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Jennifer M. Smith

Partner
Houston

Jennifer M. Smith

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.

"Clients praise Jennifer's ability to 'dissect complex concepts and present her arguments based on those concepts in a clear way' and describe her as 'very bright, hard-working, and well-organized.'"

Chambers Global

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.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Wellesley College, 1987

Memberships

  • 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

  • Texas
  • England and Wales

2009-Present

Expert Guides for Commercial Arbitration

2012-Present

The International Who's Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers

2013-Present

The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers

2013

The Legal 500 U.S.

2012

Shortlist for "Best in Commercial Arbitration" by Euromoney, 2012-present

2011-Present

Expert Guides for Women in Business Law

2009-Present

Chambers USA, International Arbitration

2013-Present

International Arbitration

Chambers Global

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