recognized as the leading industry advocate ,for drilling safety, regulatory and governmental relations. He directed the first US oil field upstream/service industry mission to Cuba in 2010. Since, he has supported the multilateral workshops involving the US, Cuba, Mexico, the Bahamas and Jamaica that have resulted in a Multilateral Technical Operations Procedures plan (MTOP) for government-to-government communications in an oil spill event.

Earlier affiliations include a training position at National Supply Company and assistant professorships at the University of Houston and at Wayne State University.

Dr. Hunt holds a B.S. in political science from the University of Houston; an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University; and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from South Texas College of Law.  Lee Hunt is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Houston office of Warburg Paribas Becker, an international investment banking firm. He has represented the international drilling industry before the US Congress, European Commission and World Trade Organization (WTO). He is a member of the District of Columbia and State of Virginia Bar Associations. He is based in Washington, DC.

While with IADC, he served for 10 years as chairman of the US federal Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Automotive Equipment and Capital Goods, appointed jointly by the US Secretary of Commerce and US Trade Representative to advise on US international trade initiatives and policy. 

Brian T Petty served as Executive Vice President for Global Government Affairs for the International Association of Drilling Contractors. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and an M.A. in literature from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining IADC, he served in Washington as the State of Texas Energy Counsel. He previously practiced law in New York, then headed the


Dr. Lee Hunt and Brian T. Petty are the General Partners of HUNT PETTY LP.  Both have diverse experience in oil & gas lobbying, international government affairs as well as safety, training and environmental drilling issues, primarily in the offshore upstream industry.

Their combined experience spans decades of transition and developments in the upstream industry from Piper Alpha to Macondo.  In addition to traditional markets in the United States, South and Central America, Northwest Europe and Asia, both Dr. Hunt and Mr. Petty have been active in opening and developing upstream and drilling opportunities in the Former Soviet Union, Myanmar and Cuba.

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Dr. Lee Hunt served as President and Chief Executive of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) from 1990-2012. Prior responsibilities at IADC include Manager, Accident Prevention and Safety; Manager, State Government Affairs; and, Manager Environmental Affairs.  Under Dr. Hunt’s guidance and leadership IADC became


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