Education

J.D., The University of Tulsa College of Law, 1988 
B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1985

Jennifer Withrow

Biography

Jennifer Withrow is a Partner in Scheef & Stone’s Energy Section with a focus on oil and gas projects and related litigation. Jennifer joined Scheef & Stone with extensive energy experience in the oil and gas industry. She began her career as in-house counsel for Phillips Petroleum Company where she focused on oil and gas contracts, upstream, midstream and downstream, and products liability litigation, specifically involving catastrophic incidents. Next Ms. Withrow joined Occidental Chemical Corporation as Assistant General Counsel where her primary duties included commercial contracts, products liability litigation; and mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. After leaving Occidental Chemical Corporation Ms. Withrow joined Pioneer Natural Resources Company as Senior Attorney. At Pioneer, her practice evolved to negotiating and drafting various oil and gas agreements for exploration, production and construction projects in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. As Senior Attorney, Ms. Withrow held primary responsibility for litigation, commercial contracts and legal advice to Pioneer’s Mid-continent, Gulf Coast (including the OCS and Deepwater Gulf of Mexico), West Panhandle Field and Alaska operations groups. Additionally, Ms. Withrow was a member of a team responsible for the due diligence and drafting of agreements for various mergers and acquisitions.

Oil & Gas Representative Matters

Served as in-house counsel for 2 ½ years for a major oil and gas company. Hired to negotiate and draft various upstream, midstream and downstream agreements for 12 assets in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Represented numerous mineral owners and surface owners in negotiating oil and gas leases and related agreements.

Served as General Counsel to mid-size midstream company during 10 month sale process.

Represented oil and gas companies and oilfield service companies in negotiating various upstream, midstream and downstream agreements in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Negotiated and drafted terms and conditions for agreements involving various interests in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration, production and construction projects including Canyon Express, Devils Tower, Falcon, Harrier, Raptor and Tomahawk.

Managed Indian and MMS matters.

Drafted language for Deepwater Royalty Relief in the Gulf of Mexico.

Represented oil and gas companies and oilfield service companies in acquisitions and divestures of oil and gas assets.

Represented oil and gas companies and oilfield service companies in negotiating and drafting various upstream, midstream and downstream agreements, internationally and domestically.

Represented oil and gas companies and oilfield service companies in various oil and gas related litigation.

Represented several oil and gas companies in various due diligence projects for acquisitions and drafting and revising various upstream, midstream and downstream agreements, including Seismic Agreements, Oil & Gas Leases, Joint Operating Agreements, Oil and Gas Gathering & Transportation Agreements, Participation Agreements, Production Handling Agreements, Drilling Agreements as well as other oil and gas agreements.

Defended petrochemical companies in toxic tort and chemical exposure litigation.
Assisted petrochemical companies in the investigation of claims and litigation involving explosions.
Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestiture Representative Matters

Conducted due diligence, drafting of agreements, filing of HSR and various other issues for $2.1 billion merger

Negotiated and drafted Purchase and Sale Agreements for the purchase of various interests in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Negotiated and drafted various operating and development agreements for the NW Kuparuk River Unit in Alaska

Conducted due diligence for potential $5.1 billion merger with Australian Company.

Conducted due diligence, drafting of agreements, filing & preparation of board resolution & officer certificates for $3.5 billion divestiture of a pipeline.

Assisted with $2 billion sale of petrochemical assets. Primary responsibility for contract review and assignment of petrochemical assets, preparation and implementation of litigation transition agreements and issues and review of various agreements.

Products Liability Representative Matters

Achieved first zero defense verdict received by Phillips in propane flash fire lawsuit. Responsible for all phases of litigation involving propane flash fire cases including jury trials, depositions and preparation of witnesses.

Defended petrochemical companies in toxic tort and chemical exposure lawsuits.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • API subcommittee on Exploration and Production Law

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, 1999  
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • State Bar of Oklahoma, 1988
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuits
  • United States Claims Court

Community Involvement

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
  • Operation Kindness
  • Bartlesville Museum, Board Member
  • Bartlesville Civic Ballet Board, General Counsel
  • 66 Federal Credit Unions, Board of Directors
  • Women and Children in Crisis, Board Member, Sexual Assault Counselor and Crisis Line Volunteer

Frisco Office
Ph (214) 472-2100
Fx (214) 472-2150
2600 Network Blvd.
Suite 400
Frisco, Texas 75034

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