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July 19, 2017

John Bowman Honored With Institute for Energy Law’s Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award

HOUSTON, July 19, 2017 — The Institute for Energy Law is honoring Houston partner John Bowman with its Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award, which is given to one energy litigator each year whose achievements “have won the admiration of his or her peers,” according to the organization.

The Institute for Energy Law (IEL) is a member organization and a division of The Center for American and International Law. The IEL presents several educational conferences and seminars each year and publishes The Oil and Gas Reporter. Bowman will receive his award at the organization’s annual Energy Litigation Conference in Houston on Nov. 9.

Bowman specializes in disputes involving the international oil and gas industry. A member of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration practice and leader of its Upstream Oil and Gas practice segment, he represents international energy companies in commercial and investment disputes. In 2014–2015, he served as president of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. He teaches international energy arbitration at Georgetown University Law Center, and is also an honorary lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, in Dundee, Scotland.

For 37 years, Bowman has represented energy companies in arbitration and litigation of disputes concerning expropriation of facilities and contract rights; production sharing contracts; AMIs; joint operating agreements; farm-out agreements; seismic licensing and drilling contracts; gas supply and LNG sales contracts; and representation agreements. Frequently he is called upon to assist international oil companies (IOCs) and national oil companies (NOCs) to design, draft, negotiate and assess stabilization mechanisms and dispute resolution provisions in upstream and project agreements with host governments and NOCs.

A member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the AAA International Centre for Dispute Resolution and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, Bowman is also a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) and of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He also is a member of the International Arbitration Institute (Paris) and the International Arbitration Club (London) and cofounder of the Houston International Arbitration Club.

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