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Mr. Gilbert K. Squires

P.E., Esq., FCCA

Co- Owner/Founder,

gilbertsquires@squiresbenson.com T: (305) 575-2401
F: (305) 575-2409

Mr. Gilbert K. Squires

Mr. Squires is co-founder of the Law Offices of SquiresBenson, P.L., and an International Business and Oil & Gas Lawyer; International and Domestic Litigator; International Oil & Gas, Energy, Construction, and Complex Business Arbitrator on the neutral's roster of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). He's a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators — CCA. He was named Super Lawyer in 2014 and Rising Star in 2012. Squires is a 2012 Florida member of the International Association of Lawyers (Union Internationale des Advocats — UIA). The South Florida Business Journal named SquiresBenson, P.L., amongst the Top 25 Alternative Dispute Resolution Firms in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The former President of Conoco Mexico, Ltd., Squires' career began in 1980 as an Offshore Drilling Engineer in New Orleans, Louisiana with Exxon Corporation. He has extensive successful global experience in International Energy, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, and Renewable Energy. This background includes leading teams in new ventures, acquisitions, and dispositions, engineering and operations management positions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His worldwide technology experience includes serving as Director of Content Management for Universal Music Latin America.

His practice emphasizes the following areas:

  • Arbitration and Mediation: International and Domestic, Oil & Gas offshore and onshore operations, Energy, Complex Business, Construction, Real Estate, Probate, Environmental;
  • International: Business, Oil & Gas, and Energy Law;
  • Business, Entertainment, and Technology Law;
  • Litigation: International, Business, Oil & Gas, Energy Law, Commercial, Probate, and Real Estate;
  • Real Estate Law: Title Agent, Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund — The Fund; Commercial and Residential Landlord-Tenant Law;
  • Receiverships;
  • Cross-Border Bankruptcy and Reorganization: Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Mr. Squires is a frequent guest on Spanish Language Television and Radio to speak about Oil & Gas, International Business and Law, and topics of Economic and Political importance.

BAR Admissions & Licenses

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Professional Engineer — The State of Texas

Selected Memberships, Presentations, and Community Support

  • Member Leadership Circle of Legal Services of Greater Miami — Continuing the Promise Campaign Committee;
  • Appointed by the Chief Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida, to serve on the Complex Business Court Committee;
  • Florida Bar: 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee;
  • Florida Bar: Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program;
  • Florida Bar: Vision 2016, Admission Subcommittee’s International Committee;
  • Florida Bar: Co-Chair, International Law Section, Energy Subcommittee;
  • Florida Bar: Business Law Section; International Law Section, International Litigation and Arbitration Sub-Committee, Vice-Chair International Energy Sub-Committee; Real Property Trust Law Section, Arbitration Subcommittee; Entertainment and Sports Law Section;
  • Faculty, View From the Arbitration Panel, Florida Bar, February 28th 2013, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida;
  • Faculty, Managing Your First Arbitration, April 28th 2011, Miami, Florida;
  • Faculty, International Litigation and Arbitration Conference (ILAC), Key Issues in Managing International Business Controversies, Florida Bar, February 28th, 2014, Miami, Florida;
  • Faculty, Bench and Bar Conference, The Merger of Tax, M&A, and Banking Law, Dade County Bar Association, February 28th, 2014, Miami, Florida;
  • Board of Directors Dade County Bar Association, 2011 -2014;
  • Executive Committee, Dade County Bar Association 2012 - 2014;
  • Budget Committee, Audit Subcommittee, Dade County Bar Association 2013 - 2014;
  • Chair, International Committee, Dade County Bar Association 2012 - 2013;
  • Florida Member, International Association of Lawyers (Union Internationale des Advocats);
  • Co-Founding Member Miami International Arbitration Society — "MIAS;"
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators;
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star;
  • Miami Beach Bar Association;
  • President, Miami Beach Bar Association, 2009 – 2010;
  • South Broward Bar Association;
  • City of Miami Beach Certificate of Recognition for service as President of the Miami Beach Bar Association;
  • American Bar Association ("ABA"): Litigation, International, Real Property & Trust Law;
  • ABA Advisory Panel;
  • Hispanic National Bar Association;
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association;
  • The International Energy Law Center's Advisory Board, past member;
  • Past-Chairman of the Board of AHEAD Energy Corporation;
  • Past-Chair, Natural Gas Project in Mexico Conference '97;
  • Leadership Miami's Outstanding Community Service Project Award '96;
  • Center for Creative Leadership, May 19 – 24, 1996;
  • Past-Chair, Society of Petroleum Engineers Economics and Evaluation Committee;
  • The International Energy Law Center's Advisory Board, past member;
  • Past-Chairman of the Board of AHEAD Energy Corporation;
  • World Energy Congress '98 Rapporteur;
  • Past-Chair, Natural Gas Project in Mexico Conference '97;
  • Leadership Miami's Outstanding Community Service Project Award '96;
  • Center for Creative Leadership, May 19 – 24, 1996;
  • Past-Chair, Society of Petroleum Engineers Economics and Evaluation Committee;
  • Past-Chair, City of Miami Beach Community Relations Board;
  • Former Member-Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Center Advisory Board;
  • Douglas Gardens Community Homes, past Board Member;
  • Past Board Member, Jewish Community Services of Greater of South Florida;
  • Associate National Commissioner, Anti-Defamation League;
  • Florida Regional Executive Board, Anti-Defamation League;
  • Anti-Defamation Leagues' Civil Rights Committee and the Hispanic Jewish Initiative Committee;
  • Served twice on the Screening-Nomination Committee for Dade County School Board Attorney;
  • Board, Equitable Origins;
  • Former Member, Inter-American Bar Association;
  • Former Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN);
  • Career Awareness and Mentorship Programs for Miami Beach Schools;
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.;
  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity;
  • Numerous other awards and community support organizations.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, May 1993, Oklahoma City University Law School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
    University of Houston Law Center: International Energy, Technology Transfer, Arbitration and Litigation, Trade, Financial Transactions.
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, May 1980, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Languages

  • He is a native Spanish speaker fully bilingual to English.
  • He is fluent Portuguese, French, and Italian.
  • He can dialogue in other languages.

Born and raised in the Republic of Panama, Mr. Squires came to the United States to attend under-graduate school in 1976 after completing a Bachiller en Ciencias y Letras in 1975 from Colegio San Agustín, Panamá, República de Panamá.

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