Jennifer M. Smith

Jennifer M. Smith

Senior Counsel

Email jennifer.smith@​

Phone +1 713 632 1415

Fax +1 713 632 1401

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

"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 energy disputes. A recognized leader in her field, she has advocated for companies involved in complex commercial disputes for more than 30 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 has extensive hands-on trial experience and advises corporations on disputes concerning a wide range of issues from those involving pipelines, gas processing plants, petrochemical sites, drilling rigs, reservoir management, joint operating agreements, 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 principles of Sharia law.

Jennifer devotes time to professional and community service organizations and 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 Executive Committee of the World Affairs Council of Houston, and as a Trustee of Wellesley College.

Awards and recognitions


Who's Who Legal (in association with Global Arbitration Review)


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Who's Who Legal


Best of the Best in Commercial Arbitration, Energy and Natural Resources, and Women in Business Law
Legal Media Group Expert Guides


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


International Arbitration (USA)
Chambers Global


International Arbitration (Nationwide)
Chambers USA

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

Executive Committee, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

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


Solicitor, England and Wales

Representative experience

Represented Columbia Gas Transmission in a multimillion-dollar commercial dispute brought by Plains Gas Solutions.

Advised TC Energy on potential claims arising out of damaged pipe on Keystone Pipeline project.

Represented a U.S. independent oil and gas company in an ad hoc arbitration against a midstream company relating to gas gathering, processing, and fractionation facilities.

Represented a global engineering company in SEC investigation arising out of construction of multibillion dollar liquefaction project.

Represented a global chemical company in multimillion dollar Paris-based ICC arbitration arising out of operating agreement for polyethylene and polypropylene plants in France.

Represented a U.S. oil and gas shareholder in a London-based ICC arbitration relating to governance rights in a Trinidadian ammonia production facility.

Represented a French helicopter engine manufacturer in an ICDR arbitration with its U.S. distributor and service provider.

Represented a Japanese diversified industrial company on claims related to mechanical issues on an ethylene export terminal chiller causing product contamination.


Represented an independent oil and gas company in a London-based expert determination on production losses after emergency shutdown of an offshore production platform in the UK Continental Shelf.

Advised an oil and gas company in a dispute with a state-owned Caribbean natural gas transmission and distribution company regarding gas curtailments in long-term gas supply contracts.

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