ExxonMobil general counsel to speak at EENR Fall Lecture

Energy expert will explore the key legal issues here and abroad.

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Oct. 12, 2012 – Jack Balagia, general counsel for ExxonMobil Corp., is the featured speaker of the EENR Fall Lecture, where he will discuss key energy and environmental legal issues facing the United States and the world.

Balagia joined Exxon's litigation section in 1998 and served as coordinator of Exxon's (and ExxonMobil's) upstream litigation until 2004 when he was named Assistant General Counsel.  He was elected to his current position March 1, 2010.

He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in 1973 and J.D. in 1976. He served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge W.M. Taylor, Jr. in Dallas before joining the Austin firm of McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore in 1977. His practice included energy litigation, oil and gas regulatory work, and media law. 

Balagia serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Legal Reform of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Civil Justice Reform Group.  He is a member of the board of visitors of the National Judicial College, the board of overseers for the RAND Institute for Civil Justice and the board of trustees of the Center for American and International Law.

He has served in a number of capacities with committees of the State Bar of Texas, including several years as chairman of the Bar's Public Affairs Committee. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine. 

The lecture hosted by the Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center at the University of Houston Law Center is Oct. 30, 2012, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 240 BLB. Please RSVP to mmmoral3@central.uh.edu.

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