US Head of Legal and Associate General Counsel, Litigation - US & Canada, Shell USA, Inc.


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 an LCLD Top Performer in 2015 and 2022. 

Joined LCLD 2012

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2017, 2014)
Fellows nominated:
2021: Abigail Dodd, Bijal JadavKristen 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

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders nominated:
2022: Ida Dortaj, Bryan Crosby

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2015: Hinna Hassan

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Annual Meeting (2022, 2021, 2020, 2015, 2014) 


Member: Jim Cowan

Diversity Professionals: Belinda SennewayMatthew Coward