William R. Buck of Exxon Mobil Corp. is the new chair of the Houston Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association.

Buck took office Feb. 26 at the foundation’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Four Seasons Downtown, according to an HBA news release. He succeeded John Eddie Williams Jr. of Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas LLP, who will serve as immediate past chair.

Buck is general counsel-upstream companies for Exxon Mobil, where he manages law support for exploration, development, production, and related research operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Colorado and is admitted to the Texas, Colorado, New York, and Louisiana bars.

Buck also is a member of the Tahirih Justice Center Advisory Council and a former chair of the Oil & Gas Practice Committee of the Institute of Energy Law. 

 Also serving the Houston Bar Foundation in 2015:

  • Vice chair: Jeffrey Kaplan, LyondellBasell Industries
  • Treasurer: Tom Godbold, Twin Eagle Resource Management LLC
  • Newly appointed directors: Michael Donaldson, EOG Resources Inc.; Veronica H. Foley, Precision Drilling Corporation; Travis J. Sales, Baker Botts LLP
  • Completing two-year terms as directors: Timothy McConn, Andrews Kurth LLP; Denise Scofield, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, who also is chair-elect

The foundation provides grants to support pro bono civil legal services for low-income Texans through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, as well as other community service and education programs.