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SCOTT GAILLE

Managing Partner

scott@gaillelaw.com

Scott’s legal practice focuses on providing general counsel services and on representing clients in domestic and international energy transactions. His energy practice includes domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, project development transactions, private equity investments, and joint ventures.

Mr. Gaille is an Adjunct Professor of Management at Rice University, where he teaches International Energy Development to MBA students, and a Lecturer in Law at The University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches the Energy Law Seminar. As a thought leader on matters of energy law, Scott has authored two energy textbooks and five peer-reviewed articles in the Energy Law Journal, and is frequently invited to speak on topics affecting the energy industry.

Most recently, Mr. Gaille served as the Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for a NASDAQ-listed exploration and production company focused on developing shale formations in Texas and Europe. As its chief legal officer, he was responsible for the corporation’s transactional, litigation, securities, and regulatory matters. Scott also acted as the lead negotiator of the corporation’s many transactions, including its shale joint ventures with major industry and private equity partners.

Previously, Mr. Gaille was Managing Director & General Counsel to a $400 million investment fund, President of a private equity-funded petroleum exploration venture in Africa, and Director – Business Development for Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation. His responsibilities at Oxy included starting and growing business units in Africa, the Middle East and South America. Prior to joining Oxy’s legal department in 2001, Scott practiced law with the Energy Section of Vinson & Elkins and was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, III of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

Mr. Gaille was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at The University of Chicago, where he received his Doctor of Law Degree with High Honors in 1995. He was elected to Order of the Coif and to The University of Chicago Law Review and served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (Vol. 18, No. 2). Through various economic workshops at The University of Chicago, Mr. Gaille participated in the analysis of certain issues with Nobel Laureates Ronald Coase and Gary Becker, and worked as a research assistant to The Honorable Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Mr. Gaille attended undergraduate college at The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government with High Honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Scott has served on the Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee for the Houston Grand Opera and is a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Having traveled to more than 100 countries and lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for three years, Mr. Gaille has built business relationships with a culturally diverse range of partners from around the globe.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Chicago Law School, Doctor of Law with High Honors, 1995
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Government with High Honors, 1992

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS:

  • Texas Bar
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit

SELECTED HONORS:

  • Olin Fellowship in Law & Economics
  • Order of the Coif
  • The University of Chicago Law Review
  • Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Executive Editor
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Tony Patino Fellowship in Public Service
  • Bradley Fellowship in Constitutional History

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Energy Bar Association
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • National Association of Corporate Directors
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Traveler’s Century Club (Visiting More Than 100 Nations)

SELECTED BOOKS:

  • Shale Energy Development (Textbook, 2014)
  • International Energy Development (Textbook, 2011)

SELECTED ARTICLES:

  • How Can Governments Accelerate International Shale Development (Energy Law Journal 2015)
  • The ABA Task Force Report on the Future of Legal Education: The Role of Adjunct Professors and Practical Education in the Energy Sector (Energy Law Journal 2014)
  • Mitigating the Resource Curse: A Proposal for a Microfinance and Educational Lending Royalty (Energy Law Journal 2011)
  • The Allocation of International Petroleum Licenses to National Oil Companies: Insights from the Coase Theorem (Energy Law Journal 2010)
  • The Use of Quantity Terms to Improve Efficiency and Stability in International Gas Sales & Purchase Agreements (Energy Law Journal 2008)
  • Publishing by U.S. Court of Appeals Judges: Before and After the Bork Hearings, 26 Journal of Legal Studies 371 (University of Chicago 1997)

SELECTED TEACHING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Rice University Graduate School of Business, International Energy Development Course (2009 Houston
  • Rice University Graduate School of Business, International Energy Development Course (2010 Houston)
  • Rice University Graduate School of Business, International Energy Development Course (2011 Houston)
  • Rice University Graduate School of Business, International Energy Development Course (2012 Houston)
  • Vinson & Elkins Young Lawyer Training Program, Approaches to Business Development (2012 Houston)
  • Namibia Oil & Gas Conference, Upstream Petroleum Development Financing Challenges (2012 Namibia)
  • Institute for Energy Law, General Counsel Forum (2012 Houston)
  • Marathon Oil Executive Training, Two-Day Negotiation Skills Workshop (2012 Houston)
  • University of Texas at Austin Energy Symposium, Natural Resources Curse (2013 Austin)
  • Rice University Graduate School of Business, International Energy Development Course (2013 Houston)
  • University of Chicago Law School, Oil and Gas Law Course – Guest Lecturer (2013 Chicago)
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Emerging Markets Summit Fireside Chat (2013 Chicago)
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Natural Resources Curse (2013 Houston)
  • Marathon Oil Executive Training, Two-Day Negotiation Skills Workshop (2013 Houston)
  • Institute for Energy Law, International Business Development Webinar (2013 Internet)
  • Rice University Graduate School of Business, International Energy Development Course (2014 Houston)
  • University of Chicago Law School, Energy Law Seminar (2014 Chicago)
  • Upstream Oil & Gas Conference, International Oil and Gas Contracts (2014 Houston)
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Meetings, Natural Resources Curse (2014 Houston)
  • Marathon Oil Executive Training, Negotiation Skills Workshop (2014 Equatorial Guinea)
  • Hart Publishing: A&D Strategies and Opportunities, Tips, Tricks and Traps in Dealmaking (2014 Dallas)
  • Rice University Graduate School of Business, International Energy Development Course (2015 Houston)
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Booth Energy Forward Conference Energy Policy Panel (2015 Chicago)
  • University of Chicago Law School, Energy Law Seminar (2015 Chicago)
  • University of Houston Law Center, Law and Business in the Context of Startup Companies (2015 Houston)
  • Institute for Energy Law, General Counsel Forum (2015 Houston)
  • 5th Asia Shale Gas Forum, Incentivizing Small Companies to Pursue Global Shale (2015 China)
  • Rice University Graduate School of Business, International Energy Development Course (2016 Houston)
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Booth Energy Forward Conference Energy Policy Panel (2016 Chicago)
  • University of Chicago Law School, Energy Law Seminar (2016 Chicago)
  • Houston Bar Association, Reimagine Energy Policy (2016 Houston)
  • World Affairs Council, Energy Economics Workshop (2016 Houston)
  • Chevron Corporation, International Bid Round Simulation (2016 San Ramon)
  • GLG Roundtable, Distressed Energy Investments (2016 New York)
  • CBS Director Roundtable Series, Consequences of Inaction in the Board Room (2016 Houston)
  • Rice University Graduate School of Business, International Energy Development Course (2017 Houston)