Scott D. Marrs


Scott D. Marrs

Scott D. Marrs
Managing Partner – Houston Office

Law office of Akerman LLP, Houston, TX (Texas), US (United States)

ADR Certified Designation : Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb)

VanIAC Panel(s) : International Arbitration

Practice Areas : Construction, Corporate Commercial, Employment, Entertainment, Government, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Sports, Technology, Transportation

Professional Experience

Scott Marrs has over 30 years of experience as an advocate and as an arbitrator before domestic and international tribunals including AAA, ICDR, ICC, UNCITRAL and CPR. Arbitrator or advocate in a wide variety of international and domestic complex business disputes, commercial, and energy related disputes.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training
  • Examples: (1) Chairperson (3 person panel) in complex intellectual property case involving inventorship, licensing, royalties, medical device products, engineering, contract interpretation (15 hearing days, multiple technical witnesses); (2) Chairperson (3 person panel) in multi-million dollar natural gas pipeline matter involving tariffs, joint venture, contract interpretation, midstream, gas gathering, partnership, fraud, regulatory, and transportation issues; (3) Sole Arbitrator in oil, gas and chemicals products supplier, distributorship case involving tort, franchise, partnership, indemnity, insurance, real estate and contract disputes; (4) Sole Arbitrator in complex commercial contract matter involving architect, engineer, design, construction, and project management issues in mining and energy industries; (5) Sole Arbitrator in multi-million dollar matter regarding downstream natural gas recycling, extraction, green energy business and contract, fraud, carbon credits, acquisition, divesture, purchasing, tortious interference, construction, trade secrets and premises issues; (6) Arbitrator (3 person panel) in multi-million dollar action involving contract and financial issues relating to acquisition and divestiture of numerous oil and gas properties and other commercial real estate; (7) Arbitrated 9-figure international disputes involving complex contractual, governmental, royalty, license, regulatory, investment, partnership, shipping, and M&A issues regarding acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas interests in South America; (8) Arbitrator (3 person panel) in action involving contract, stock, fraud, insurance, business valuation, technology, trade secret, and intellectual property issues; (9) Arbitrated claims by independent oil and gas producers in multi-million dollar upstream action against drilling companies in commercial disputes involving contract specifications, construction, products and indemnity issues; (10) Arbitrator (3 person panel) in case involving allegations of fraud, tortious interference and breach of fiduciary duties in joint venture and corporate stock transfer case; (11) Arbitrated multi-million dollar intellectual property disputes between international medical device products company and inventor/surgeon involving patent, licensing, contract, and tort matters; (12) Arbitrator (3 person panel) in multi-million dollar real estate and private equity investment matter related to operating agreements, stock transfers, capital costs, design and construction of oil and gas refining plants with associated contract, fraud, misrepresentation, insurance, and negligence claims; (13) Arbitrated multi-million dollar commercial matter between international financial institution and group of investors involving tort, securities, fraud, employment, and unjust enrichment claims; (14) Arbitrated matter between international brokerage house and manager of division involving employment, fraud, covenant not to compete, slander and defamation, trade secrets and breach of contract issues; (15) IP consultant in arbitration of business disputes involving copyright and trademark claims between two international manufacturers; (16) Arbitrated international case involving intellectual property, franchise, trademark, covenant not to compete, fraud, anti-trust, partnership, unfair competition, public policy, regulatory, restraint of trade and partnership issues; (17) International arbitration re: intellectual property, franchise, trademark, covenant not to compete, fraud, anti-trust, partnership, unfair competition, public policy, regulatory, restraint of trade, partnership issues; (18) Chairperson: various solar projects, contract, fraud, fiduciary, bad faith claims; (19) Sole arbitrator: promissory notes, sworn accounts, industrial equipment, acquisition; (20) Sole arbitrator: trade secrets, contract and fraud claims re: assets, chemical inventions, licenses, joint venture.
Professional and Other Activities

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) (Fellow)

Arbitrator with: VanIAC, AAA, ICDR, ICC, CPR, and LCIA

International Institute for Energy Law – Advisory Board

International Association of Defense Counsel – ADR Committee (Co-Chair)

American, Texas and Houston Bar Foundations – Fellow

Speaker: “Harness the Power of Arbitration to Obtain A Successful Award,” 2013 ALM Course, High Stakes Litigation (NYC)

Speaker: “Comparing and Contrasting Major European and American Arbitral Forums,” 2013 IADC Annual Meeting (Hawaii)

Speaker: “Getting Your Mojo Back Regarding Arbitration,” 2012 Trial Network Litigation Mgmt Supercourse (NYC)

Legal Publications:– Texas Lawyer, Co-author, “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Primer for Energy Executives,” August 2015

– Practical Law, Co-author, “Enforcing Arbitration Awards in Texas,” June 2015

– Texas Lawyer, Co-Author, “How Oil Oversupply Shapes the Litigation Market,” May 2015

– Texas Lawyer, Co-Author, “Why is Mexico Talking about Importing Oil from Others?,” December 2014

Practical Law Journal, Co-Author, “AAA, JAMS and CPR Comparison Chart, A Practical Comparison of Major Arbitration Forums in the United States,” February/March 2014

– Texas Bar Journal, Co-Author, “Arbitration Confidentiality, What You Thought You Knew Can Hurt You – A Comparison of Confidentiality (Or Lack Thereof) in Major Domestic and International Arbitration Forums,” February 2014

– International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Annual Meeting, Speaker, “Comparing and Contrasting the Major European and American Arbitral Forums,” 2013

Honors, Awards:

Top Rated Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, The Best Lawyers in America 2020

2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, American Lawyer Media

Texas’ “Top Rated Lawyer,” Martindale, 2012, 2014

“Texas Super Lawyer,” 2004, 2006-2014

“Houston’s Top Lawyers,” H Texas Magazine, 2007-2012, 2014

“Top 40 Texas Lawyers Under 40,” Texas Lawyer, 2001

Houston Lawyer Award, Outstanding Legal Article of the Year, 1993

Hirsch, Glover, Robinson & Sheiness Award, Excellence in Insurance Law, 1989


Academic Qualifications

JD, Cum Laude – South Texas College of Law – 1989 – Houston, Texas (Board of Advocates, Order of the Lytae, South Texas Law Review)

Intern, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Honorable Edith H. Jones)

University of Texas – Austin, Texas (BBA, Business, Petroleum Land Management-1983)