November 13, 2014 Articles

Interview with Reagan Bradford of Chesapeake Energy

From the courtroom to the boardroom.

By Basheer Ghorayeb – November 13, 2014

Reagan Bradford, who has edited the Energy Litigation Committee newsletter since 2013, will be stepping down as editor after this edition, to concentrate on his new duties as assistant corporate secretary for Chesapeake Energy Corp. His co-editor, Basheer Ghorayeb, interviewed Reagan to learn about his role at Chesapeake and to elicit his tips for energy litigators.

When you graduated law school, did you plan on becoming an in-house lawyer?

Not at all. I started out as an oil and gas litigation associate at the law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City. I liked doing that work and the only thing on my mind was working to become a partner at Crowe & Dunlevy.

So why did you make the shift to in-house?

Chesapeake approached me about the in-house position. I was invited to have lunch with the GC of Chesapeake. I went to the lunch with zero intention of taking the job, but after I learned what the job entailed, I realized this was an offer that I couldn’t turn down.

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