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  • Samuel Shehadeh
  • Counsel
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation, United States

Samuel is Counsel at ExxonMobil Global Services Company in Houston, Texas. His responsibilities include advising the Company on EPC and services procurement for upstream projects, and related regulatory issues. He is presently supporting a potential natural gas project in the Romanian Black Sea. Previously, he was Counsel at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, focusing on IP matters for gas processing and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies. He has also participated in strategy and country studies for ExxonMobil Chemical Company.  Prior to joining ExxonMobil, Mr. Shehadeh was counsel for Saudi Arabian Oil Company (“Saudi Aramco”).  At Saudi Aramco, he led the legal team handling technology licensing, technical services, and related workstreams for the formation of Sadara Chemical Company, a $20B joint venture between Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Company.  Sadara comprises 26 integrated manufacturing plants utilizing technology from Dow and multiple third party licensors, and remains the world’s largest greenfield chemicals project.  Mr. Shehadeh also managed legal issues for other Saudi Aramco projects, including the formation of the world’s largest butanol production facility, construction of a world-scale gas project, and technology licensing in support of key upstream and downstream facilities. Participating in its Accelerated Transformation Program, he helped shape Saudi Aramco’s long-term corporate IP and R&D strategies. 
Mr. Shehadeh worked for Baker & McKenzie where he led one of the first IPOs of a Saudi insurance company and handled a variety of corporate, labor and IP matters. He began his career at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, where he counseled clients on the full range of IP issues and litigated IP disputes.
He earned his J.D. at The George Washington University Law School and B.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.