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Norman  Nadorff

Norman  Nadorff


Norman Nadorff is an international energy attorney who has more than 30 years of transactional experience with major oil companies. He served as Senior Counsel for BP in Angola from 2006 to 2015 and was Special Counsel to the South African based Centurion law firm until July 2016. Mr. Nadorff has served as an oil and gas attorney in various regions, primarily Latin America, Southeast Asia and West Africa for Conoco, ARCO and BP. He works effectively in Spanish, Portuguese and French, and is conversant in Indonesian. Mr. Nadorff's Exploration and & Production experience includes two expatriate assignments in Indonesia. He was also a legal advisor to ARCO's Treasury Department (Los Angeles) in the mid-90's and at one stage provided legal services to BP's solar energy division. At ARCO, Mr. Nadorff wrote the Company's policies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. Anti-boycott laws and U.S. Export Regulations.

Soon after arriving in Angola, Mr. Nadorff conceptualized and helped obtain BP funding for the creation of a post-graduate Oil and Gas Law and Business Management program at the national law school which has graduated approximately 250 professionals in eight sessions. He assisted with the recruitment of international instructors for the Program and with the design of its curriculum. Mr. Nadorff has also taught contract drafting and anti-corruption law in the Program (in Portuguese) and spearheaded several well-attended symposia and an international mock arbitration. In 2010, Norman was instrumental in the creation of a similar recurring course at Thailand's Chulalongkorn University College of Law for where he taught drafting and negotiating international oil and gas agreements. Mr. Nadorff lectures frequently on a wide range of topics around the world and in Angola. He has served taught oil and gas law courses at University of Texas, University of Miami and ITAM (Mexico City).

Mr. Nadorff received his Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law (1980). He also holds an M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese and a B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude), both from Saint Louis University (1975, 1976). Mr. Nadorff is a member of Phi Beta Kappa (1974) and was a Fulbright Fellow in Law in Brazil (1980-1981) during which time he published an often-cited article entitled "Habeas Corpus and the Protection of Political and Civil Rights in Brazil, 1964-1978." He is admitted to practice law in Ohio (1980) and Texas (2002). Mr. Nadorff is a former Director-at-large of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and former Co-Chair, Scholarships. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the AIPN's Journal of World Energy, Law and Business ("JWELB"). He co-edited a special Sub-Saharan edition of the JWELB on Africa's anti-corruption laws and co-authored one of its articles titled, "Where There's a Will There's a Way: Making Angola's Probity Laws Work".