Paul J. Neufeld, FCIArb




Paul J. Neufeld is a Partner in Locke Lord’s Houston and London offices, where his practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation in a wide range of industries, including energy, defense, and construction.

In addition to helping clients resolve commercial and investor-state disputes, Paul also advises on structuring cross-border transactions and investments. He is admitted in Texas, New York, England & Wales (Solicitor) and has full rights of audience in the DIFC Courts, Dubai, UAE, where he was based for many years. Paul previously taught at the University of Rhode Island and Providence College and is co-author of Saudi Arabia for the Dispute Resolution Review.

As an undergraduate, Paul attended the Herder-Institut at the Universität Leipzig in Germany with the support of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) and received the Swiss Ambassador to Canada award for German language studies. While in law school, Paul was Editor in Chief of The Review of Litigation, Volume 26. He received the SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Fellowship for his doctoral dissertation at Brown University.

Representative Experience

Sovereign Disputes

  • Represented international energy company in ICSID arbitration under NAFTA against the Government of Canada
  • Represented North American energy company against a South American government in arbitration proceedings brought under a bilateral investment treaty
  • Represented international oilfield services company in UNCITRAL arbitration brought by state-owned entity relating to drilling services in the Carribean
  • Advised regarding host country instruments and bilateral and multilateral investment treaties in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East
  • Represented a North American energy company in a contractual dispute against a Latin American state-owned entity in UNCITRAL arbitration and parallel 28 USC 1782 actions
  • Represented a multinational energy company in UNCITRAL arbitration against a Latin American governmental energy agency concerning long-term electric power purchase agreements

Defense and Security:

  • Represented a contractor in a Dubai-seated arbitration under UAE law involving a contractual dispute over security services provided in Afghanistan
  • Advised Respondent in a contractual dispute concerning the sale of armored vehicles in Iraq
  • Represented the Respondent in DIAC arbitral proceedings (and related international litigation) regarding a contractual dispute over security services provided in Afghanistan
  • Represented an international organization in an UNCITRAL arbitration seated in London regarding the supply of goods and services by a Saudi Arabian company


  • Represented claimant in a dispute concerning the construction of a chemical plant in China under ICC rules
  • Represented an engineering contractor in a dispute over a construction project in the Middle East governed by English law and courts
  • Represented Swiss claimant in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings regarding the construction of a desalination plant
  • Represented claimant in a DIAC arbitration concerning the construction of a sheet metal processing plant.
  • Represented the contractor in a DIAC arbitration concerning a residential construction project dispute in the United Arab Emirates
  • Represented a UAE architectural firm in a dispute over a construction project in Saudi Arabia
  • Represented the respondent in a Dubai-based residential construction project dispute in DIAC proceedings under UAE law
  • Represented a facilities management company in a dispute with a property developer in the Dubai World Special Tribunal (DWT)


  • Represented oil service supply companies in contractual dispute filed in English courts under English law
  • Numerous investor-state disputes and arbitrations in relation to energy and infrastructure projects brought under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and conducted under ICSID , UNCITRAL and ICSID Additional Facility rules
  • Represented Saudi oil supply company in relation to arbitration and litigation proceedings under Saudi and Texas law
  • Represented a Texas-based oil and gas field services company in arbitration and related court proceedings
  • Advising on ICC arbitration under New York law in relation to an agency agreement dispute in Saudi Arabia
  • Advising multi-national entities on pre and post dispute matters in the United Kingdom, China, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq and other states in the Middle East and North Africa


  • Represented a hotel owner in a Cairo-seated UNCITRAL arbitration against an international hotel management company regarding a hotel management agreement in Egypt
  • Advising the Respondent in ICDR proceedings concerning a restaurant franchise-agreement dispute


  • Represented claimant in an LCIA arbitration regarding a shareholders' dispute over holdings in the Middle East
  • Advising sports broadcasting company in the Middle East in multi-jurisdictional broadcasting rights and payment dispute
  • Represented a US media technology company against a European entity in proceedings under AAA / ICDR rules and English law
  • Advising a contractor with respect to the settlement of its claims against a Dubai World company through a restructuring and settlement process set up to deal with creditor claims

Real Estate:

  • Represented contractor in a Dubai World Special Tribunal case concerning a real estate development project
  • Represented a private party in a Dubai-seated ICC arbitration under English law concerning various asset allocation agreements


  • Represented UAE Bank in DIFC court proceedings involving employer and contractor
  • Represented UAE Bank in multi-jurisdictional investment fund dispute


  • Represented a Canadian company in US litigation over a post-settlement dispute
  • Represented Middle Eastern technology company in insurance dispute governed by UAE law


  • Tried 17 criminal jury trials to verdict as a prosecutor in Municipal Court

Professional History

  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales 

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

  • DIFC Courts' Users' Committee (former)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, Canadian Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates
  • Member, International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Member, American Bar Association, International Law Section
  • Member, World Affairs Council of Houston
  • Brown Alumni Interviewing Program
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Publications and Presentations


  • Co-Author with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, "Saudi Arabia," Dispute Resolution Review (10th Edition), February 2018.
  • Co-Author with Richard Devine, "Force Majeure in Petroleum Projects in the Middle East and North Africa,"Petroleum Economist, July 2011
  • Co-author, "The Revised IBA Rules on the taking of evidence in international arbitration," LCIA NewsVolume 15, Issue 1, Autumn 2010
  • Headnote: CME Czech Republic BV v. Czech Republic, Final Award and Separate Opinion, Ad hoc—UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, IIC 62 (2003), Oxford University Press
  • Headnote: Genin and others v. Estonia, Award, ICSID Case No ARB/99/2, IIC 10 (2001), Oxford University Press
  • Co-Author with Efrén Olivares, "Arbitral Award Vacated Over Arbitrators' Non-Disclosure," Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, Winter 2010
  • Co-Author with Kirsten Hetzel Wilson, "Expressions of Intent: CANACO's Article 1(1) and Traditional Writing Requirements for Arbitration Agreements," CANACO Boletín Informativo, México D.F., Número Especial 2008
  • The Fitting and the Virtuous in Stoic Ethics, Dissertation, Brown University 2008.
  • "Products Liability: Litigation Trends on the 10th Anniversary of the Third Restatement," 26 Rev. Litig. ix, 2007
  • "Circumventing the Competition: The Reverse Engineering Exemption in DMCA § 1201," 26 Rev. Litig. 525, 2007
  • "Socrates and Paideia in the Crito," (Athenian Law and Education) Apeiron, Je 03; 36 (2): 115-142, 2003


  • Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, Arbitrator Training Course, 2017
  • Panelist, "The New CPR Rules for Administered Arbitration of International Disputes," November 3, 2015
  • Speaker, "Arbitration Clauses in M&A Deals," 8th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions School, October 21, 2015
  • Presenter, "The Final Award and Court Challenges", Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, Arbitrator Training Course, November 6, 2014
  • Presenter, "Requests for Interim Measures" and "Confidentiality Provisions," Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, Arbitrator Training Course, September 30, 2010
  • Presenter, "Stoic Insights on Equity and Mercy in Capital Sentencing," The International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Fordham University, New York, October 21, 2006