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Kenneth R. Vogel, J.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Kenneth Robert Vogel, J.D., Ph.D. is a Managing Director in the Houston Energy Group in the Economic Consulting Practice of FTI Consulting, and is based in the Denver office. He has over 30 years of experience in natural resource law and economics. He serves as an expert witness and economist in matters involving the value of resources related to oil and gas production, mining and renewable energy production. He conducts public policy analysis on matters related to energy and mining and assists clients in determining the availability and value of assets related to energy (including crude oil and natural gas production, coal mining and renewable energy projects) as well as non-energy mining.

Dr. Vogel was a senior official with the United States Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS), Dr. Vogel was principal author of most of the valuation and many other regulations concerning minerals royalties paid to the United States on federal and Indian lands. He organized the MMS Office of Enforcement and led it for 15 years. During that time he negotiated settlements of most of the royalty disputes between the federal government and oil, gas, coal, geothermal steam and other mineral lessees. He led settlements that brought in one billion dollars.

Regulatory Commission, as well as to Congressional Committees. He developed policy positions for enforcement, litigation and regulation of mineral valuation and exploration and development. He participated in negotiating a boundary dispute between the United States and a state concerning where federal waters ended and state waters began.

He has lent his expertise to marketers and traders of minerals and energy commodities in developing marketing strategies and in negotiating financial arrangements. His work has spanned the energy and minerals industries involving production and marketing of energy and non-energy minerals and the marketing of downstream energy products.

During the course of false claims act litigation between the United States and various major oil producers, he was the lead representative of the Department of the Interior. He was the expert witness on damages and estimated the damages suffered by the United States. As an expert in the legal and regulatory aspects of minerals disputes as well as a professional economist, he was uniquely qualified to be able to represent his client’s interests.

He began his professional career as Assistant Professor of Economics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Vogel published research on the effects of legal systems on economic efficiency. He conducted pioneering empirical research on the effect of legal rules on school finance and on how different property rights regimes affect the efficiency of the industries they regulate. As Associate Professor of Law and Leonard Cohen Chair in Law and Economics at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, he continued this line of inquiry and extended it to social policy. In both positions, Dr. Vogel advised clients concerning the calculation of economic damages suffered through loss.

Dr. Vogel has authored various articles on property rights, both empirical and theoretical. They have ranged in subject matter from animal trespass to discrimination against persons with AIDS. More recently, he has presented papers on emerging topics in federal and Indian royalty law and economics.

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