Richard D. Deutsch
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600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
P: +1.713.220.3817
F: +1.713.220.4285

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Richard D. Deutsch


Houston Office
600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
P: +1.713.220.3817
F: +1.713.220.4285

Rich is a litigation partner who focuses his practice on both commercial litigation and international arbitration. Rich has represented clients in international arbitrations under various institution rules, including the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID & Additional Facility), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Cairo Regional International Arbitration Centre, and ad-hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules, and matters pursuant to free trade agreements and national arbitration legislation, including Australia and Nigeria. Rich is a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has been appointed as an arbitrator in international disputes. He also structures and negotiates international dispute resolution clauses and arbitration agreements, advises on choice of law and choice of forum questions, and drafts and negotiates waivers of sovereign immunity and other matters critical to ensuring the enforceability of contractual rights in international transactions.

Rich is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he teaches “International Commercial Arbitration” and “International Investor-State Arbitration.” He is on the adjunct faculty for the St. Gallen (Switzerland) Executive Master of International Business Law Program. Rich has authored several published articles on international arbitration-related topics and often gives presentations on the topic. He is on the Advisory Committee for the ICDR (Houston), the Steering Group of the ABA's International Arbitration Committee, is on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, is a member of the American Society of International Law (Dispute Resolution, International Courts and Tribunals), is on the Advisory Board of the University of Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business, and is president of the Houston International Arbitration Club. Rich was recognized as a Super Lawyer in international law by Texas Monthly Magazine (2013-2016). 

In the area of commercial litigation, Rich has represented clients in both federal and state court. He has defended corporations, officers and/or directors in securities litigation. His most recent experience includes defending U.S. and Canadian energy companies in securities matters filed in state and federal court, defending a multi-national bank in class action consumer claims and general commercial disputes, and representing a multi-national energy company in federal court. He was recognized as a Future Star in litigation by Benchmark Litigation in its survey of America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (2009).

Rich has advised companies in matters related to corporate investigations, including compliance with the FCPA, in Nigeria, Mexico, China, Iraq and Libya. Rich has assisted in the representation of an energy services company regarding an SEC and DOJ investigation into transactions implicating the FCPA. He has also assisted in the representation of an oil company regarding an investigation by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Rich recently co-authored an article on recent trends in FCPA prosecutions and has made presentations on the FCPA.

He was an intern for the Honorable Judge George P. Kazen in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Honorable Judge A. Joe Fish in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Rich was Managing Editor of the Southern Methodist University Law Review during 2001-2002. A former sportswriter, Rich wrote extensively for Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Austin American-Statesman, The Houston Post and Texas Monthly Magazine.

Representative Experience

His most recent experience includes:

  • Richard was part of the team of Andrews Kurth lawyers that drafted an open letter to Secretary of State John Kerry encouraging the State Department to declare that a genocide is taking place against Christians in Iraq. The open letter received significant media coverage and was part of a larger, successful campaign that resulted in only the second official declaration of an ongoing genocide in United States history.
  • Represented a major international oil and gas exploration company in a Nigerian Arbitration Act Rules arbitration (UNCITRAL Model Law) and related litigation regarding a semi-submersible rig offshore Libya.
  • Represented three major oil and gas exploration companies in an ICDR Rules arbitration over the costs of a multi-billion dollar offshore production facility in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented  a U.S. investor in an ICC Rules arbitration with an Asian financial institution.
  • Counseled foreign investors in SIAC Rules arbitration concerning an automobile distribution agreement.
  • Represented an independent exploration and production company in a potential ICC Rules arbitration involving a drilling contract for a semi-submersible rig offshore Brazil.
  • Advised a U.S. energy company and an international supply company with compliance issues for investments in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, respectively.


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