Phone: (305) 575-2400
1001 Brickell Bay Dr. Ste. 1200
Miami, FL 33131
Gilbert K Squires
Squires International Law PLLC
Areas of Expertise:
✔ Appellate ✔ Commercial/Business
✔ Condominiums ✔ Construction
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Debt/Foreclosure
✔ Defamation (Libel & Slander) ✔ Energy including oil and gas
✔ Engineering ✔ Entertainment
✔ Intellectual Property ✔ International
✔ Internet ✔ Joint Ventures
✔ Landlord/Tenant ✔ Mergers & Acquisitions
✔ Mining ✔ Non-profit Organizations
✔ Partnerships ✔ Personal Injury
✔ Premises Liability ✔ Probate
✔ Professional Fees ✔ Real Estate
✔ Shareholder Disputes ✔ Sports
✔ Technology ✔ Title Disputes
✔ Torts ✔ Trusts/Estates
A Special Magistrate for the City of North Miami Beach, Florida, Mr. Squires is a Board Certified Specialist in International Law, Diplomate in International Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He is an International and Domestic Arbitrator on the ICDR and AAA Complex Business and Energy Roster of Neutrals, Maritime Arbitrator. His practice emphasizes International and Domestic Arbitration; International and Cross-Border Litigation; Business and Commercial Litigation; International Business; Oil & Gas, Energy (all forms of Power Generation); Technology; Entertainment and Music Business; Maritime; Probate; and Real Estate. Mr. Squires possesses extensive successful global experience in International Business; Technology; Upstream and Downstream Oil & Gas Executive Leadership, Acquisitions, New Ventures, and Operations; Power Generation; domestic and international Commercial Litigation to include cross-border Bankruptcy, museum art, real state, and probate matters through appeals. He has successfully litigated, arbitrated, and mediated multimillion-dollar cross-border claims in the aforementioned types of matters domestically and internationally, through appeal. As required, he functions as a sole, chair, and wing arbitrator. He successfully co-counsels on international matters and personal injury cases related to the petroleum industry. Mr. Squires has been Court appointed Receiver in State Court matters, and as Guardian Ad Litem on numerous foreclosures and Guardianships, and Mediations. After serving as President of Conoco Mexico, Ltd. 1994 - 1996, he ran a global energy and business- consulting firm from 1996 through 2001, which dealt with sub-Saharan African businesses and energy business opportunities. After working in the Panama Canal Zone for a short stent, Mr. Squires began his career as an Offshore Drilling Engineer in 1980 with Exxon (ExxonMobil) Corporation in New Orleans Louisiana where he led complex offshore production and exploration drilling programs and procedures. In 1985, he joined Conoco (ConocoPhillips) in Ventura, California, as Assistant Drilling Manager. At Conoco, he held various Engineering, Operations, Management, Acquisitions, Business Development, and Executive positions where he lived and worked in the United States, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East. During 2000 and 2001, he was Director of Content Management for Universal Music Latin America, a Division of Universal Music Group and wholly owned subsidiary of Vivendi-Universal. While with Universal Music, he lived and worked in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela. Admitted to practice law: Florida, The District of Columbia, and New York, Supreme Court of the United States, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Southern District of Florida and Bankruptcy Court, and other Federal Courts. Professional Engineer in the State of Texas (Petroleum). Attended Law School at night at Oklahoma City University Law School and the University of Houston Law Center while working in management and operations positions at Conoco, receiving a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1993. Born and raised in the Republic of Panama, he came to the United States in 1976 to attend Engineering School. Graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1980. Colegio San Agustin, Panamá 1975. Mr. Squires is a native Spanish speaker fully bilingual to English, fluent in Portuguese, French, and Italian.
Int'l Entrepreneurial Attorney, Arbitrator, Energy, Business; FCCA, CIArb, at Squires International Law, PLLC.— Managing Member
- Board Certified Specialist International Law;
- International Arbitrator;
- Complex Business, Oil & Gas, Energy, and Maritime Arbitrator;
- Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators;
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators — Diplomate International Arbitration;
- Professional Engineer — Petroleum;
- Alumnus GoldmanSachs 10K Small Businesses;
Highly skilled, successful in International Business and Law:
- Oil & Gas,
- Property and Real Estate,
- Arts and Entertainment,
- Museums' Litigation,
- Cross Border (Chapter 15) Bankruptcy and Receiverships.
Licensed Law: Florida, District of Columbia, New York. Texas: Professional Engineer (Petroleum).
Admitted: Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, other Federal Courts.
Special Magistrate, City of North Miami Beach.
Secretary, Dade County Bar Association (Largest Voluntary Bar Association in the State of Florida);
Past President, Miami Beach Bar Association ('09 - '10).
Among Top Dispute Resolution Firms. Super Lawyer. Pro Bono Award. Past Chair, Hydrocarbon Evaluation Committee SPE International.
Director, Equitable Origin.
Director, Content Management ('00-'01), Universal Music Latin America.
President, Conoco Mexico Ltd. ('94-'96); ConocoPhillips Operations, Engineering, Management, Business Development in: US, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America ('85-'94). Offshore Drilling Engineer ExxonMobil in New Orleans, Louisiana ('80-'85).
Born and raised, Republic of Panama through the age of 18, native Spanish speaker fully bilingual to English; fluent Portuguese, French; conversational Italian.
Sigma Pi Phi and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternities; Mentor. Co-Founder of the International Aikido Alliance. Temple Adath Or.
"It is not what I say or say I do that adds value; it is what others value in me that adds value to my life."
Florida Super Lawyer List,” published in The Wall Street Journal and Miami Magazine. The South Florida Business Journal selected the Law Offices of SquiresBenson, P.L., as One of the “Top 25 Alternative Dispute Resolution Firms — 2012”. The Firm received the “2012 Put Something Back Pro Bono Small Firm of the Year Award” from the Joint Pro Bono Project of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami Dade County, Florida, and the Dade County Bar Association. Mr. Squires was invited to and joined the College of Commercial Arbitrators as a Fellow in 2010, and is a 2012 member of the International Association of Lawyers (Union Internationale des Advocats — UIA). Squires is an International Energy and Complex Commercial Arbitrator (on the ICDR and AAA Roster of Neutrals), Mediator, Litigator, and Entrepreneurial Attorney with extensive successful Global experience as an Engineer, Executive, and Lawyer in Oil & Gas, Power, Alternative Energy Projects, Business Development, Strategic Planning, Management, and Entertainment Industries. He’s served foreign business clients in Chapter 15 Cross-Border Bankruptcy matters, including litigation. He has successfully represented clients at the trial and appellate levels. Possesses solid hands-on experience as Acquisitions Team Leader, Negotiator, Creative Visionary, Project Manager, and Petroleum Engineer with demonstrated problem-solving success in startup, turnaround, new and joint venture environments. Results-Oriented Lawyer who is an analytical thinker and effective listener that uses common-sense business and legal tactics to process complex problems rapidly and develop cost-effective solutions for his clients. Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, all Florida Courts, and the District of Columbia. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Squires is a native Spanish speaker born and raised in the Republic of Panama who is fully bilingual to English, and a fluent Portuguese and French speaker.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND GILBERT K. SQUIRES, P.E., J.D. International Arbitrator, Attorney and Counselor at Law February 2007-Present • LAW OFFICES OF SQUIRESBENSON, P.L. (’08)/GILBERT K. SQUIRES, P.L. (’07) (MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA) Co-Founder, Law Offices of SquiresBenson, P.L.; U.S. Counsel for Foreign Corporations, leading in-bound and out-bound litigation simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions. International and domestic Civil Litigation through Appeals; Oil & Gas Litigation; International and domestic Arbitration and Mediation; Probate Litigation through Appeals; Cross-Border Probate involving Europe and the Americas; Cross-Border Bankruptcy — Chapter 15; numerous Court appointments as Guardian and Administrator Ad Litem, Statutory Guardian of the Property; appointed Receiver for corporations; International Oil & Gas Law Transactions and Negotiations; International Business Transactions and Negotiations; International Business Law; Real Estate Law. Represented U.S. businesses entering and operating in the European Union. Experienced in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
GILBERT K. SQUIRES, P.E., J.D. International Arbitrator, Attorney and Counselor at Law August 2006-February 2007 • GILBERT K. SQUIRES, P.L. (CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA) International and Civil Litigation; International Arbitration; International Oil & Gas Law and Negotiations; International Business and Corporate Law; Real Estate and Probate Litigation. Of Counsel, Santos Stokes LLP.
GILBERT K. SQUIRES, P.E., J.D. International Arbitrator, Attorney and Counselor at Law May 2002- August 2006 • GILBERT K. SQUIRES, P.L. (MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA) International and Civil Litigation; Arbitration, Oil & Gas, Corporate, Real Estate, and Entertainment Law. Of Counsel, Steinberg & Associates, P.A., Miami Beach, Florida Of Counsel, Leslie Howard Berger, Esq., Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Practice Breakdown: • 45% Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, including Appeals: Plaintiff and Defendant work in Complex International Business; Complex International and Domestic Business Litigation in Federal and State Court; Complex Commercial Landlord-Tenant; Real Estate; Condominium; Construction; Complex Estates and Probate Litigation Probate; Personal Injury defense of non-corporate client; Personal Injury plaintiff in oil & gas related injuries; International Oil & Gas Arbitration; International Energy Arbitration; Domestic Mediation; Domestic Arbitration (avg. $10MM); • 25% International, Real Estate and Probate: commercial/residential ($250K-$10MM); complex real estate transactions in the District of Columbia; representing foreign Embassies and Governments; subdivisions and partitions; Agent Attorneys’ Title Fund, real estate and business closings, and Florida Condominium Law; Port Expansion legal counsel; joint ventures, trade for Latin America, Africa, and Europe ($2MM - $20MM); • 30% Business Organizations, Oil & Gas, and Energy: Counsel bio-diesel and refinery upgrade projects (avg. $80 MM); counsel for Ethanol ventures in Latin America and Asia; counsel for lessors, operators, IPPs, banks (avg. $80 MM). Out-side-Counsel profit and not-for-profit businesses, purchase/sales (airlines in re-organization, global duty free enterprises, doctors’ offices, gas stations, service, contracting, entertainment, artists, manufacturing, technology—$250K-$10 MM).
Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience (Arbitration and Mediation): (includes while oil & gas company executive and engineer) • Business and Commercial Transactions: Arbitrator and advocate on complex commercial disputes including Internet technologies (avg. $5 MM). • Oil & Gas: International, Environmental, Operator representative for issues involving multiple parties, operating agreements, take-or-pay, trespass, allowables, royalty payments, COPAS, pooling agreements, areas of mutual interest, joint venture agreements, state regulatory agencies (avg. $15MM). Served as panel member and numerous times as advocate for party in ADR hearings. • Construction: Panel Arbitrator complex construction disputes (avg. $5MM). • Real Estate purchase-sale contracts: Sole and lead Arbitrator on complex domestic and ICDR real estate transactions disputes, advocate for plaintiff/defendant on issues involving alleged breach (avg. $10MM). • Music Contract: alleged non-performance and non-payment breach (avg. 500 K). • Mediator: complex domestic and international commercial disputes (also as ICC co-mediator) ranging from $500K to $5 Million.
VIVENDI-UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA COMPANY, NYC, N.Y. 2000-2001 • Director, Latin America Content Management; Contracts; New Internet Music Ventures Division Set-up Established and led new regional $1 million Internet department and merged into existing businesses. Negotiated and implemented digitization agreements, made recommendations on recording contracts and other licensing/IP matters.
SKG CONSULTING, INC., MIAMI, FL 1996-2002 President/Founder Principal of company providing business consulting and business development services to: international entertainment, technology, oil and gas, power generation, firms interested in Latin American, Caribbean, and African ventures. • PETROCI, STATE OIL COMPANY OF THE REPUBLIC OF CÔTE D’IVOIRE, with exploration and production program needs. Successfully identified and recommended savings of $10MM and provided a "new venture development approach." • GHANA PROJECTS: promoted offshore oil & gas exploration and development plays; supported power generation opportunities between U.S. companies and the Government of Ghana. • SOUTH AFRICAN PROJECTS: Organized and negotiated $5MM joint-venture agreement and secured partners for downstream (petrol station) projects in Cape Town, South Africa between South African and U.S. parties. • ARTIST REPRESENTATION: business management, recording and performance contract negotiation, licensing and IP issues, promotion, music marketing, project and proposal budgeting.
• THE ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY, INC., MIAMI, FL 1999-1999 • Chief-Operating-Officer for start-up Independent Power Producer focused on the development of 1-25 Mega-Watt facilities in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Negotiated power purchase agreements.
CONOCO, INC., Houston, TX 1985-1996 President, Conoco Mexico Ltd., Mexico City, Mexico (1994-1996): P & L responsibilities and country operations leadership. • Director, Business Development, Houston, TX (1993-1994): new venture agreements, JVs, JOAs, MOUs, and HOAs. • Manager, Acquisitions & New Ventures—Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Latin America, Houston, TX (1991-1993) • Special Assignment-Audit Preparation Manager, DuPont Services, B.V., Zoetermeer, The Netherlands (1992-1992) • Special Assignment as Document Preparation Manager, Conoco Indonesia, Ltd., Jakarta, Indonesia (1991-1991) • Chief-of-Staff, Group Vice President, Worldwide Technology, Houston, TX (1990-1991): Tech-Research Agreements. • Manager, Engineering, Oklahoma City, OK (1987-1990): Leadership, Operating Agreements, Service Agreements, AMIs • Manager, Drilling Operations, Ventura, CA (1985-1987): Drilling Contracts, Farm-outs and Farm-ins, litigation support.
EXXON CORPORATION, OFFSHORE DRILLING ORGANIZATION, New Orleans, LA 1980-1985 • Exploration Drilling Engineer (1983-1985): supervision, high-risk exploration wells, discoveries, well testing. • Production Drilling Engineer (1980-1983): supervision, drilling programs, well completions, platform installations.
• International and Domestic Power Generation Disputes involving Natural Gas and Eolic Generation • International and Domestic Oil & Gas Contracts • International Environmental Oil & Gas • Natural Gas Pipeline • International Construction Contract • Real Estate Contract • Music and Entertainment Contract • Internet Technologies and Social Media • Museum Art • Maritime
• Chartered Institute Diploma in International Arbitration • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses' Alumnus • Faculty and training from numerous AAA, CCA, and other Arbitration and Law programs. • Strategic Dynamics of Negotiations Executive Development Center, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign • Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership • Numerous Power Generation and Evaluation Economics Courses • Numerous Reservoir Engineering Economics and Evaluation Courses • Numerous Petroleum Geology and Geophysical Evaluation Courses
BAR ADMISSIONS AND LICENSES • Florida • District of Columbia • New York • Supreme Court of the United States • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit • United State District Court for the Southern District of Florida • Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida • Professional Engineer (Petroleum) — The State of Texas
Person of Distinction Temple Adath Or of South Florida Outstanding Alumnus of 1993, Oklahoma City University Law School 2014. Selected by Super Lawyers — Florida . The South Florida Business Journal selected SquiresBenson as One of the “Top 25 Alternative Dispute Resolution Firms ." The Firm received the “2012 Put Something Back Pro Bono Small Firm of the Year Award” from the Joint Pro Bono Project of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami Dade County, Florida, and the Dade County Bar Association.
Energy Arbitrators' List ICDR: Complex Business and Energy Panels AAA: Complex Business Maritime Seafarers' List
Florida Bar District of Columbia Bar New York Bar Federal Bar Association Executive Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 2017 Secretary, Dade County Bar Association, 2016 – 2017
Juris Doctor, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1993. Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1980. Numerous Corporate Finance, Engineering, Operations, and Safety Courses while at Exxon and Conoco.
• Faculty, CCA Managing your Arbitration from A to Z • Florida Bar: International Law Section presentations in Brazil; • Florida Bar: Faculty, View from the Arbitration Panel; • Florida Bar: Faculty, Managing Your First Arbitration.
SELECTED MEMBERSHIPS, PRESENTATIONS, AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT • Federal Bar Association; • Florida Bar: 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee; • Florida Bar International and Business Law Sections; • Florida Bar: International Law Section presentations in Brazil; • Florida Bar: Faculty, View from the Arbitration Panel; • Florida Bar: Faculty, Managing Your First Arbitration; • District of Columbia Bar: International Law Section; • 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; • Executive Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 2013; • Director, Dade County Bar Association, 2011 – 2014; • Broward County Bar Association; • Past President, Miami Beach Bar Association, 2009 - 2010; • Co-Founding Member, Miami Int’l. Arbitration Society— MIAS; • South Broward Bar Association; • Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association; • American Bar Association: Litigation, International, Real Property & Trust Law; • AAJ (former Association of Trial Lawyers of America); • Past, Vice Chairman of the Board of AHEAD Energy Corporation; • The International Energy Law Center’s Advisory Board; • World Energy Congress ’98 Rapporteur; • Past Chair, the Natural Gas Project in Mexico Conference ’97; • Other Arbitration presentations and seminar Faculty; • Board, Equitable Origins; • Past, Chairman of the City of Miami Beach Community Relations Board; • Leadership Miami's Outstanding Community Service Project Award ’96; • Past, Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Center Advisory Board; • Past, Douglas Gardens Community Homes Board; • Past, Screening-Nomination Committee for Miami-Dade County School Board Attorney (served twice); • Past Chair, Society of Petroleum Engineers Economics and Evaluation Committee; • Co-Founder, International Aikido Alliance; • Associate National Commissioner, Anti-Defamation League; • Florida Executive Committee, Anti-Defamation League; • Hispanic- Jewish Initiative, Anti-Defamation League; • Career Awareness and Mentorship Programs for Miami Beach Schools; • Numerous Radio and Television appearances and Newspaper interviews in English and Spanish media regarding global oil & gas and domestic political issues; • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; • Numerous other awards and community organizations.