Doak Bishop is head of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Practice group and a member of the firm’s Latin American Practice Group.
Mr. Bishop has over 37 years’ experience focusing on international arbitration and litigation of oil and gas, energy, construction, environmental, and foreign investment disputes. He has developed a national reputation for his experience in international arbitration, serving both as an arbitrator and counsel in large business disputes. Mr. Bishop is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Bishop presently serves as Chairman of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration (2012-2015) and Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association. He also serves as a member of the U.S. delegation to the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. He has previously served as Chairman of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (1998) and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association International Litigation Committee (1998-1999). His experience in litigation and arbitration includes:
- international litigation and arbitration
- oil and gas and energy disputes
- foreign investment disputes
- construction disputes
- environmental disputes
Mr. Bishop received his B.A. degree, with high honors, and departmental distinction from Southern Methodist University in 1973, and his J.D. degree, with honors, from The University of Texas Law School in 1976 where he served as Research Editor of the Texas Law Review.
Honors & Associations
- Listed by Chambers USA in Tier 1: as one of the top 7 international arbitration counsel in the USA (2012)
- Listed by Chambers Global in Tier 1: as one of the top 11 international arbitration counsel in the world (2012)
- Listed as one of the top 20 arbitration specialists in the world by Cross-Border Quarterly, a UK publication (2006)
- Chairman, Institute of Transnational Arbitration (2012-2015)
- Member of Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association
- Member of Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law (formerly the Southwestern Legal Foundation)
- Member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre
- Adviser to the American Law Institute project to develop the U.S. Restatement (Third) of the Law on International Commercial Arbitration
- Member, U.S. delegation to the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes (1998 present) (appointed by U.S. State and Commerce Departments)
- Chairman, International Advisory Committee of the ICDR/AAA (2012-2013)
- Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Chartered Arbitrator; Executive Committee, North American Chapter (1996-2002)
- Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (2006-2011)
- Advisory Board of the Master’s program in International Dispute Settlement at the Graduate Institute of International Studies of the University of Geneva
- Advisory Board of the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and the Environment of the University of Texas Law School
- Chairman, Southwest Arbitration Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business, which is the U.S. National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (1998-2004)
- Co-Chair, Energy Committee of the Institute of International Arbitration (France)
- Regional Advisory Council, American Arbitration Association (1993-1998)
- Trainer for AAA International Arbitration Panel (2000)
- Tutor for Chartered Institute of Arbitrators program on international commercial arbitration (1999)
- Adjunct Professor, University of Texas Law School – Foreign Investment Disputes (2013)
- Adjunct Professor, University of Oklahoma Law School – Investment Arbitration (2011, 2013)
- Adjunct Professor, SMU Law School – International Commercial Arbitration (1999)
- Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law School – Foreign Investment Disputes (2002)
- Co-Chair, International Litigation Committee of the ABA’s Litigation Section (1998-2000)
- Editor, International Litigation Quarterly (publication of the ABA Litigation Section’s International Litigation Committee) (1985-2000)
- Chairman, Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (1998-1999)
- Chairman, International Arbitration and Litigation Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (1993-1994)
- Chairman, Rules of Evidence Committee of the State Bar of Texas (1990)
- Chairman, Court Rules Committee of the State Bar of Texas (1987)
- Ex officio member, Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee (1987, 1990)
- Member, Texas Civil Trial Law Exam Commission (1985-1989)
- Chairman, International Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association (1986)
- Chairman, Business Litigation Section of the Dallas Bar Association (1992)
- Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (Co-chair, Drafting Committee for the Model International Dispute Resolution Agreement, 2004; member, Drafting Committee for the Model International Joint Operating Agreement, 1995 & 2002 revisions)
Licensed to practice before all state courts in the State of Texas, USA, and the following US federal courts: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. district courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.
Served as arbitrator (including chairman of panels and sole arbitrator) in approximately 70 -75 arbitrations, including ICSID, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICDR, AAA, IACAC, CPR and ad hoc arbitrations. Member of the arbitration panels of the International Dispute Resolution Center (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association (International Panel, Large Complex Case Panel, Commercial Panel, Energy Panel), the Center for Public Resources (CPR) Oil & Gas and Energy Panel, the London Court of International Arbitration, Singapore International Arbitration Centre; the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, the Cairo Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration Court in Geneva, the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, and the Commercial Dispute Resolution Center for the Americas in Miami. Included on list of arbitrators of the U.S. Council for International Business, which is the U.S. national committee for the ICC. Member of the committees that evaluate arbitrators for the energy panels for the ICDR, AAA and CPR.
Representative Books & Articles
- Bishop, Crawford & Reisman, Foreign Investment Disputes: Cases, Materials & Commentary (Kluwers 2005), (Kluwers 2nd ed. 2014).
- Editor, The Art of Advocacy in International Arbitration (Juris Publishing 2nd ed. 2010).
- Editor, Enforcement of Arbitration Awards Against Sovereigns (Juris Publishing 2009).
- Bishop & Marchili, Annulment under the ICSID Convention (Oxford 2012).
- Co-author, Arbitration Road Map (State Bar of Texas 2007).
- Co-author of 2 chapters, College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (JurisNet 2006) (jurisdiction and discovery chapters)
- International Arbitration of Petroleum Disputes: The Development of a Lex Petrolea, 23 Y.B. Com. Arb. 1131 (1998), also published as Discussion Paper DP 12 by the Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy of the University of Dundee, Scotland.
- Strategic Options Available When Catastrophe Strikes the Major International Energy Project, 36(4) Tex. Int’l L.J. 635 (2001).
- Practical Guidelines for Interviewing, Selecting and Challenging Party-Appointed Arbitrators in International Commercial Arbitration, 14 Arb. Int’l 395 (1998) (with Lucy Reed)
- Theories of State Responsibility in International Law: Expropriation and Fair and Equitable Treatment, 58th Annual Institute on Oil & Gas Law (Matthew Bender 2007).
- Co-author, Investment Claims ― First Lessons from Argentina, in International Investment Law & Arbitration (Cameron May 2005)
- A Practical Guide for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses, 1 Int’l Energy L. & Tax’n Rev. 16 (2000).
- Survey of Arbitration Awards Under Chapter 11 of The North American Free Trade Agreement, 19(6) J. Int’l Arb. 505 (2002).
- The Duty to Negotiate in Good Faith and the Enforceability of Short-Form Natural Gas Clauses in Production Sharing Agreements, published as Discussion Paper DP 13 by the Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy of the University of Dundee, Scotland (1997).
- Psychology of Persuasion, paper presented at several litigation conferences sponsored by the U of Houston Law School.
Lectures on International Arbitration
- Lectured on issues of international arbitration at seminars in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Beijing and Hong Kong, China; Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, Canada; Florence, Italy; Auckland, New Zealand; Caracas, Venezuela; Lima, Peru; Budapest, Hungary; London, England; Paris, France; Mexico City, Mexico; Dubai; Geneva, Switzerland; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Dublin, Ireland; Lithuania; and various cities in the United States (New York, Miami, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Vail, New Orleans, Dallas, and Houston) for various groups including the International Congress of Commercial Arbitration; International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Buenos Aires Bar Association, New York Bar Association, Beijing Bar Association, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, British Institute of International & Comparative Law, Institute of Transnational Arbitration, University of London, Duke University Law School, University of Glasgow Law School, American University Law School (Washington, D.C.), Fordham University Law School, University of Dundee (Scotland); University of Geneva Graduate Program on International Dispute Settlement; Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and the Environment at the University of Texas Law School; University of Oklahoma Law School; International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association, and the Arbitration Court of the Dubai International Financial Centre.
- Keynote speaker, ICCA Congress (Rio de Janerio 2010) (The Compelling Need for a Code of Ethics in International Arbitration: Transparency, Integrity and Legitimacy)
- Keynote speaker, British Institute of International & Comparative Law (London 2010) (ICSID Annulment Process)
- Rapporteur, ICCA Congress (Singapore 2012) (The Role of the Regulator in International Arbitration: Ethics)
- Speaker, ICCA Congress (Dublin 2008) (Comment: Remedies in Investment Arbitration)
- Keynote speaker, ITA (Dallas 2012) (The Quality of Arbitral Decision-Making and Justification)