Mr. Hunter A Chauvin
Liskow & Lewis
Hunter Chauvin is a litigator that assists major oil and gas companies in environmental litigation, with a concentration on legacy lawsuits and coastal land loss issues. He has worked with experts across the globe to defend environmental lawsuits, which has allowed him to develop a deep working knowledge of the complex scientific issues underpinning these cases. He has been entrusted to represent clients in major bellwether environmental cases. Hunter’s practice also includes working with regulators at the department of natural resources and other agencies on behalf of oil and gas companies to resolve regulatory disputes.
Hunter teaches Trial Advocacy for LSU’s Paul M. Hebert law school and is a board member for the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. He is an active member of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA), and the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA).
Mrs. Katherine Guidry Douthitt
Blanchard, Walker, O'Quin & Roberts
Katherine Douthitt's practice involves oil, gas and other energy transactional matters, including title examination, asset acquisitions and divestitures, and lease and other contract drafting and negotiation. She also represents and advises clients in general business matters, including commercial transactions, corporate structuring, and employment issues, as well as various other legal issues arising in the course of doing business in Louisiana.
She is a proud LSU tiger and her education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — including a law degree, M.B.A., and an undergraduate degree in accounting with a concentration in internal auditing— lends itself well to her practice. She joined Blanchard Walker in 2008 and was admitted to practice the same year. She became a Director at Blanchard Walker in 2016.
Katherine is a member of the Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen, the Louisiana Land Title Association and the Louisiana Association of Independent Land Title Agents, as well as the American, Louisiana State, and Shreveport Bar Associations. She is a licensed title insurance producer as is an agent of First American Title Company of Louisiana.
She currently serves as the President of the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, Inc. She and her husband Jeff are the proud parents of sons Cook and Whit.
Judge Meredith S. Grabill
United States Bankruptcy Judge
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Congressman Garret N. Graves
United States Representative, Louisiana 6th Congressional District
United States House of Representatives
CONGRESSMAN GARRET GRAVES represents Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. More than 750,000 people live in the 13 parishes that make up the sixth district, which includes most of Garret’s hometown of Baton Rouge, the bulk of the Capital City’s suburbs, parts of parishes along both sides of the Mississippi River to the western shores of Lake Pontchartrain and continues south through Thibodaux to Houma. Garret is Ranking Member for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation for the 116th Congress and continues to serve on the House Natural Resources Committee. He was also selected to lead the Republican effort on newly established House Select Committee on Climate. Last Congress, Graves chaired the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and was instrumental in the development, passage and enactment of a range of policy wins on rivers, levees, flood protection, coastal issues and Corps of Engineers reforms. He also brought about critical upgrades to federal disaster response and recovery programs, streamlining FEMA operations, creating faster recoveries and helping make communities across the nation more resilient to disaster. In his short time in office, Garret and his team have established a record of advancing Louisiana’s priorities through Congress – making a positive difference here at home. A few more examples:
• The Washington St. Exit reconfiguration, I-10 expansions and other road improvements underway are happening because of legislation Garret wrote, helped negotiate, and enacted in 2015.
• Garret fought to change federal law to fix the so called “duplication of benefits” fiasco for thousands of 2016 flood victims; and,
• He secured full funding for the Comite River Diversion, West Shore and other major flood protection projects that had been stalled for decades. Now they are fast-tracked for completion – which means better protection and lower flood insurance rates for all of us.
Garret’s leadership on transportation, infrastructure, energy, maritime, fisheries, coastal restoration, disaster and other issues critical to our state’s economy and way of life are an asset in Congress. He is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he resides with his wife Carissa and their three children.
Professor Christopher S. Kulander
Director and Professor, Oil & Gas Law Institute
South Texas College of Law Houston
Professor Christopher Kulander teaches at the South Texas College of Law Houston and serves as Director of the Harry L. Reed Oil & Gas Law Institute. He has taught Domestic Energy Law, Property, Mining Law, and beginning and advanced Oil & Gas Law courses. In addition, he teaches International Energy Law at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania, as a permanent visiting professor. He is licensed in Texas and New Mexico. A leading expert in oil & gas and property law, Dr. Kulander has published over twenty law review articles, as well as many other articles with a more practical focus in the industry literature, on diverse topics including energy lending, finance, oil & gas law, land use control, American Indian law, as well as on geology, and petroleum seismology. He is a prolific speaker and expert witness. He received his J.D. with distinction from the University of Oklahoma, where he was managing editor for the Oklahoma Bar Mineral Law Newsletter and note editor and assisting managing editor for the American Indian Law Review. Before teaching, Professor Kulander practiced for four years in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP, focusing on energy lending, finance, and bankruptcy. Prior to that, he practiced for two years with Cotton & Bledsoe in Midland, Texas, focusing on oil and gas title, leasing, and litigation support. Before law school, he received his B.S. in geology and M.S. in geophysics from Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, and his Ph.D. in geophysics (petroleum seismology) from Texas A&M University, after which he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey as a geophysicist.
Mr. Robert A. Kutcher
Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP
ROBERT A. KUTCHER is a partner in the law firm of Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP. He is currently President of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He is a past Chairman of the Louisiana Disciplinary Board, past President of the N.O. Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and past Chair of the Louisiana Advisory Committee, U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Mr. Kutcher graduated from Cornell University in 1972 and received his J.D. from Loyola University (Cum Laude) in 1975.