|Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and
Director, Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy
Hurst Groves has been Director of the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy since its inception in the summer of 2000. He was appointed Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs in July 2002.
Prior to joining Columbia, Professor Groves was Managing Counsel of Mobil Corporation in Fairfax, Virginia. During a 23-year career at Mobil, he was chief counsel for Mobil’s transition efforts related to its merger with Exxon Corporation; managed the legal group in the United States, Europe and the Far East that provided legal advice for the major business transactions undertaken by Mobil and its affiliates around the world; served as General Counsel of Mobil’s Exploration and Producing Division, General Counsel of its Japanese marketing and refining affiliate, and General Counsel of its Sales and Supply Division; and held senior legal positions in the company’s Marketing and Refining Division headquarters in New York City and Fairfax, Virginia.
Prior to joining Mobil in 1977, Mr. Groves practiced corporate and finance law in the New York and Paris offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He is a member of the New York and Indiana Bars, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Groves received his AB degree from Princeton University in 1963, a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris in 1964, and a JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1967, where he was a member of the editorial board of the Michigan Law Review. He is a member of the American Bar Association (he was Chairman of the Energy Law Committee of the ABA’s Section of International Law and Practice from 1989-1993), the International Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.