Forged in Energy: Developing Skilled Leaders Beyond Oil & Gas

Recorded On: 02/25/2021

Organized by the US Chapter’s Young Negotiators Group

Shelley Eichenlaub, Managing Counsel, Broad Reach Power
David Stott, Assistant General Counsel - M&A, Sensata Technologies
Moderator: Taylor Pullins, Partner, White & Case

This virtual roundtable discussion focuses on leveraging the diverse skills acquired practicing in oil & gas law to skillfully advise internal and external clients in other roles and industries—both in the context of practical diversification and change in career trajectory. Law students and mid-career practitioners will especially benefit from this webinar.

Shelley Eichenlaub

Managing Counsel, Broad Reach Power

Shelley Eichenlaub is Managing Counsel with Broad Reach Power, focused on supporting and advising engineering, procurement, construction, and origination activities. In her role, she brings with her 16 years of legal experience having worked within both public and private companies providing practical guidance on development efforts. Prior to joining Broad Reach Power, Shelley served as a key member in multiple megaproject teams tasked with delivering multi-billion-dollar developments in both the downstream and upstream energy sectors at Motiva, Anadarko, Sasol, and KBR. Across her project work, Shelley has maintained a particular focus on EPC contract delivery models, technology licensing, the purchase and storage of critical equipment, the development and implementation of local content programs, and the handover of project work from execution teams to operations teams.

Shelley’s entrepreneurial experience is rooted in a personal business venture—Eureka Heights Brewing Company located in Houston, TX. Her role in this business venture has included assistance with financing, construction/installation, operational, governance, and distribution efforts.

Shelley received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and her B.A. from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.

David Stott

Assistant General Counsel - M&A, Sensata Technologies

David Stott is Assistant General Counsel – M&A at Sensata Technologies, an industrial technology company in the Greater Boston area. In addition to leadership roles in the law department at Sensata, David works closely with a very active Corporate Development function, including leading Sensata’s M&A efforts in their recently announced acquisition of Xirgo Technologies, a California-based telematics company for $400 million.

Prior to accepting his current role, David spent almost a decade in the oil and gas industry, including as Assistant General Counsel at Nabors Industries, a global drilling rig contractors based in Houston. Prior to going in-house, David was an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City and London, and an associate with Latham & Watkins in Houston. In addition to over $30 billion in M&A deal activity, he has completed debt finance and equity offerings totaling more than $15 billion.  David began his career by clerking for Judge Barbara Jones of the U.S. Federal District Court, Southern District of New York.

Taylor Pullins (Moderator)

Partner, White & Case

Taylor Pullins is a partner in the Global Environmental & Climate Change Practice and the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in the Houston office of White & Case. Taylor represents clients, particularly in the energy industry, in a broad range of environmental, health and safety (EHS) and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) matters.

His transactional practice involves the drafting and negotiating of environmental terms and indemnity provisions in complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, project financings and security offerings. He has significant experience counseling clients on environmental permitting, enforcement defense matters, environmental litigation, internal investigations, and a broad range of environmental/regulatory matters affecting his clients’ operations. In addition, Taylor assists clients on complex policy and business decisions relating to evolving regulatory and societal expectations around climate change and other ESG matters.

Prior to White & Case, Taylor served as Managing Counsel, Director of Sustainability, and Assistant Corporate Secretary at Noble Energy where he led EHS and regulatory legal matters across the company’s portfolio of domestic and international energy assets. In that role, his practice focused on counseling clients through complex regulatory challenges, remedial and environmental enforcement matters, environmental litigation, and the resolution of environmental liabilities encountered in transactions. Taylor also led Noble Energy’s sustainability efforts, including their climate and sustainability reporting.

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