Buford Pollett, JD

Buford Pollett, JD
Genave King Rogers Assistant Professor of Energy Law
College of Business
Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce
918-631-3641 Helmerich Hall Room 3641


Master of International Business in Management – Pepperdine University MS – University of Georgia JD – Loyola University School of Law BS – University of Georgia


Buford Boyd Pollett is a Texas Licensed Attorney and Geoscientist, a licensed attorney in Louisiana and Georgia, and a proctor in maritime law. His energy experience includes work with Eni (the Italian National Oil Company), Wilson Offshore & Marine, McDermott, Technip, Entergy, Amoco, Texaco, Nabors, and a Shell-Exxon joint venture in Germany (BEB Erdgas und Erdöl). He has a MS/BS in Geology from the University of Georgia, a Master in International Business Management from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans. During his career, he has worked on the following projects: United States Eni Nikaitchuq, BP Atlantis, Williams Devils Tower, BP Holstein, BP King West, BP Mad Dog, Chevron/Total Matterhorn, Shell Na Kika, Kerr McGee Navajo, Kerr McGee Red Hawk, Mariner Swordfish, ENI K2, Dominion Triton/Goldfinger, Kerr McGee Ticonderoga West Africa Total Pazflor, Total Usan, Murphy Azurite, Shell Bonny Island Train 7, Esso Kizomba C, Agip ABO Extension Project, MEGI Ekanga and Zafiro, Vaalco Avouma, Sonangol Gimboa Middle East/Asia Eni Zubair, Shell Stones, Eni Kashagan, Exxon Mobil AKG-2, Reliance Offshore Facilities_KGD6

Research Interests

Corporate decision analysis, legal and regulatory aspects of oil/gas well facilities abandonment and decommissioning in onshore and offshore production environments, maritime energy law, legal and financial transactions in international energy commerce

Teaching Interests

Energy Transactions, Regulations and Compliance
Maritime and Shipping Insurance
Real Property
Oil and Gas Law
Perspectives on energy business


Journal Articles

  • Pollett, Buford. “U.S. Offshore Regulatory Policies in Abandonment and Decommissioning.” Oil, Gas & Energy Law (2018): n. pag. Print.

Conference Proceedings

  • Buford Boyd Pollett, The University of Tulsa, Well Abandonment and Decommissioning Challenges –Outline of the U.S. Federal Offshore Legal Framework, Offshore Technology Conference 2017 Proceedings, paper number OTC-27948-MS.

  • Pollett, Buford. “Managing Risk in the Offshore Industry in the New Millennium.” Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Proceedings. Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2008. Print.

  • Pollett, Buford. “International Offshore Technology Transfers: Successful Innovation through Global Collaborations for Mutual Benefit.” Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Proceedings. Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2007. Print.

  • Pollett, Buford. “In New Horizons and New Depths: Where Are the Ethical Boundaries and Potential Liabilities Facing the Offshore Energy Industry.” Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Proceedings. Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2006. Print.


  • Pollett, Buford. “Survey of the Gulf of Mexico Indemnity and Insurance Legal Framework.” (2003): 122. Print.

Journal Article Reviews

  • Pollett, Buford. “The Fiscal Provisions on Existing Legal Frameworks Governing the Oil Sector in the Republic of South Sudan.” I reviewed a paper submitted for publication 2018: n. pag. Print.

Courses Taught

  • Perspectives in Energy Business
  • Wind Energy Law
  • Energy Transactions in the International Arena
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment of the Energy Industry
  • Commercial Transactions

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Offshore Technology Conference Program Committee
  • Maritime Law Association
  • US Federal Court, Southern District, Texas
  • Tulsa Bar Association
  • American Association of Professional Landmen
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Tulsa Association of Professional Landmen

Awards & Honors

  • “Most Valuable Professor” award