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I enjoy teaming with the other lawyers with significant in-house legal and business experience to deliver clients pragmatic legal advice with a business context.

Practice Areas

  • Compliance
  • Corporate
  • Corporate and Board Governance
  • Crisis Management
  • Information Governance
  • Knowledge Management
  • Records Management


  • J.D., Washington College of Law at American University, summa cum laude, 1979

  • B.A., Bucknell University, 1973

Admissions and Qualifications

  • Illinois
  • Texas

Prior Experience

  • Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin - Associate (1979-1984)
  • Schlumberger - General Counsel of Sangamo Weston, Inc. in Atlanta and General Counsel of Services Conseils Dowell Schlumberger in Paris (1984-1988)
  • Amoco Corporation - Attorney, Regional Attorney and Managing Attorney (1988-1998)
  • BP - Managing Attorney; Programme Director, Global Information and Records; Information Policy Director (1998-2010)

Christian Liipfert


Attorney Tabs

Publishing & Speaking


  • "Using Technology for Compliance Training and Monitoring," Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook, Co-Authored with Frederick Z. Banks & Theodore L. Banks, eds, Wolters Kluwer, 2007- present. 
  • "Business Case," Law Technology News, October 2011.
  • "New Problems Require New Solutions," Managing the Evolution of Library and Information Services, Caroline Poynton ed, Ark Group, 2008.
  •  infogovnuggets.com (blog), August 2013 - present.


Information Governance

  • Headlines:  A Year’s Worth of Information Governance Failures,” 2018 ARMA Houston Annual Spring Conference, Houston, Texas, April 25, 2018.
  • "IG in the 'eWorkplace' era and its impact on eDiscovery,"  E-Discovery for Corporate Market, Today's General Counsel, Houston, Texas, September 10-11, 2015.
  • "Information Governance and Information Management," Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business, Houston, Texas, 2014-2015.
  • "An Information Governance Perspective of the EDRM," Houston Association of Litigation Support Managers, Houston, Texas, June 19, 2013.
  • "Spanning the e-Discovery Divide," Masters Conference keynote, Houston, Texas, August 16, 2011.
  • "Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Compliance: Information Governance on a Global Scale," Knowledge and Information Management for Oil & Gas USA (World Research Group), December 9, 2010.
  • "Various Dimensions of the Management of Information," Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs' CFO/Controller Conference, Houston, Texas, November 5, 2010.
  • "Information Governance," Corporate E-Discovery Forum, Houston, Texas, December 3, 2009.
  • "e-Discovery - a New Team Sport," AIIM Southwest Chapter Houston, Texas, November 12, 2009.
  • "Proactive Approaches to Litigation Before the Cases Hit," and "Different Views of Records Management & ESI," LegalTech New York, New York, February 2008.
  • "Negotiating the Labyrinth of Information Management and Associated Challenges," Best Practices for Information Retention & E-Disclosure Management, London, England, May 22-23, 2007.

Knowledge Management

  • "Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Knowledge Management Initiatives," World Research Group Integrating Knowledge & Information Management Summit for E&P, Houston, Texas, September 28, 2010.
  •  "Client Impact: Should Law Firms Combine Disparate 'Support," Functions Into One Practice Support Department?"  Ark Conference, New York, New York, March 19, 2008.
  • "Using Knowledge Management to Enhance Client Service," with Oz Benamram, Legal Technology Exchange, Pinehurst, North Carolina, November 4-6, 2007.
  • "Practical Technologies That Add Value," and "A Three-Step Approach to KM,"  Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, October 2006.
  • "A Contrarian Lawyer's View of Knowledge Management," Integrating Information & Knowledge Management Architectures in the Legal Profession, Toronto, Canada, June 13-14, 2006.
  • "The Evolving Knowledge Management Organization," The Fourth Annual Knowledge Counsel Forum, West LegalWorks/Baker Robbins & Company, Co-Chair, (with Robert Dinerstein and Risa Schwartz,) "Knowledge Management - Your Client's Perspective" (with Phil Crowley and Charlotte Russell-Hargreaves); "The Attorney's Honest View of KM" (with Bruce Kayle, Browning Marean, and Rod Satterwhite) New York, New York, March 2006.
  • "Fostering a Knowledge-Based In-House Environment," LawTech Corporate Counsel Summit, Rancho Mirage, California, May 16, 2005.
  • "Knowledge Management at the Crossroads: Sharing the Value Between Clients and Firms," and "Knowledge Management:  A Micro View," LegalTech, New York, New York, February 2005.
  • "KM - A Road Map for Success";  "Partnering with Corporate Counsel on the Web:  Deal Rooms, War Rooms and Beyond" and "Effective Collaboration Between Inside and Outside Counsel" 7th Annual Daily Journal LegalWorks Seminar, San Francisco, California, April 2003.
  • "Knowledge Management within a Multi-location, Multi-discipline Legal Function," Energy Law Institute, Houston, Texas, August 2002.
  •  "The Demand for Knowledge Management,"and "Defining KM for the Legal Space," and "Developing and Implementing a KM Strategy" Knowledge Counsel Forum, Baker Robbins & Company and Glasser LegalWorks, Orlando, Florida, April 2002.

Compliance Training

  •  "Using Social Media to Promote Compliance and Ethics," PLI Compliance &Ethics Institute 2015, Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 2015.
  • "A View from the Trenches:  Effective Communications and Training (An In-House View)," PLI Chicago Compliance & Ethics Institute, Chicago, Illinois,  May 20-21, 2009, and May 13-14, 2010.

Crisis Management

  • "Disaster Recovery: Preparing for the Unexpected," Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, Washington, District of Columbia, October 2005.
  • "Crisis Management for Lawyers," with Mary T. Flynn, Petroleum Marketing Attorneys Meeting, Washington, District of Columbia, March 2004.
  • "Developing an Effective Crisis Team: Balancing the Legal and PR Skill Sets," Effectively Managing Public Relations for High-Profile Litigation, NorthStar Conferences, New York, New York, January 2004.
  • "A Practical Guide to Planning for and Responding to a Crisis," with Ray Thompson, Energy Law Institute, Houston, Texas, August 2003.
  • "The In-House Lawyer's Role in Surviving a Crisis," Third Annual In-House Legal Forum, Business Law Education Centre, Sydney, Australia, November 2000.
  • "Mastering a Crisis," Optimising Your In-House Legal & Compliance Department Conference, Business Law Education Centre, Hong Kong, September 1999.


  • "The Dark Side of Technology," American Corporate Counsel Association, Chicago Chapter, Chicago, Illinois, June 1996.
  • "Litigation Risk Analysis," "Decision Trees - Another Tool for Inhouse Counsel,"  Litigation Management Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, April 1996, 
  • "Internal Auditing Programs," University of Illinois,  May 1995.
  • "Minimum Required Technology: One Client's View," The American Lawyer, May 1995.
  •  "How Can Electronic Communication Make Your Operation More Competitive and Efficient?" Linking In-House and Outside Counsel,  ABA Tech Show, Chicago, Illinois, April 1995.