Dinner Meeting: Avoiding Conflicts Among Competing Energy Development; Drafting Litigation "Proof" Lease; Valuation of Energy Rights 

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Chapter Event: Dallas

Avoiding Conflicts Among Competing Energy Development; Drafting Litigation "Proof" Lease; Valuation of Energy Rights 

Join FEWA's Dallas Chapter on February 8th for a two-part program - Avoiding Conflicts Among Competing Energy Development; Drafting Litigation "Proof" Lease; Valuation of Energy Rights. These programs will analyze the issues surrounding competing oil & gas development and renewable energy developments in Texas; provide recommendations for drafting litigation "proof" renewable contracts in so far as it relates to the mineral estate; discuss and analyze how mineral rights and renewable energy rights are (or should be) valued. 


Part 1: Competing Energy Development

The first part of the program will address the potential conflicts between surface and mineral rights owners. What is the significance  of the accommodation doctrine and how can it be relied upon for dispute resolution? What case law exists and what guidance does it provide? Join us on February 8th to learn more!

Part 2: Valuation of Mineral and Renewable Energy Rights

The second part of the program will cover the valuation of renewable and mineral rights for the determination of damages where disputes arise. How are they calculated? In what situations would the attorney rely on an Expert Witness? You don't want to miss these valuable presentations! 


6:00PM - 6:30PM: Registration and Networking

6:30PM - 8:30PM: Dinner and Presentations 


Frank Horak

Frank Horak has over thirty years’ experience in energy, economics and valuation. His experience began as an engineering intern at Texas Instruments Inc. and Boeing Aerospace. He had a broad range of financial consulting engagements with Arthur Andersen & Co., Price Waterhouse and several other management consulting firms.

Subsequently he played a lead role in the concept development, management and oversight of venture based software technology projects including energy economics, portfolio valuation modeling and renewable energy development

Mr. Horak was an Acting Director of Real Estate and a lecturer in finance and accounting at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He also has been a guest lecturer at the Schools of Law at The University of Texas and University of Houston on renewable energy.

He has been a subject matter expert to the U.S. Congress on real estate development in the Southwest. He has had numerous consulting assignments related to energy development, commercialization, and litigation support with various Departments of the U.S. Government.

He currently provides economic analysis and valuation consulting services to oil and gas and renewable energy stakeholders.

Frank is a Certified Valuation Analyst, credentialed by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and also is a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics. He also holds a certificate in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas. He is a current member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association.


Jacob R. Lederle

Jake Lederle is an associate attorney with Wetsel, Carmichael, & Allen in Sweetwater, Texas. Jake is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a research assistant for the former Dean of the Law School, and preeminent oil & gas and renewable energy scholar, Ernest E. Smith. Jake has written extensively on the conflicts with oil and gas development that wind and solar energy create as well as on the severance of wind rights. In fact, Jake’s most recent article, which he co-authored with his former professor and mentor, Ernest E. Smith, is titled Everything Under the Sun: A Guide to Siting Solar in the Lone Star State and is in the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law, January 2017.


Moderator: E.J. Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE

Over 31 years full-time forensic accounting services, including accounting, financial, economic, construction, fraud and business dispute consulting, with expert witness experience.


  • Over 48 trial/hearing testimonies in 8 states:  9 Federal, 17 State, 22 Arbitration

  • Over 80 total expert testimony matters

  • Over 685 business dispute and consulting matters (31 years)

  • 150 financial audits (Public Accounting – 7 years)

  • Over 11 years of engineering & construction matters


  • LSU: M.S. Accounting

  • Rice University: Bachelor of Commerce

  • Loyola University, New Orleans



  • AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)

  • ACFE  (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners)

  • FEWA (Forensic Expert Witness Association)

  • FVS (Forensic and Valuation Services, AICPA section)

  • Associate:

  • NACVA (National Association of Certified Valuators and  Analysts)

  • IBA  (Institute of Business Appraisers)​



This course has been approved for 2 CFLC Credits & 2 MCLE Credits*

*MCLE Course Number: 174006355*

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