“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 both national and international disputes, often complex, high-stakes matters.

An attorney for 40 years, McGowan practiced business litigation for 16 years, most notably as a founding partner of Susman, Godfrey & McGowan, a highly successful boutique litigation 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.

Based on a national survey, Law Dragon 500 named him as one of the 500 best judges (both public and private) in the United States, and the Texas Lawyer, relying on a survey of Texas lawyers, picked him as one of five “Top Notch” arbitrators and mediators in Texas. Texas Monthly has selected him as a Texas Super Lawyer in each of the last nine years.

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 Eavery Lawyer should Know About Arbitration, published in Houston Lawyer, July-August 2014. http://issuu.com/leosur/docs/thl_julaug14/15?e=0

Recent Honors:

Accepted to the 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

Listed on Institute for Energy Law Directory of Energy Arbitrators.

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London).

Member, Commercial Panel, Large Case Panel, and Oil & Gas Panel, American Arbitration Association.

Member, International Panel of Arbitrators, International Centre for Dispute
Resolution (New York), a division of the American Arbitration Association.

Member, Roster of Arbitrators, American Health Lawyers Association.

Selected by Texas Lawyer as one of five “Top Notch” neutrals in Texas.

Listed in 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Arbitration.

Listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation 2013 (WHO’S WHO LEGAL, London).

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

Member, Board of Directors, American College of Civil Trial Mediators.