Jennifer M. Smith

Jennifer M. Smith


Email jennifer.smith@​

Phone +1 713 632 1415

Fax +1 713 632 1401

Practice groupLitigation

"Sources say 'the fact that she's dual-qualified in England and Texas in the energy industry is extremely useful.'"

Chambers Global

Jennifer Smith has significant experience when it comes to international dispute resolution. A recognized leader in her field, she has advocated for companies involved in complex international commercial disputes for more than 25 years, frequently in far-flung corners of the world. She prides herself on being well-versed in the business and cultural realities of cross-border disputes, as well as on having a deep understanding of almost every facet of the energy industry.

Dual-qualified in England and Texas, Jennifer enjoys dissecting difficult international legal concepts and teaming with her clients to distill and present the issues in a straight-forward manner to the arbitral tribunal. Her extensive hands-on trial experience combined with experience sitting as an arbitrator gives her the tools to develop creative solutions to complex business disputes.

Jennifer advises corporations on disputes concerning a wide range of issues: from those involving drilling rigs, reservoir management, LNG, production sharing agreements and FPSOs, to issues of corporate governance and joint ventures. The governing laws of the arbitrations that she has handled are equally broad and include those of England, Trinidad & Tobago, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ecuador, Poland, the Philippines, Texas, and even principles of Sharia law.

Jennifer practiced in the United Kingdom for eight years. She began her legal career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Lynn N. Hughes of the United States District court for the Southern District of Texas.

Jennifer enjoys devoting time to both professional and community service organizations. She presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, on the International Advisory Committee of the ICDR, on the Advisory Council of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business, on the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Houston, and as a Trustee of Wellesley College.

Awards and recognitions


International Arbitration (USA)
Chambers Global


UK - Dispute Resolution, Foreign Expert Based in USA
Chambers Global


International Arbitration (Nationwide)
Chambers USA


Best in Commercial Arbitration, Shortlist


Commercial Arbitration Lawyers
The International Who's Who


The Legal 500 US


Oil & Gas Lawyers
The International Who's Who


Women in Business Law
Expert Guides


Commercial Arbitration
Expert Guides

Education and admissions


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 1990

B.A., Wellesley College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1987


Advisory Board, KBH Center for Energy, Law, and Business

Director, Houston World Affairs Council

Executive Committee, Institute for Transnational Arbitration

Advisory Board, Institute for Energy Law

International Advisory Committee of the ICDR

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

International Bar Association

London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

Bar admissions and qualifications


England and Wales

Related industries

Energy and Natural Resources

Related practices

International Arbitration

Representative experience

Represented a global chemical company in a high dollar UNCITRAL arbitration between shareholders of an Eastern European polyolefins producer.*

Represented a Philippine power producer in a Singapore arbitration brought by a Dutch disponent owner relating to a contract of affreightment.*

Represented a U.S. oil and gas producer in an ICC arbitration relating to governance rights in a Trinidadian ammonia production facility.*

Represented a U.S. directional drilling service company in an ICDR arbitration brought against a UK developer of rotary steerable systems.*

Defended a global grain trading company in an ICDR arbitration arising out of a series of contracts with a Korean investor.*

Represented energy companies in a multibillion dollar ICC arbitration against a Middle Eastern state arising out of a production sharing contract.*

Represented an energy company in an LCIA arbitration concerning a purchase and sale agreement for an FPSO operating offshore Western Africa.*

Represented a Georgian company in an ICDR arbitration concerning a drilling rig contract and related enforcement proceedings in several countries.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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