Robert Woody

Robert Woody is the Lead Independent Director on the Board of Directors for U.S. Energy Development Corporation. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Woody is responsible for contributing to the company’s overall direction and strategy.


Mr. Woody has co-founded successful energy, private equity, and insurance companies including Elgin Energy LLC and its subsidiaries, MHA Petroleum Consultants LLC, and Bayswater Exploration & Production LLC. He currently serves as Managing General Partner of Elgin Capital Partners.  He was a partner at [Casey] Lane & Mittendorf and Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP where he served as Chairman of the Energy Section of the firm. His clients included Phillips Petroleum, Conoco, DuPont, Fortune 100 companies, independent exploration & production (E&P) companies, the New York Mercantile Exchange, and state oil and gas commissions and industry organizations.


An influential figure in the natural gas industry, Mr. Woody served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce and helped draft the Pearson-Bentson Bill, a natural gas deregulation bill, now the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978. Mr. Woody was Special Counsel to the U.S. Delegation to the 33rd General Assembly to the United Nations. He co-authored Barriers to the Development and Expanded Use of Natural Gas Resources, commissioned and published by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission in 1992.


Mr. Woody received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas.