2019 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting


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Program Overview

The 2019 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting will be held at Wyoming Public Service Commission in Cheyenne, WY on June 11, 2019. The Rocky Mountain Chapter is presenting a one day CLE program and will offer numerous networking opportunities, including a post-conference reception and scheduled breaks during the program for attendees to connect.

2019 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting: Program Schedule and Registration Form (PDF)



WY Public Service Commission
2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300
Cheyenne WY 82002 


2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 450
Cheyenne, WY 82001


2019 Marketing Opportunities BROCHURE

Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting Sponsorship Levels & Benefits
Platinum:  $1500 
Gold:        $750
Silver:       $300


3 complimentary registrations

Marketing material placed on
registrant chairs/tables or marketing swag in the conference room on a reserved table;

Additional 4 registrations
at early bird price​ 

3 Complimentary attendees
to the networking reception


1 Complimentary Registration 

1 half price registration to conference 

Marketing material on sponsor table in registration space

Additional 2 company/firm registrations at early bird level                        


All Marketing Below                                                            


* Logo featured in all event marketing circulated to over 5,000 attorneys & energy professionals twice
* Listed in materials circulated to all attendees
* Verbal recognition at the opening by Chapter President during welcome remarks
* Recognition on conference webpage
* Logo recognition on social media
* One piece of marketing material at sponsor table
* Signage at the event listing sponsors by level
* Sponsor level distinction on ribbons

Contact: Michele L. Smith, Senior Manager, Marketing & Member Relations at D: 202-499-5841, E: msmith@eba-net.org


tuesday, june 11

8:00 AM -  9:00 AM: REGISTRATION 

8:30 AM -  8:40 AM: Welcome 
Michelle King, President, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Energy Bar Association, Partner, Holland & Hart LLP
Jane Rueger, President Elect, Energy Bar Association, Partner, White & Case LLP

8:40 AM - 9:00 AM: Opening Remarks
The Honorable Kara Brighton Fornstrom, Chair, Wyoming Public Service Commission

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Wildfires and Electric Utilities: Concerns and Viewpoints from Various Interested Parties​

This panel will be providing a 360 degree viewpoint of the wildfire challenges plaguing the American West. Specifically, the panel will be discussing: the utility’s perspective regarding wildfire mitigation technology and inverse condemnation; firsthand experience from the federal government’s perspective concerning the Carr Fire in California; various state and federal regulation issues and challenges; as well as an analysis of the bankruptcy issues related to wildfire-impacted utilities, including the interplay between FERC and bankruptcy court.

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Moderator:  Sarah Norcott, Corporate Counsel, Northwestern Energy
Dawn Roth Lindell, Senior Vice President and Rocky Mountain Regional Manager, Western Area Power Administration
Julie Stencel, Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy
Tara Kaushik, Energy and Utilities Attorney, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Risa Wolf-Smith, Partner, Holland & Hart LLP

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM:  ​Legal and Legislative Developments Affecting Exploration and Production Activity in the Rockies​

This panel will explore recent notable legislative and legal developments occurring in some of the leading oil and gas producing states in the Rocky Mountain region, namely, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Colorado.  Panelists will address significant ballot initiatives, bills in the recent state legislative sessions, and other legal developments that may affect E&P activity in the region.  The esteemed panelists, which include the executive director of a state oil and gas association and legal practitioners, will bring valuable perspective to these topics.    

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Moderator:  Mustafa P. Ostrander, VP-Commercial (Rockies Express & Cheyenne Connector), Tallgrass Energy
Keith Burron, Natural Resources & Water Lawyer, The Burron Firm, P.C. 
Chantell Taylor, Partner, Snell & Wilmer
Ryan Flynn, Executive Director, New Mexico Oil & Gas Association

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Securitization: Success Stories and Lessons Learned​

Hansen_PhotoSpeaker: Representative Chris Hansen, Colorado General Assembly

Chris Hansen specializes in energy sector economics and data analytics, with 20 years of experience in the global energy industry. He is the Representative for District 6 in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the east-central neighborhoods of Denver and serves on the Joint Budget Committee and as Chair on the House Appropriations Committee. READ MORE

1:45 PM - 3:45 PM: Legal and Regulatory Changes Paving the Way for Blockchain in Energy​

This panel will discuss the legal and regulatory changes making way for blockchain.  Specifically, Wyoming has passed several recent laws that allow blockchain and cryptocurrency companies to operate within the state. The panel will also discuss how energy companies and utilities are approaching these technologies from customers to energy transactions.

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Moderator:  Crystal McDonough, McDonough Law LLC
Christopher Peoples, Management Consultant, Peoples Partners and Associates, LLC
Caitlin M. Shields, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
Tara Nethercott, Senator, State of Wyoming
Jared Olsen, Representative - Wyoming House of Representatives, Founder & Senior Counsel, Olsen Legal Group, LLC

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Ethics Speaker

Chris Petrie, Secretary & Chief Counsel, Wyoming Public Service Commission

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Reception

hotel  HOTEL:

EBA has not secured a room block for this meeting. However, the following hotels are in walking distance to the WY Public Service Commission:

Nagle Warren Mansion B&B

222 E 17th Street 
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Rates start at $250                                                                                                                                                                    15 min walk/0.7 miles  

The Historic Plains Hotel

1600 Central Ave
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Rates start at $200                                                                                                                                                                    15 min walk/0.8 miles                                                                                                                                


We will be applying for CLE approval in WY, CO, & UT. If you require CLE in another state not listed here, please contact Lisa Levine at LLEVINE@EBA-NET.ORG prior to May 15, 2019, to request submission. 


Registration includes program sessions, electronic attendee handouts, lunch, breakfast, breaks, and reception.

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS May 25, 2019. Conference registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by a check, money order, government purchase order/training form or credit card information and may be limited by the capacity of the facilities. Registrations will not be held without payment.

EBA’s Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting pre-registration closes on June 10th. Thereafter, registrations can only be taken on-site at the conference.



Member Early Bird
(On or before 5/25/2019)


Attorney/Energy Professional $150 $175 $350
Young Lawyer $150 $175 $350
Government - Attorney/EP/Academic $105 $105 $105
Full Time Student $50 $50 $125
Multi-Registration Discount (4th person and beyond) $125 $150 -


*For firms registering 4 people or more, at the same time, EBA will provide you a group discounted registration rate of $125 per person for the 4th person and beyond. Applies to Private and Energy Professional members only. All attendees in the group must be members. Contact mmfrank@eba-net.org for more information. 



1.   Online:  Register Now 

2.   Fax your completed REGISTRATION FORM with payment to EBA: (202) 833-5596

3.   Mail your REGISTRATION FORM  and payment to EBA, 2000 M St. NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036

policy_icon POLICIES 

To learn more, please contact EBA,  (202) 223-5625 or by email at EBA@eba-net.org.


Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by 5/31/2019, less a $50 administrative fee. The cancellation policy also applies to registration forms that are received and accepted after the deadline date. No refunds will be given after 5/31/2019. If a cancellation is requested after the deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions are acceptable anytime  (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between the member and non-member fees). Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program. Confirmations will be sent to registrants via email if an address is provided.


Persons in need of special accommodation should inquire with Lisa Levine, Chief Executive Officer, llevine@eba-net.org at the EBA office.


EBA offers eligible student, government, and academic members’ discounts on the rates for most EBA programs which carry CLE credits, including EBA’s Annual and Mid-Year meetings. EBA will, on a case-by-case basis, consider requests from members to attend EBA programs at discounted rates. Discount requests must be made to EBA’s office at least fifteen days prior to the close of regular registration for the program in question. Requests will be considered by EBA if timely and complete. Discount requests must demonstrate a substantial financial hardship. Please submit your request to llevine@eba-net.org.


The Energy Bar Association (“EBA”) is committed to the goals of fostering an inclusive and diverse membership and increasing diversity across all levels of the Association.  Attorneys and energy professionals in the energy field are welcome to join our ranks, regardless of race, creed, color, gender (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientation, family and marital status (including pregnancy), family responsibilities, religion, national origin, age, personal appearance, political affiliation, veterans status, disability, source of income (government, solo, corporate, firm practice), or place of residence or business (geographic diversity) and are encouraged to become active participants in the Association’s activities.

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