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Environmental Litigation; Toxic Tort Defense; Environmental Regulation; Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material;
Oil and Gas Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution; International Arbitration
Admitted: 1974, Texas; 1975, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; 1976, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1980, U.S. Supreme Court; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1991, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas; 1993, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas; 2004, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth and Ninth Circuits; 2009, Louisiana
Law School: The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
Member: Louisiana State Bar Association; State Bar of Texas (Board of Directors, 1998-2001); Dallas Bar Association (President, 1997) and American Bar Association; Texas Law Review Association (Board of Directors, 2005.
Biography: Associate Editor, Texas Law Review, 1973-1974. Law clerk to the Honorable Walter P. Gewin, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1974-1975. Instructor, Trial Advocacy, SMU
School of Law, Spring 1989, Fall 1993 and Fall 1994. Representative Authorships: "Challenges to Enforcing Arbitral Awards Against Foreign States in the United States," The International Lawyer, American Bar Association Section of International Law, Spring 2008; "Arbitration in Las Americas-a view-Advocate's Presentation," ICDR 5th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference, February 2007; "What Happens in Burma?" Commentary on Alien Tort Statute for U.S. energy Companies, Oil and Gas Investor, January 2007; "International Dispute Resolution for Oil & Gas Executives," Latin Oil & Gas 2003 Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2003; "Daubert - Effective Use of Experts, Including Demonstration of Direct and Cross-Examination," State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, June 2002; Voir dire demonstration, State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Law Seminar, June 2000; "To Litigate or Arbitrate: Tips on Handling Trans-National Commercial Disputes," Monterrey, Mexico, Summer 1999; "Fighting Lost Profits in a Commercial Case," Texas Association of Defense Counsel, August 1995. Associate and Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP, 1975-2008. Member, Mac Taylor Inn of Court, Dallas, Texas. Listed: Texas Super Lawyers, Texas Monthly, 2003-2006; New Orleans Top Lawyers, New Orleans Magazine, 2009; Listed, The International Who's Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers 2010-2011. Fellow: American Bar Foundation; Texas Bar Foundation; Dallas Bar Foundation (Chair, 2006); American Arbitration Association (Commercial Arbitration Panel; ICDR International Arbitration Panel); Center for American and International Law (Research Fellow). Awarded, Leadership In Law, New Orleans City Business, 2012.
Born: Dallas, Texas, 1948
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