The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Emily  Bolon


Emily Rose Bolon is Director for Lax Sebenius LLC, a firm that counsels companies and governments in complex negotiations and works to build clients’ capabilities to handle negotiations more effectively. Bolon advises executives and teaches negotiation training courses on a global basis. She specializes in projects involving government entities, regulatory issues, and geopolitical risk, particularly in the clean tech & energy sectors. Lax Sebenius clients include Royal Dutch Shell, Schlumberger, Novartis, Merck, Diageo, KPMG, Anglian Water, Suez, and Raytheon, as well as a number of smaller entrepreneurial firms and non-profit entities negotiating their most important deals.

Before joining Lax Sebenius, Bolon held a number of business development and commercial positions across BP. As Director of Greenhouse Gas Management, she led a company-wide team of technical, commercial, and policy experts to identify opportunities and mitigation strategies for risks associated with greenhouse gas regulation and with emerging environmental issues such as water utilization. She also represented BP externally in industry associations, including the IPIECA Climate Change Working Group.

In prior roles at BP, Bolon managed new country access opportunities, focusing on the creation of distinctive offers to host governments. She authored BP’s review of innovative contract types from around the world. In BP Alternative Energy, Bolon worked as Investment Strategist for the complete division, which included solar, wind, biofuels, and carbon management activities. She served as Commercial Advisor for BP Biofuels to Tropical, a $1 billion joint investment in ethanol production from Brazilian sugarcane.

Earlier in her career, Bolon was General Manager of Project Syndicate, an international media group. In this role, she negotiated contracts in over 45 countries. Under her leadership, the organization became financially self-funding for the first time.

Bolon is a member of The Clean Energy Leadership Alliance of Houston (TCELAH) and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. In 2009, she was a nominated participant in the Oxford Energy Seminar at The University of Oxford, United Kingdom, a residential program widely recognized as an important international forum on energy. She has spent the past 15 years living and working in the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Italy, and the United States.

Bolon received her MBA from the Harvard Business School, her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded the Zuckerman Fellowship for Public Leadership, and her BA magna cum laude from Brown University.