Hon. William G. Arnot III (Bud)

Houston, Texas

I began my arbitration training in 2007. Over the course of the last nine years, I have served, or I am currently serving as an arbitrator in more than fifty arbitrations. I am on the Energy Panel for the AAA as well as the newly created Appellate Arbitration Panel. I also serve on the Commercial and Large Case Panels. The matters where I have served have been both with associations and self-administered, and I have worked in domestic and international arbitrations under JWA, AAA, ICC, CPR, ICDR, UNCITRAL, IBA, and CIArb, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, rules. I have also served as a FINRA arbitrator.

In 2015, I was honored to be elected to the Hall of Fame for Chief Justices of State Courts of Appeal by the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, Virginia. My varied practice before taking the bench, my experience on the bench, and my experience upon returning to the practice of law, most of which have involved energy issues, uniquely qualifies me to serve as an arbitrator. Additionally, I have a unique qualification of having served on panels of three deciding disputes for over twenty years.

Working for the federal District Courts of Texas, I have successfully mediated cases as diverse as trade mark infringement, theft of business secrets and opportunities, product defects, personal injury, minority shareholder actions, and medical insurance coverage claims.

Education  + -

  • University of Virginia School of Law
    LL.M.   1992
  • Baylor University School of Law
    J.D.   1975
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    B.B.A.   1972
  • Washington & Lee University
    1968 to 1969

Experience  + -

  • Law Offices of William G. Arnot
    Appellate advocacy and oil, gas and energy arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution   2009 - Present
  • Winstead PC, Houston, Texas
    Co-Chair of National Appellate Section   2006 - 2008
  • 11th Court of Appeals, Texas
    Chief Justice   1992 - 2005
  • 11th Court of Appeals, Texas
    Justice   1986 - 1992
  • Glandon & Erwin, Abilene, Texas
    1981 - 1985
  • Wagstaff, Harrell, & Alvis Abilene, Texas
    1975 - 1981

Memberships & Affiliations  + -

  • United States Supreme Court
    Admitted to Practice
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    Admitted to Practice
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    Admitted to Practice
  • United States District Court for the Southern District
    Admitted to Practice
  • United States District Court for the Western District
    Admitted to Practice
  • United States District Court for the Northern District
    Admitted to Practice
  • Texas Supreme Court and all courts in Texas
    Admitted to Practice
  • American Bar Association
    Section of Dispute Resolution
  • American Bar Association
    Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • Board of the State Bar
    Texas Appellate Section
  • Houston Bar Association
    Appellate Practice Section
  • Houston Bar Association
    Judicial Polls Committee
  • American Judicature Society
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • The Institute for Transactional Arbitration
  • Appellate Judges of Texas
    Legislative Liaison
  • Texas Center for the Judiciary
    Executive Board
  • Texas Appellate Judges' Council
    Presiding Judge
  • Texas Judicial Council
  • Judicial Conduct Commission
  • Council of Chief Judges comprised of the presiding judges of the intermediate appellate courts for the fifty states
  • Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association
    Executive Board
  • Appellate Judges Institute affiliated with the Dedman School of Law at SMU
    Executive Board
  • Spencer Grimes Education Series, the continuing judicial education committee of the ABA
    Executive Board
  • Texas Tech Law School
    Adjunct Professor
  • Texas Tech School of Law accreditation review
    University Representative
  • University of Virginia School of Law
    American Bar Association liaison
  • Hardin-Simmons University
    Board of Trustees
  • Howard Payne University
    Development Board
  • YMCA
    Board of Trustees
  • Boy Scouts of America
    Chisholm Trail Council
  • Abilene Preservation League
  • Abilene Fine Arts Museum
  • Paramount Preservation Project
  • Buffalo Gap Arts festival
  • Confederate Air Force
    Breckenridge Wing
  • Eagle Scout

Honors & Awards  + -

  • Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas
  • Reno Air Races Silver Medalist
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,
    May 2008
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    November 2005
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    November 2005
  • United State Supreme Court
    November 2000
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    January 1995
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
    June 1981
  • Texas Supreme Court

Area of Specialization  + -

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Oil and Gas Transactions
  • Trade Secrets
  • Radio and Television Communication

Speaking / Authoring / Seminars  + -

“Current Trends in Texas Charge Practice: Preservation of Error and Broad-Form Use,” St. Mary’s Law Journal, Volume 38, No. 2, 2007.

“Erroneously Compelled to Arbitration? Interlocutory and Mandamus Review Post-Palacios,” The Appellate Advocate, Fall 2007, Vol. 20, No. 1, p.5.

“Reflections: Law and Morality,” published in Judicial Division Record, Volume 6, Issue 2, Winter 2003.

“The Texas Freedom of Worship Clause, a Legal and Historical Analysis,” Master of Law degree thesis, 1992. unpublished – on file with the University of Virginia Law School Masters’ Program