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Phone: 713-870-3411

1301 McKinney St. Ste. 5100

Houston, TX 77010-3095

John Barrett



Current Employer:

John Barrett, Arbitrator

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Aviation ✔ Banking & finance
✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Contract Disputes
✔ Debt/Foreclosure ✔ Energy including oil and gas
✔ Engineering ✔ Executive Compensation
✔ Franchise ✔ Health Care
✔ Industrial ✔ Intellectual Property
✔ International ✔ Joint Ventures
✔ Land Use/Planning ✔ Landlord/Tenant
✔ Licensing ✔ Mergers & Acquisitions
✔ Non-profit Organizations ✔ Partnerships
✔ Real Estate ✔ Securities
✔ Shareholder Disputes ✔ Sports
✔ Technology ✔ Transportation


Over 45 years of structuring, planning, and resolving disputes for major corporations and governmental entities in areas of: energy, oil and gas, pipeline construction, communications, aircraft (manufacturing/sale/lease/financing), debt collection, restructuring, transportation, real estate development investment, and cross-border mergers/asset acquisitions. Long-term expertise in dispute resolution matters (litigation/arbitration/private resolution) in following jurisdictions: Mexico, South America, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Philippines, and China. Delegate for the U.S. State Department for Negotiation of UNCITRAL Treaty on International Insolvency at the United Nations, New York and Vienna. Practiced at Kansas Geological Survey, reservoir studies, salt domes, secondary recovery and Phillips Petroleum, recovery programs and reserve studies. Legal matters involving oil and gas ownership interests, field participation, drilling contracts, equipment purchases, i.e. rigs, pumps, chemicals, pipeline inspection and drilling programs. Director April 1977 to March 2005, and Advisory Director March 2005 to November 2013 of publicly listed oil and gas production company. Represented various parties in negotiations and documents for aircraft purchases, financing and leasing by airlines, dealers, private parties; major outside counsel for Mitsubishi Aircraft in construction of turbo and jet aircraft, including corporate, manufacturing and assembly, sales, leasing agreement, F&A (registration, certification issues) and product liability. Extensive experience representing clients in international arbitrations, and more than ten years of experience serving as a neutral arbitrator in international and domestic commercial arbitrations. Examples of such work as counsel include representation of parties in an ICC international arbitration relating to Colombia pipeline contracts, and service as Lead U.S. counsel in an international arbitration between a Mexican TV station and a U.S. national TV network. Experience as a neutral arbitrator includes service as a sole arbitrator in oil and gas, international sales and distribution contract, and shareholder/security interest disputes; neutral panelist arbitrator in a multimillion dollar international dispute between a Canadian company and an Australian company over disputes arising under an Independent Sales Representative agreement; a multimillion dollar domestic AAA arbitration between an aircraft manufacturer and its supplier of wing assemblies and arbitration of large corporate jet sale; panel chair in a complex AAA/ICDR international arbitration relating to development and investment contracts involving a commercial real estate project in Las Vegas, Nevada involving over a billion dollars; sole arbitrator of multimillion failed financing by Middle Eastern lenders; sole arbiter of contract disputes, breaches and rights between two Fortune 500 companies involving wholesale, retail sale, distribution and service agreement ; panel arbitrator of disputes of Korean manufacturer of medical equipment with distributor, termination and contract rights; disputes under Section 1031 real estate tax exchange and breach of contract and contractual issues.

Work History:

Arbitrator, self-employed, 2009-present; Counsel (2007-09)/Partner/Senior Partner/Head of International Law Section, Managing Partner London Office (1986-89), Fulbright & Jaworski (1963-2009).


AAA Roundtable Arbitrator Disclosures and Disqualifications, 2016; AAA/ICDR/ Panel Conference, 2016; AAA It's Not Just "Litigation Lite"-Making Rulings on Evidentiary Objections 2015; AAA ICDR Awards and Commentaries: Just How Different Is International Arbitration Than Domestic Arbitration? 2015; AAA, "Exceeded Powers": Recent Trends in Challenging Arbitrator Authority 2014; AAA Webinar, Arbitrator Boundaries: What are the Limits of Arbitrator Authority, 2013; AAA Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing, 2012; AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2010; College of Commercial Arbitrators Annual Meeting, 2010-2015; AAA Webinar, Arbitrator Boundaries: What are the Limits of Arbitrator Authority?, 2009; ICDR 6th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference, 2008; AAA Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties (ACE002), 2006; AAA Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2006; AAA Arbitrator Update 2004, 2003; AAA International Arbitration Symposium, 2003; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, 1999; A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institute, International Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, 1996; The Dispute Resolution Provisions of NAFTA.


Admitted to the Bar: Texas, 1963; all courts in Texas; District of Columbia, 1991; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court.


Fellow the College of Commercial Arbitrators, American Bar Association (Corporations Section); member and panelist LCIA; Business Law Section; International Law Section; Business Bankruptcy Committee, Past Chair); American Law Institute; Council on Foreign Relations (New York City) Institute of Strategic Studies; International Bar Association (Business Law Section, Council Member, Committee 'J;' Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors' Rights; Business Bankruptcy Committee, Past Chair; Council Member; Insolvency Committee 'J,' Past Chair); American College of Bankruptcy Attorneys (Fellow; Board of Directors; Board of Regents, Chair); (American Law Institute International Insolvency Project, Advisor); International Insolvency Institute (Board of Directors; Board of Governors, Chair); State Bar of Texas (Business Law Section, Past Chair; Bankruptcy Law Committee, Past Chair); Houston Bar Association (International Law Section); Southwestern Legal Foundation (International Comparative Law Center Advisory Board Member); UNCITRAL Project on Cross-Border Insolvency (U.S. Delegate).


University of Kansas (BS, Petroleum Engineering-1960); University of Texas (JD-1963).


Co-Author CCA's publication Best Practice Guides 3rd and 4th Chapter 10—awards. Originator and co-author of "International Treaty: Model Insolvency Co-Operation Act," adopted by International Bar Association, Helsinki Conference and is the editor of the International Chapter of Norton's Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law. Contributing editor, NORTON'S BANKRUPTCY LAW & PRACTICE, second edition; frequent author and speaker on energy and international disputes, financing, executory contracts and leases, business reorganization law, and creditors' rights for ECONOMIST MAGAZINE, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, University of Texas School of Law, Practicing Law Institute, American Bar Association, International Bar Association, and various State and Federal Bar Associations seminars and conventions.

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