Shannon Kinney is an exceptional lawyer. But her development of creative ways to interact with stockholders has made her an expert in investor relations. As a result, she is a finalist for Senior Counsel of the Year for a Large Legal Department in the 2019 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards.
During the past decade, Elizabeth Hawkins has gone from a part-time contract lawyer at Targa to being a critical legal counselor to the company’s executives. So critical that she is a finalist for Senior Counselor of the Year for a Large Legal Department in the 2019 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards.
Matthew Coward and Belinda Senneway of Shell Oil are keepers of the diversity torch first lit at the energy giant by the legendary Cathy Lamboley. Lamboley retired in 2010, but Coward and Senneway have kept strong the push for diversity at Shell, and are consensus winners of the Diversity Award in the 2019 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards.
David Houck had no interest in the oil and gas industry when he first became a lawyer. Now, more than four decades later, he is considered the dean of the energy bar. ACC Houston and The Texas Lawbook are rewarding his work and lifetime of learning with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2019 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards.
Early in her career, Amber Shushan was a senior counsel at a law firm representing Transocean, which owned the 2010 BP-operated Macondo Prospect. As a result, she was in a position to glean great knowledge from the plethora of lawsuits and disputes that resulted from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Now she’s advising global energy giant PetroChina on how to avoid that kind of economic and public relations disaster. She’s also a finalist for Senior Legal Counsel of the Year in the 2019 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards.
Amelia Xu is only 30 years old, but as a lawyer she’s already been involved in 14 separate corporate transactions valued at $100 million or more – two of which exceeded $1 billion. Now she’s a nominee for Rookie of the Year in the 2019 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards. Mark Curriden reports.
In his decades in the legal department for Plains All American Pipeline, Lawrence Dreyfuss worked through 62 completed acquisitions and divestitures with an aggregate value of over $8 billion. He oversaw the legal work for Plains’ capital projects totaling more than $7 billion. He was directly involved or supervised the handling of more than 3,000 legal claims. And during his tenure, Plains’ EBITDA grew from $89.1 million in 1999 to $2.684 billion in 2018. So, it’s no surprise that he will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel Houston Chapter and The Texas Lawbook. Mark Curriden has his story.
Fermeen Fazal is chief counsel and chief administrative officer for Houston-based UniversalPegasus International. She’s so nice, that colleagues say it’s easy to forget that she can be a very fierce advocate. The company president has nick-named her “The Ferminator.” But she’s approachable, team-oriented and has a history as a very fine litigator. She’s also a finalist for GC of the Year for a Small Legal Department in the 2019 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards.
Jennie Howard’s first day in the legal department at Houston-based Kraton Corp. began with her assignment to a $1.7 billion acquisition. She had to hit the ground running. Three months later, the deal was closed and she got REALLY busy overseeing a wide variety of corporate responsibilities. As a result she’s a finalist for Rookie of the Year in the 2019 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards.
When Apache Corp. and Kayne Anderson Acquisition Corp. set up a joint venture to develop West Texas assets, that turned out to be the easy part. But add Apache’s desire to contribute options for long-haul pipelines to the Texas Gulf Coast and things got complicated. Apache’s GC and outside counsel Bracewell solved a trunkful of structural difficulties, leading them to become finalists for the M&A Transaction of the Year in the 2019 Corporate Counsel Awards. Claire Poole explains why.