Hugh Hackney

Hugh E. Hackney, Esq.

JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator

Case Manager
Hayley Prager
T: 314-326-4769
190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 1100, St. Louis, Missouri 63105

Hugh E. Hackney is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Hugh Hackney, Esq. is an experienced arbitrator and mediator of energy industry disputes, both domestic and international in scope. He is highly regarded among counsel around the globe for his knowledge and skill in resolving even the most complex matters involving oil and gas, power plants, and renewable energy sources.

Mr. Hackney has arbitrated cases in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and is familiar with the customs and legal practices of different countries, cultures, and arbitral forums. He is also an experienced mediator. Mr. Hackney has a deep understanding of energy industry legal and business issues and is well suited to working closely with individuals, companies, and governments toward practical resolutions that allow all parties to move on with their lives and businesses.

Representative Matters

  • Dispute involving the payment for the sale of an oil field/pipeline maintenance company and executive compensation related to same
  • 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
  • Matter involving sovereign’s expropriation of oil fields and oil and gas interests
  • Breach of contract claims between shareholders of processing facilities
  • Theft of trade secrets and capital from sovereign’s oil company and national refinery
  • Repatriation of naturalized assets from sovereign after overthrow of totalitarian regime
  • Disputes between royalty owners and producers, including breach of contract claims
  • Tax severance case between producers and sovereign
  • Death cases involving accidents in oil fields and processing facilities
  • Border disputes between landowners and between sovereign nations
  • Disputes over analysis of seismic information
  • Handled disputes concerning ownership of oil fields and pooled interests
  • Disputes involving products liability for failure of drilling equipment and pipelines
  • Wrongful conversion of assets and breach of corporate opportunity by oil and gas executives
  • Disputes over construction of oil field camps and facilities
  • Environmental issues with state and federal agencies related to spills and cleanup efforts
  • Liability for explosions, blowout fires and related issues in oil fields and processing facilities
  • Insurance claims for all types of issues arising in energy industry
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
    • 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
  • 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



Practice Areas


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