May 27, 2021
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Attorneys Walter Wright and Nathan Read presented during the Arkansas STEPS Network webinar held May 26. Their presentation discussed medical marijuana employment and safety issues for the oil and gas industry.
Wright has more than 30 years of experience in environmental, energy (petroleum marketing) and water law. His expertise includes counseling clients on issues involving environmental permits, compliance strategies, enforcement defense, property redevelopment issues, environmental impact statements and procurement/management of water rights. He routinely advises developers, lenders, petroleum marketers and others about effective strategies for structuring real estate and corporate transactions to address environmental financial risks. A unique part of his practice has been drafting and the negotiation of a variety of specialized agreements involving the sale or consignment of motor fuels along with the ancillary agreements associated with the upstream segment of the petroleum industry. Since 1989, Wright has served as an adjunct professor of Environmental Law and Hazardous Substances Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law. He is the author of the Arkansas Environmental, Energy and Water Law blog.
Read has extensive experience representing employers in all matters of employment and labor law with a focus on employment counseling and employment litigation. He advises businesses and executives with respect to the drafting and enforcement of employment, confidentiality, restrictive covenant and severance agreements. Read represents individuals and companies in various contract disputes and business tort litigation, including intellectual property disputes and unfair competition claims. In non-adversarial situations, he counsels clients on matters such as obligations under the state and federal statutes to specific contractual duties. He also advises businesses and management in developing personnel policies, personnel procedures and employment handbooks.
About the Arkansas STEPS Network
The Arkansas Service, Transportation, Exploration and Production Safety Network was created in 2011 for Arkansas’s oil and natural gas production and operation community employees. Its mission is to promote safety, health and environmental improvement in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in Arkansas operations.
About Mitchell Williams
Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. is a full-service corporate law firm that provides strategic, comprehensive legal services to help clients achieve their goals. Established in 1954, the firm has offices in Little Rock, Rogers and Jonesboro, Arkansas and Austin, Texas. For more information, visit MitchellWilliamsLaw.com.