John P. Bowman

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Adjunct Professor
B.A., University of Kansas, 1974
J.D., University of Kansas, 1980

John P. Bowman is a Partner with King & Spalding LLP in Houston, where he is engaged in an arbitration and litigation practice representing primarily international oil and service companies in a wide range of commercial and investment disputes. He is a frequent writer and speaker on international arbitration and international oil and gas topics. He is currently Immediate Past President of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and a member of the governing Council of the Texas State Bar Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section. Increasingly, he is called to assist IOCs and international NOCs design, draft, negotiate, and assess stabilization mechanisms and dispute resolution provisions in upstream and project agreements with host governments and NOCs.

His recent professional honors include: Chambers Global 2016, Chambers USA 2016, Best Lawyer’s in America 2016, and International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2016 rank Mr. Bowman as a leader in International Arbitration. Legal 500 U.S. 2015 identifies him among the elite “leading lawyers” in International Arbitration and Expert’s Guide: Best of the Best USA names Mr. Bowman as one of top 30 commercial arbitration practitioners in United States.  Who’s Who Legal: Energy 2015, Best Lawyers in America 2016, the Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Attorneys (11th ed.), and International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers Oil & Gas 2014 recognize him as one of the world’s leading oil and gas lawyers. He was awarded the AIPN Education Award for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 and its Legacy Award for 2012-2013.  The Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission recognized Mr. Bowman for his contribution to education concerning the Panama Convention at its conference in Panama City celebrating the Convention’s 40th Anniversary in May 2015. 

Mr. Bowman is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the Institute for Energy Law. He is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1980, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Kansas Law Review.