Jack 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. He joined Exxon Corporation’s litigation section in 1998 and was named ExxonMobil’s Assistant General Counsel for Litigation in 2004. In March 2010 he was elected Vice President and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil Corporation and held the position until November 1, 2016.
Mr. Balagia serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Legal Reform of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trustees for the Center for American and International Law. He has been involved in a number of professional organizations, including co-chair of the Civil Justice Reform Group, a member of the Board of Overseers for the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, and the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts. Mr. Balagia has also served in a number of capacities with 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 jurisdiction over Texas lawyer disciplinary matters, and he served as Chairman of the Board from 2003-05. He served on the Board and as Vice-Chair of the Houston Bar Foundation, which oversees financial support for Houston Bar pro bono activities. 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 a Trustee of the UT Law School Foundation Board and is a past-President of the UT Law School Alumni Association Executive Committee. He received the Law School’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2014. He has also held various leadership positions for ExxonMobil’s Gulf Coast and North Texas Employee Charitable Giving campaigns, and he currently serves on the Salvation Army DFW Advisory Board.
During his career, Mr. Balagia has been honored by a number of other organizations for his contributions to the profession, including Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation from the Center for American and International Law (2010), Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (2012), the Association of Corporate Counsel and D CEO Magazine (2011), and the Texas Civil Justice League (2016). The Houston Bar Foundation honored him with the James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award in 2014, and he was named the Dallas Anti-Defamation League’s Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award recipient in 2015.