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John Bowman

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King & Spalding LLP


John Bowman is a partner in King & Spalding’s Houston office. Mr. Bowman is engaged in an arbitration and litigation practice representing primarily international oil companies and service companies in a wide range of commercial and investment disputes. Mr. Bowman has represented energy companies in arbitration and litigation, including in AMI and confidentiality agreement disputes, production sharing contract disputes (renegotiation demands, windfall profits taxes, failure of state oil company to pay costs), joint operating agreement disputes (removal of operator, joint interest billings, preferential purchase rights, voting rights, disputes between investors and promoters), seismic licensing disputes, drilling contract disputes, gas contract disputes (price, take or pay, ratable takes, minimum takes, gas quality and measurement), gas marketing disputes (failure to deliver, imbalances), royalty owner disputes (drainage, failure to market, affiliate sales, calculation and payment of royalties, lease termination), and property valuation disputes (including look-backs), as well as in contested proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Texas Railroad Commission. Mr. Bowman has been continuously involved in the arbitration of energy and petrochemical disputes, domestic and international, in which he has been called upon to enforce arbitration agreements under state and federal arbitration acts and international conventions, to advise clients concerning the selection of arbitrators and arbitration procedures, to represent clients in arbitration proceedings, and to defend arbitration awards against attempts to challenge them in the courts.


French and Spanish.


Mr. Bowman is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the AAA International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and was selected by the American Arbitration Association as a member of its National Energy and Commercial Panels, as well as its Houston Oil and Gas Panel. He is a Fellow and Certified Tutor of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) and a Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He is Houston correspondent of the International Arbitration Institute, Paris, and a member of the International Arbitration Club, London. Mr. Bowman has served as an arbitrator in several domestic and international proceedings dealing with energy matters.


J.D., University of Kansas B.A., University of Kansas.

United States: Dispute resolution

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John Bowman - King & Spalding LLP

Within: International arbitration

King & Spalding LLP fields a team of 'true international arbitration specialists', who skillfully handle investment and commercial arbitration matters, and have particular expertise in the energy sector. Noted for its 'impressive advocacy and deep understanding', the team has successfully represented Chevron and its subsidiary, Texaco Petroleum Company, in an international arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador pertaining to its violation of the BIT; following the proceedings, which were led by 'outstanding lawyers' Doak Bishop and Edward Kehoe, the $9.5bn judgment rendered against Chevron was deemed unenforceable. 'Excellent' Caline Mouawad, Henry Burnett, and Houston-based Craig Miles represented Bear Creek Mining Corporation in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Peru brought under the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement. Other key contacts include global disputes head Reginald Smith and head of upstream oil and gas John Bowman from Houston. The team has been strengthened with two new additions from White & Case LLP: John Templeman joined as counsel in New York and Chip Rosenberg joined the Washington DC office; however, Houston-based Silvia Marchili left the firm to lead the international arbitration group at White & Case LLP.

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