Chris LaFollette is a partner emeritus at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, having retired from the partnership at the end of 2020. She continues to serve as an Independent Director for Holly Energy Partners, L.P., which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. She was a transactional energy lawyer who provided a range of advice to issuers, investors and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities. She also counseled master limited partnerships (MLP) and provided advice regarding federal and state securities laws.
In addition, Chris represented clients in public and private mergers and acquisitions. She understands and respects the energy industry and, alongside her clients, has weathered more than three decades of volatile markets and shifting regulatory demands. Chris assisted public companies, boards of directors and special committees with corporate governance issues, including periodic reporting, proxy solicitation, audit and compensation committee standards, insider trading requirements of federal securities laws, compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, private equity investors and shareholder activists.
Chris received her B.S. with highest honors from the University of Texas in 1974 and her J.D. with honors from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1980.
Chris served as a director of the Houston World Affairs Council and serves as a director for the National Association of Corporate Directors – Houston Chapter and the Texas General Counsel Forum. She is also on the Advisory Council for Women’s Energy Network and the Tahirih Justice Center. Additionally, she served as a trustee for the Houston Grand Opera. In addition, she is a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way and a former trustee for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. She is also a founding member of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas at Austin.