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Deborah Hankinson Presented CLE Program on “Appellate Mediation”

Deborah Hankinson, along with Justice Mark L. Whittington (retired), presented a CLE program on “Appellate Mediation” at the Dallas Bar Association’s Appellate Section Meeting on November 17, 2016. Attorney: Deborah Hankinson Subject Matter: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Deborah Hankinson, along with Justice Mark L. Whittington (retired), presented a CLE program on “Appellate Mediation” at the Dallas Bar Association’s Appellate Section Meeting on November 17, 2016.

 

Dallas Attorney Deborah Hankinson Earns Selection to College of Commercial Arbitrators

Accomplished lawyer selected based on arbitration experience, peer recognition DALLAS – Noted Dallas arbitrator, mediator and appellate attorney Deborah Hankinson of Hankinson LLP has been selected as a fellow of the prestigious College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA). Established to promote the highest standards of conduct,… + read more

Accomplished lawyer selected based on arbitration experience, peer recognition

DALLAS – Noted Dallas arbitrator, mediator and appellate attorney Deborah Hankinson of Hankinson LLP has been selected as a fellow of the prestigious College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA).

Established to promote the highest standards of conduct, professionalism and ethical practices for commercial arbitrators, CCA membership is by invitation only. Selection criteria include substantial arbitration experience, and fellows must be held in high regard by their peers and those who use commercial arbitration.

A former Texas Supreme Court justice, Ms. Hankinson is among the state’s most respected alternative dispute resolution attorneys. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, where she assists in the development of initiatives, strategies and policy matters. She also is a frequent speaker on ADR topics nationwide and has co-developed continuing education courses for arbitrators addressing issues ranging from decision-making skills to managing the arbitration process.

For more information about Ms. Hankinson’s work, please visit http://hankinsonlaw.com/our-team/deborah-hankinson/.

Earlier this year, Ms. Hankinson was selected to The National Law Journal’s inaugural ADR Champions listing, which recognized the 48 top alternative dispute resolution trailblazers from across the nation. She also has been recognized among the top ADR attorneys by Texas Super Lawyers, which honored her as one of the state’s Top 3 attorneys in the state. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for her work in arbitration and mediation, as well as appellate law.   http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/potmsearch/reprint/submission/6004412

 

Deborah Hankinson Named to The Best Lawyers in America List

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice recognized for work in mediation, arbitration   Prominent Dallas attorney Deborah Hankinson has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America list for the ninth consecutive year for her appellate work and for the first time for her mediation and… + read more

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice recognized for work in mediation, arbitration

 

Prominent Dallas attorney Deborah Hankinson has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America list for the ninth consecutive year for her appellate work and for the first time for her mediation and arbitration work.

The founder of Hankinson LLP, Ms. Hankinson is a former Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas. She has earned selection to Best Lawyers since 2008 and is especially pleased to be honored for a wider area of practice.

“For a while now, I’ve been putting more and more time into my mediation and arbitration practice, so it’s nice to be recognized for achievement in that area,” Ms. Hankinson says. “These kinds of tools, along with the ability to resolve disputes even before a lawsuit is filed, can provide individuals and companies with a more effective means of moving conflicts toward solutions.”

Ms. Hankinson, who sits on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Arbitration Association, often serves as a neutral in arbitration proceedings, and she is a sought-after mediator in sophisticated business disputes, complex torts and sensitive employment cases.

She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute. In 2014, she served as a faculty member for the College of New Judges, providing training for newly elected judges in Texas.

In 2012, she was honored by Best Lawyers as the Dallas Appellate Lawyer of the Year, and she consistently has earned top-lawyer honors from Chambers USA and Texas Super Lawyers.

 

Deborah Hankinson Elected to the American Arbitration Association’s Executive Committee

At the May 2015 meeting of the American Arbitration Association’s Board of Directors, Deborah Hankinson was elected to the organization’s elite Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee members address Association initiatives, strategy, policy matters, finances, legal developments impacting alternative dispute resolution, and other matters related to… + read more

At the May 2015 meeting of the American Arbitration Association’s Board of Directors, Deborah Hankinson was elected to the organization’s elite Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee members address Association initiatives, strategy, policy matters, finances, legal developments impacting alternative dispute resolution, and other matters related to the work of the Association.  The Executive Committee also is delegated broad authority to act on behalf of the Association’s board.

 

Deborah Hankinson Presents at American Arbitration Association Webinar

Deborah Hankinson, who frequently serves as an arbitrator and mediator, spoke at an educational webinar presented by the American Arbitration Association entitled “Developing the AAA Judicial Panel, Working Together.”  The focus of the webinar was the benefit of a judicial presence on arbitration panels. Attorney:… + read more

Deborah Hankinson, who frequently serves as an arbitrator and mediator, spoke at an educational webinar presented by the American Arbitration Association entitled “Developing the AAA Judicial Panel, Working Together.”  The focus of the webinar was the benefit of a judicial presence on arbitration panels.

 

Deborah Hankinson Teaches at Oil & Gas Disputes Course

Deborah Hankinson presented “Do You Want to Arbitrate? Managing the Process When You Do” at the Oil & Gas Disputes Course (Negotiation, Arbitration and Litigation) sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and Texas Tech University School of Law on January 9, 2015, in Houston,… + read more

Deborah Hankinson presented “Do You Want to Arbitrate? Managing the Process When You Do” at the Oil & Gas Disputes Course (Negotiation, Arbitration and Litigation) sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and Texas Tech University School of Law on January 9, 2015, in Houston, Texas.

 

Deborah Hankinson Serves as Faculty Member for the 2014 College for New Judges in Austin, Texas

On December 10, 2014, Deborah Hankinson spoke on “Proper Role: Opinions & Oral Argument” during the College for New Judges in Austin, Texas. + read more

On December 10, 2014, Deborah Hankinson spoke on “Proper Role: Opinions & Oral Argument” during the College for New Judges in Austin, Texas. The College provides information and training for newly elected and appointed Judges in Texas.

 

Deborah Hankinson Spoke at the State Bar’s 32nd Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course on October 3, 2014

Deborah presented “The Arbitrator’s Perspective: Oil and Gas Arbitration.” + read more

Deborah presented “The Arbitrator’s Perspective: Oil and Gas Arbitration.”

 

Deborah Hankinson Serves as AAA Program Facilitator and Leads Arbitration Courses

Deborah Hankinson presented two AAA Arbitrator Continuing Education Courses entitled “Principled Deliberations -Decision-Making Skills for Arbitrators” (which she co-developed) and “Conducting Research and Investigations: The Arbitrator’s Authority.” The courses were held at the AAA (American Arbitration Association) offices in Dallas, Texas, on September 17, 2014.… + read more

Deborah Hankinson presented two AAA Arbitrator Continuing Education Courses entitled “Principled Deliberations -Decision-Making Skills for Arbitrators” (which she co-developed) and “Conducting Research and Investigations: The Arbitrator’s Authority.” The courses were held at the AAA (American Arbitration Association) offices in Dallas, Texas, on September 17, 2014.

 

Supreme Court Vacates $125 Million Arbitration Award

Deborah Hankinson won a sweeping victory for Tenaska Energy, Inc. before the Texas Supreme Court. The Court vacated a $125 million arbitration award, holding that one of the arbitrators had failed fully to disclose facts that might, to an impartial observer, create a reasonable impression… + read more

Deborah Hankinson won a sweeping victory for Tenaska Energy, Inc. before the Texas Supreme Court. The Court vacated a $125 million arbitration award, holding that one of the arbitrators had failed fully to disclose facts that might, to an impartial observer, create a reasonable impression of the arbitrator’s partiality. The Court held that, when an arbitrator has made a partial disclosure, as occurred in this case, it must “examine the undisclosed information together against what [the arbitrator] actually disclosed,” to conclude whether the undisclosed information might have conveyed to a reasonable person an impression of the arbitrator’s partiality toward one of the parties. Applying that test to the facts, the court held the arbitrator showed “evident partiality” toward Ponderosa, requiring vacation of the arbitration award. The Court rejected Ponderosa’s argument that the arbitrator’s disclosure of the relationships in question was sufficient. Tenaska Energy, Inc., et al. v. Ponderosa Pine Energy, LLC, 2014 WL 2139215 (Tex. 2014).

 

D Magazine Features Case Recently Argued by Deborah Hankinson: Tenaska Energy Inc. v. Ponderosa Pine Energy LLC

A recent edition of D Magazine (May-June 2014) posits that the Supreme Court of Texas could change the way companies do business in a matter of months. The case of Tenaska Energy Inc. v. Ponderosa Pine Energy LLC concerns a $125 million award in Ponderosa’s… + read more

A recent edition of D Magazine (May-June 2014) posits that the Supreme Court of Texas could change the way companies do business in a matter of months. The case of Tenaska Energy Inc. v. Ponderosa Pine Energy LLC concerns a $125 million award in Ponderosa’s favor over the sale of a Cleburne power plant. The award was vacated by a trial court, which found that an arbitrator had failed to fully disclose the nature and extent of his relationship with Ponderosa’s attorney.

On appeal, the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed and rendered judgment confirming the award, saying that the arbitrator had disclosed enough, and that by not objecting or investigating further, Tenaska had waived further complaint. Tenaska took the dispute to the state’s highest court, where Deborah Hankinson presented oral argument on its behalf.  [Link to full story]

 

Deborah Hankinson’s Role as Mediator Cited in Fort Worth Star-Telegram Coverage of Final Texas A&M Bonfire Settlement

The May 10, 2014 edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that, after almost 15 years, litigation surrounding the deadly bonfire collapse at Texas A&M University has come to an end.  In April, the final defendants, Zachry Construction Corp. in San Antonio and Scott-Macon Equipment,… + read more

The May 10, 2014 edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that, after almost 15 years, litigation surrounding the deadly bonfire collapse at Texas A&M University has come to an end.  In April, the final defendants, Zachry Construction Corp. in San Antonio and Scott-Macon Equipment, which has a San Antonio office, reached settlements in a lawsuit filed by the parents of four students who were killed and three injured survivors.

The article notes Deborah Hankinson’s role as a mediator in connection with litigation related to the tragedy.  [Link to full story]

 

Dallas Appellate Attorney, Arbitrator Deborah Hankinson Named Among City’s Best by D Magazine

DALLAS – Dallas attorney Deborah Hankinson has earned a place on D Magazine’s 2014 list of The Best Lawyers in Dallas based on her expertise and accomplishments in appellate law, arbitration, mediation and trial consulting. This marks the ninth time the founder of Hankinson LLP… + read more

DALLAS – Dallas attorney Deborah Hankinson has earned a place on D Magazine’s 2014 list of The Best Lawyers in Dallas based on her expertise and accomplishments in appellate law, arbitration, mediation and trial consulting.

This marks the ninth time the founder of Hankinson LLP has been recognized among the premier attorneys in Dallas. In 2010, D Magazine also named her one of the best women lawyers in Dallas.

“It’s always rewarding to be recognized by my colleagues in the legal profession,” says Ms. Hankinson. “I’m proud that the appellate law knowledge and experience our entire firm delivers on a daily basis for clients and referring attorneys continues to merit this honor.”

To assemble the list of the city’s top lawyers, D Magazine sought nominations from lawyers across the North Texas area. A blue-ribbon panel of lawyers helped the magazine’s editors determine the final list of approximately 500 attorneys, which appears in the May 2014 issue of D Magazine.

In addition to her work as a trial and appellate lawyer, Ms. Hankinson served as a Justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas and the Supreme Court of Texas. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Hankinson is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Arbitration Association.

She has been repeatedly recognized by Texas Super Lawyers magazine as one of the Top 10 attorneys in Texas, in addition to being honored by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Dallas Business Journal and Texas Lawyer, among other legal and business publications.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Dallas Appellate Attorney Deborah Hankinson Named Among Texas Legal Elite

DALLAS – For the 11th consecutive year, respected Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson of the appellate law boutique Hankinson LLP has been named among the state’s top 50 women attorneys by the publishers of Texas Super Lawyers. Ms. Hankinson, a former justice with the… + read more

DALLAS – For the 11th consecutive year, respected Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson of the appellate law boutique Hankinson LLP has been named among the state’s top 50 women attorneys by the publishers of Texas Super Lawyers.

Ms. Hankinson, a former justice with the Supreme Court of Texas and the 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas, has been selected to every Texas Super Lawyers list and named one of Texas’ top women attorneys since 2003.

She also earned additional recognition in 2013 as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Texas and the Top 100 in Dallas/Fort Worth. Ms. Hankinson earned prior selection as one of the Top 10 attorneys in Texas in 2011 and 2012.

“No matter how you want to break things down – by practice focus, gender or geography – Deborah is undoubtedly among the legal elite in Texas,” says Rick Thompson, Hankinson LLP’s managing partner.

Texas Super Lawyers is published annually by Thomson Reuters based on peer surveys, attorney work analysis, and a panel review. Less than 5 percent of all Texas lawyers are named to the final list.

“Being considered among the leading attorneys in Texas is an honor that I take particular pride in because it indicates that your work has been recognized by your peers,” says Ms. Hankinson.

Ms. Hankinson represents clients as an appellate attorney, oral advocate, strategist, mediator, arbitrator, and problem-solver. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. A fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, she also is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s national roster of neutrals. Her work also has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Appellate, Chambers USA, Dallas Business Journal, D Magazine and Texas Lawyer.

Hankinson LLP, the pre-eminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Appellate Attorneys Deborah Hankinson, Rick Thompson Among Best Lawyers in Dallas

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson and Managing Partner Rick Thompson have been selected among the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine based upon their work in the area of appellate law. The 2013 honors mark the eighth time Ms. Hankinson has been… + read more

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson and Managing Partner Rick Thompson have been selected among the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine based upon their work in the area of appellate law.

The 2013 honors mark the eighth time Ms. Hankinson has been selected among Dallas’ best lawyers. It is the first for Mr. Thompson.

“Being selected among the elite attorneys in Dallas has always been an honor that I take great pride in, but I am aware that I am also lucky to be surrounded with exceptional attorneys, starting with Rick,” says Ms. Hankinson, a former Dallas appellate court and Texas Supreme Court justice. “This is a well-deserved recognition of his tremendous work.”

The 2013 listing of the top attorneys in Dallas was determined through a peer-review voting process and ballots submitted by nearly 9,000 local lawyers. Those casting ballots could only nominate others within their own practice area. The final list was compiled by an independent panel of distinguished attorneys, along with the magazine’s editors. The complete list will be included in the May 2013 edition of D Magazine.

“It is humbling to have your work recognized,” says Mr. Thompson. “I have been fortunate in being able to work at a firm and for clients that present fascinating and challenging work.”

Mr. Thompson’s practice focuses on appeals related to governmental matters, as well as commercial litigation. A former Texas Assistant Solicitor General, he argued the precedent-setting sovereign immunity case Tex. Natural Res. Conservation Comm’n v. IT-Davy before the Supreme Court of Texas. Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he is also a member of the commission that governs board certification for Texas appellate lawyers.

Among the most respected appellate attorneys in Texas, Ms. Hankinson also has a nationally recognized arbitration and mediation practice. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Dallas Attorney Deborah Hankinson Addresses Appellate Judges Conference

DALLAS – Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson, founder of the appellate law firm Hankinson LLP, recently was invited to participate in a panel discussion about how appellate lawyers can best frame the issues in their cases during the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2012 Summit… + read more

DALLAS – Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson, founder of the appellate law firm Hankinson LLP, recently was invited to participate in a panel discussion about how appellate lawyers can best frame the issues in their cases during the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2012 Summit in New Orleans.

Ms. Hankinson, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas, joined the panel to discuss “Making Your Appellate Position More Appealing: The Importance of Framing the Issues.”

Joining her on the panel were Judge Stephen Higginson of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals and Professor Judith Fischer of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. The panel moderator was Deena Jo Schneider of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

“The summit presents a wonderful opportunity to delve into issues that are important to judges and appellate lawyers,” Ms. Hankinson says. “It’s a valuable experience, whether you’re engaging in a discussion on a panel or listening as part of the group.”

The summit is a combined effort of the Appellate Judges Education Institute at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division Appellate Judges Conference. The four-day program includes presentations from judges, attorneys and legal scholars from across the country. This year’s program included a special session with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

In addition to her appellate practice, Ms. Hankinson handles complex, multi-party mediations for parties in litigation, as well as pre-suit conflict resolution. She also frequently serves as an arbitrator and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators.

Hankinson LLP,  the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Deborah Hankinson Addresses New Texas Appellate Justices

Hankinson LLP founder and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson served as a faculty member for the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s December 2012 College for New Judges Conference in Austin.  Based on her experience both as an appellate judge and an appellate attorney,… + read more

Hankinson LLP founder and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson served as a faculty member for the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s December 2012 College for New Judges Conference in Austin.  Based on her experience both as an appellate judge and an appellate attorney, Hankinson taught the course “Proper Role: Opinions & Oral Argument” to Texas’s newest appellate justices.

 

Deborah Hankinson Facilitates American Arbitration Association Course on Managing Arbitration

Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson facilitated the American Arbitration Association’s course entitled “Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing.”  The course gave participants a chance to learn and discuss cost-saving management techniques for arbitrators regardless of individual practice area.  The… + read more

Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson facilitated the American Arbitration Association’s course entitled “Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing.”  The course gave participants a chance to learn and discuss cost-saving management techniques for arbitrators regardless of individual practice area.  The AAA selected Hankinson to facilitate the course due to her “proven track record of effective case management” and her “reputation for being a compelling speaker and facilitator.”

 

Dallas Appellate Attorney Deborah Hankinson Once Again Named to Texas Super Lawyers Top 10 List

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson once again has earned selection to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list and the magazine’s compilation of the “Top 10” attorneys in Texas. Texas Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters’ Legal division. Each year, the publication rates… + read more

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson once again has earned selection to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list and the magazine’s compilation of the “Top 10” attorneys in Texas.

Texas Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters’ Legal division. Each year, the publication rates attorneys based on peer surveys, an analysis of the attorney’s work, and a review by a blue-ribbon panel. Less than five percent of all Texas lawyers are named to the final list.

Based on the peer review process and information gathered through extensive research, Texas Super Lawyers also lists the “Top 10” attorneys in the state. Ms. Hankinson has been named among the state’s 10 best lawyers in both 2011 and 2012.

“It’s wonderful to think that your peers view you and your work in such a fashion,” says Ms. Hankinson.

In addition to her appellate practice, Ms. Hankinson maintains a busy schedule of mediation and arbitration work, as well as providing counsel to parties that wish to resolve disputes without going to the courthouse.

The Texas Super Lawyers recognition is the latest of many professional honors for Ms. Hankinson, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals at Dallas. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, as well as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s national roster of neutrals.

Ms. Hankinson’s work and accomplishments are regularly recognized on “top lawyer” lists, including those published by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Texas Lawyer, D Magazine and others.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation.  The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Vacatur of Arbitration Award for Evident Partiality Upheld on Appeal

Deborah Hankinson, Brett Kutnick, and Jennifer Stagen represented Occidental Petroleum Corporation and several of its subsidiaries in moving to vacate an arbitration award regarding the interpretation of a purchase and sales agreement.  After extensive briefing and argument, the trial court vacated the arbitration award for… + read more

Deborah Hankinson, Brett Kutnick, and Jennifer Stagen represented Occidental Petroleum Corporation and several of its subsidiaries in moving to vacate an arbitration award regarding the interpretation of a purchase and sales agreement.  After extensive briefing and argument, the trial court vacated the arbitration award for evident partiality by one of the neutral arbitrators.  The First District Court of Appeals in Houston subsequently affirmed the vacatur of the arbitration award, and after requesting full briefs on the merits, the Texas Supreme Court denied the petitioners’ petition for review and motion for rehearing.  Amoco D.T. Co. v. Occidental Petroleum Corp., 343 S.W.3d 837 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, pet. denied).

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