Marcia Backus

Class of '83

Marcia is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Prior to that, Marcia was a partner at Vinson & Elkins, with a broad-based energy practice, representing industry and private equity in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions and project development, in the upstream, midstream and downstream space.

Cited as a leading lawyer in her fields of laws, Marcia is listed as one of Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Business Lawyers in 2005-2013; among The Best Lawyers in America® since 2003 in corporate, energy, oil and gas, and project finance law; and as an energy law expert in Euromoney’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers.

Marcia served in numerous leadership positions at V&E, including as head of the Energy Transactions/Projects practice, co-head of the Corporate Department, co-head of the Houston office, chair of the Partnership Admission Committee and as a member of the Management Committee.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Grand Opera and is a Trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation.

Marcia Backus Appointed Vice President and General Counsel of Occidental Petroleum