Mr. Robert M. Smith

Professional Experience

Robert M. Smith, Esq., has more than 20 years of commercial litigation and trial experience. He was responsible for overseas litigation worldwide at Bank of America. Subsequently, he had his own commercial litigation firm representing three dozen financial institutions. Prior to law school, Mr. Smith was a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of the New York Times.

Mr. Smith is a Barrister (Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn) in the UK. He is admitted to the Bars of California, New York, and the District of Columbia. He is fluent in French and German, and speaks intermediate Spanish.

Mr. Smith has commercial law experience that includes such matters as: high-tech lending, sexual harassment, computer license disputes, project finance, international letters of credit, construction disputes, insurance coverage, and personal injury.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert M. Smith has been an arbitrator and mediator for more than 20 years. He has mediated hundreds of complex matters in a wide range of subject areas and in many jurisdictions. He was Director of Mediation at CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) in London, as well as a Registered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator in the UK. He has lectured on ADR widely—at the Law Faculty of Oxford University, the United Nations in Turin, Nairobi, Warsaw, Dublin, Singapore, and Amsterdam. He is the author of ADR for Financial Institutions (West Group, 2d ed. 1998, 1200 pp.).

Mr. Smith has completed more than 400 hours of mediation/arbitration training and teaching, including:

  • Practicum for Experienced Mediators, CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado, 09/1994, 32 hours
  • Mediation Seminar, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, California, 06/1994, 20 hours
  • Mediation Training, American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, Oakland, California, 01/1993, 15 hours
  • Mediation Training, American Arbitration Association, San Francisco, California, 01/1993, 15 hours
  • Mediation & ADR Training, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Denver, Colorado, 09/1992, 24 hours

Mr. Smith’s mediation style depends on the wishes of the parties and counsel, and his sense of what is appropriate and likely to be effective.

Mr. Smith has more than 250 references from law firms and corporate and government law departments on five continents. For more representative matters, expanded biography, references and testimonials, please see www.robertmsmith.com

Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Smith serves, or has served, as a mediator or arbitrator on the following panels:

  • UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
  • the World Bank
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Arbitration Subcommittee to the U.S. Council for International Business
  • Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP) – Médiateur Agréé
  • Center for Public Resources, Panel of Distinguished Neutrals

Mr. Smith has been elected a Fellow of:

  • the American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
  • the International Academy of Mediators
Academic Qualifications

JD, Yale Law School (Board of Editors, Yale Law Journal)
MS in Journalism with High Honors, Columbia University
MA in International Affairs, Columbia University
Diploma Sobresaliente, Centro de Estudios de Español (Barcelona)
Fulbright Scholar, University of Tübingen (Germany)
AB with Honors, Harvard College

Mr. Scott D. Marrs

Professional Experience

Scott Marrs has over 20 years of experience in arbitration, litigation and legal counseling in international, energy (oil and gas exploration, production, transportation, storage, power, petrochemical, energy marketing, well service), intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and covenant not to compete litigation), commercial, product liability and international matters in state and federal courts, and in national and international arbitrations.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Arbitrator in complex commercial contract matter involving engineering, design and project management issues in mining and energy industries.
  • Arbitrator in multi-million dollar energy matter regarding commercial contract in natural gas recycling, extraction, green energy business and allegations of contract breach and fraud.
  • Arbitrated 9-figure international disputes involving complex contractual and governmental issues regarding acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas interests in South America.
  • Arbitrator on energy panel in multi-million dollar action involving contract and financial issues relating to acquisition and divestiture of numerous producing oil and gas properties.
  • Arbitrator on commercial panel in breach of commercial contract action with associated fraud counterclaims involving stock and insurance issues.
  • Arbitrated claims by independent oil and gas producers in multi-million dollar action involving drilling companies in commercial transaction disputes.
  • Represented international oil field services company in disputes involving Middle Eastern contracts.
  • Represented natural gas pipeline company regarding $200 million acquisition dispute with energy a company.
  • Arbitrated multi-million dollar intellectual property disputes between an international medical device company and an inventor/surgeon.
  • Represented investors in disputes with exploration company involving foreign oil and gas fields.
  • Arbitrated a major investment matter for an international brokerage house involving alleged losses by a group of high net worth businessmen.
  • Represented energy client in disputes involving Russian oil interests.
  • Retained as intellectual property expert in a copyright and trademark arbitration involving two competing international chair manufacturers.
  • Represented oil and gas company in disputes involving allegedly defective land rigs.
  • Represented exploration & production company in various royalty lawsuits.
  • Represented French supplier of industrial gases in federal jury trial involving commercial contract disputes.
  • Represented a Dutch equipment manufacturer to resolve various international and commercial issues.
  • Represented international chemical company in $30 Million commercial contract dispute
Professional and Other Activities

Arbitrator with: BCICAC, AAA, 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)
Author: AAA, JAMS and CPR Comparison Chart, Practical Law Jrnl (Feb 2014)
Author: “Arbitration Confidentiality,” Texas Bar Journal (Feb. 2014)
Author: “10 Major Arbitration Issues Recently Addressed By Courts,” Dispute Resolution Jrnl (Aug 2009)

Academic Qualifications

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