Will Russell

Reed Smith



Will has been practicing since 1995 representing clients primarily in litigation and international arbitration in the fields of oil & gas, energy, construction, and commercial disputes.  Will has taken scores of cases through jury verdict, final arbitration hearing, and appeal as first chair or co-counsel. He is an adjunct professor of International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Houston Law Center, and has served two terms as the Chair of the Houston Bar Association’s International Law Section.  He is a member of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources section.

Will has handled cases throughout the energy sector, including commercial, construction, and tort claims in the upstream, midstream, downstream, and power sectors.  Will currently represents multiple clients regarding issues arising out of the February 2021 winter storm Uri, including natural gas generators on gas marketing and force majeure issues, as well as industrial power consumers and retail electric providers (“REP”) against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. (“ERCOT”) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (“PUC”) regarding market pricing issues for power and ancillary services.

He is a member of the AAA Roster of Neutrals, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”) Roster of Neutrals, and the AAA National Energy Panel of Neutrals. He was selected by the Center for American and International Law (Institute for Energy Law Section) for inclusion on the Energy Arbitrators List.

He has given multiple presentations and written articles, mostly focusing on practical aspects of international arbitration and litigation. He speaks throughout North and South America in both English and Spanish.