Board

Becky Diffen

Becky served TJOGEL as Editor-in-Chief of Volume 4, and she is now a senior associate in the Austin office of McGuireWoods where her practice focuses on energy transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and project development with an emphasis on the power and renewable energy industry.  She is a past-President and Founding Fellow of TELA and currently serves as our Endowments Chair.  Becky has been recognized by Chambers USALegal 500, and Texas Rising Stars, serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where she teaches a seminar on electric power law, and is a co-author of Texas Wind Law, the first wind law treatise, and Lexis Practice Advisor: Renewable Energy.  Becky lives in Austin with her husband Daniel and children Brydon and Darcy Jane.​

Matthew Greenberg

Matthew is a former Editor-in-Chief of TJOGEL and a TELA Founding Fellow. He graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2012. Prior to law school, Matthew was an associate at Charles River Associates in Washington, DC. His work at CRA focused on federal regulation of market power in the electricity industry. Matthew recieved a B.A magna cum laude in Economics and International Studies in 2006 from American University. He is originally from Houston and is an associate in the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins.

Olga Kobzar

Olga Kobzar is a partner at Scott, Douglass & McConnico L.L.P., where she represents clients before the Texas Railroad Commission and in federal and state district and appellate courts.  Olga advises oil and gas operators, landowners, disposal solution providers, wastewater treatment companies, and other energy clients in regulatory and litigation matters.  Prior to joining Scott Douglass, she served as a Briefing Attorney for Justice Debra Lehrmann of the Texas Supreme Court.  Olga is a former managing editor of TJOGEL (2009-2010) and a former director of submissions (2008-2009).  She holds a J.D., with honors from The University of Texas School of Law, an M.B.A. with honors, and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Texas Tech University.

David Leonard

David is an associate in the litigation section of the Houston office of  Gray Reed & McGraw LLP. David graduated with honors from the University of Texas in 2008 majoring in Government and Spanish. David continued his studies at the University of Texas School of Law where he was Volume 6 Managing Editor of The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, & Energy Law.

Amy Maxwell

Amy is in private practice, providing legal, legislative, and regulatory consulting services for energy companies. She formerly served as Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel to Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter.   Amy graduated with Honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 2007 where she served as a founder and on the editorial board of TJOGEL. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government with Highest Honors. Before her tenure at the Railroad Commission, Amy worked as an associate and lobbyist at Locke Lord LLP in Austin and on the executive staffs of Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn.

Chad Smith

Chad is an attorney in the Houston office of Latham & Watkins, LLP where his practice focuses on domestic and international energy transactions, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions.  Chad was the 2010-2011 Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law and a founding member of TELA.  In addition to graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Chad completed his undergraduate education at the University of Texas where he was a member of the Silver Spurs.  Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, LLP, Chad was an associate in the Fort Worth office of Kelly, Hart and Hallman LLP.  Chad lives in the Heights neighborhood of Houston with his wife Megan.

Tom Hillebrand

Tom was the 2013-2014 Managing Editor of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law. Tom completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, before moving to attend The University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated with Honors. He has a strong interest in the oil and gas industry and will be working at the Houston office of Locke Lord LLP. In his increasingly spare time, he enjoys hunting, camping and skiing.

Claire Statton

Claire is the former Managing Editor of TJOGEL (2012 – 2013) and former Online Content Editor (2011-2012). She graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2013. Prior to law school, Claire graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics. Claire is originally from Midland, Texas and is currently an associate at Davis, Gerald and Cremer in Midland where her practice focuses on energy transactions and oil and gas title examination in both Texas and New Mexico.

Alex Robertson

​Alex was the 2014-15 Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law and is now an associate in the Dallas office of Vinson & Elkins LLP. Prior to law school, Alex attended the University of Missouri, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S.B.A. in Finance, Banking, and Real Estate. He enjoys golfing, playing tennis, reading nonfiction, and traveling. ​

Jaclyn Joseph

Jaclyn was the 2014-15 Managing Editor of TJOGEL.  She graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Marketing and Order of the Coif from the University of Texas School of Law.  Currently, Jaclyn is clerking for Justice Green on the Texas Supreme Court and will join Jackson Walker’s Austin office at the end of her clerkship term. She enjoys traveling, Lebanese food, and live music.

Mike Marek

Mike is a former Editor-in-Chief of TJOGEL. He graduated from The University of Texas School of Law and the McCombs School of Business in 2015 with a JD/MBA. Prior to law school, Mike taught 7th Grade Texas History at YES Prep Gulfton in Houston, Texas. Mike received a BA in International Relations in 2009 from Stanford University. He is originally from Houston and is an associate in the M&A Capital Markets group in the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins.

Brock Naeve​

​Brock is a former Editor-in-Chief of TJOGEL. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Finance and Economics in 2010, and from the University of Texas School of Law in 2013. In addition to energy law, Brock is interested in country music and golf.  Brock is an associate in the Houston office of Latham & Watkins LLP​.

 

 

Becky served TJOGEL as Editor-in-Chief of Volume 4, and she is now a senior associate in the Austin office of McGuireWoods where her practice focuses on energy transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and project development with an emphasis on the power and renewable energy industry.  She is a past-President and Founding Fellow of TELA and currently serves as our Endowments Chair.  Becky has been recognized by Chambers USA, Legal Media Group Rising Stars, and Texas Rising Stars, serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where she teaches a seminar on electric power law, and is a co-author of Texas Wind Law, the first wind law treatise, and Lexis Practice Advisor: Renewable Energy.  Becky lives in Austin with her husband Daniel and children Brydon and Darcy Jane.​

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