US Head of Legal and Associate General Counsel, Litigation - US & Canada, Shell Oil Company
Jim Cowan joined Shell Oil in 2003 and became Head of US Legal in 2020. His previous roles with Shell have included Managing Counsel, Litigation for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Associate General Counsel, Litigation - International, overseeing Shell's litigation in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Before joining Shell, Jim was a trial lawyer in private practice in Houston.
In 2004, Shell won the Catalyst Award for successful implementation of diversity initiatives, greatly increasing female representation at all levels. The company’s diversity efforts include employee networks, a supplier diversity program, and community outreach. Shell was named a Most Active Member Corporation in 2015.
Joined LCLD 2012
Highlights of LCLD Participation
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2017, 2014)
2021: Abigail Dodd, Bijal Jadav; Kristen Golden, Mel Chavez; 2020: Huyen Luong, Ruth Mendez; 2019: Matthew Coward, Belinda Senneway; 2018: Michael Jason Thomas, Marcus Alvin Carter; 2017: Rosa Maria Villagomez; 2016: Elizabeth V. Bernal; 2015: Travis Torrence; 2014: Carita Shanklin Walker; 2013: Carlos A. Abello
1L LCLD Scholars Program
2015: Hinna Hassan
Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Annual Meeting (2020, 2015, 2014)
Member: Jim Cowan