Marcia E. Backus

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, in the upstream, midstream and downstream space.

Cited as a leading lawyer in her fields of law by numerous legal and trade publications, 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 on the Board of the Houston Grand Opera and is a co-founder of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas Law School.