Petroleum Engineering Degree, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1972
As drilling engineer and company representative (company man in oilfield parlance) for Pennzoil Company, Pennzoil Offshore Gas Operators (POGO) and Pennzoil Nederland:
supervised drilling, completion and simultaneous production operations in the Gulf of Mexico on the offshore platform drilling rigs, Loffland 194, Mayronne 142, and Cactus 165 in Eugene Island Block 330 (300 ft water depth), operated out of Lafayette, Lousiana;
supervised drilling operations from the jackup drilling vessel ORION in the Dutch North Sea operated out of The Hague, Netherlands;
supervised drilling operations from a Noble platform rig in West Cameron block 548 operated out of Lafayette, Lousiana and from a jackup drilling rig offshore Texas operated out of Houston, Texas; and
supervised drilling operations from the drillship MISSION EXPLORATION in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, operated out of Lafayette, Louisiana.
As drilling engineer for Pennzoil Company, POGO and Pennzoil Nederland designed exploration and development drilling plans and completion plans for offshore wells in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the Dutch North Sea.
As reservoir engineer for Pennzoil Company and POGO in connection with the companies’ offshore leases and production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico conducted reservoir and production analyses.
As drilling engineer and company representative for Conoco and its subsidiaries Dubai Petroleum Company, Conoco Idrocarburi, and Conoco UK:
Supervised drilling and production operations from offshore tender drilling rigs in the Fateh Field offshore Dubai;
Supervised drilling operations from a McDermott derrick barge in the Persian Gulf offshore Dubai in connection with setting platforms;
Designed and implemented well plans for drilling development wells in the Fateh Field, offshore Dubai;
Supervised drilling operations from the drillship ODECO HURRICANE offshore Sicily, operated out of Syracusa, Sicily;
Supervised land drilling operations in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming;
Supervised the drilling of relief wells from the jackup rigs Rowan Texas and WD Kent, and the drillship, WODECO V, to kill a blowout in Fateh Field, offshore Dubai that contained 25% poisonous hydrogen sulfide, and supervised pumping operations from barge facilities built for the purpose of pumping the large volumes of kill fluids needed to overcome the flow from downhole;
Supervised exploratory drilling operations from the semi-submersible offshore drilling vessel VENTURE I in the UK North Sea (operated out of Dundee, Scotland), including designing and implementing a difficult tie-back of a casing liner to the subsea wellhead in heavy seas;
Supervised exploratory drilling operations from the semi-submersible drilling vessel DUNDEE KINGSNORTH in the UK North Sea with operations based in Dundee, Scotland; and
Supervised exploratory drilling operations from the semi-submersible drilling vessel TRANSWORLD 61 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with operations based in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
As drilling engineer for Conoco UK performed a downhole pressure analysis of the UK North Sea to develop parameters to detect increasing downhole pressure during drilling.
As an engineer-in-training for Marathon Oil in Hobbs, New Mexico during college worked as a roustabout in the company’s production areas in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas.
As an engineer-in-training for Conoco in Lafayette, Louisiana during college prepared engineering drawings of a gas plant in Iota, Louisiana and performed load analysis of pumping units.
Vice President – Legal of Diamond M Company, the owner and operator of inland barge rigs, jackups, semi-submersibles, platform rigs, and a drillship, based in Houston, Texas with operations worldwide, including in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, inland waterways of Louisiana, offshore California and Alaska, Chile, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Zaire, Brazil, Argentina, and Australia.
Legal responsibility for negotiating
contracts for offshore and inland barge drilling vessels, offshore supply vessels, tugs, services in connection with offshore operations;
contracts with labor unions in Nigeria and Australia;
construction contracts for inland barges, semisubmersibles and jackups;
purchase and sale contracts for offshore drilling vessels; and
loan agreements and other financing transaction secured by the company’s offshore drilling vessels.
Established business structures in Nigeria (including establishing a joint venture company with Nigerian citizens), Ivory Coast, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Zaire.
Vice President – Contracts and Marketing of Diamond M Company.
Commercial responsibility for marketing the company’s inland barge, jackup, and semisubmersible rigs worldwide;
Commercial responsibility for negotiation of
contracts for inland barge, jackup, and semisubmersible rigs worldwide;
offshore supply vessels and tugs;
purchase and sale contracts for offshore drilling vessels.
Responsibility for the company’s marketing strategy and dayrate, footage and turnkey drilling rate structure.
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., at the time the world’s largest owner and operator of offshore drilling vessels.
Responsible for the company’s personal injury and property damage claims department;
Negotiated settlement of a multi-million dollar settlement of a quadraplegic’s claim with the claimant and underwriters without resort to litigation;
Involved substantial interaction with underwriters to manage claims independently from underwriter supervision;
Legal responsibility for negotiation of contracts as described above for Diamond M Company;
Negotiated the buyout of a offshore drilling vessel owned jointly with BP and purchase of a semisubmersible from BP;
As general counsel, represented the company in its initial public offering and other public debt and equity issues;
Handled all public company functions of general counsel and secretary;
Acted as maritime counsel for a lender faced with a requirement to quickly close a loan for a borrower coming out of bankruptcy, and within ten days placed first preferred ship mortgages and related security on 234 vessels registered under the flag of five different jurisdiction to secure a US$225,000,000 credit facility.
Acting for the buyer, handled the purchase of the DB60, a 34000 ton pipelay barge.
Acted for one of two joint venturers in connection with negotiation of a joint venture for the ownership and operation of large cranes and heavy lifting equipment.
Acting as maritime counsel to the lender, handled placing first preferred ship mortgages and related security on 57 offshore drilling vessels to secure a US$200,000,000 credit facility.
Acting as general counsel for a closely held consulting engineering company, successfully negotiated a settlement with its customer to avoid a company threatening indemnity claim as a result of an offshore fatality.
Acting as counsel for the operator, negotiated a transaction under which the client operated a deepwater drillship with limited exposure to liability and subsequently assisted the client in successfully navigating the bankruptcy of the owner and avoid exposure to losses.
Acting as counsel for the operator, negotiated a transaction under which the client operated an offshore flotel.
Acted for the buyer in connection with the acquisition of a business involved in large cranes and other heavy lifting equipment.
Acted as counsel for the organizer of a joint venture to own and operate a deepwater drillship in Brazil.
Routinely handle corporate maintenance activities for corporations, limited liability companies and other entities formed in Texas, Delaware, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and other jurisdictions.
Acting as counsel for the charterer, handled the chartering of offshore supply vessels in connection with the client’s cementing, acidizing and other downhole services.
Acting for the seller handled the sale of jackup drilling rigs.
Acted as counsel for the operator in connection with negotiation of an offshore drilling contract for a jackup in Nigeria.
Acted as counsel for the operator in connection with negotiation of offshore drilling contracts for operations in New Zealand.
Acted as counsel for the drilling contractor in connection with negotiation of offshore drilling contracts in the U.S., Venezuela, Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia, U.K., Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Australia, China and other jurisdictions.
Acting for the buyer, handled the purchase of the CHEYENNE, a 7700 ton pipelay/derrick barge and support vessels.
Acted for an oilfield service company in connection with negotiation of cementing and other downhole services in India using offshore supply vessels chartered from the client to an oil and gas operator.
Acted for the buyer in connection with the purchase of the BARUNA V, an Indonesian flag offshore jackup drilling vessel.
Acted for a Mexican drilling contractor in connection with the bareboat charter of jackup drilling vessels to a U.S. drilling contractor.
Acted for the seller in connection with the sale of a subsidiary to management of the subsidiary.
Acted for the buyer handled the acquisition of assets, equipment, real estate leases and related contracts including, cranes and other heavy lift equipment.
Acted for a European borrower with assets and operations in the U.S. in connection with the U.S. aspects of a $217,000,000 Euro credit facility.
Acted for the lessee in connection with a financing master lease of equipment.
As attorney for Kaneb Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries:
Legal responsibility for contracts with the United States to manage the Strategic Petroleum Reserve;
Legal responsibility for contracts with the Thailand government oil company for engineering services in connection with oil and gas operations offshore Thailand;
As attorney for Diamond M Onshore, Inc. had legal responsibility for purchase of land drilling rigs from Harkins Drilling Company.