Seventeen years as an independent consultant, legal advisor, and expert witness. Clients include U.S. and foreign shipyards; U.S. and foreign legal firms involved in arbitration or other legal proceedings; and engineering companies. Scope of advisory services include technical evaluation, dispute resolution, patent analysis, market analysis and evaluation of oilfield development programs. Served as the lead technical advisor in London for 9 months preparing for and participating in a London Arbitration. Instrumental in settling another London Arbitration (combined claims of $103,000,000). Served as an arbitrator (neutral) on arbitration panels and currently an AAA and HMAA Neutral.
Twenty four years with the Offshore Company (now Transocean Ltd.). Served as Project Engineer; Manager of Engineering; VP of Engineering, Construction, Research & Development; Managing Director of European subsidiary; Senior VP Operations; Senior VP of Business Development (the number two position in the company). Actively participated in and usually managed the in house: design, contract negotiations, construction supervision and resolution of shipyard extra claims for 26 large (10 state of the art) mobile offshore drilling units (constructed in 8 countries) as well as numerous drilling rig modification programs and upgrades. Actively participated in licensing technology and patent rights related to offshore drilling units. Personally conducted non-construction related company business in 21 additional countries including 3 "Iron Curtain" countries and China.
Four years with Brown & Root Inc. as a project engineer. Projects primarily related to marine and heavy lift projects.
Three years as a U.S. Navy engineering officer on an active U.S. destroyer in the Pacific.
Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration Advanced Management Program
MSCE University of Houston (3.92 Grade Point Average)
BSCE Rice University (Outstanding Civil Engineering Graduate)
Offshore Energy Center -- "Industry Pioneer" Award and three "Technology Pioneer" Awards
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers -- Blakely Smith Medal for "Outstanding Accomplishment in Ocean Engineering"
American Petroleum Institute -- Citation for Service
International Association of Drilling Contractors & University of Texas at Austin -- Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service as an Instructor
Professional Memberships and Achievements
Registered Professional Engineer, Texas; SNAME; ASCE; Society Petroleum Engineers of AIME; and, MTS
Past participation on 22 energy industry committees and subcommittees.
Inventor or co-inventor of 9 U.S. patents (and their foreign counterparts).