Professor William R. Keffer
|Visiting Associate Professor of Practice
Director of Energy Law Lecture Series
Assistant Director of Bar Preparation Resources
Bill Keffer's litigation practice focuses on environmental and toxic tort cases involving the petroleum exploration and production, refining, and product transportation industries. Mr. Keffer has practiced in several areas of litigation since becoming licensed in 1984. His current practice area, however, is partially the result of having spent over six years as a litigation manager and later as senior attorney for environmental safety and health for ARCO Oil and Gas Company, a division of Atlantic Richfield Company. In that position, Mr. Keffer managed and was responsible for all of AOGC's environmental litigation and handled numerous state and federal regulatory matters, as well as participated in the development and implementation of AOGC's internal audit program relating to compliance with safety and environmental regulations. Mr. Keffer's ARCO experience included handling matters in Texas, Oklahoma, Lousiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, California, Kansas, and offshore Gulf of Mexico.
After leaving ARCO and joining Gardere & Wynne in 1993, Mr. Keffer's practice focused exclusively on oilfield pollution litigation, and he represented energy companies such as ARCO, Conoco, Chevron, Vastar, and Meridian. Mr. Keffer has also successfully represented various landowners in prosecuting their oilfield pollution claims, including ranch families in the Permian Basin and South Texas, as well as rural landowners in North Texas. Since starting his own practice in 2001, Mr. Keffer's work has continued to focus exclusively on environmental matters involving the oil-and-gas industry.
Mr. Keffer is a charter member, former president, and former board member of the Dallas Chapter of the Federalist Society. Mr. Keffer previously served in the Texas Legislature as the State Representative from District 107 (Northeast Dallas).
Professional Activities and Memberships
He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Maguire Energy Institute, which is part of the Cox School of Business at SMU. He is a member of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). He is also a neutral for the American Arbitration Association.