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Experience

BIO

2020 - 2022*

General Counsel

Grizzly Energy, LLC

Houston

Employment disputes, investigations, post-employment termination issues; wage and hour matters including classification and other pay issues; COVID and disability leave issues; non-competes; executive employment agreements; EHS/OSHA investigations

Commercial and upstream oil/gas litigation including royalty disputes, marketing contract disputes

Acquisition and divestitures of oil and gas assets, real estate purchases and sales

 

Bankruptcy claims litigation 

*currently on contract on an "as needed" basis

2011 - 2020

Associate General Counsel

Linn Energy, LLC

Houston

Wage and hour related to classification, contractors and post-acquisition transitions;  harassment/discrimination/retaliation/wrongful termination; FMLA/STD/LTD/workers' compensation leave issues; discipline and termination issues, ADA and disability claims; executive employment agreements related to acquisition/divestiture activities; separation issues; EHS/OSHA investigations

Complex litigation docket including employment disputes, landowner claims, multi-jurisdiction royalty class actions, securities class actions, bankruptcy claims litigation, and litigation associated with various acquisitions and divestitures

Enterprise and Risk Management project management

2006 - 2011

Corporate Counsel

Service Corporation International

Houston

Commercial litigation, real estate transactions, counseling on industry compliance issues.  

Human Resource counseling and project manager for key Company initiatives such as data privacy and cemetery/crematory compliance

2002 - 2006

Employment Attorney

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Representing companies in various industries in employment disputes in arbitration, mediation and litigation; providing Human Resources support and counseling

Houston

Education

1999 - 2002

University of Texas School of Law

J.D.

Austin

Member, Texas International Law Journal, Russian Club, Texas International Law Society

University of Leiden, The Netherlands - study abroad with focus on international law

1995 - 1999

Rice University

B.A., Political Science & Russian Studies

Houston

University of St Petersburg, Russia - study abroad fellowship

Professional skillset

Texas Credentialed Mediator, TMCA

Kreider Mediation, Mediation Certification

Harris County Dispute Resolution Center, Volunteer Mediator

Dallas County Dispute Resolution Center, Volunteer Mediator

American Petroleum Labor Law Association; President - 2017; Member - 2012 to 2020

Houston Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section

Institute for Energy Law, Panelist on Legal Issues Arising at Post-Bankruptcy Emergence

Houston Bar Association Oil and Gas Luncheon, Panelist on Oil and Gas Litigation

Benchmark Women in Litigation Forum, Speaker on Litigation and Arbitration in Diff Jurisdictions

Institute for Energy Law, Speaker on Class Action Royalty Litigation

Reed Smith Litigation Conference, Panelist on Class Action Royalty Litigation

MarcusEvans Driven Executive Legal Roundtable, Speaker on Fair Labor Standards Act

Consero Corporate Litigation Executive Roundtable, Panelist on Using Data to Improve Litigation Outcomes

Women's Energy Network, Regional Conference, Panelist on Class Action Royalty Litigation, Social Media in the Workplace, and Litigation Disputes

ACC Conference, Speaker on What Information an Employer Can Ethically Use in Making Employment Decisions

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