Buford Pollett - Faculty & Adjuncts

Buford Pollett, JD

Buford Pollett, JD
Genave King Rogers Assistant Professor of Energy Law and Commerce
College of Business
Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce
918-631-3641 Helmerich Hall Room 201B


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 B. “The Impact of the Interface of Regulatory Jurisdictional Issues on the Life Cycle of Natural Gas Pipelines in the United States of America”. OGEL Call for Papers: Special Issue on “Natural Gas Pipeline Construction and Regulation”, Oil, Gas & Energy Law, 2019.
  • Pollett B. Extra Time? Extra Money? : An Examination of Timely Performance and Compensation Issues under the Doctrines of Force Majeure, Frustration, Impossibility, and Hardship in Construction and Energy Contracts. Transnational Dispute Management.
  • 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

  • Oil, Gas and Environmental Law
  • Petroleum and Sedimentary Geology For Energy Management
  • Real Property
  • Business Law for Entrepreneurs
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Wind Energy Law
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Energy Policy and Sustainability
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment of the Energy Industry
  • Perspectives in Energy Business
  • Energy Transactions in the International Arena
  • Energy Transactions in theýInternational Arena
  • Perspective Energy Bus

Professional Affiliations

  • Oklahoma Solar Association
  • Sustainable Tulsa
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Georgia Solar Energy Association
  • Pipe Liners Club of Tulsa
  • 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

  • Nominee for the 2019 Collins College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award
  • “Most Valuable Professor” award