Practice Area


Hicks Johnson fields one of the strongest arbitration teams of any boutique law firm, representing international and U.S.-based clients in matters ranging from complex international disputes to domestic disputes arbitrated under specialized rules. Our lawyers have been acknowledged as top practitioners by Chambers USA and Euromoney, among others.

The depth and breadth of our international experience enables us to compete successfully—and cost-effectively—against larger international law firms. We are experienced at all stages of dispute resolution, from risk assessment through recognition and enforcement of final awards.

In addition to acting as advocates in arbitrations, we represent clients in U.S. judicial proceedings ancillary to domestic and international arbitration proceedings, including motions to compel arbitration, applications for interim relief, and proceedings to confirm or vacate arbitral awards. We also assist clients with establishing strategic and cost-effective dispute resolution and avoidance programs and draft arbitration clauses for commercial contracts.

Working across borders

In the international arena, we have handled disputes arising in Argentina, China, Egypt, the former Soviet Union, India, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkey, and decided under the substantive laws of Argentina, England, Mexico, Russia, Trinidad, and Turkey, as well as principles of international law. Our lawyers have served as lead counsel in important and successful arbitrations involving a wide variety of commercial disputes, arguing cases under all major international rules, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

We have handled domestic arbitrations concerning disputes arising in numerous states and decided under the laws of Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Washington, and Texas, among others. In this area, we have successfully argued cases involving such diverse matters as joint operating agreements, farm-ins, long-term supply agreements, asset purchase agreements, construction projects, hospital management contracts, seismic data usage agreements, professional negligence claims, and a wide variety of other issues.