“Your reputation certainly precedes you and, based upon my first hand

observation, it is a reputation that is well deserved.” 


For 25 years, Gary McGowan has served as an arbitrator and mediator in national and international disputes, often complex, high-stakes matters. He has arbitrated over 140 disputes, serving as chair or solo in 100.

An attorney for 40 years, McGowan litigated business cases for 16 years, most notably as a founding partner of Susman, Godfrey & McGowan, a prominent boutique law firm.  As a neutral, he has established a reputation for effectiveness, thorough preparation, and quick discernment of the pivotal points for deciding or resolving a dispute.

Recent Publications

12 Ways to Achieve Efficiency and Speed in Arbitration, published in Corporate Counselhttp://www.law.com/corporatecounsel/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1202596761854&12_Ways_to_Achieve_Efficiency_and_Speed_in_Arbitration 

Sanctions in US and International Arbitration: Old Law in Modern Context, published in Kluwer Arbitration Blog. http://kluwerarbitrationblog.com/blog/2013/10/10/sanctions-in-us-and-international-arbitrations-old-law-in-modern-context/

Don’t Call It A Trial: What Every Lawyer should Know About Arbitration, published in Houston Lawyer, July-August 2014. http://issuu.com/leosur/docs/thl_julaug14/15?e=0

Recent Honors:

Energy Arbitrators List, a global panel of energy industry arbitrators sponsored by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. http://energyarbitratorslist.icdr.org/ealsearch/faces/eal?_afrLoop=5143603581967443&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=14s53gax6c_4

Institute for Energy Law Directory of Energy Arbitrators.

Panel of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, http://www.hkiac.org/en/arbitration/arbitrators

Board of Directors, American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

2016 and 2017  editions of The Best Lawyers in America in Arbitration.

Best Lawyers’ 2017 Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” in Houston.

Acquisition International – Best in International Arbitration 2016 – Texas.

Corp America’s 2016 Legal Elite Award for Best International Disputes Arbitrator – Texas.

Finance Monthly Global’s 2016 Award—Arbitration and Mediation Law Firm of the Year–USA.

Corporate LiveWire 2016 Global Awards — Arbitration in the Energy Sector.