Scott is an attorney, energy executive, and academic. His legal practice focuses on providing general counsel services and on representing clients in domestic and international energy transactions. Mr. Gaille is an Adjunct Professor of Management at Rice University, where he teaches International Energy Development to MBA students, and a Lecturer in Law at The University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches the Energy Law Seminar. As a global thought leader on matters of energy law, Scott has authored two energy textbooks and five peer-reviewed articles in the Energy Law Journal, and is frequently invited to speak on topics affecting the energy industry.
Most recently, Mr. Gaille served as the Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for a NASDAQ-listed exploration and production company focused on developing shale formations in Texas and Europe. As its chief legal officer, he was responsible for the corporation’s transactional, litigation, securities, and regulatory matters. Scott also acted as the lead negotiator of the corporation’s many transactions, including its shale joint ventures with major industry and private equity partners.
Previously, Mr. Gaille was Managing Director & General Counsel to a $400 million investment fund, President of a private equity-funded petroleum exploration venture in Africa, and Director - Business Development for Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation. His responsibilities at Oxy included starting and growing business units in Africa, the Middle East and South America. Prior to joining Oxy’s legal department in 2001, Scott practiced law with the Energy Section of Vinson & Elkins and was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, III of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
Mr. Gaille was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago, where he received his Doctor of Law Degree with High Honors in 1995. He was elected to Order of the Coif and to The University of Chicago Law Review. Scott attended undergraduate college at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government with High Honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Having traveled to more than 100 countries and lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for three years, Mr. Gaille has built business relationships with a culturally diverse range of partners from around the globe.