Senior Counsel | ExxonMobil
David currently serves as lead counsel for ExxonMobil’s upstream oil and gas business pursuits in Brazil and Mexico. David also leads ExxonMobil’s Trade and Investment Issues Management team and advises on investment protection issues under free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties.
David is a transactional attorney with more than 23 years’ experience in the upstream sector of the international petroleum industry. He has been the lead counsel and negotiator of major upstream ventures for ExxonMobil in Russia, Ukraine and the Middle East (including ExxonMobil’s ventures in Iraq) that have involved both international oil companies as well as host nations and their national oil companies. He led a multi-disciplinary negotiating team for the strategic cooperation and joint venture agreements between ExxonMobil and Rosneft and has been involved in new country entry and resource acquisitions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and West Africa. He was the lead attorney for the Sakhalin-1 Project from 1995 – 2005. Prior to his involvement in the upstream sector of ExxonMobil, he worked as an attorney on regulatory matters for Exxon’s refining and fuels marketing operations from 1990 to 1995. He started his career with Exxon in the Litigation Section of the Law Department from 1987 to 1990. Prior to his career at Exxon, David served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Bakes, Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court from 1985-1987.
David received his Juris Doctorate degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1985 and his Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in 1982. He is admitted to the Texas and Utah State Bars and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
David grew up in Idaho and met his wife Stacey (who is from Eastern Washington) while attending BYU. They are the parents of four children (3 boys and 1 girl) and grandparents of eleven exceptional grandchildren.