Jennifer Price is a partner in King & Spalding’s Houston office, where she is engaged in an international arbitration and litigation practice representing primarily international energy and power companies in a wide range of commercial and investment disputes. She is a member of the firm's International Arbitration, Litigation and Energy practices.
For more than 20 years, Ms. Price has represented energy, oil field service, power, and petrochemical companies in complex arbitration and litigation. The majority of her cases now involve international oil and gas, power, or petrochemical matters, including disputes involving Host Governments, state-owned energy and power companies, production sharing agreement and JOA disputes, and disputes with promoters and local representatives, in both arbitration and litigation. She also represents clients in non-energy sectors, including disputes involving commercial real estate investments.
Ms. Price is experienced in all phases of international arbitration in both administered and ad hoc proceedings, including drafting agreements to arbitrate, initiating and compelling arbitration, selecting arbitrators, discovery, pre-hearing matters and briefing, evidentiary hearings, and enforcement and challenge of arbitral awards. Her experience and skill have been recognized in her being named among the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration , as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the field of International Arbitration,and in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration .
Her recent matters include representing different international oil companies in separate litigation matters concerning interests in offshore North Caspian and onshore oil fields in Kazakhstan, representing investor oil companies in disputes with a state oil company over breach of and the right to renegotiate a Production Sharing Agreement, representing a multinational power generator in two UNCITRAL arbitrations against a state enterprise to enforce power purchase and transmission agreements, representing an oil terminal operator in an ICC arbitration against a state oil company over expropriation of contract rights, and representing an international real estate investment company in disputes with local partners in Latin America. Other recent matters have included disputes over contracts and investments in El Salvador, Venezuela, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, North Africa, and Russia, among other areas, in proceedings under UNCITRAL, ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, ICSID, and other arbitral regimes.
She also frequently works with clients and transactional attorneys in advising on options and strategies for negotiating arbitration and dispute resolution agreements, and in drafting arbitration and dispute resolution agreements for both domestic and cross-border transactions.
Ms. Price is a member of the Houston International Arbitration Club, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the International Bar Association, and Arbitralwomen, and is on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. She received her J.D. in 1986 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a member of the San Diego Law Review.
- “Trends in International Arbitration,” 19 Institute for Transnational Arbitration News and Notes 1, Autumn 2005
- “Ethical Considerations in Energy Joint Ventures: A Litigator's Perspective,” Oil & Gas Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, August 1998
Speeches and Presentations
- Panelist, “The Art of Arbitrator Selection,” ICDR 9th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference, September 15, 2011
- “Dispute Resolution Clauses Gone Bad,” University of Texas School of Law 2011 International Upstream Energy Transactions, January 25, 2011
- Panelist, “Evidence and Experts in International Arbitration,” American Conference Institute Forum on Oil and Gas Litigation and Arbitration, June 24, 2010
- Panelist, “Dispute Resolution Provisions for International Energy Contracts,” University of Texas School of Law 2010 International Energy Transactions, January 20, 2010
- Moderator, “Tertulias: Developments in Arbitration in Latin America,” ICDR 5th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference, February 2007
- “Dispute Resolution Agreements for International Oil and Gas Contracts: The Basics,” ICDR International ADR Reporting Series, Washington D.C., November 15, 2006
- “Stabilization, Renegotiation, and Adaptation of International Petroleum Agreements,” Conference on Energy Investments in the Middle East: Capitalizing on Opportunities in a Time of Change, Houston, Texas, November 07, 2006
- Energy Update (Energy Charter Treaty) and West Africa Update, Conference on Global Positioning: Managing Disputes All Over the Map, London, England, March 2006, and Houston, Texas, April 2006
- “Enforcing Arbitral Awards Against Foreign Sovereigns,” NAPE Expo 2006, Houston, Texas, February 2006
- “Mistakes in Drafting Arbitration Agreements,” Baker Hughes International Seminar, Houston, Texas, November 2005
- “Ethical Issues in International Arbitration,” El Paso Energy Seminar, Houston, Texas, August 2004
- “Drafting Effective Arbitration Agreements,” Conference on International Arbitration, Washington, D.C., May 2004
- “International Arbitration Agreements,” NAPE Expo 2004, Houston, Texas, February 2004
- “Compelling Arbitration with Foreign Parties,” Conference on International Arbitration, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2003
- “Sanctity of Contract in Civil Law and Common Law,” ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 2003
- “Ethical Issues in Selecting and Appointing Arbitrators,” Conference on Arbitration Issues, Houston, Texas, September 2001
- “ADR Ethics for Parties, Advocates, and Neutrals,” Duke Energy Seminar, Houston, February 2001
- “Ethical Issues in Arbitration,” Conference on Arbitration and Mediation Issues, May 2000
- “ADR Ethics: Outlining Some of the Current Issues,” Conference on Arbitration and Mediation: Strategies and Trends, New York, New York, October, 1999
- “Joint Ventures and Conflicts of Interest: Who Do You Represent? and Other Questions,” Houston Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, Houston, Texas, March 1999
- “Current Issues in ADR Ethics,” Conference on Arbitration and Mediation: Strategies and Trends, Houston, Texas, January 1999
- “Ethical Considerations in Energy Joint Ventures: A Litigator's Perspective,” Oil and Gas Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, August 1998
- International Bar Association
- Institute of Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board
- Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
- Houston International Arbitration Club
- Texas Bar Association
- Houston Bar Association
Ms. Price is active on several committees of the United States Equestrian Federation, the National Governing Body for equestrian sport in the United States, including the USEF Legal Review Committee and USEF Ethics Committee.