“The [arbitration] is completed and closed so with that in mind I want to thank you for the reception/respect that you showed to me and to [opposing counsel] back in March during the case that we tried against one another in Houston. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
“Now that the . . . case has concluded, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated the experience of that arbitration. I thought that all of the arbitrators were terrific, and the manner in which the arbitration was conducted was very comfortable. Everyone was able to put on their case and allow the arbitrators to make an informed decision. When there needed to be additional briefing, legal analysis was requested and given. . . . . I appreciate your professionalism . . .”
Arbitrated over 190 matters (AAA, CPR, ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL, AHLA, and Ad Hoc).
40 international arbitrations.
Chair of panel or solo arbitrator in 139 matters.
- Energy, oil and gas
— gas processing agreements.
— steam supply contracts.
— coal supply contract.
— chemical plant valuation.
— dispute between oil/gas company and cryogenic plant concerning
contract for gas-to-LPG conversion and LPG storage.
— refinery turnaround contract.
— joint interest billing dispute regarding area of mutual interest.
— output contract between refinery and buyer of chemical.
— gas dedication dispute between transporter and producer
— wireline services covenant not to compete
— joint venture to develop offshore drilling platform project in South America.
— indemnity provisions in Master Services Agreements.
— oil and gas limited partnership dispute.
- — co-generation agreements between refiner and co-generator.
- — power purchase agreement relating to biofuel plant to be built in Florida
— semisubmersible production platform and mooring system (engineering, procurement, and
construction). $200MM in claims.
— large apartment complex.
— major league baseball stadium.
— refinery expansion.
— underground electrical conduit and signal installation for state highway.
— large diameter pipe supplied for pipeline construction project (alleged defects in
— gas processing plant.
— pipeline delivery station.
— chemical plant (engineering, procurement, construction). Almost $200MM in claims.
— Airline capacity purchase agreement.
- Joint venture to develop medical device.
- Contract for beach cleanup of massive oil spill.
- Trade secrets (computer software).
- — insurance coverage dispute; business interruption; fire damage to plant
- Healthcare industry.
Extensive mediation experience (over 2800).
Education, Professional Qualifications, and Honors
J.D., University of Texas School of Law (1973); Associate Editor, Texas Law Review.
B.A. Economics, University of Texas (1970).
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London).
Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators.
American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Panel, Large Case Panel, and Oil & Gas Panel.
International Panel of Arbitrators, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (New York).
Energy Arbitrators List, a global panel of energy arbitrators vetted by ICDR.
Directory of Energy Arbitrators, Institute for Energy Law.
Panel of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
Panel of Arbitrators, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.
Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s International Panel of Arbitrators.
National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, International Institute For Conflict Prevention and Dispute Resolution (“CPR”).
CPR’s Energy, Oil and Gas Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.
Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
Roster of Arbitrators, American Health Lawyers Association.
Panel of Arbitrators, Vienna International Arbitral Centre.
Panel of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.
2016, 2017, and 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in Arbitration.
Best Lawyers’ 2017 Houston Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year.”
Best Lawyers’ 2018 Houston Mediation “Lawyer of the Year.”
Acquisition International – Best in International Arbitration 2016 – Texas.
Corp America’s 2016 Legal Elite Award for Best International Disputes Arbitrator – Texas.
Corporate LiveWire 2016 Global Awards — Arbitration in the Energy Sector.
Finance Monthly Global’s 2016 Award—Arbitration and Mediation Law Firm of the Year–USA.
Charter Member and Executive Committee, Texas Chapter, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Board of Directors, Section of Alternative Dispute Resolution, State Bar of Texas.
Texas Super Lawyer (Texas Monthly) for each of last ten years.
Among the five “Top Notch” neutrals in Texas, Texas Lawyer.
20th Edition, The Best Lawyers in America, and 2014 Houston Mediation “Lawyer of the Year”.
Listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation 2013 (WHO’S WHO LEGAL, London).
Fellow and Board Member, American College of Civil Trial Mediators.
Lawdragon 500 — among the 500 best judges (public and private) in U.S.
1983-1984 Chairman, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, State Bar of Texas.
1990-present: speaker at CLE programs on arbitration and mediation –over 25 presentations.
1978-1989: speaker at CLE programs on business litigation, antitrust law, and lender liability–over 20 presentations.
12 Ways to Achieve Efficiency and Speed in Arbitration, published in Corporate Counsel. http://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