planning, weather briefings and graphics, aircraft datalink services using ACARS or SATCOM, aircraft and crew scheduling software, named FlightPak, online trip planning services, aircraft fueling card services (named UVair), and aircraft ground handling services through worldwide fixed-base operators (FBOs), named Universal Aviation.
Lara works closely with Universal's business development group on both domestic and international M&A matters and joint ventures. She also works closely with the following Universal departments on a variety of matters, including but not limited to, contract review and negotiation, litigation matters, credit and collection matters and general corporate matters: (1) Fuels, (2) Accounting/Finance, (3) Global Finance and Treasury, (4) Credit and Bankruptcy Support, (5) Air Culinaire Worldwide (the catering subsidiary of Universal), (6) Human Resources, (7) Sales and (8) Global Compliance. Lara also oversees the Insurance Risk Department.
Prior to Universal, Lara worked as an Associate for 6 years with Vinson & Elkins law firm in Houston. Lara's practice focused primarily on the representation of both borrowers and lenders in secured and unsecured lending transactions, with a concentration on transactions in the energy industry. Lara also represented domestic and foreign clients in mergers and acquisitions and other complex transactions. Lara served on the Houston Recruiting Committee from 2006 to 2007.
In September of 2013, Lara was named a finalist in the Up-and-Comer Category by the Houston Business Journal for Best Corporate Counsel Awards.
Phillina A. Lai is Vice President, General Counsel of Tellurian Inc.. She is responsible for leadership of the legal issues in all business transactions, acquisitions, divestments, operations and risk management across Tellurian’s upstream, midstream and gas supply businesses. Tellurian is developing an integrated LNG project including upstream gas production facilities, gas pipelines and a LNG liquefaction terminal in Louisiana. Once complete, the terminal will be able to export up to 27.6 mtpa of LNG per year to customers worldwide. Tellurian’s strategy is to secure low-cost natural gas, design/construct low-cost liquefaction and deliver reliable and flexible LNG to a portfolio of global customers.
Prior to Tellurian, Phillina held leadership roles in the legal departments at BP America and BHP Billiton. At BHP Billiton, she served as Managing Counsel of onshore upstream petroleum assets, with primary responsibility for overseeing all corporate mergers, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures, in addition to midstream and supply transactions. At BP, she served as Senior Counsel of BP America’s Lower 48 onshore business where she managed all legal aspects for the Midcontinent (TX/OK) business unit as well as the business development, acquisition and divestment functions for BP Lower 48. Phillina started her legal career with the firm of Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Houston, Texas, where she concentrated in domestic and international equity and asset transactions. Phillina earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and her M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University, where she studied Biology and Sociology. Before starting her legal career, Phillina spent time as a global strategy management consultant with Strategic Decisions Group in Silicon Valley, helping a broad mix of companies make significant improvements to their performance and realize their goals. Phillina was recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel and Houston Business Journal as Outstanding In-house Counsel in 2015. She currently serves as a board member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Houston chapter.
Gabriela Espinoza is currently Legal Counsel for Sulzer Turbo Services Houston, Inc. and provides advice to Senior Management, including Division Presidents and Vice-Presidents, as well as Global Corporate Officers on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters related to company’s domestic and international business. Sulzer is a global industry leader with reliable solutions for the oil and gas, power, and water markets. From its beginnings in Winterthur, Switzerland, back in 1834, Sulzer has greatly evolved to become a currently publicly traded company with international subsidiaries.
Gabriela has vast experience in legal counseling and contract negotiation, ranging from domestic to international issues around the globe, and engages outside counsel when necessary. With a proven track record of working in direct relation with the oil & gas industry, Gabriela has been able to actively negotiate and close Contracts generating great revenue for the Company in one single transaction as well as in complex multi-jurisdictional, multi-language, transactional endeavors. She received her Master of Laws Degree from University of Houston in year 2008.
In her spare time, she greatly enjoys spending time with her three kids and husband, traveling or just relaxing enjoying a good dinner and a movie.
Lindsay M. Germano currently works as Lead Counsel, Strategic Transactions for LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. She focuses her practice on complex corporate and transactional matters, including public and private acquisitions, divestitures and investment transactions. She also advises with respect to general corporate governance matters, commercial matters, and compliance with applicable securities regulations. Prior to LyondellBasell, Ms. Germano was Senior Counsel – Corporate and M&A at Nexeo Solutions, a leading global chemicals and plastics distributor, and previously worked for the internationally recognized law firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. During her time at Weil, she was a founding member of the firm’s Hong Kong office and also spent time working in the London office. She obtained her JD, with honors, from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University where she was the President of the SMU Law Review Association, and graduated with honors from Rice University.
Debra Ibarra Mayfield is senior in-house legal counsel for Enterprise Products, one of the largest publicly traded partnerships and a leading North American provider of midstream energy services. At Enterprise, she handles land acquisition, eminent domain and general litigation matters related to Enterprise’s assets and commercial activities.
Ms. Mayfield is also a former State District Judge, having twice been appointed to the bench by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Before becoming a State District Judge, Ms. Mayfield was the first Latina County Court at Law Judge in Harris County. She served as a County Civil Court at Law Judge for four years and was twice elected to that bench.
Before her judicial career, Ms. Mayfield was a partner in a civil defense firm where she handled litigation and appeals in both state and federal courts across the State of Texas.
Ms. Mayfield is an alumna of Texas A&M University and South Texas College of Law Houston. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center teaching private property rights and eminent domain.
She has served on the boards of several non-profits and bar associations, including the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), the Association of Women Attorneys (AWA) and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston (MABAH). She has received numerous recognitions for her public service, including being selected as a "Woman on the Move" by Texas Executive Women, awarded the "Public Service Award" from South Texas College of Law, the Amicus Award from the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, named “Top Latina 40 and Under" by the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, selected as one of "Houston's 50 Most Influential Women" by Houston Woman Magazine, and awarded the "Outstanding Mentor Award" by the Houston Young Lawyers’ Association.
Ms. Mayfield is married to Eric, a former United States Army Captain, and they have two young children.
Sandra Safro is a partner in K&L Gates’ Washington, D.C. and Houston offices and serves as a Practice Group Coordinator for the Oil, Gas, and Resources practice within the firm’s Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources practice group. She focuses her practice on regulatory, policy, and transactional issues related primarily to natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), crude oil, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Ms. Safro regularly advises clients on matters related to commodity and pipeline transportation issues, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) policies related to capacity release and in the negotiation of precedent agreements, negotiated rate agreements, asset management arrangements, transportation service agreements, and the terms and conditions of service included in pipeline tariffs. Ms. Safro also advises clients on, issues related to the import and export of LNG, including commercial agreements related to terminal capacity, developments on Capitol Hill, and proceedings before FERC and the Department of Energy (DOE). She represents clients in natural gas and oil pipeline rate proceedings before the FERC and state agencies and advises clients on pipeline safety issues before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Ms. Safro’s clients include natural gas and LNG marketers, importers, exporters and project developers; oil pipelines and shippers; oil and gas drilling companies; financial institutions; and state and provincial government officials. She is also on the firm’s Women in the Profession Committee and chairs the Hiring Committee for the Washington DC office.
Jamie Bryan is a partner in K&L Gates’ Fort Worth and Houston offices where she is a member of the oil, gas & resources practice group. Ms. Bryan concentrates her practice on the oil and gas industry in both the upstream and midstream sector and complex multi-district litigation. For the past 18 years, she has focused on a broad range of energy issues including royalty disputes, lease termination issues, surface use issues, municipal ordinances, environmental claims, right to take challenges, and eminent domain. Jamie has tried cases before both juries and the bench on a wide variety of complex oil and gas issues. Jamie maintains a specialized practice in the area of eminent domain, having represented numerous midstream energy clients and other condemning authorities in a variety of matters involving real property acquisitions, easement negotiations, condemnation proceedings, challenges to their right to take, and subsequent trials. She also counsels clients on policy issues, best practices and litigation avoidance. She is a frequent author and presenter on issues impacting the oil and gas industry, including eminent domain. Ms. Bryan is also active in the Fort Worth Community and focuses on mentoring women in the energy industry.
Tamara joined PAS in 2010 and is Vice President of Corporate Strategy and General Counsel. Tamara is a multi-disciplined entrepreneur with more than 20 years of results-oriented business and legal counsel experience focused in commercial transactions, complex contract negotiations, policy development, governance, corporate strategy and business planning. Tamara served as speaker and author for the UH Law Foundation continuing legal education program for more than ten years, and holds both a B.B.A. in Management and a J.D. from the University of Houston.