ARBITRATION

John Pearson’s decades of litigation work in the energy and maritime sectors, combined with his recognized commitment to upholding the highest principles of professionalism, make him ideally suited for appointments as an arbitrator.

John is a qualified arbitrator in the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association and has acted on single and three-person panel arbitrations under a variety of formats, including the Rules of the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, the Society of Maritime Arbitrators and the American Arbitration Association.

TYPES OF DISPUTES

Maritime
Oil & Gas
Chemicals
Manufacturing

ARBITRATION EXPERIENCE

2017 Three-member panel, HMAA
Dispute between shipowner and charterer regarding termination of a time charter

2016 Three-member panel, AAA
Disputed indemnity and risk allocation provisions of an oilfield master service agreement (claim withdrawn before selection of third arbitrator)

2015 Three-member panel, HMAA
Dispute between shipowner and charterer regarding demurrage (settled before Final Award)

2014 Three-member panel, ad hoc
Construction of a shipbuilding contract under Society of Maritime Arbitrators rules (settled after Preliminary Hearing)

2008 Three-member panel, AAA
Claims and counter-claims arising out of alleged breaches of an agreement to construct a floating casino

2006 Three-member panel, ad hoc
Dispute between an owner/operator of a chemical manufacturing complex and its insurer, involving claims of indemnity for sums paid in settlement of personal injury claims and costs of defense arising out of the alleged release of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere

2006 Sole Arbitrator, HMAA
Disputes between an owner/operator of a barge and the disponent owner of a tug under a time charter, arising out of a collision of the tug/tow flotilla with a ship

2004 Sole Arbitrator, HMAA
Disputes concerning claims for payment of commissions for work done in conjunction with the location, purchase, upgrading and refurbishment of a semi-submersible drilling rig

2004 Three-member panel, ad hoc
Dispute between an offshore oil and gas operator and drilling contractor over entitlement to contractual indemnity for moneys paid to settle a personal injury claim

1993 Sole Arbitrator, ad hoc
Dispute between shipowner and charterer regarding laytime