The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Norman  Nadorff


Norman Nadorff is Senior Counsel for BP Angola and has resided in Luanda since 2006. Norman has served as an oil and gas attorney in various regions, primarily Latin America, Southeast Asia and West Africa for Conoco, ARCO and BP. He works effectively in Spanish, Portuguese and French, and is conversant in Indonesian. Norman’s Exploration and & Production experience includes two expatriate assignments in Indonesia. He was also a legal advisor to ARCO's Treasury Department (Los Angeles) in the mid-90's and at one stage provided legal services to BP's solar energy division. At ARCO, Norman wrote the Company’s policies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. Anti-boycott laws and U.S. Export Regulations.

Soon after arriving in Angola, Norman conceptualized and helped obtain BP funding for the creation of a post-graduate Oil and Gas Law and Business Management program at the national law school which has graduated approximately 100 professionals in four sessions. Norman assisted with the recruitment of international instructors for the Program and with the design of its curriculum. He has also taught contract drafting and anti-corruption law in the Program and spearheaded several well-attended symposia and an international mock arbitration. In 2010, Norman was instrumental in the creation of a similar recurring course at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University College of Law for which he teaches drafting and negotiating international oil and gas agreements. Norman lectures frequently on a wide range of topics around the world and in Angola.

Norman received his Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law (1980). He also holds an M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese and a B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude), both from Saint Louis University (1975, 1976). He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa (1974) and was a Fulbright Fellow in Law in Brazil (1980-1981) during which time he published an article entitled “Habeas Corpus and the Protection of Political and Civil Rights in Brazil, 1964-1978.” He is admitted to practice law in Ohio (1980) and Texas (2002). Norman is a former Director-at-large of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and former Co-Chair, Scholarships. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the AIPN’s Journal of World Energy, Law and Business.