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January 19, 2010

Timothy J. Unger, '74, receives the Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the energy law field

Photo of Danielle Mangrum, Timothy Unger, Olga Kobzar, and Larry Sager

Danielle Mangrum, '10, Timothy Unger, '74, Olga Kobzar, '10, and Dean Larry Sager at the award ceremony for the 2010 Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was given to Unger for his contributions to the oil, gas, and energy industry.

On January 21, 2010, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law awarded the 2010 Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award to Timothy J. Unger, partner at Andrews Kurth LLP. This prestigious award is given to a distinguished attorney who has made significant contributions to the oil, gas, and energy industry.

Unger graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law and was a member of Texas Law Review and Order of the Coif. He was an officer in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971, and served in Vietnam in 1970. Unger’s wife, Adrienne Unger, ’74, has been a practicing attorney for Shell Oil Company for twenty-five years. They have five children.

Unger has over thirty years of experience practicing law and representing clients in a wide variety of energy-related fields. More recently, his practice has focused on mergers and acquisitions, project development, and financing, primarily in the energy business. He has worked on energy transactions all over the world, including South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He is currently a member of the Policy Committee and co-chair of the Business Transactions practice at Andrews Kurth. Unger has been profiled by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers as one of the leading project, energy, and natural resources lawyers in Texas. He has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for energy and project finance law.

The Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award honors practitioners who have participated in the advancement of natural resources law, policy, or scholarship. The award is named after Professor Ernest E. Smith, the Rex G. Baker Centennial Chair in Natural Resources Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Considered the preeminent specialist in oil, gas, and energy law, Smith co-wrote leading casebook Oil and Gas Law and leading treatise Texas Law of Oil and Gas. He created the first-ever wind-power law class to be taught at an American law school. He also teaches property law. Smith recently received the Massey Teaching Excellence Award, which is given to a law professor who “epitomizes the School’s priority of providing the highest quality of teaching to its students.” Smith also serves as a faculty advisor to the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law.

The fifth recipient of Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award, Unger joins Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson Founding Partner  Robert Bledsoe; former Devon Energy General Counsel Duke Ligon; Exxon General Counsel C. Kenneth Roberts; and the late Frank Douglass, founding partner of Scott, Douglass & McConnico, in receiving this honor at the Journal’s annual banquet.

The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law is the only entirely student-run energy publication in the country, and one of the largest publications at the University of Texas School of Law. In addition to publishing articles on oil, gas, and energy topics twice a year, the Journal hosts a two-day continuing legal education symposium in conjunction with its banquet. This year’s symposium took place on January 21–22, 2010, at the Thompson Conference Center across from the University of Texas School of Law. The Symposium featured topics from oil and gas bankruptcy issues to energy law ethics, carbon sequestration to underground hydrocarbon storage, to wind law in Texas to oil contracts in Mexico. This year’s Symposium speakers included leading energy practitioners, law school professors, and an appellate judge. 

Contacts:

Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, info@tjogel.org

Kirston Fortune, Law School Communications, (512) 471-7330 or kfortune@law.utexas.edu