Education & Clerkship

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2015)
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Rutgers University (2012)
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Eric L. Clay, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2016-17)

Additional Languages

  • Russian

Biography

Eugene Zilberman represents plaintiffs and defendants in sophisticated commercial disputes.  Whether at trial, on appeal, and everything in between, Eugene has obtained successful results for his clients. 

Most recently, he secured a multi-million dollar judgment for an energy trading company following a five-week bench trial—believed to be the longest virtual trial in Texas state court at that time.  

Prior to joining SKV, Eugene 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.  Eugene 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. 

Born in Russia, Eugene moved to the United States with his family at the age of 3.  He is fluent in Russian. Outside of the office, he enjoys playing soccer and is involved with several community organizations connected to the sport that he loves.  He also serves on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and regularly takes on prisoner appeals. 

Representative Matters

Commercial Litigation

  • Secured a multi-million dollar verdict on behalf of a private energy trading company after a five-week bench Zoom trial—believed at the time to be the longest virtual trial in Texas state court. 
  • Defended a Fortune 500 health care organization in a two-week jury trial in Texas State Court.
  • Secured a favorable settlement for a New York based private equity firm in connection with a large pipeline explosion that resulted in significant injuries. 
  • Successfully represented a prisoner seeking Habeas relief on appeal in the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. 
  • Obtained dismissal of a securities class action in Texas State Court for an international client alleging violations of the Securities Act of 1933 in connection with the company’s IPO and other offerings. 
  • Won motion to compel arbitration in breach of contract case filed against client real estate company on appeal. 
  • 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.  
 

Associations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers’ Association

 

SKV Secures $147M Victory in Texas State Court

Following a five-week bench trial conducted entirely on Zoom, on October 15, 2020, the 80th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Judge Larry Weiman presiding, found that Defendant Targa Channelview LLC, a subsidiary of Targa Resources Co., breached its agreement with Plaintiff Vitol Americas Corp. by failing to return $129 million in prepayments.   On December 27, ...

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