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Former BP, Conoco Legal Counsel joins Centurion Law Group

Centurion Law Group is pleased to announce that Norman J. Nadorff will join the group as Special Counsel effective November 1. He will be based in Houston and will serve as both an advisor to the firm and as a legal practitioner. Mr. Nadorff has 30 years of legal experience in the oil and gas industry. He recently retired from BP, where he served as in-country Senior Counsel for Angola from 2006 to 2015. Mr. Nadorff has extensive experience with E&P legal work in Latin America, Southeast Asia, Africa and elsewhere for BP, Conoco and ARCO, including two expatriate assignments in Indonesia. He has excelled at finding practical solutions to thorny legal issues facing foreign subsidiaries and in developing national legal departments. At ARCO, Norman wrote the Company’s policies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. Anti-boycott laws and U.S. Export Regulations, and has lectured widely on anti-corruption laws and developing local talent. 

Mr. Nadorff is Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas Law School, the University of Houston Law Center and the University of Miami School of Law, and is an annual lecturer at Angola’s Agostinho Neto University Faculty of Law. In 2006, he played a key role in the creation of a pioneering international oil and gas master’s program at Angola’s national law school. Later, Norman helped organize, and taught in, similar programs in Thailand and in Equatorial Guinea (in cooperation with Centurion Law Group).

Licensed to practice law in Texas and holding a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law, Mr. Nadorff also holds an MA in Spanish and Portuguese and a B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude), both from Saint Louis University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was a Fulbright Fellow in Law in Brazil (1980-1981). For three years Mr. Nadorff was a Director-at-Large of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and is a current Member of Board of Advisors of the AIPN-Oxford Press Journal of World Energy Law and Business (JWELB). He was co-editor of a 2014 special JWELB edition titled, “Sub-Saharan Africa: Comparative Views on Anti-corruption Laws and Enforcement” as well as co-author of an article appearing in that edition called, “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way: Making Angola’s Probity Laws Work”. He also authored an often cited article entitled, “Habeas Corpus and the Protection of Human and Civil Rights in Brazil 1964-1978” (University of Miami Journal of Inter-American Law, 1981).

CEO of Centurion Law Group NJ Ayuk said: “We are delighted to have Norman on board at Centurion. He is a giant in the oil and gas industry, with a track record of success that is next to none, and he is a great addition to our firm. He is a successful and experienced legal advisor in all facets of oil and gas law in Africa. Centurion is the number one oil and gas law practice in Africa and we have the audacity to dream big. I am excited that our oil and gas clients will get to benefit from Norman’s repertoire of knowledge and experience. We look forward to adding more excellent lawyers to the Centurion team in the coming months.”

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