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March 11, 2010

Alumni Association President Jack Balagia, ’76, appointed vice president and general counsel for Exxon Mobil Corporation

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Jack Balagia, ’76

Jack Balagia, ’76, has been appointed vice president and general counsel for Exxon Mobil Corporation in Irving. Balagia was approved by the company’s Board of Directors and began his new position on March 1. Balagia, formerly assistant general counsel at ExxonMobil, is president of the University of Texas School of Law’s Alumni Association.

News of the appointment was welcomed at the Law School. “Jack Balagia is an extraordinarily complete human being,” Law School Dean Larry Sager said. “He is marvelously intelligent, professionally accomplished, warm, and funny. I feel very lucky to enjoy his support, counsel, and friendship; and ExxonMobil is to be congratulated in his selection as general counsel.”

Before joining ExxonMobil, Balagia was a partner with McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore in the firm’s Austin and Houston offices, where his practice included energy litigation, oil and gas regulatory works, and media law. During his time in private practice, he handled hundreds of contested administrative hearings before State agencies and tried over twenty lawsuits and arbitrations to verdict or through appeal.

He has served in a number of capacities with committees of the State Bar of Texas, including 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. Balagia currently serves as vice chairman of the Board of the Houston Bar Foundation, which oversees financial support for Houston Bar Association pro bono and volunteer lawyer activities, and is also a life fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a former board member of the Austin Young Lawyers Association. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and for the last four years has been named a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly.

He has served on the Seton Hospital Medical Ethics Council in Austin, and previously served as the ExxonMobil Law Department coordinator for the Gulf Coast United Way Campaign. He is a former vice president of the University of Texas Law School Alumni Association Executive Committee and is a member of the Law School’s Chancellor’s Council and Littlefield Society. He is a past president of the Travis County UT Ex-Students Association.

Balagia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (BA, 1973) and after law school, served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge W.M. Taylor Jr. in Dallas.

Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, 512-471-7330, or kfortune@law.utexas.edu