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KBA/KIOGA 41st Annual Oil & Gas Conference
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Approved for 6.0 CLE credithours, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas and Missouri.

When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Check-in: 8:30 a.m. - Session - 9:00 - 3:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Where: Hyatt Regency
400 W. Waterman
United States
Contact: Dawn Phoenix

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Online registration for this event is now closed.  However, space is still available.  To register, please call 785-234-5696 between 8:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.  Electronic program materials can be emailed to you at no cost.  A limited number of paper materials will be available for purchase at the program for $30. Please let the KBA representative know your preference.
Approved for 6.0 CLE credithours, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas and Missouri.

Course Schedule

8:30 a.m. • Check-in & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. • Recent Developments in Oil & Gas Law of Interest to Kansas Practitioners
Prof. David E. Pierce, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka
Professor Pierce will review recent case law developments that are of particular interest to Kansas oil and gas lawyers and operators.
9:50 a.m. • Tax Aspects of Structuring Oil & Gas Transactions
Brett R. Vickers, Vickers and Company CPAs, PA, Wellsville
The presentation will cover various tax consequences when structuring oil and gas transactions. The history and development of the “Pooling of Capital Doctrine” as a tax advantage opportunity available to the oil and gas industry will be examined. Legal precedent will be explained, as well as IRS mandates. Several examples of both well and poorly executed attempts to use the Pooling of Capital Doctrine for tax relief purposes will be cited, with recommendations on how to avoid challenges from the IRS.  
10:40 a.m. • Break  
10:55 a.m. • The KCC's Jurisdiction: Waste, Correlative Rights, Pollution and Potentially Anything Else Imaginable
Keith A. Brock, Anderson & Byrd LLP, Ottawa
Lane R. Palmateer, Attorney at Law, Wichita
The Shawnee County District Court recently reversed a decision of the Kansas Corporation Commission to create surface setbacks due to insufficient facts in the record.  However, the opinion recognized that the Commission has authority under K.S.A. 74-623 to create surface setbacks, which is a broad interpretation that departs from a traditional understanding of the Commission's jurisdiction.  Lane Palmateer and Keith Brock discuss the arguments for and against this conclusion, and they explain the practical impact to both the oil and gas industry and attorneys representing industry members and landowners.   11:45 a.m.  Lunch (provided)  
12:45 p.m. • Bankruptcy 101 for the Oil and Gas Practitioner
W. Rick Griffin, Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer LLP, Wichita
The presentation will provide an overview of bankruptcy law and the potential impact on oil and gas interests, practical advice for those impacted by recent oil and gas bankruptcies, and a discussion of pre-bankruptcy options for securing payment for oil and gas sales.  
1:35 p.m. • Oil and Gas Lien Law and Foreclosure in Today’s Oil and Gas Industry
Michael Baxter, Jeter Law Firm LLP, Hays
This presentation discusses oil and gas mechanic’s liens in the Kansas oil and gas industry. Specifically, the presentation will focus on the lien process, enforcement through foreclosure, and problems that may develop in the lien and foreclosure process.   2:25 p.m.  Break  
2:40 p.m. • Ethics in Negotiations
Jonathan Schlatter, Morris Laing Evans Brock & Kennedy Chtd., Wichita
We will review the rules of professional conduct in the context of negotiating transactions in the oil patch.  We will begin by reviewing the rules of professional conduct that address an attorney’s duties to his clients, to opposing counsel and unrepresented parties.  We will also review the rules governing present and potential conflicts of interest.  We will then apply these rules, and others, to various hypothetical scenarios, some of which could seem outrageous.  
3:30 p.m. • Adjourned

Social Event

We are hosting a sponsored social event the night before the program (Thursday, October 13) at:
150 N. Mosley St.
Wichita, KS
We have reserved the Loft from 6-8.  Hors d’oeuvres and beer tickets will be provided.  Please check the appropriate box on the registration form if you will be able to attend.


Sponsors include:




Edmiston Law Office, LLC          Prof. David E. Pierce        Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation


Presenter Information

Michael is a Washburn University School of Law graduate and associate attorney with the Jeter Law Firm, LLP. He is currently practicing in Kansas and Nebraska and concentrates on oil and gas title examination. In addition to title examination, Michael also focuses on general oil and gas practice, real property, and civil litigation. He is a former member of the Board of Editors for the Washburn Law Journal and is currently a member of the Kansas and Ellis County Bar Associations.



Keith Brock is a partner at the law firm of Anderson & Byrd, LLP in Ottawa. He has chosen to focus his practice in the area of oil, gas and energy law, primarily representing oil and gas producers, and lenders engaged in oil and gas financing transactions. He routinely appears before the Kansas Corporation Commission in conservation matters, and is experienced in title examination, transactional drafting and civil litigation. Keith is a member of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Kansas Oil & Gas Association and is a member of the faculty for the Mineral Title Examination course and also the Oil and Gas Conservation Law & Practice course offered by Washburn University School of Law. He has been a presenter at multiple continuing legal education seminars, typically presenting on the subject of oil and gas law and is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law section and is past president of the Franklin County Bar Association.


W. Rick Griffin is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Kansas School of Law. Rick concentrates his litigation practice on commercial litigation, including oil and gas law where he provides guidance to clients regarding oil and gas leases, lease operations, mineral interests, surface rights, and title disputes, as well as handling matters before the Kansas Corporation Commission.



Lane Palmateer is a sole practitioner assisting clients with estate planning, business formation and transactions, and oil and gas regulatory matters.  Palmateer served as Litigation Counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission from 2008-2016.  He attended Washburn University School of Law, graduating in 2008 with Dean’s Honors and a Certificate in Business and Transactional Law.  Before attending law school, he obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree in sociology, with a minor in ethnic studies, from Wichita State University.


David Pierce is a professor of law at Washburn University School of Law where he teaches courses on oil and gas law, contract law, and property law. He is the Director of Washburn's Oil and Gas Law Center and holds the Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law.





Primary practices in the area of oil and gas law.  Extensive experience working with the corporation commission, involved in numerous secondary and tertiary recovery projects, the State’s first underground pad drilling project.  Successfully defended penalty orders, obtained special permissions, and exceptions from the Commission regulations, including UIC applications, well location exceptions and special allowable.  Involved in many acquisition transactions, ranging in size from partial leasehold interests to million plus dollar transactions involving entire companies and multi-thousand acre prospects.  Is proficient in preparing and negotiating unit agreements, joint operating agreements, oil & gas leases, saltwater disposal leases and surface use agreements issues, concerning title and title examination.  Extensive involvement in oil and gas litigation, including lease termination cases, terms mineral and royalty interests cases, lien rights cases and well plugging cases.  Formerly a bank regulator with the Office of Comptroller of the Currency. Also practices in the areas of general corporate, business and real estate law, including entity formation and governance.  Negotiated commercial lease and real estate purchase/sale transactions.  Education: KU Law, J.D. 2001.  Volunteer in VITA tax preparation program.  Kansas State University, B.S. Business Administration-Finance 2004, with honors.  Personal: Wife - Ashley, Daughters - Elizabeth and Caroline.  Community Involvement: YPW, House Lead for Enhance Project (5 yrs), firm’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake Team leader and recognized as a top fund raiser.