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Hugh E. Hackney Esq.

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Practice Areas
Antitrust & Competition
Business Commercial
Class Action & Mass Tort
Employment Law
Energy & Utilities
Engineering & Construction
Entertainment & Sports
Family Law
International & Cross-Border
Pharmaceuticals & Mass Torts
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

Hugh E. Hackney, Esq. is renowned among counsel for his expertise in arbitrating and mediating disputes, particularly those involving complex commercial matters and international litigants. He is highly regarded for resolving disputes arising out of the energy industry, having been involved in oil and gas arbitrations domestically and in numerous countries across Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

His experience with complex matters and international venues gives him an understanding of how legal issues are handled differently in courts and arbitral forums across the globe. In addition to being a respected arbitrator, that insight makes him an effective mediator, as he’s able to give litigants a clear picture of how a case could proceed outside of settlement, regardless of jurisdiction. U.S.-based judicial officers also frequently appoint him to settle cases featuring cross-border parties.

A former litigation attorney who tried more than 200 cases during his 45-year career, Mr. Hackney chaired the international dispute resolution group of a large law firm. He is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Bar Association, and the Society of International Business Fellows. He is a certified mediator and arbitrator for the Committee for Public Resources on commercial and employment disputes.

On top of his arbitration and mediation practice, Mr. Hackney has participated as a U.S. delegate and speaker at symposia on various topics across the globe.

Representative Matters

  • Business Commercial
      • Bad faith lending disputes, usury cases, and wrongful inducement to lend matters
      • Commercial disputes involving theft of trade secrets and confidential information, breach of contract, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, and solicitation of employees
      • Dispute among board of directors of faith-based organization over efforts to remove individual for violating religious law
      • Disputes arising from alleged violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, tortious interference with contract, and other business torts
      • Matters involving fraud and asset recovery in large loan cases involving office buildings, construction, oil and gas operations, large ranches, and agricultural operations related to national and international banks
  • Employment Law
      • Matters involving national and global corporations in all issues involving labor and employment law, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with American and international trade unions
      • Resolved cases involving claims for wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour violation
  • Energy & Utilities
      • Mediated a dispute involving the payment for the sale of an oil field/pipeline maintenance company and executive compensation related to same
      • Arbitrated a case involving the fraudulent sale of a fracking/horizontal drilling process and the attorneys fees related to processing the customers claims against a major oil field servicing company
      • Extensive experience arbitrating and mediating energy industry disputes, including those involving oil and gas, power plants, and alternative energy sources
  • Entertainment & Sports
      • Contract and labor disputes between professional athletes and agents, sports franchises, and vendors
      • Handled film industry disputes involving producers, actors, and investors over contracts, bankruptcies, literary rights, insurance, and international distribution
  • Family Law
      • Family law matters related to high-wealth individuals
  • Insurance
      • Numerous actions involving insurance companies in first and third party insurance litigation in a variety of different types of policies, including CGL, D&O, fidelity, construction, motor vehicle, commercial tracking, and errors and omissions policies
      • Matters involving national insurance companies and plan administrators in employee benefit and fiduciary duty litigation under ERISA
  • International & Cross-Border
      • Mediated a dispute involving ownership of a Middle East energy related company among parties from Lebanon, Kuwait, India and the United States
      • Mediated a dispute involving the aerospace industry between a Russia aircraft leasing corporation and a Middle Eastern aerospace company over sale and leasing of aircraft
      • Mediated a case involving the theft of technology between an American/Chinese owned company and a German corporation
      • International matters related to oil and gas, repatriation of properties, distribution agreements, contract disputes, construction issues, and sales contracts
      • Mediated dispute involving return of properties following foreign government expropriation
  • Native American Law
      • Disputes involving Native American Nations in negotiation of agreements involving contract issues, gaming licenses, and representation before governmental agencies

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Honors
    • Texas' Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year," Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2017-2019, 2022
    • Recipient, Lexology’s Client Choice Award USA & Canada, Arbitration, Texas, 2013
    • Best Lawyers in America, Arbitration, Litigation, and Mediation, 2008-2013, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2024
    • Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2012
    • Team Member, Law360 “Employment Practice Group of the Year,” 2011
    • Texas' Best Lawyers, 2009 and 2010
  • Memberships and Professional Affiliations
    • U.S. Representative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Arbitration
    • Member, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Member, London Court of International Arbitration
    • Honorary Consul, Republic of Romania for the State of Texas
    • Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 in Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings
    • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
    • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
    • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
    • Member, Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations
    • Member, International Bar Association
    • Member, American Bar Association, Employment Law Section
    • Member, State Bar of Texas, ADR Section and Employment Law Section
    • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • Member, Dallas Bar Association, ADR Section and Employment Law Section
    • Former President and Chair of the Board, Society of International Business Fellows
    • Member and Former Chair, Labor and Employment Law Advisory Committee, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Former Member, International Advisory Board, United States Postal Service
    • Former Chairman, International Committee, Texas Association of Business and Chamber of Commerce (Dallas Chapter)
    • Board, Gulf Coast Chapter, Leukemia Society of America
    • Board and Chair, Houston Volunteer Lawyers
    • Member, Advisory Board, Russian-American Society
    • Member, Advisory Board, American College of Hyperbaric Medicine

Background and Education

  • Partner, Greenberg Traurig LLP, 2005-2015
  • Partner, Locke Lord LLP, 1997-2005
  • Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, 1970-1997
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Rotary International Ambassador Scholar and NCAA Scholar Athlete, University of Wales
  • B.A., Southern Methodist University


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