Hart Energy Profiles Chris LaFollette Among Its “25 Influential Women in Energy”

(Houston) – Akin Gump is pleased to share that partner emeritus Christine “Chris” LaFollette has been selected by Hart Energy and profiled for its 25 Influential Women in Energy list.

Ms. LaFollette, who, in addition to a long and noteworthy career in the energy space, served as Akin Gump Houston partner in charge, shared her thoughts on a number of topics related to the oil and gas industry and beyond.

Among the highlights:

  • The importance of diversity: “At the beginning of my career, as one of the few female corporate attorneys in the energy industry, I quickly learned the importance of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion by always being the best you can be professionally and personally. I had to prove myself, while also continuing to help my women colleagues find a seat at the board table, which still requires diligent efforts on a daily basis.”
  • Job satisfaction: “I am a dealmaker, recognized for having recently advised on transactions totaling $28 billion over a two-year period. It is amazing to celebrate the closing of an acquisition as part of a team of business leaders, accountants and other professionals who pour immense time and effort into working together toward a common goal.”
  • Memorable learning experience: “By far the most significant educational experience for me was joining a client’s executive team to attend drilling school for one week. As the only female, I put on my hard hat and learned the aspects of the drilling process, including safety. On the last day, as we did a simulated blowout on a rig, I remember the sense of urgency as we felt the rocking and pitch. I looked at the foreman with huge eyes and held my breath. He calmly looked at me and said, ‘I want you to always remember this feeling at this moment. If someone ever calls your office and says, ‘we have a problem,’ you better answer the phone and act fast.”

To read the full profile, click here.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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