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John Bowman specializes in disputes involving the oil and gas industry. A partner in our International Arbitration practice and leader of our Upstream Oil and Gas practice segment, John 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.

For 37 years, John 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.

He works closely with a wide range of industry actors. These include petro-fiscal system consultants; geophysicists; geologists; petroleum, well-completion and -production, and reservoir engineers; gas measurement specialists; experts on crude oil, natural gas, and LNG prices and markets; joint interest auditors; and experts on the history and development, customs and practices in U.S. and foreign energy sectors.

John advises international and national oil companies on maximizing protection of their foreign investments, particularly through contract stabilization techniques, choice-of-law provisions and dispute resolution agreements.

He frequently speaks and writes on international oil and gas and international arbitration subjects. In 2015, the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission recognized John for his contribution to education concerning the Inter-American Convention on International Commercial Arbitration.

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, John 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.

In addition to representing clients, John serves as an arbitrator in domestic and international proceedings dealing with energy matters.

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Credentials

B.A., University of Kansas

J.D., University of Kansas

Texas

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators

Member of the governing Council, Texas State Bar Oil (Gas and Energy Resources Law Section), 2013-2016

French - Reads oil and gas and arbitration French

Spanish - Reads oil and gas and arbitration Spanish

Leader in International Arbitration


Chambers Global and Chambers USA, 2016

Texas Super Lawyer: Energy & Natural Resources


Super Lawyers, 2016

International Arbitration and Energy


Expert Guides, Who's Who Legal and Best Lawyers

Litigation Star: Texas


Benchmark Litigation, 2016

AV Preeminent (Peer Rating 5.0/5.0)


Martindale-Hubbell, 2016

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators: President's Award


2015–2016

AIPN Legacy Award


2012–2013

AIPN Education Award


2010–2011 and 2011-2012

Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing


for “The Panama Convention and Its Implementation under the Federal Arbitration Act”

Editor-in-Chief, Kansas Law Review


Editor-in-Chief, Kansas Law Review — University of Kansas School of Law, 1979–1980

Matters

Represented IOC in dispute with NOC entities regarding take-or-pay and gas price obligations.

Represented European gas marketers in ICC arbitrations over gas price reviews with NOC.

Represented U.S. and European IOCs in multibillion-dollar disputes with NOC over government's imposition of new taxes.

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Represented IOC in dispute with NOC entities regarding take-or-pay and gas price obligations.

Represented European gas marketers in ICC arbitrations over gas price reviews with NOC.

Represented U.S. and European IOCs in multibillion-dollar disputes with NOC over government's imposition of new taxes.

Represented LNG buyers and sellers in disputes over destination diversions, contract extensions and LNG prices.

Represented European and U.S. oil companies in JOA disputes (preferential rights; voting rights; failure to develop; sole risk) concerning blocks in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Indonesia.

Represented a major oil company in disputes with promoter over rights to production from Kashagan Field.

Represented an oil terminal operator in ICC arbitration with NOC regarding government's seizure of terminal and termination of contract rights.

Represented an Egyptian oil company in LCIA arbitration with international drilling company over existence of drilling contract relating to operations in Gulf of Suez.

Represented a German pipeline inspection company in arbitrations with local representatives concerning operations in Colombia.

Represented an international oil field service company in arbitrations with local representative concerning operations in Nigeria.

Represented the NOC in disputes with U.S. promoters in litigation in U.S. federal courts over Swiss arbitral award rejecting claims under alleged "slop oil" contract.

Represented a Swedish oil company in arbitration with another Swedish oil company over "look back" provisions in purchase and sale agreement.

Represented a U.S. oil field service company in arbitration with Nigerian company over construction and delivery of floating production and storage barge.

Represented an international oil company in dispute with installer of offshore drilling and production platform.

Represented an oil refiner in dispute with international oil trading company over operating issues relating to oil pipeline in Central America.

Represented a U.S. petrochemical company in arbitration with British petrochemicals company concerning license and supply agreements.

Matters

Represented IOC in dispute with NOC entities regarding take-or-pay and gas price obligations.

Represented European gas marketers in ICC arbitrations over gas price reviews with NOC.

Represented U.S. and European IOCs in multibillion-dollar disputes with NOC over government's imposition of new taxes.

See more
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Close

Matters

Represented IOC in dispute with NOC entities regarding take-or-pay and gas price obligations.

Represented European gas marketers in ICC arbitrations over gas price reviews with NOC.

Represented U.S. and European IOCs in multibillion-dollar disputes with NOC over government's imposition of new taxes.

Represented LNG buyers and sellers in disputes over destination diversions, contract extensions and LNG prices.

Represented European and U.S. oil companies in JOA disputes (preferential rights; voting rights; failure to develop; sole risk) concerning blocks in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Indonesia.

Represented a major oil company in disputes with promoter over rights to production from Kashagan Field.

Represented an oil terminal operator in ICC arbitration with NOC regarding government's seizure of terminal and termination of contract rights.

Represented an Egyptian oil company in LCIA arbitration with international drilling company over existence of drilling contract relating to operations in Gulf of Suez.

Represented a German pipeline inspection company in arbitrations with local representatives concerning operations in Colombia.

Represented an international oil field service company in arbitrations with local representative concerning operations in Nigeria.

Represented the NOC in disputes with U.S. promoters in litigation in U.S. federal courts over Swiss arbitral award rejecting claims under alleged "slop oil" contract.

Represented a Swedish oil company in arbitration with another Swedish oil company over "look back" provisions in purchase and sale agreement.

Represented a U.S. oil field service company in arbitration with Nigerian company over construction and delivery of floating production and storage barge.

Represented an international oil company in dispute with installer of offshore drilling and production platform.

Represented an oil refiner in dispute with international oil trading company over operating issues relating to oil pipeline in Central America.

Represented a U.S. petrochemical company in arbitration with British petrochemicals company concerning license and supply agreements.

Credentials

B.A., University of Kansas

J.D., University of Kansas

Texas

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators

Member of the governing Council, Texas State Bar Oil (Gas and Energy Resources Law Section), 2013-2016

French - Reads oil and gas and arbitration French

Spanish - Reads oil and gas and arbitration Spanish

Leader in International Arbitration


Chambers Global and Chambers USA, 2016

Texas Super Lawyer: Energy & Natural Resources


Super Lawyers, 2016

International Arbitration and Energy


Expert Guides, Who's Who Legal and Best Lawyers

Litigation Star: Texas


Benchmark Litigation, 2016

AV Preeminent (Peer Rating 5.0/5.0)


Martindale-Hubbell, 2016

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators: President's Award


2015–2016

AIPN Legacy Award


2012–2013

AIPN Education Award


2010–2011 and 2011-2012

Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing


for “The Panama Convention and Its Implementation under the Federal Arbitration Act”

Editor-in-Chief, Kansas Law Review


Editor-in-Chief, Kansas Law Review — University of Kansas School of Law, 1979–1980