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28th Annual Ethics Symposium: Ethical Life Cycle of Arbitration

This Symposium will provide attendees with insights on the ethical considerations in the pre-arbitration phase, the foundations of effective arbitration practice, and rulemaking in the arbitration context. The Symposium will also feature breakout sessions–led by legal experts–where attendees can learn about arbitration law within various practice areas. This year’s Symposium will be in person. However, there will also be a virtual option via Zoom. The event provided is for 5 CLE and Ethics hours.

Date of event: Friday, February 25th, 2022
Location: South Texas College of Law Houston campus, Garrett-Townes Hall
Time: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Lunch: Provided by Treebeards
Cocktail Hour: 3:30 p.m. sponsored by BRG a global expert consulting firm

CURRENT LIST OF TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law
  • Consumer law
  • Commercial Law
  • International Law
  • M&A Law
  • Oil & Gas Law

*Speakers and topics may be subject to change

REGISTRATION FEES:

General Admission: $100
Early Bird Rate (ends Feb. 6th): $75

REGISTRATION

AGENDA AND SPEAKERS

Ben Aderholt has over 40 years of experience practicing law, focusing on commercial transactions and construction and bankruptcy litigation. Throughout his illustrious legal career, Ben has litigated at every level of the judicial system, including the United States Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court. As an expert in his field, he has authored essays in the Texas Journal of Business Law and was appointed and elected to multiple editorial boards, including the Editorial Board of the Texas Bar Journal. Active in the legal community, Ben has served as Past-President of the Houston Bar Association and as the Director of the State Bar of Texas. For almost a decade, Ben has been an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law Houston and, more recently, The University of Houston Law Center, teaching Construction Law. Due to his experience, service, and character, Mr. Aderholt has received multiple awards, including Rotary International’s Global Service to Humanity Award and the Outstanding Adjunct Award for the College of Business at the University of Houston Downtown.

Mr. Barnes is a Senior Attorney in Litigation and Business Law at Kearney, McWilliams & Davis, PLLC. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Debrecen, Hungary, and a former Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law, teaching International Commercial Arbitration and Arbitration Law as well as coaching domestic, international, and securities arbitration teams. Mr. Barnes earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and is graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.

As a litigation attorney, his practice focuses in the areas of international business law, general business representation, corporate law, commercial litigation, and intellectual property law. As a transactional attorney, Mr. Barnes counsels clients on a variety of business transactions, from basic entity formation to complex cross-border acquisitions or licensing agreements.

As an arbitrator, Mr. Barnes has arbitrated for commercial, international, securities, and intellectual property cases. Member of the AAA Commercial, ICDR, ICC, European Court of Arbitration, FINRA, and City of Houston arbitration rosters, Mr. Barnes has a diverse background and extensive expertise. He has served as single arbitrator, wing arbitrator, and chair of commercial arbitration panels on subjects including international commercial loan securitization, international shipping and logistics employee leasing, business acquisitions, post-acquisition price adjustments, commercial loan brokerage agreements, collateralized debt obligations, mutual fund administration, distributorship agreements, software service agreements, corporate governance, professional services fee disputes, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, construction services, securities fraud, branch office contracts, and executive compensation cases. He has also served as chairman of arbitration panels for claims of large international financial institutions involving unfair competition, tortious interference with contract, and violation of non-competition covenants as well as international arbitration panels for claims involving securities options contracts and commercial loan securitization.

Mr. Bracken is the former managing partner of the Denver office of Foley & Lardner and is currently the co-chair of the firm’s Energy Litigation Practice. Mr. Bracken earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. Mr. Bracken’s litigation practice emphasizes commercial, construction, copyright infringement, wrongful death and personal injury disputes, in particular disputes related to oil and gas exploration and production. He has represented individuals and businesses in both personal injury and commercial litigation matters in trials, on appeals, and, increasingly, in arbitration proceedings.

Mr. Bracken has tried in excess of 65 cases – including 25 reported cases, and conducted numerous domestic and international arbitrations. He represents employers, individuals and business entities, both public and private. When he is not trying or arbitrating cases, Mr. Bracken serves as the director of the Children’s Museum of Houston and the Profectum Foundation, as well as being the recipient of many awards and honors such as The Best Lawyers in America and Texas Super Lawyers.

Beginning his legal career with an L.L.B. from the University of Lima in Peru, Mr. Boza quickly expanded his sights internationally by earning an LL.M. from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, a postgraduate degree from the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences in Electricity, Gas, and Energy Law, and ultimately earning a J.D. from South Texas College of Law Houston. Throughout his career, Mr. Boza worked as an in-house counsel for the international crane and engineered transportation services sector, dealing with matters ranging from insurance claims to intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on international litigation and arbitration. Mr. Boza is admitted to practice in Texas, New York, and Peru, and speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is the Chair of the Houston Bar Association’s International Law Section, a co-chair for the Houston Bar Association’s Fee Dispute Committee, and a Co-Editor in Chief for the ITA in Review by the Center for American and International Law’s Institute for Transnational Arbitration. Being published multiple times in both the South Texas Law Review and CURRENTS: Journal of International Economic Law, Mr. Boza has dedicated himself to a career in international arbitration and dispute resolution, being a lead authority on the matter for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s Houston office.

Roger Greenberg is a founding partner of Sponsel, Miller, & Greenberg. His practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, securities disputes, and arbitration. During his distinguished career, Greenberg has experience in the biggest arenas. A few of his highlights include serving as a member of the Plaintiff’s lead trial team for the Enron securities class action and arguing in front of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Greenberg is also an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and is a Chartered Institutes of Arbitrators member. In 2007, Greenberg was named to the list of Texas Super Lawyers. Because of his experience and knowledge, Roger has been appointed and served on various advisory boards. He has held positions from Past President of the Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas Chapter to the Advisory Director of BBVA Compass Bank. Along with practicing law, Mr. Greenberg serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law Houston. He teaches Arbitration Law and a seminar entitled Trends in ADR & Litigation.

As a foremost expert on Texas and Federal labor and employment law, Mr. Rice is an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law Houston while running his own firm focusing on these matters and arbitration. Mr. Rice is a certified arbitrator and mediator by the American Arbitration Association. He graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston, being admitted to the Order of the Lytae and being the Executive Editor of the South Texas Law Review from 1985 to 1986. He has been published multiple times in the South Texas Law Review, the Corporate Counsel Review, helped write the Texas Staff Leasing Handbook, and helped contribute to Texas Employment Law written by Professor Richard Carlson of South Texas College of Law Houston. Throughout his career, Mr. Rice has assisted clients in labor and employment matters by advocating for their rights in arbitral tribunals and in both state and federal courts.

Denise Peterson Graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston in 2010 and has dedicated her career to dispute resolution and litigation. While in law school, she interned for the Harris County District Attorney’s office. After graduating, she worked for Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius as an associate attorney, handling litigation, investigations, regulatory compliance, and alternative dispute resolution in product liability, premises liability, banking, consumer debt, labor and employment, and intellectual property. In 2015, Ms. Peterson decided to open her own firm, PetersonADR, focusing on alternative dispute resolution services, specifically mediation and arbitration. She is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Houston Bar Association; a member of the Texas Bar Honors College, the Houston International Arbitration Club, the Houston Maritime Arbitrator’s Association, the Association of Attorney Mediators, and a plethora of other bar associations. Ms. Peterson has served on the Scholarship Committee for the Woodlands Bar Association and as Vice-Chair for Membership for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators — North American Branch.

Partick Aana graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2019, where he was an Article & Notes Editor and Staff Editor of the Texas International Law Journal, as well as a Human Rights Scholar in the school’s Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Mr. Aana’s has moderated the Panel on Careers in International Arbitration at the University of Texas School of Law and spoke at the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association Arbitrator Training Course. Mr. Aana is a Board Member of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, a Member of the Houston Bar Association International Law and Litigation Sections, an Alumni Board Member for the Texas International Law Journal, a Friend of the Board for the Houston Area Model United Nations, and a member of the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston. Mr. Aana now works for Norton Rose Fulbright specializing in international arbitration matters.

Judge Daryl Moore is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer who earned recognition as one of Harris County’s best judges when he served on the bench in the 333rd District Court. Judge Moore earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, his master’s degree from Houston Baptist University, and is a graduate from South Texas College of Law Houston. Judge Moore has taught at the University of Texas School of Law (Appellate Advocacy), the University of Houston Law Center (Legal Research and Writing; Appellate Advocacy), and South Texas College of Law (Trial and Appellate Procedure).

Before becoming a judge, he had his own law firm, Daryl L. Moore, P.C., where he practiced trial and appellate work in state and federal courts from 1993 to 2016. Judge Moore has been board-certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1995. He served as chair of the Civil Appellate Board Certification Committee from 2008 to 2011. He was chair of the Appellate Practice Sections of both the State Bar and the Houston Bar Association and a director of the Litigation Section of the Houston Bar Association.

Judge Moore has been lauded for his performance on the bench, for his service to the Houston Bar Association and as an advocate for law libraries. He is a regular speaker at State Bar of Texas appellate and trial seminars and has authored or co-authored three books in the ubiquitous O’Connor’s series. He serves on the Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, a group that named him Trial Judge of the Year for 2018.

Mr. Khan is an international disputes lawyer with particular experience in investment treaty and commercial arbitration at Winston & Straw, LLP. Mr. Khan earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College and is a graduate of Washington University School of Law, where he now serves as an adjunct professor. He holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and received a Public International Law Certificate from Hague Academy of International Law in 2010.

 

Mr. Khan advises companies across diverse economic sectors, including energy, oil and gas, electricity, renewables, waste management, mining, and pharmaceuticals. His international dispute resolution practice focuses on international arbitration, complex commercial litigation, white collar, regulatory defense, and investigations. Having served as lead associate on several high-profile and global cases, Mr. Khan has a wide variety of experience representing and advising sovereigns, multinational companies, state-owned entities, and intergovernmental organizations through all aspects of dispute resolution.

Mr. Khan maintains a deep understanding of his practice by frequently speaking and publishing on topics related to his practice and industry/business-sector focus. He currently holds leadership positions with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. In addition, he chairs the International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Symposium program at Washington University School of Law.

Meredith Craven is an associate in the International Arbitration Practice Group at White & Case. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she actively took part in Moot Court and was a part of the Penn Law Immigration Rights Project.

Ms. Craven represents international corporations, state entities and foreign sovereigns in commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings in a wide range of industries, including energy, oil and gas, and other commodities. She has represented clients in international arbitrations brought under the UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, AAA/ICDR, and HKIAC rules. Ms. Craven has also represented private and state-owned companies in enforcement and set-aside actions in New York courts.

Currently, Ms. Craven serves as a Regional Representative for the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum and has given multiple speeches and publications on arbitration.