Features Oil & Gas

Federico Fregoso Contreras – Pemex

Volatility in the oil and gas industry and energy policy reforms in Mexico make structuring and negotiating contracts challenging for an oil company like Pemex, so having an experienced attorney like Federico Fregoso Contreras has made the process easier. “We have contract templates and have adjusted them accordingly, and we have focused on bringing our […]

Christina Ibrahim – Weatherford International Plc.

Building a cohesive in-house legal team takes the dynamism to lead and the patience to listen and learn from the team members and the business units the team serves. Building that team in a highly regulated industry such as gas or oil can be especially challenging. The legal professionals need to intimately understand growth opportunities […]

Mark Brannum – Jonah Energy

Not all energy is created equal—or sustainably. That’s according to Mark Brannum, Jonah Energy’s first general counsel and a leader in the company’s push to document and publicize its environmental, safety and corporate governance program. As part of this, the company created a flip book to show stakeholders and other interested parties that Jonah Energy […]

Dr. Chika B. Onwuekwe, QC – Trican Well Service Ltd.

As a self-made attorney with a standard of living many only dreamed about—a house, a car, a rewarding career—Nigerian-born Chika Onwuekwe had all of the makings of a successful life in his home country. Why on earth would he want to leave it all, his wife Chinwe would ask. Wasn’t this good enough? The answer, […]

Cathy Konwisarz – National Energy Services Reunited Corp.

There’s nothing like a perfect storm breaking as you start a new job, particularly one in which personal and professional relationships are vital. So says Cathy Konwisarz, who had just a few days in the office to get the lay of the land after joining international oilfield services provider NESR as its first general counsel […]

Robert Vosbein Jr. – Harvey Gulf International Marine

For more than half a century, Harvey Gulf International Marine has plied the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, servicing oil rigs and platforms with its boats and barges. These days, those vessels can be seen doing the same far across the Atlantic and on the other side of the Panama Canal. But as its […]

Teresa Villarreal Torres – Xignux

Tom Cruise’s portrayal of a military lawyer was the spark for Teresa Villarreal’s legal career, but Xignux has been the energy source to keep it running. As a girl growing up in Monterrey, Mexico, Villarreal loved courtroom dramas on the big screen, and Cruise’s role as Lt. Daniel Kaffee in “A Few Good Men” was […]

Chris Schindler – Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc.

To paraphrase a popular adage, you can take the man out of Kentucky, but you can’t take Kentucky out of the man. The pull of his roots was so powerful, in fact, that after nearly 25 years at venerated D.C. law firm Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells)—where Chief Justice John Roberts once practiced—Chris Schindler […]

Jeff Garrett – Pioneer Natural Resources Co.

Energy flowing from the Permian Basin in Texas runs west to east from Midland to Houston. Houston native Jeff Garrett’s career has run in the opposite direction, as well as up, down and sideways with the advent of horizontal drilling. As an associate general counsel for Pioneer Natural Resources, Garrett helped the Dallas-based company build […]

Rafael Aysanoa – Corporación Primax

In 2013, in a rural mountain village in northern Peru, a tanker truck carrying oil tipped over while trying to navigate a rough patch of road. Spilling 9,000 gallons of oil across the surrounding landscape, the accident tainted the soil and destroyed the crops of 30 local farms. What could have been a public relations […]

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