US Chapter Luncheon "How to Avoid Partner Disputes: Lessons of Dispute Resolution"

Lauren Brogdon, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Lauren's practice focuses on the energy, environmental, toxic tort, and complex commercial litigation in state and federal court, including class action and multi-district litigation. Lauren represents energy clients in connection with disputes related to industrial accidents, hydraulic fracturing, disposal and
payment practices, and contractual disputes. Lauren also handles a variety of general civil litigation matters involving causes of action for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, nuisance, contractual and common law indemnity, breach of fiduciary duty, and minority shareholder oppression.
Lauren is actively involved in pro bono work, currently serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers and has successfully represented dozens of clients in divorce and child custody disputes.

Laura Hardin, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal             
Laura Hardin has over 25 years of experience providing business valuation, damages quantification, and forensic accounting services on a variety of engagements. Ms. Hardin is a Managing Director in Alvarez & Marsal’s Disputes & Investigations group. She is regularly recognized as one of the most highly regarded experts and thought leaders in the Global Arbitration Review’s “Who’s Who” of International Arbitration Expert Witnesses and she also regularly appears on Who’s Who Legal’s List of Energy Experts. 

Ms. Hardin has been engaged in international arbitration cases brought before ICC, ICDR, LCIA, SCC, ICSID, SIAC, PCA and ad hoc tribunals, involving the valuation/calculation of damages suffered for disputes in a variety of industries. In particular, she has been involved in numerous of investor-state and commercial arbitrations involving oil & gas, power generation, financial institutions, metals & mining, agribusiness, real estate, and telecommunications.  
Ms. Hardin has worked on a wide variety of oil and gas and energy-related engagements.

Ms. Hardin is fluent in Russian and has worked extensively on engagements involving entities or assets in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia. Ms. Hardin has also worked extensively on engagements involving South America including Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador, in North Africa, and in Asia. 

Ms. Hardin has developed and taught classes on damage theory, valuation, expert discovery, expert report writing, and various international arbitration-related topics.  This includes teaching a course on oil and gas valuation hosted by the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Mining and Petroleum Law and Policy, and the development of the annual foundation course for all incoming Dispute Analysis Group senior consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Ms. Hardin holds an MBA from the George Washington University and a BA in Russian language and literature from Wesleyan University. She is also a certified valuation analyst (CVA) with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.