The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Eugene J.   Silva II.


Gene joined the Exxon Mobil Law Department in April 2009 and is currently Counsel in the International Disputes Group. In this capacity he participates in the oversight of significant investor-state and international commercial disputes, as well as advising on related policy and contractual issues. Prior to joining the company, Gene practiced for over eight years with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP. As a member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group, Gene represented a variety of companies in both commercial and investor-state arbitrations. He has acted as trial counsel before tribunals constituted under most of the major arbitral rules systems including ICSID, ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, SCC and UNCITRAL, and has also appeared before various U.S. state and federal courts on behalf of clients in energy, maritime and general commercial disputes. Gene received his J.D. from the University of Texas and his LL.M. from the University of Edinburgh.