The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Lynn  Bortka


J.D., University of Houston, 1990
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Kansas, 1983
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Kansas, 1976

Lynn worked in the oil and gas industry for Amoco (later BP) from 1977 through 2009.  His original petroleum engineering career included projects and oversight of oil and gas operations in the Midcontinent, Rocky Mountains, and Gulf Coast areas of the United States as well as responsibilities in Canada and the North Sea.  He spent two years coordinating Amoco’s world-wide production and drilling training.  Working for Amoco’s natural gas pipeline affiliate while finishing law school, Lynn developed expertise in gas contracting, purchasing, marketing, and transportation.  

Following law school at Tulsa University, DePaul, and the University of Houston, Lynn transferred into Amoco’s legal group where he relied on his industry expertise to assist in-house clients, joint defense groups, regulators, and trade associations in litigation management, regulatory and legislative advocacy, and counseling in the United States and Latin America.   Lynn developed expertise in oil and gas law, environmental law, and crisis management.  He was a member of several oil and gas trade organizations, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the long-term Chairman of Texas Oil and Gas Association’s Environmental Law Committee.   He is a recent Chairman of the Houston Bar Association’s Environmental Section and has eagerly spoken at dozens of legal seminars and training sessions. 

Lynn was BP’s sole legal counsel for the company’s Lower 48 and Gulf of Mexico’s Corporate Compliance Committees and BP’s confidential contact person for the company’s compliance hotline.    He was BP’s senior Environmental, Health & Safety attorney and represented the company on numerous internal and external audits of EH&S  Compliance.

Since retiring from BP, Lynn has taught and consulted a myriad of organizations including ExxonMobil, Chesapeake Energy, BP, Texas Southern University, the American Petroleum Institute, Petrobras, Sonangol, and the Iraqi Ministries of Oil and Environment.   Lynn developed and teaches two courses at the University of Houston’s law school;   Environmental Law in the Oil & Gas Industry and The Legal Professionals’ Guide to the Oil and Gas Industry.He teaches condensed versions of these courses to in-house corporate and university groups and at continuing-legal-education seminars.