Professor Lisa Avalos
LSU Law Center
Professor Avalos joined the Law Center faculty in 2018. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of criminal law and procedure, with an emphasis on sexual offenses and gender-based violence. She also teaches in the area of legal ethics. Professor Avalos’s publications have appeared in the University of Illinois Law Review (forthcoming), Case Western Reserve Law Review (forthcoming), Brooklyn Law Review, Nevada Law Journal, Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and others. Professor Avalos previously taught at the University of Arkansas School of Law and was a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to entering academia, she worked as an associate at McDermott Will & Emery in New York City and at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg in Chicago. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She also holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology Northwestern University, and a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University. Prior to attending law school, she taught sociology at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
Erin E. Bambrick
Liskow & Lewis, APLC
Erin E. Bambrick is a shareholder practicing in the New Orleans office of Liskow & Lewis where her focus is energy and environmental law. She represents a variety of oil and gas clients in both state and federal court, with a concentration on legacy lawsuits, coastal land loss issues, and NORM litigation.
Mr. Gavin Broussard
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
GAVIN BROUSSARD joined the Department of Natural Resources, Office of Conservation’s Engineering group in 2015. He currently serves as the Office of Conservation’s Inspection and Enforcement section manager. Before working for DNR, Mr. Broussard served as a Production Engineer in Houston, TX, for Newfield Exploration Company. He is a 2011 graduate of Louisiana State University with a BS in Petroleum Engineering.
Mr. Russell Buehrle
GeoSouthern Energy Corp.
Russell Buerhle attended Baylor University School of Law. He began his practiced as an attorney for Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. from 2006 to 2014 in its Mid-Continent Business Unit working in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Kansas. He joined GeoSouthern Energy Corporation in 2014 and became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of their Haynesville affiliate, GEP Haynesville, LLC, in 2015. That entity recently merged with Southwestern Energy Company in December of 2021 and he currently representing GeoSouthern’s new Hayneville affiliate, GEP Haynesville II, LLC.
Mr. William Drew Burnham
Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway APLC
William D. “Drew” Burnham primarily represents and advises oil and gas companies in federal and state litigation. He has handled claims concerning lease rights, unleased mineral owner rights, mineral servitudes royalty and overriding royalty disputes, production in paying quantities, well control (blowout), subsurface trespass, unitization/pooling, the Risk Fee Act, the Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act, title disputes, water rights, environmental contamination, and local regulations of oil and gas development. Drew’s practice includes the drafting and analysis of mineral leases, pipeline right-of-way/servitude agreements, water use agreements, and related contracts. For the past several years, he has presented at the Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen’s annual seminar on recent developments in Louisiana mineral law. He has authored articles for Biz Magazine and the Institute for Energy Law’s Oil & Gas Report. In 2016, he co-authored a paper for the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute with former Commissioner of Conservation Philip N. Asprodites. Mr. Burnham’s practice also includes the representation of clients in eminent domain claims involving natural gas pipeline and other utility companies, and general commercial litigation, often involving issues of contractual interpretation, mismanagement of corporate or company resources, unfair trade practices, fraud, bad faith, and indemnity disputes. Additionally, he has experience in the auction, sale and donation of art, historical artifacts, and items regulated under the Endangered Species Act. Mr. Burnham received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Centenary College of Louisiana, in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was president of the Student Government Association and recipient of the Ellis H. Brown Leadership Award. He received his law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a published member of the Louisiana Law Review, recipient of several CALI Awards for Excellence, and elected Order of the Coif. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Elizabeth E. Foote, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. He is an active member and deacon at Broadmoor Baptist Church. He has served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of North Louisiana since 2016 and is currently serving as Secretary. He is presently the coordinator of the mentorship program for the Harry V. Booth Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court. Drew was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2015 and in Texas in 2016. He joined the firm in 2016. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank N. Cusimano
Attorney at Law
Frank N. Cusimano, III previously served as a Senior Counsel for Chevron U.S.A. Inc., based in Houston, Texas. His in-house practice included mostly oil and gas transactions for Chevron, particularly for its Permian Basin assets. He also has experience with Chevron’s deepwater Gulf of Mexico operations. Frank is a 1985 graduate of Tulane Law School in New Orleans, LA. Following two years of private practice in Baton Rouge, Frank joined Chevron's Land Department in New Orleans in 1987. In 1992, Frank transferred to Midland, TX and into Chevron's Law Department. He has been in Houston since 2004.
Ms. Sarah Y Dicharry
Jones Walker LLP
Sarah Y. Dicharrry is a partner in Jones Walker’s Litigation Practice Group. She focuses her practice on counseling exploration and production companies on compliance with federal statutes and regulations, and representing companies in administrative and judicial appeal proceedings and in response to government-initiated enforcement actions.
Mr. James H. Dupuis Jr.
Dupuis Law Firm, PLLC
Jimmy Dupuis is the founder of Dupuis Law Firm, PLLC. He has more than 20 years of experience representing energy companies, and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
His oil and gas work includes advising and assisting operators and non-operators in all phases of exploration and production, including land and title issues, and operational and regulatory issues. He has extensive experience preparing title opinions, negotiating and drafting contracts, and performing due diligence in connection with the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas assets.
His renewable energy work includes negotiating and drafting solar leases, and advising on surface and oil gas issues. He performs due diligence, negotiates and drafts contracts, resolves issues presented by severed estates, and works to cure title and survey issues.
Ms. Donna Y. FRAZIER
Parish of Caddo
Donna Y. Frazier was appointed Caddo Parish Attorney in July 2013. Prior to her appointment, she served as Assistant Parish Attorney for eight years. Her responsibilities include advising the Caddo Parish Commission and parish personnel on legal matters, and supervising litigation wherein the Parish is a party. Ms. Frazier holds a J.D. from the University of Texas and a B.A. in Political Science from Louisiana State University. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana. Prior to starting with the Caddo Parish Attorney’s Office, Ms. Frazier was a Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney. She spent eight years as a prosecutor working her way from general misdemeanor assistant to Section Chief of the Drug Section. A Past Chair of the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law (2015-2016), Ms. Frazier also holds the following memberships/positions: President of the Shreveport Bar Association, Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Louisiana Parish Attorney's Association (a former President), Harry V. Booth and Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court (Master of the Bench).
Ms. Sara Mouledoux Glover
Arnold & Porter
Sara Mouledoux Glover is counsel at Arnold & Porter in Denver. She advises energy companies on transactional matters, including acquisitions and divestitures, and financing and commercial transactions primarily in the upstream and midstream segments of the industry. She has a particular focus in areas relating to the energy transition, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) trends in the oil and gas industry. Ms. Glover also handles matters involving surface rights, joint operating agreements, title, master services agreements, indemnity obligations, legacy environmental contamination, preferential rights and well control responses. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Sara was in house counsel at Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. in Denver.
Mr. Tyler P Gray
Placid Refining Company
Tyler Gray, Secretary
Director, Corporate and Government Affairs
Placid Refining Company, LLC
Tyler Gray currently serves as the corporate secretary for the Placid Refining Company, LLC; an independent and privately owned, oil and gas company, producing and distributing a full range of transportation fuels across the Southeast from Texas to Maryland. Previously, he served as president and general counsel to Louisiana Mid-Continent’s Oil and Gas Association, advocating for members on all oil and gas issues as the youngest president in the Association’s 98-year history. Prior to that, Tyler served as an attorney in the Department of Natural Resources, Office of Conservation and for the City of New Orleans. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from James Madison University in Virginia, received his J.D. from Loyola University in New Orleans, M.B.A. with a specialization in Economics from Louisiana State University, and is licensed to practice law in Louisiana. His most important (and ongoing) accomplishment are his three children, Hutson (6), Ella (5), and Townes (1), that he and his wonderful wife, Sarah, are trying to steer in the right direction. Lastly, he serves on the boards of the Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum, St. James Episcopal Day School, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, and several state boards.
Robert G. Hargrove
Davis, Gerald & Cremer, P.C.
Robert "Rob" G. Hargrove represents oil and gas producers and occasionally landowners in oil and gas disputes, both in courthouse litigation and in contested cases before the Railroad Commission of Texas. In addition to Texas state courts, Rob is licensed in the Federal District Courts for the Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas, as well as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has handled oil and gas litigation matters around the State and has presented oral argument in a number of Texas intermediate Courts of Appeals.
Rob is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he is on the Council of the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (term expires in 2023). He is frequently asked to be a speaker at Texas oil and gas CLE presentations.
Rob is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and was on the Council of the Administrative and Public Law Section of the State Bar of Texas from 2017 through 2021. He was the chair of the Oil and Gas Section of the Austin Bar Association in the 2012-2013 bar year.
Rob grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, and graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in English in 1997. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2001. He's practiced law in Austin his whole career. Rob is married to a lawyer, and they have three children, a dog, a bird, and a guinea pig.