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We recognize that litigation is often time-consuming and frequently costly.  Even a victory at trial may not be the best way to meet a client’s objectives.  Our lawyers have significant experience in alternative means of dispute resolution, and are highly successful negotiators and counselors in mediations and arbitrations.


In business disputes and deals, nonbinding mediation enables clients to exercise a high level of control over both the process and the ultimate outcome.  Bracewell’s business mediation helps resolve complex matters efficiently and to the satisfaction of all parties through out-of-the-box negotiation and creative solutions.  Faster resolutions also mean savings in time and money —  and the preservation of key business relationships.

Bracewell’s mediation approach encourages shared responsibility and purpose, and the unrestricted, honest exchange of information.  With rapid business results as our focus, we have helped numerous clients quickly settle complex commercial matters, including a number of longstanding, multiyear disputes between U.S. and overseas companies.  Our mediation clients range from individual investors and trusts to Fortune 500 companies in the entertainment, insurance, telecommunications, technology and many other industries.


We regularly represent clients in forums of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and other specialized venues.  We have particular strength in international arbitration, which can be a highly effective method for resolving cross-border controversies.

Foreign investors often have legitimate concerns about whether the local judiciary will show partiality toward local parties, particularly in enforcing adverse judgments.  In such cases, a neutral arbitration forum can help reduce potential biases and minimize the likelihood of parallel lawsuits in different countries.  We have handled proceedings before all major arbitral bodies, including:

  • ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • American Arbitration Association: International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC).

We also pursue dispute resolution through bilateral trade and investment treaties (such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Energy Charter Treaty), and regional agreements, including the Nigerian Arbitration and Conciliation Act.  Under these agreements and under local law, we have represented clients in the courts of more than 20 countries throughout North and South America, and in Europe (France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom), Central and Eastern Europe (Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Turkmenistan), Africa, the Middle East and Asia.