Catherine Lamboley, retired Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of Shell Oil Company, is a native of Monroe, Wisconsin. Cathy graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a secondary education degree and from the University of Texas School of Law where she graduated Order of the Coif. Cathy joined Shell in 1979, and, with the exception of three years as Vice President of Commercial Marketing in Shell’s Oil Products business, she spent her career in the Shell Legal organization.
Issues concerning opportunity and inclusiveness have long been the focus of her professional and civic activities. Cathy’s commitment is reflected by her participation as a past member of the Board of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and as a past Chair of the Board of Directors, her service on the American Bar Association’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity Commission and the Commission on Women, her service on the Houston Crime Lab Board, and her participation on the Texas Supreme Court’s Gender Bias Task Force Implementation Committee. She is a founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Women in Law, University of Texas School of Law. Among the honors the Shell Legal organization received in recognition of its commitment to opportunity and inclusiveness while Cathy was General Counsel are the American Corporate Counsel Association’s Diversity Award, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Employer of Choice Award, and the Coalition of Bar Associations of Color Corporate Diversity Award.
Cathy is also a member of the American Law Institute, has served on the Board of Directors for the University of Houston Law Foundation, and the University of Texas Law School Foundation Board. Recognizing that access to legal assistance for all is critical to our society, Cathy served on the Texas Access to Justice Commission’s Committee of Corporate General Counsel, the Houston Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors, and she is a past Chair of the Corporate Advisory Committee of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.
Cathy cites her American Leadership Forum experience as invaluable in strengthening her leadership skills and civic commitment. Cathy is a Senior Fellow of the ALF and Chaired its Board of Trustees. Cathy is a past Chair of the Board of the Houston Area Women’s Center, served on the Board of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, and was an original member and Chair of the United Way Women’s Initiative. She served on the Board of Advisors for Catalyst, a national non-profit research and advisory organization working to advance women in business.
Among the honors she has received are the Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region’s Jurisprudence Award, American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, The Texas General Counsel Forum Magna Stella Award, the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast’s Woman of the Year, and the Texas Executive Women’s “Woman on the Move”.