Daniel PillaiDaniel is a 1L at Georgetown Law in Cohort 7 of the Business Law Scholars program. He hopes to work full time in Houston on Energy related transaction work post graduation. On campus, he is a member of the Texas Law Society, Corporate and Financial Law Organization, Georgetown Energy Law Group, South Asian Law Student Association, and Asian Pacific Law Student Organization.

This summer, he will be working at Vinson & Elkins in Houston as a summer associate going through rotations in transactional law practices.


Daniel graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Chemical Engineering. There, he was involved as an Engineering Physics I/II tutor, in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. During undergrad, he was a Chemical Engineering Intern for Shell Chemicals where he researched chemical processes and modified mathematical formulae to code a program that determines the heat duty and fouling factor of 4 sets of different exchangers in a Naphtha hydrotreater unit.

Prior to law school, Daniel worked at Westlake Epoxy in Houston, TX as a Process Safety Management Engineer where he analyzed OSHA’s Process Safety Management guidelines (29 CFR 1910.119 – governing production in sites utilizing highly hazardous chemicals to ensure safety of personnel), and compared the requirements stated with site practices at each Westlake Epoxy plant in North America. He also has experience as a Project Engineer and Production Engineer at Westlake Epoxy.

Beyond Law School

Daniel was born in New Orleans and moved to Houston at 16. Interests include college football, golf, sneakers, fantasy novels, and chess.

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The University of Texas at Austin, BS Chemical Engineering, 2021

Georgetown University Law Center, JD, Anticipated 2026