Zack Starbird


Assistant General Counsel


Zack Starbird is the Managing Attorney for BP's American-based crude, refined products, and environmental products trading business. For most of the past twenty years he has been in and around commodities trading environments, providing legal support on a full array of commercial, regulatory, litigation, and bankruptcy issues. In 2017, however, Zack worked in a commercial role as the distillates trading manager for BP in the Americas. In that role, he worked to enable commercial opportunities for the team trading jet, diesel, and heating oil, as well as to ensure trading occurred in a controlled and compliant manner. Zack has been integrally involved in many of the events and initiatives that have changed the energy industry, including the formation of Intercontinental Exchange, the California Energy Crisis, the fall of Enron and the ensuing carnage among US energy merchants, the Mirant bankruptcy, and the 2008 credit crisis, as well as the drafting of various industry standard forms. He is a past president of the International Energy Credit Association and was the founding Chair of the IECA's Contracts & Legal Education Group. He has also served as a board member of the Leadership in Automated Energy Processing, pushing standardization and automation in oil-related and emissions-related transactions. He has a spoken on a variety of topics. Zack is a graduate of Drake University (B.A. Economics, 1992) and the University of Kansas (J.D., 1995). He is the proud father of two girls. In his spare time, he likes to read, play basketball, hunt, ride horses, and talk politics.