Richard Deutsch Brings International Arbitration Practice to McGuireWoods in Houston


Richard Deutsch has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in Houston, bringing nearly 14 years of experience representing clients in high-stakes international arbitrations, commercial litigation and government investigations.

Deutsch advises clients in arbitrations worldwide before various institutions, including the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He represented three major oil and gas exploration companies in an ICDR rules arbitration involving the cost of a multibillion-dollar offshore production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. He also helped secure one of the largest awards rendered under the North American Free Trade Agreement when he represented a U.S. food products company in contesting import restrictions imposed by the Mexican government.

Deutsch, who comes to McGuireWoods from Andrews Kurth Kenyon, also advises companies in corporate investigations, including compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He represented clients in two major industrywide FCPA scandals involving energy companies investigated by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, and has provided FCPA due diligence to U.S. companies with business in high-risk countries such as Brazil, China, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mexico and Nigeria. His commercial litigation experience includes representing U.S. and Canadian banks and energy companies in securities matters.

“Rich’s years of experience advising companies in complex cross-border disputes and government investigations will strengthen our global arbitration and FCPA capabilities for the benefit of our clients,” said Jonathan Harmon, chair of McGuireWoods’ Business and Securities Litigation Department.

Deutsch, a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, teaches International Commercial Arbitration and International Investor-State Arbitration at the University of Texas School of Law and serves on the advisory board of the school’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business. He is a member of the Houston-based advisory committee for ICDR and is on the advisory board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

“Houston is a major hub for international arbitration, particularly in the energy sector, and Rich enhances our ability to serve clients worldwide in these critical matters,” said Thomas Farrell, managing partner of the firm’s Houston office.

Deutsch received bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism at the University of Texas and covered pro football and boxing for Sports Illustrated and other publications before earning his law degree at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

“McGuireWoods is a top litigation firm globally and our clients will benefit from the strong platform the firm provides,” Deutsch said. “I’m particularly excited to be part of the firm’s continued growth in Texas.”