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David Francis

Assistant General Counsel – Distribution and Services at Kirby Corporation

David is the Assistant General Counsel – Distribution and Services at Kirby Corporation. Kirby’s Distribution and Services segment is a leading nationwide service provider and distributor of diesel engines, transmissions, parts, industrial equipment and oilfield service equipment with branches throughout the United States as well as Colombia. Prior to joining Kirby earlier in 2019, he was in-house counsel at Huntsman Corporation since 2012. David’s tenure at Huntsman included a 3-year expatriate assignment in Huntsman’s Singapore offices, where David served as regional counsel for the Asia Pacific Region. From 2008 to 2012, he was an associate in the Energy Transactions & Projects group and the Complex Commercial Litigation group at Vinson & Elkins. During his time at V&E, David fulfilled an expatriate assignment in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

David has a JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law. During law school he completed coursework in international comparative law at Bucerius University in Hamburg, Germany. David also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies from Furman University.