Olga Kobzar

Olga’s practice focuses on all aspects of energy law, with an emphasis on oil and gas litigation, complex commercial litigation, and regulatory matters in front of the Texas Railroad Commission.  She represents operators, landowners, wastewater treatment companies, disposal solution providers, and other energy clients in regulatory and litigation matters.  

Olga earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, with honors, and her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University, summa cum laude. She also holds an M.B.A. from Texas Tech.   During law school, Olga served as a judicial intern to Justice James Campbell of the Seventh Court of Appeals of Texas and was the Managing Editor of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law.  

Before joining Scott Douglass & McConnico, LLP, Olga was a Briefing Attorney for Justice Debra Lehrmann of the Supreme Court of Texas.  She is fluent in Russian and has represented entities based in Russia and other Eastern European countries.

Representative Matters

Successfully handled protested and unprotested hearings at the Texas Railroad Commission, including field rule amendments, disposal, Rule 37, and MER applications.

Assisted clients in state and federal court litigation including royalty disputes, class action litigation, and breach of contract cases resulting in favorable settlement, dismissal of class allegations, and Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal.

Successfully represented clients in litigation and settlement negotiations with the Texas Office of the Attorney General.

Represented clients in appeals in the Thirteenth Court of Appeals, the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Argued before the Thirteenth Court of Appeals.

Currently represent multiple clients in Safety Audit Act proceedings at the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality.

Articles & Presentations

Presenter, “Saltwater Disposal Issues in Texas,” Oil & Gas Regulation in Texas Seminar, April 25, 2013.

Co-author, “Developing Issues Related to Saltwater Disposal in Texas: A Discussion of Current Legal and Regulatory Developments,” Earnest E. Smith Seminar materials, 2013.

Research published in “Square Pegs, Round Holes: The Application and Evolution of Traditional Legal and Regulatory Concepts for Horizontal Wells,” 7 TEX. J. OIL GAS & ENERGY L. 178, 2012.

Co-author, “Regulatory Update:  Recent Developments at the Railroad Commission and General Land Office,” presented at the 2012 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute on March 30, 2012.

Co-author, “Lesley v. Veterans Land Board: Revisiting the Scope of the Duty Owed by Executive Mineral Owners to Non-Executive Mineral Owners,” 5 TEX. J. OIL GAS & ENERGY L. 138, 2010.

Co-author, “Are Mandatory Mediation Clauses in Residential Purchase Contracts Enforceable?” Alternative Resolutions, Fall 2006 Vol. 15 No. 4.

Recognitions & Awards

Recipient, Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Heroes Award by the Texas Civil Rights Project, 2012

Managing Editor, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, 2009-2010

Recipient, Endowed Presidential Scholarship, The University of Texas School of Law, 2007-2010

Bar Admissions & Activities

Admitted to the State Bar of Texas, U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Founding fellow and board member, Texas Energy Law Association (TELA)

Member, Austin Bar Association Judicial Affairs and Screening Committee

Invited Fellow Under Forty, Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation

Education

The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2010

Texas Tech University, M.B.A., with honors, 2001

Texas Tech University, B.A. in Political Science, minor in Business Administration, summa cum laude, 1998

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