Immediate Past President
Jack Balagia is Vice-President and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
Mr. Balagia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (B.A. 1973 and J.D. 1976) and served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge W.M. Taylor, Jr. in Dallas, Texas. He joined the Austin firm of McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore in 1977, where his practice included energy litigation, oil and gas regulatory work and media law. During his time in private practice, he handled numerous trials to verdict and appeals in state and federal courts and represented clients in hundreds of contested administrative hearings before state agencies. He 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.
Mr. 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.
Mr. Balagia 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. In 2000, the Texas Supreme Court appointed him to the Court's Board of Disciplinary Appeals, which has original and appellate jurisdiction over Texas lawyer disciplinary matters, and he served as Chairman of the Board from 2003-05. He served on the Board (2007-10) and as Vice-Chair of the Houston Bar Foundation, which oversees financial support for Houston Bar pro bono activities. He is a former Board member of the Austin Young Lawyers Association. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine.
Mr. Balagia currently serves as Immediate Past-President of the University of Texas Law School Alumni Association Executive Committee and is a Trustee of the UT Law School Foundation Board. He is also a member of the University's Chancellor's Council Executive Committee and Littlefield Society, and is a past-President of the Travis County UT Ex-Students Association. He has also served in various leadership positions for ExxonMobil's Gulf Coast and North Texas United Way campaigns.