Eugene Zilberman


Throughout his career, Eugene Zilberman has represented plaintiffs and defendants in disputes ranging from sophisticated commercial matters, to intellectual property cases, and  securities class actions.  Mr. Zilberman prides himself on quickly grasping the important legal issues, mastering the facts, and presenting both to judges and juries in a compelling manner.  In so doing, Mr. Zilberman recognizes the importance of working with his clients to understand their unique business interests and personal circumstances so he can best present their case. 

Whether at trial, on appeal, or in the preliminary stages of litigation, Mr. Zilberman has obtained successful results for his clients. Most recently Mr. Zilberman helped to obtain a $158 million judgment for an energy trading company following a five-week bench Zoom trial—believed to be the longest virtual trial in Texas state court. After 19 trial days where the court heard testimony from 18 live witnesses, and a number of depositions, the court ruled in favor of Mr. Zilberman’s client following closing arguments. 

Prior to coming to SKV, Mr. Zilberman clerked for the Honorable Eric L. Clay on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and worked in the New York City office of Sullivan & Cromwell.  Mr. Zilberman graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of Law and Politics and participated on the Extramural Moot Court team. He was awarded the Bracewell and Giuliani Best Oral Argument Award, which is given to the student who delivers the best oral argument in his section. 

Born in Russia, Mr. Zilberman moved to the U.S. with his family at the age of 3. He is fluent in Russian.  Mr. Zilberman currently serves on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and is representing a prisoner seeking Habeas relief in the federal court.

Representative Matters

Representing a private equity group in connection with a pipeline explosion that resulted in a fire which caused injuries to several individuals. 

In connection with the Criminal Justice Act, representing a prisoner seeking Habeas relief in the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Obtained a $158 million judgment for an energy trading company following a five-week bench trial over a dispute concerning a splitter agreement.  Conducted multiple direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, including a direct examination of an accounting expert and a cross-examination of an adverse technical expert. 

Participated in a six-week jury trial representing former executives of a publicly-traded oil and gas company that were accused of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and conspiracy.  Argued several dispositive motions at trial, as well as the jury charge, and post-trial motions. 

Represented an offshore drilling company against its competitor in federal court in connection with a patent dispute concerning alleged infringement of drilling patents.  The case settled before trial. 

Represented a real estate company in Texas State Court that was accused of fraud and negligent misrepresentation.  After the trial court denied a motion to compel arbitration, successfully petitioned the Second Court of Appeals to reverse that decision. 

Successfully obtained dismissal of a putative securities class action in Texas State Court alleging violations of the Securities Act of 1933 in connection with the company’s initial and secondary public offerings. 

State Bar of New York
State Bar of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association



Rutgers University
B.A., History and Political Science, 2012

University of Virginia School of Law
J.D., 2015 

Law Clerk
to the Hon. Eric L. Clay
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth
Circuit, 2016-2017

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.,