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


While technology has made the world seem like a smaller place, today’s legal practice requires an ever-expanding body of knowledge about international laws and regulations. Hugh Hackney has a deep understanding of these issues, having served as an arbitrator and mediator for numerous high-stakes, complex disputes involving cross-border litigants.

Mr. Hackney has arbitrated and mediated 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.

A former trial attorney who represented a global roster of clients, Mr. Hackney is often called upon to deliver speeches and lectures on international issues involving the energy industry, labor and employment law, and worldwide economics.

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial
    • Dispute involving the aerospace industry between a Russia aircraft leasing corporation and a Middle Eastern aerospace company over sale and leasing of aircraft

    • Case involving the theft of technology between an American/Chinese owned company and a German corporation
    • Dispute involving import of animal husbandry expert’s business-related materials
    • Dispute involving repatriation of nationalized assets in Germany
  • Employment
    • Wage and hour dispute involving offshore operations employers
  • Energy/Utility
    • Dispute involving ownership of a Middle East energy related company among parties from Lebanon, Kuwait, India and the United States
    • Border disputes between landowners and sovereign nations
    • Dispute involving ownership of seismic data and right to obtain additional data for sovereign
    • Dispute related to construction of fossil fuel and nuclear power projects
    • Dispute related to ownership of production and royalty interests in natural oil concession
    • Matter involving sovereign’s expropriation of oil fields and oil and gas interests
    • Matters involving disputes over transfer of technology necessary to complete seismic data of oil field
    • Matters involving rival sovereign nations expropriating oil fields and oil and gas interests
    • Matters related to logistics and transfer of oil and gas drilling and protection equipment
    • Matters related to negotiation for return of kidnapped drilling crew employees
    • Ownership dispute between three nations over large oil company stock
    • Repatriation of naturalized assets from sovereign after overthrow of totalitarian regime
    • Tax disputes over operations and locations of onshore and offshore oil and gas rigs
    • Tax severance case between producers and sovereign
    • Theft of trade secrets and capital from sovereign’s oil company and national refinery
  • Entertainment/Sports
    • Matters involving intercontinental sports business
  • Insurance
    • Disputes related to tax insurance cases
  • Real Estate
    • Disputes involving construction of large multi-family housing projects
    • Disputes related to construction of governmental office projects
    • Matters involving boundary disputes between landowners, states, provinces, and sovereign nations
    • Mediated dispute involving return of properties following foreign government expropriation
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



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