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William has been practicing since 1995 representing clients primarily in commercial litigation and international arbitration. William has taken many major cases through jury verdict, final arbitration hearing, and appeal. He has the training and actual experience to handle a case with aplomb from filing through first-chairing the trial. He is fluent in Spanish and has represented numerous clients from Spanish speaking countries.


  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., Texas Law Review, Assistant Editor, Order of the Barristers, Magister of the Order of the Lytae, Moot Court
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., English, Spanish, and Latin American Studies

  • Texas

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas

  • Immediate Past Chair, an ex officio member of the council, 2020
  • Houston Bar Association International Law Section
    • Chair, 2019 – May 2020
  • AAA Roster of Neutrals
  • AAA National Energy Panel of Neutrals
  • ICDR International Panel of Neutrals
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee
  • Institute for Transnational Arbitration (Advisory Committee)
  • Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje
  • International Bar Association
  • Houston International Arbitration Club (one of the founding members)

  • Espagnol
  • Anglais

Récompenses et distinctions

  • Adjunct professor at University of Houston Law Center teaching International Commercial Arbitration, 2019 – present.  Guest lecturer, 2018.
  • Recognized as a notable practitioner in Legal 500 2018: Latin America – International Arbitration 
  • Selected by Center for American and International Law (Institute for Energy Law Section) for inclusion on the Energy Arbitrators List
  • Selected to Chambers USA “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” for international arbitration
  • Selected to H Texas Magazine “Top Lawyers” list
  • Selected to Texas Monthly: Texas Super Lawyers— Rising Stars Edition
  • Martindale Hubbell— AV PeerReview Rating