Arbitrator | Mediator


Benjamin Escobar is an arbitrator and mediator with a focus on energy-related litigation and motor vehicle franchise disputes.

Within the energy sector, Ben is a first-chair trial lawyer with a background in chemical engineering. He has advised clients in the upstream, midstream, and downstream segments of the industry. He has tried cases involving significant accidents on offshore platforms and in oil refineries. He has also arbitrated and litigated commercial disputes arising from pipeline construction and refinery expansions. 

Ben has extensive experience representing automotive dealers and distributors before state administrative agencies and in litigated disputes. His work has represented clients in termination, add-point, and incentive disputes in Texas, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Maine. Ben has also represented finance companies in disputes with buyers alleging violation of consumer protection laws.

Expertise Areas
  • B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984
  • J.D. University of Houston Law Center, 1993
  • Court Admissions
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Legal Employment
  • Partner - Akerman, LLP
  • Partner - Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP
  • Affiliations
    State Bar of Texas - Antitrust and Business Litigation
    State Bar of Texas - Environmental and Natural Resources Law
    State Bar of Texas - Litigation Section
    State Bar of Texas - Oil Gas and Energy Resources Law Section
    Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • Marine Technology Society Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3, “Legal Implications of Advances in Sensor Technology,” May/June 2015
  • Texas Lawyer, “Cost Reductions: Don’t Compromise Safety,” April 2015
  • Energy Law Journal, Volume 28, No. 2, Co-author: “Wind Power: Generating Electricity and Lawsuits,” 2007
  • Executive Counsel, Co-author, “More Regulation of Carbon Emissions in the Cards,” May/June 2007
  • National Law Journal, Co-author, “Massachusetts v. EPA and Global Warming: Path to a Coherent Policy,” June 18, 2007
  • Litigation Summit and Expo, Speaker, “Areas of Special Interest: Energy & the Environment,” November 2011
  • experience

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