Hugh Hackney serves as the chair of the international dispute resolution and arbitration practice group. Hugh has tried over 50 jury cases as a first chair attorney and more than 150 non-jury cases and arbitrations domestically and internationally. Hugh has participated in international arbitrations involving disputes in Russia (expropriation of facilities), Kazakhstan (expropriation of an oil field interest), Japan (litigation over a breach of contract), Spain (litigation involving contract dispute), Kuwait (ownership of first private project for the national petroleum industry) and numerous other matters including power plant projects in India and the United States. He is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Arbitration, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the International Bar Association, the Society of International Business Fellows, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and the London Court of International Arbitration.
He focuses his practice on international law, fraud and asset recovery, complex commercial litigation, global employment law, and is a board certified specialist in labor and employment and family law. Hugh has substantial experience in resolving contractual disputes; all areas of labor and employment law, including union organizational attempts and collective bargaining issues, NLRB hearings, investigations and trials, OSHA and MSHA claims, investigations and trials, FLSA claims, investigations, and trials; investigation and trial of Title VII claims, civil rights claims, wrongful termination claims, sexual harassment and other employment related claims, including international experience; international disputes, arbitration, and mediation; immigration law including intercompany transfers, processing of claims and trials. He also has experience in trade secret cases, liability and fraud cases, aircraft and airline claims, international dispute and arbitration, lender liability, oil and gas, construction law, the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, RICO, family law, and wrongful termination claims.
Hugh has substantial experience appearing before federal and state administrative agencies and trying administrative cases. He is an experienced certified mediator and has completed mediation training through the American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, Inc. He is an American Arbitration Association and Committee for Public Resources certified mediator/arbitrator on national panels for commercial disputes and labor and employment issues.
Hugh has participated as a U.S. delegate and speaker at symposia on labor and employment law and economics in Russia and Azerbaijan. He has worked with clients on wide ranging matters in Azerbaijan, Cameroon, the Czech Republic, China, Costa Rica, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, and Turkey. He has delivered lectures in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Mexico, Panama, and Turkey on legal issues. He lectured at the EWI-SIBF Central Eurasian Leadership Alliance two-week course in Istanbul, Turkey. He has assisted in the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in a State Department project to improve understanding of the Western legal system and the Rule of Law in the countries of Oman, Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.
Areas of Concentration
· International litigation and arbitration
· Fraud and asset recovery
· Labor and employment law
· Commercial litigation
· Regulatory investigations
· Contractual disputes
· Construction law
· Insurance law
· Family law
Professional & Community Involvement
· The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Fellow)
· U.S. Representative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Arbitration
· Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
· Dallas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
· Houston Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
· Member, International Bar Association
· Member, American Bar Association, Employment Law Section
· Member, State Bar of Texas, ADR Section and Employment Law Section
· Member, Houston Bar Association
· Member, Dallas Bar Association, ADR Section and Employment Law Section
· Former President and Chair of the Board, Society of International Business Fellows
· Member and Former Chair, Labor and Employment Law Advisory Committee, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
· Advisor, Study of Coca-Cola's entry into the new market economics in Poland and Romania
· Member, CPR Panel on Labor and Employment Law
· Member, American Arbitration Association Panel on Labor and Employment Law
· Member, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
· Member, London Court of International Arbitration
· Honorary Consul, Republic of Romania for the State of Texas
· Former Member, International Advisory Board, United States Postal Service
· Former Chairman, International Committee, Texas Association of Business and Chamber of Commerce (Dallas Chapter)
· Board, Gulf Coast Chapter, Leukemia Society of America
· Board and Chair, Houston Volunteer Lawyers
· Participant, United States Army War College, 1989
· Member, Advisory Board, Russian-American Society
· Member, Human Rights Commission, USSR, 1990-1992
· Member, Advisory Board, American College of Hyperbaric Medicine
Awards & Recognition
· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Mediation, 2008-2014
· Recipient, Lexology, Client Choice Award 2013 USA & Canada, Arbitration, Texas, 2013
· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2013
- Corporate Counsel (Business Edition), 2010
- Corporate Counsel (Business Edition - International Issue), 2009
· Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011
· Listed, Texas' Best Lawyers, 2009-2010
· College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2001 (Fellow)
· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
· Represent national and international banks in fraud and asset recovery cases and large loan cases involving office buildings, construction, oil and gas operations, large ranches, and agricultural operations. Defend banks and financial institutions in bad faith lending cases, usury cases, and wrongful inducement to lend matters.
· Represent national and global corporations in all issues involving labor and employment law, including, but not limited to, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with American unions and international trade unions; and representation of clients before various governmental agencies, both nationally and internationally.
· Represent national and global corporations in all forms of complex commercial litigation including, theft of trade secrets and confidential information, breach of contract, covenants not to compete, non-disclosure agreements and solicitation of employees, violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, tortious interference with contract and other business torts.
· Represent clients in international arbitrations involving oil and gas, repatriation of properties, distribution agreements, contract disputes, construction issues, and sales contracts.
· Represent clients and companies in insurance matters including, coverage, liability, and arbitration of claims.°
· Serve as a mediator in national and international disputes, and as an arbitrator for national and international disputes.
· Represent Native American Nations in negotiation of agreements involving contract issues, gaming licenses, and representation before governmental agencies.
· Represent high wealth individuals in all matters involving family law, including preparation of pre and post nuptial agreements.
· Represent medical technology transfer corporation in all matters, including negotiations and structuring of national and international transfers and ventures.
· Represented numerous insurance companies in first and third party insurance litigation in a variety of different types of policies, including CGL, D&O, fidelity, construction, motor vehicle, commercial tracking, and errors and omissions policies.
· Represented numerous national insurance companies and plan administrators in employee benefit and fiduciary duty litigation under ERISA.
°The above representations were handled by Hugh prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
· Qualified Arbitrator for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, 2012
· Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1980
· Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1975
Publications & Presentations
Articles, Lectures & Publications
· Co-Author of a wind power article for The ICC UK Official Energy Handbook, 2008
· Speaker, USSR-USA Symposium on Law and Economics, 1990
· Speaker, Azerbaijan-USA Symposium on Law and Economics, 1991
· Speaker, How to Resolve International Commercial Disputes, Singapore, 2007
· Speaker, How to Resolve International Commercial Disputes, Beijing, 2006
· Speaker, Anti Competition Law and its Impact on China, Shanghai, 2008
· Speaker, Central Eurasian Leadership Alliance, Istanbul, 2003
· Speaker, Cross Border Litigation, Mexico City, 2008
(Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law and Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization)