Leading Exxon's Attys A Career Capstone For GC Jack Balagia

By Jess Krochtengel (August 5, 2016, 6:54 PM EDT) -- In his first matter representing Exxon, the company's now-general counsel Jack Balagia made a rare misstep in handling an administrative case that had landed on his desk on his first or second day as a young associate at McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore PLLC in Austin, Texas.

Balagia, fresh out of a federal court clerkship, was asked to handle a Rule 37 administrative hearing before the Texas Railroad Commission, a relatively routine request for an exception to statewide oil well spacing rules. Exxon would typically send the law firm a package with the information about the lease, along with a letter explaining...

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