Jackson Walker attorneys Julia Mann, Cale McDowell, Sara Abbott McEown, Lisa Powell, along with Kenneth Shore, CFO and General Counsel of TEC Well Service, Inc., participated in a panel discussion during the Whitley Penn Energy Seminar on Dec. 11, 2014, in Dallas.
The panel discussion was titled “Opportunities and Legal Consequences Emerging From Falling Oil and Gas Prices” and moderated by Jackson Walker partner Willie Hornberger. Mr. Shore, Ms. Powell, and Mr. McDowell touched on transactional and financing issues, while Ms. Mann and Ms. McEown talked about litigation trends. The program was part of a half-day update on the oil and gas financial industry that was hosted by the Dallas office of accounting firm Whitley Penn.
Ms. Mann represents a wide range of clients in civil litigation, arbitration and appeals. Her primary focus is on oil and gas litigation, commercial litigation and e-Discovery. Her practice encompasses contractual disputes, professional liability claims, royalty disputes, and business torts such as fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and creditors’ rights. She primarily practices before state and federal courts in South Texas and Oklahoma. She received her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law.
Mr. McDowell represents public and private companies, executives, investors and investment funds in a broad array of engagements, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, entity structuring and formation, offerings of debt and equity securities and general corporate governance and transactional matters. Mr. McDowell received B.B.A., M.P.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ms. McEown focuses on assisting clients in construction, real estate, and energy related matters. She has a unique practice that handles both transactional matters as well as litigation for clients in these areas. In oil and gas related litigation, Ms. McEown has represented clients in cases involving claims related to hydraulic fracturing, theft of trade secrets in the Barnett Shale, and lease disputes. Ms. McEown received her B.S. from Texas A&M University – College Station and her J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Ms. Powell is an experienced trial lawyer who represents businesses in disputes primarily involving financial and other commercial transactions. She represents clients in all types of settings: state and federal courts; bankruptcy courts; and arbitral tribunals, both domestic and international. She also helps clients mitigate and avoid risk before formal disputes arise. She received her A.B. from Indiana University – Bloomington and her J.D. from Indiana University Mauer School of Law.
Mr. Hornberger practices in the Tax and International sections of Jackson Walker. His tax practice emphasizes transactional and international tax matters and tax controversy issues. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Hornberger received both his B.B.A. degree and his J.D. degree from the University of Texas, and he received his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.