Malika Herring is Senior Litigation Counsel at BP America Inc. and has worked in the legal department since 2008. With over a decade of in-house litigation experience, Malika has managed hundreds of lawsuits involving personal injury and commercial disputes, both upstream and downstream across an average of 20 states. She also provides advice and counsel to internal BP clients regarding litigation risks and contractual agreements. In addition, Malika serves as the Americas Regional Chair for Diversity & Inclusion in the legal department and heads BP’s service of process (SOP) team which liaisons with BP’s registered agents and receives and distributes all US service for BP. Malika is also a member of BP’s External Counsel Management Committee (XCMC), which is the team that selects and evaluates outside counsel for the company.
Before joining BP, Malika was Assistant General Counsel in Litigation at a Fortune 10 company where she managed over four hundred lawsuits across the country. Malika began her legal career as a litigator in private practice specializing in commercial disputes, employment, toxic tort, product/premises liability, and environmental law for several years in Houston, Texas.
Aparna Dave is Senior Counsel in the Houston office of Wells Fargo. She supports the company’s Enterprise Marketing division, and her clients rely on her substantial experience in a wide range of advertising law matters. The division covers brand, social media, sponsorships, marketing promotions and campaigns and related contract matters. Her practice focuses on advising clients on legal issues ranging from trademark, copyright, sweepstakes and contests, privacy and publicity rights, false advertising and deceptive practices and developing policies and procedures in these areas. She has also helped her clients develop social media strategies and policies and establish and maintain a strong presence on blogs and other social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Aparna conducts ongoing client training on social media and intellectual property matters. She is recognized by her colleagues as a leading attorney in social media issues and is regularly asked to speak on a variety of subjects at the intersection of social media and the law. Aparna previously provided legal support to Wells Fargo’s home equity marketing and customer management teams, advising on various marketing, servicing and consumer protection issues. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Aparna worked as an associate with McGlinchey Stafford in Houston practicing civil defense litigation. Aparna is a 2002 graduate of South Texas College of Law in Houston and enjoys traveling, watching football and running.
Leslie Cleaver is Senior Counsel for the Houston Astros and Crane Capital Group, Inc.As Senior Counsel, Leslie manages all legal matters related to the team and its minor league affiliates, employee relations, vendors and contractors, and community partners. Her responsibilities extend from handling major deals and acquisitions to overseeing litigation. Prior to joining the Astros, Leslie was Interim General Counsel for Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc., where she oversaw the full range of legal affairs related to corporate governance, corporate transactions, litigation management, employee relations, and risk and crisis management. Leslie also worked as a corporate associate at three international law firms in New York and Houston. Leslie received her law degree from Cornell Law School in 2010 and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2007.
Lisa Hearn represents clients in mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; corporate finance matters, including capital markets and loan financing; and issues related to U.S. securities law. Lisa has consistently worked on some of the most sophisticated, complex and high-profile corporate and finance matters in the firm. Through this work, she has deep experience in areas critical to the firm’s international corporate practice.
Lisa’s work has included representations in the energy and telecommunications sectors, including matters for clients in North America, the CIS, Africa and Asia.
Robin S. Fredrickson, a partner in the Houston office, represents exploration and production companies, midstream companies, and private equity clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate, and oil and gas transactions. In particular, Ms. Fredrickson’s practice focuses on:
Acquisitions and divestitures of upstream and midstream energy assets
Formation of partnerships, limited liability companies, and joint venture for energy assets
Drafting and negotiating exploration and development agreements, participation agreements, drilling program agreements, joint operating agreements, and other contracts relevant to the energy industry
Ms. Fredrickson also has experience in secured and unsecured financing transactions in the energy sector, including volumetric production payments and other innovative structures used in the oil and gas industry. Ms. Fredrickson has been recognized in the following publications:
Chambers USA (2010 – 2019)
The Legal 500 US (2016 – 2019)
Who’s Who Legal: Energy (2017 – 2018) (Who’s Who Legal is by Law Business Research Limited)
Best Lawyers (2010 – 2018) – by BL Rankings
Super Lawyers Texas (2012 – 2019) (Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters service)
The International Who's Who* of Oil & Gas Lawyers (2010, 2011, 2015) (Who’s Who Legal is by Law Business Research Limited)
Guide to the World's Leading Energy Lawyers (9th Edition) (Guide to the World's Leading Energy Lawyers is by Legal Media Group)
Ms. Fredrickson is a member of the Women’s Energy Network, the Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Section of the Texas and Houston Bar Associations.
Susan L. Bickley has over 30 years of civil trial and appellate experience in employment litigation for private and public employers, litigation involving commercial and business disputes, trade secret litigation, and the defense of claims against professionals. She represents a diverse range of clients including publicly held corporations, smaller companies, and start-ups, as well as public entities and their officials.
In addition, Susan taught “Trial Advocacy” as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center from 2006 to 2010.
While in law school, she was a research editor for the Houston Law Review, and selected for membership in the Order of the Coif. At the University of Texas at Austin, she was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and designated a College Scholar based on academic achievement.
In 2010 and 2011, Susan received the President’s Award from the Houston Bar Association. Active in the community, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the UH Law Foundation, the Houston Bar Foundation, and the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science. She previously served on the State Bar Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee and the State Bar Annual Meeting Committee.
Susan holds a number of leadership positions within Blank Rome. In addition to leading the labor & employment practice in Houston, she serves on Blank Rome’s Executive Committee, Chair Nominating Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Compensation Committee, Recruiting Committee, and Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and is the current Office Chair for Blank Rome’s Houston Office. She previously served as a member of the Firm’s Strategic Plan Committee and Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, the Firm’s Nominating Committee, and is a past Chair of the Blank Rome Women’s Forum.
Rishi Varma serves as General Counsel and oversees Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s legal department globally. Rishi and his team handle, among other things, HPE’s corporate governance, strategic acquisitions, divestitures and investments, litigation, intellectual property, commercial contracting, sales and supply chain issues, securities law compliance and disclosure, treasury and financing transactions, and certain other corporate transactions and restructurings, bankruptcy, credit and collections matters and employee compensation and retiree benefits. From 2013 – 2017, Rishi served as Deputy General Counsel overseeing HPE’s corporate, securities and M&A practice.
Before joining Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Rishi served as general counsel for two different publicly traded companies from 2005 to 2013 – TPC Group, Inc., a petrochemical company, and Trico Marine Services, Inc., a global subsea service provider. During his time at Trico, Rishi also served in additional management roles including chief operating officer and president. Prior to these companies, Rishi served as securities counsel and director of investor relations for EGL, Inc., a publicly traded global freight forwarder (2002 – 2005), and as a business associate in the New York office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LP (1998 - 2002).
He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and also graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Rishi and his wife, Michelle, have three children.
Michelle I. Taylor is an Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Air Force General Counsel in San Antonio, Texas, advising and providing legal support to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment & Energy (SAF/IE) and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC). Her primary responsibilities includes drafting and negotiating transactional documents, including Enhanced Use Lease Agreements (EUL), reviews closing and title documents, advising Air Force clients on active duty real estate matters, energy and disposal projects.
Michelle has successfully closed three major projects that brought significant value to the Air Force’s mission.
Michelle came to the Air Force from the private sector where she worked as an Assistant Vice President, Southwest Regional Underwriting Counsel at Fidelity National Title Company. Michelle is a public speaker and enjoys engaging in legal “Hot” topics dialogue.
Jillian Elizabeth Charles practices in the area of Compliance & Competition Law at Eaton, a power management company. In this role, she advises senior executives on successful strategies for managing legal and business risk related to corruption, bribery and other high-impact legal issues confronting multi-national companies. She represents Eaton before domestic and international government agencies and conducts internal investigations related to violation of law and policy. Jillian’s practice also covers the full range of competition law, including strategic counseling and merger and acquisitions. Jillian leads the global risk management team within the Law Department.
She joined Eaton in April 2014 from the United States Department of Justice in Washington DC, where she held a number of roles, most recently as an attorney advisor in the Legal Policy Section of the Antitrust Division. Over the years, Jillian has held various positions of increasing responsibility both in private practice and in-house in the areas of U.S. and international competition law, international trade, and compliance.
Jillian is a sought-after speaker in the areas of antitrust, compliance (FCPA/UKBA, Trade Sanctions), Enterprise Risk Management, leadership, and inclusion & diversity. She was recently named to the select list of top competition law corporate counsels by Global Competition Review.
Jillian sits on Eaton’s Executive Women’s Council and the Advisory Board of iConnect, Eaton’s African-American Employee Engagement Group.
Jillian holds a law degree from Cornell Law School (Ithaca, New York) and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts), where she received a Ford-Mellon Fellowship.
She serves on the Board of Trustees for her alma mater, Williams College, and has for many years served as a fundraiser for the college. She is an admissions agent for Williams College and has in the recent past served as an administrator for a key endowed gift bequeathed to the school. Jillian is a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, where she sits on both the Governance Committee and Development Committee.
Jillian resides with her family in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where they enjoy hiking in the national parks, shopping at local farmer markets, and doing jigsaw puzzles on cold winter nights.
Emily Harbison is a Partner in Baker McKenzie's Houston office where she practices mainly in the area of labor and employment law. Ms. Harbison represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment litigation, counseling and traditional labor law. She has significant experience defending employers in matters involving employment discrimination, including claims under Title VII of The Civil Rights Act, the FMLA, ADEA, ADA and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. She regularly advises clients regarding federal contract/OFCCP compliance, pay equity, ERISA, international executive mobility, wrongful discharge, leave and accommodation, wage and hour, as well as on a variety of other issues under state and federal laws governing the employment relationship. Ms. Harbison also advises company management regarding independent contractor matters, exemption status under the FLSA, covenants not to compete, employment agreements, and employee handbooks and policies. Ms. Harbison also has experience representing clients in traditional labor matters under the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act.
Laura De Santos is a partner in the Houston and Austin offices of Gordon & Rees. She has extensive experience representing corporate clients in state and federal courts in Texas and throughout the United States. In addition, her experience encompasses all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediations and arbitrations.
Ms. De Santos concentrates her practice on employment law litigation, product liability, and commercial Litigation. She represents employers on matters involving discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, and retaliation brought under Title VII, FMLA, ADA, and various state employment statutes. She also regularly counsels employers on personnel policies, harassment investigations, wage and hour issues and represents employers before administrative agencies, including the TWC, EEOC, and DOL.
Ms. De Santos has also represented pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and has tried numerous cases of serious injury to verdict. She has handled numerous matters involving consumer products that include lamps, ladders, over-the-counter medications, and paint products, as well as insecticide and pesticide products. She has also been involved in automotive cases on allegations of faulty repairs or maintenance claims. She has been involved in all aspects of tort litigation management and handling, including discovery, document management, settlement evaluation and negotiation, and expert witness development. She has participated in the briefing and presentation of dispositive motions and appeals, including a number that have had important impact on the issues of removal jurisdiction, federal preemption, and the reliability of expert opinion.
Ms. De Santos’s experience also includes assisting clients with media relations. She is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the Employment Law Group and Drug and Medical Device group at Gordon & Rees.
Angela has 20+ years of legal and compliance experience. Angela is responsible for setting the strategic direction and management of all aspects of the Legal, HR, and Risk and Compliance functions of LoanSnap Holdings Inc., and its subsidiary companies. She provides proactive advice on legal and regulatory developments, advises the executive management team, the board of directors and business leads on the legal and compliance implications of strategic transactions.
Prior to joining LoanSnap, Angela served as Assistant General Counsel, Senior Vice President at Bank of America for nearly seven years supporting the Card Services, Consumer and Small Business Banking global business. Angela has also led the legal and compliance functions as Chief Region Counsel for a global mass payments provider, Hyperwallet, A PayPal Service (formerly Hyperwallet Systems, Inc. – HSI USA, Inc.), and most recently served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of a fintech start-up, LendUp, which provides consumer deferred presentment, installment loans, and credit cards.
Angela has lived in the bay area for nearly 5 years having relocated from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Natara is the General Counsel of Gemini Midstream. Prior to joining Gemini in early 2019, she was the Assistant General Counsel of Oasis Petroleum and worked in the Legal Department at Oasis for seven years from 2012 managing a diverse workload of transactional and other legal matters. From 2007 to 2012, she was an associate in the Energy Transactions & Project Finance group at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins where she represented Fortune 500 energy and oil and gas companies in matters involving upstream and midstream transactions, strategic investments and corporate and project financing and development. Natara began her career at Norton Rose Fulbright as an associate in the Corporate Department in 2005.
Natara currently serves on the Tahirih Justice Center Advisory Committee and has also provided pro bono representation for the organization and for other various matters throughout her career. She has a JD from Duke University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Stetson University.
Vynessa M. Nemunaitis is an associate in Weil’s Banking & Finance practice and is based in Dallas. She assists primarily on finance transactions, including acquisition financing, investment grade lending, leveraged lending and debt restructuring transactions.
Ms. Nemunaitis has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in Banking by Texas Super Lawyers* 2018-2019. She was also selected by the Business Council for the Arts for its prestigious 2018-19 Leadership Arts Institute.
Ms. Nemunaitis has been honored by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts, for being one of 40 graduates of its 30th Anniversary Leadership Arts Institute class, a program to develop the next generation of business leaders for the arts in North Texas. She was also recognized by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program as the 2010 Outstanding New Pro Bono Lawyer. Ms. Nemunaitis is an active member of the Dallas Area Young Lawyers and the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association.
Ms. Nemunaitis received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A. from the University of Texas.
Dawn Holiday is an experienced litigator and trial attorney representing clients in civil disputes. Dawn regularly counsels clients on minimizing the risks of costly litigation and develops tailored strategies to obtain prompt dispute resolution. While Dawn excels in the courtroom, she understands that trial is not always the most effective way to resolve an issue for her clients, and uses her extensive negotiation experience to settle cases in an appropriate and cost-effective manner when necessary. Dawn handles a variety of multi-party lawsuits, including employment litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury, professional liability, workers’ compensation, complex civil litigation, and general liability defense.
In her practice as a trial and appellate lawyer, Dawn has first-chair jury trial experience, and has represented parties in arbitration proceedings, mediations and appeals across the State of Texas.
Clients appreciate Dawn’s understanding of the impact litigation plays on their business strategy, and she makes every effort to advise clients on minimizing the risks of costly and stressful litigation before and during the process.
Mia Gardner is Corporate Counsel of Cardtronics USA, Inc., the world's largest non-bank ATM operator.Ms. Gardner earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2002, and prior to that, a B.A. in Communications and International Relations from Trinity University. She is admitted to the State Bar of Texas. She began her career as a prosecutor for the State of Texas prosecuting complex felonies, including crimes against children. Following that, she leveraged her trial skills into insurance defense at a boutique maritime law firm. She made the jump in-house as a Senior Contracts Specialist focusing on reviewing, revising, negotiating, and managing contracts and risk and insurance management. As she progresses in her career she continues to add to her skillset. Her work at Cardtronics now includes employment matters, commercial real estate matters, and commercial contracts. Mia is also a certified mediator, a licensed real estate agent, and has taught paralegal certification classes at a local community college.
Peggy Chang Barber is the Americas CEO and General Counsel for the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM), a non-profit focused on enabling organizations and professionals to achieve world-class standards in their trading relationships. Prior to joining IACCM, Peggy enjoyed a successful career at Hewlett Packard where she began as a Senior Contract Negotiator and achieved the level of Vice President and Associate General Counsel. During her time at Hewlett Packard, Peggy developed expertise in strategic contracting, commercial and competition law, corporate transactions, business operations, and organizational performance optimization. She also managed large diverse teams, led strategic initiatives in contracting intelligence and simplification, and served as lead commercial counsel when HP separated into four independent companies between 2014 and 2017, co-creating the contract separation strategy that enabled the first separation to happen in just over a year. A member of the Texas and DC Bar Associations, Peggy graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with a J.D., MBA and undergraduate degrees in Finance and Mathematics. She currently resides in Houston, Texas.
Jenny is Divisional Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Weingarten Realty. Her responsibilities include managing a team of associates in the Litigation Division and the Records Division of the Legal Department.The Litigation Division manages bankruptcy, collection, defense and dispossessory matters.
Jenny joined Weingarten Realty as Associate Counsel in June 2001 to lead the Litigation Division of the Legal Department which handled bankruptcy, collection and defense matters. In 2008, Jenny’s area of responsibility expanded to include the management of dispossessory files and construction contracts preparation.Jenny was promoted to Divisional Vice President/Associate General Counsel in March 2009.In April 2013, the Records Division also began reporting to Jenny.
Before Jenny joined Weingarten Realty, she practiced litigation/bankruptcy law in Houston, Texas with Sheinfield, Maley & Kay, P.C.
Jenny received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Rice University in 1989 and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1993.
Jenny is admitted to the State Bar of Texas.
Greta Ravitsky is a Partner in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Houston office of Epstein Becker Green.
Greta has significant experience representing and counseling employers in a variety of labor and employment matters arising under federal and state laws, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and Section 1981. With a strong focus on human capital development, retention and legal risk exposure management, Greta provides well-tailored advice on all facets of the employment relationship, from pre-employment considerations and hiring to terminations and post-employment restrictions, including background checks and drug testing, restrictive covenants, leaves of absences, religious and disability accommodations, wage and hour compliance, and workplace investigations. Her broad industry experience includes financial services and private equity, food and beverage, oil and gas, healthcare, and retail, among others.
Greta earned her B.A. in Political Sciences from Columbia University, and J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. She is admitted to practice law in Texas and New York.
Since moving to Houston in 2006, Greta has been actively engaged in a number of professional and community organizations, including the Houston Bar Association, Association of Attorney-Mediators, and the Anti-Defamation League. Greta is an active member of the Columbia Alumni Association, and has served on the Board of Trustees of Congregation Emanu El in Houston since 2014.
Greta balances her legal practice and professional and community involvement, with raising her two wonderful (and strong-willed) daughters, who are 9 and 11.
Yurima Falcon-Grace is a civil and common law licensed transactional attorney and corporate adviser with over 18 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. She is currently in charge of the contractual processes in the Americas for Atlantic Trading & Marketing, Inc. (ATMI), the trading arm of the French company Total, the fourth largest oil and gas major. Yurima provides expert advice to ATMI, Total Trading & Marketing Canada, and Total Atlantic Trading Mexico, among other Total’s affiliates, on a variety of legal matters undertaking a broad range of corporate transactional work and pre-litigation claims. Yurima has worked for CITGO, Itochu Corporation, and PDVSA, among other companies, on multiple cross-border projects, covering the whole oil and gas spectrum, general corporate matters, and defining country-entering strategies. Yurima holds an LL.M degree in Energy Law from the University of Houston Law Center, a Juris Doctor degree from UGMA, and two specialized degrees in International Economic Law and International Business from Universidad Central de Venezuela and Universidad Metropolitana, respectively. Yurima is fluent in Spanish and English with working knowledge of French and Portuguese and she is active in several international law and international energy organizations.
Dubraska Jaramillo is an international attorney with over 12 years of experience, licensed to practice law in Venezuela as well as in Texas and New York. Dubraska graduated from the Universidad de Zulia (Venezuela) with a bachelor’s in law in 2006, and in 2011 obtained an LL.M. degree in Global Energy, International Transactions and Environmental from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dubraska started her career as a transactional and corporate lawyer for private law firms in Maracaibo, Venezuela and in - house for various oil & gas companies in Houston, prior to joining Chevron’s Downstream & Chemicals Law Group in 2019. Dubraska has substantive transactional and corporate experience in various countries in Latin America & Mexico.
Kelly is a Partner at Fragomen’s Houston office, where she represents clients across a variety of industries, including the international energy sector, manufacturing, information technology, finance and shipping. She guides corporations in the development and implementation of strategic immigration policies and advises U.S. and international clients on immigration issues related to corporate restructuring including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and start-ups. Kelly has a broad range of experience in all areas of employment immigration, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, labor certifications, and family-based cases and citizenship.
Kelly has in-depth experience working within Houston’s international energy sector, primarily focusing on large volume corporate immigration, including management of both U.S. immigration and global migration. She has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients in U.S. Outer Continental Shelf compliance, particularly focusing on assisting international corporations in vessel exemptions, specialist work authorizations and crew member exemptions.
Veronica Foley serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Precision Drilling Corporation (“Precision”). Precision is a leading North American drilling company listed in the New York and the Toronto stock.It provides onshore drilling and completion and production services globally to exploration and production companies in the oil and natural gas industry. Veronica serves as an instrumental member to the executive management team and spends most of her time advising the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer and other members of the executive team.She is responsible for implementing strategic business growth initiatives, helping build strong board relations, and overseeing all aspects of corporate governance, legal and compliance functions.
Veronica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and French from Baylor University, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law. She serves on the boards of various educational and professional institutions, including the Houston Bar Foundation – the charitable arm of the Houston Bar and of Girls Inc. of Greater Houston, where she currently acts as Vice-Chair.
Stacy joined IBERIABANK in 2015 as a Senior Vice President, responsible for managing client relationships and new origination amongst the bank’s Energy Group, specializing in lending and financial services to Exploration & Production and Midstream companies. Prior to IBERIABANK, Stacy was in energy banking at BMO Capital Markets Corp and MUFG Union Bank in Houston. Stacy is a graduate of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a minor in Accounting. Also, in 2019, Stacy was named the Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.
Pamela Brylski is a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley. She is based in Houston, Texas and Miami, FL, where she focuses on serving the wealth management needs of families and institutions. Previously she served as a vice president in the investment management division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs & Co, Pamela practiced as a corporate attorney in New York with global law firms representing private equity firms, hedge funds and international corporations in a variety of domestic and international transactions. She also worked as a transaction advisor for the global private equity firm, The Carlyle Group in Washington, DC. Pamela is actively engaged in the community serving a number of philanthropic and educational organizations including serving as a term member for the Council on Foreign Relations, on the alumni committee for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), founding member of the Southeast Chapter of the Women's Association of Venture and Equity (WAVE) and national council member of the Aspen Art Museum, Anderson Ranch and Bass Museum.
Anita Kerin has served as the Assistant General Counsel for Nine Energy Service, Inc. since she joined the company in April 2018. In this capacity, not only is she responsible for managing all of Nine’s general corporate, commercial and litigation matters, but also provides a broad range of legal advice to senior management in areas such as corporate governance, intellectual property, real estate, compliance and contract negotiation. Prior to joining Nine, Ms. Kerin was a litigation partner at the law firm Strasburger & Price, LLP where handled a variety of complex commercial disputes, product liability and personal injury matters with an emphasis on catastrophic injury defense. Ms. Kerin has had extensive trial experience having taken several cases to verdict in both Texas and Louisiana.
Ms. Kerin graduated from Texas A&M University in 2001 with a BBA in Marketing and Management Information Systems and received her JD from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001.
In her spare time, Ms. Kerin enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, traveling, eating good food and cheering on the Houston Astros.
Kyle Lewis is Senior Counsel on the Safety & Insurance Legal team at Uber Technologies, Inc. He oversees a team of in-house attorneys who work closely with outside counsel to defend the company in Northeast U.S. claims litigation matters, which present a host of novel and first-impression legal issues. Before joining Uber, Kyle was an Associate at an insurance defense law firm in Chicago where he defended a range of corporate defendants in a variety of tort liability litigation. He received his B.A. in International Studies and Communications from Saint Louis University, and his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a Member in Good Standing of the Illinois State Bar.
In his free time, Kyle enjoys exploring Chicago with his wife or taking weekend trips to mountain towns to go hiking.
Tenley Krueger is Senior IP Counsel supporting chemical and software technologies at Halliburton. She joined Halliburton in 2016 and has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property law and portfolio management. Ms. Krueger also has diverse institutional experience working for large companies, such as Total Petrochemicals. Additionally, she has worked with U.S. based law firms and foreign organizations, the latter during her time in Malaysia. Ms. Krueger also serves as an Adjunct Professor, supervising the Patent Clinic at South Texas College of Law and is a licensed mediator and Guardian ad Litem for Child Advocates of Fort Bend.
Ms. Krueger earned her J.D. from Tulane University and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining from the Colorado School of Mines.