William P. (“Bill”) Alexander III is in private practice of law in his own firm and devotes a substantial portion of his practice to corporate and international law.
Mr. Alexander commenced United States-based law practice in 1985 after residence and law practice in Saudi Arabia from 1975 to 1985. The increasingly global nature of United States business has broadened his participation in worldwide product manufacturing and distribution, including the drafting and negotiating of agency and distributorship agreements; international trade, including countervailing duty matters before the United States International Trade Commission and the United States Court of International Trade; acquisition of United States companies, property and assets by foreign interests; international technology licensing; and dispute resolution with appointments as arbitrator in construction, commercial and international cases by the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris) and the American Arbitration Association including its International Centre for Dispute Resolution (New York).
Besides providing legal services to a range of American-owned United States companies, Mr. Alexander counsels foreign-owned United States enterprises and is involved with the application of United States and foreign law and practice in such areas as taxation, labor, immigration, dispute resolution and estate planning. He keeps current concerning Middle East law and practice and is heavily involved with Saudi Arabian and Gulf area legal systems in the course of advising clients doing business in or related to those areas. Mr. Alexander has extensive experience in construction law, including preparation and negotiation of construction and turnkey project agreements and resolution of international and domestic disputes. He has served as expert witness on the laws of the Middle East in United States federal court and arbitration proceedings. He advises on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and USA Patriot Act matters. He serves as antitrust and general counsel to a United States trade association.
In addition to his decade in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Alexander has resided in Bangladesh, Germany and Spain and has traveled extensively for his law practice to Austria, Bahrain, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, South Korea and United Arab Emirates. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders of America, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. He lectures on the subjects of arbitration, Middle East law and practice, and international trade at universities, trade associations, and governmental agencies.
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Work History: Attorney-Owner, Law Office of William P. Alexander III (Tennessee), 1988-present; Counsel, Dearborn & Ewing (Tennessee), 1985-88; Sponsored Attorney, Law Offices of I. S. Nazer (Saudi Arabia), 1977-85; Projects Director, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (Saudi Arabia), 1975-77; Assistant to the Executive Director, District Attorneys General Conference, State of Tennessee Judiciary, 1975.
Experience: Primarily engaged in advising and representing multinational companies and other private sector employers, contractors, manufacturers, and consultants in investment, trade and dispute matters since 1977, with residence in the Middle East (1975-1985) and United States (1985-present). Particular experience in the tendering, financing and performance of major construction, design and infrastructure projects and the drafting and performance of agency and distributorship arrangements in the Middle East. The clients’ industry sectors and projects in the Middle East, Far East, United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa have included on-shore and off-shore construction, oil and gas services, distribution and sales agency, multinational joint ventures, intellectual property rights enforcement, franchising, worldwide product manufacturing, trade association antitrust compliance, countervailing duty and antidumping investigations, acquisitions and mergers, healthcare management, USA Patriot Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance, energy and natural resources development, commercial airline operations, maritime, entertainment, licensing and technology transfer, sports management, and foreign-owned United States enterprises. Representation of clients in dispute matters has primarily involved construction and other commercial arbitration and advice on court litigation primarily in the Middle East. Serves as member of the Salzburg Seminar (Fellow) and District Export Council of the United States Department of Commerce. Listed in “Who’s Who in American Law” and “Who’s Who in America.”
Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience: Represented parties in international construction, product distribution, and service project arbitrations, ad hoc and under institutional rules of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and American Arbitration Association (AAA), in several jurisdictions. Held appointments as co-arbitrator, chair of the tribunal and as sole arbitrator in construction, entertainment, software, industrial licensing, and other commercial cases referred to ICC and AAA. Named on the Panel of Arbitrators for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of AAA, the Large Complex Construction Panel of Neutrals of AAA, and the Commercial Panel of Neutrals of AAA.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Training: AAA Developments In Arbitration Law: Disclosure, Vacatur, Sanctions, and Arbitrator Authority, 2013; AAA Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing, 2012; ICC, New ICC Rules of Arbitration, 2011; AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2010, 2009; AAA Construction Conference: ADR Works, 2008; ICDR/ICC, The Current State of International Arbitration and a Vision of the Future, 2008; International Chamber of Commerce, Second Annual New York Conference on ICC Arbitration Today: Arbitrator Independence, 2007; International Chamber of Commerce, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Dispute Resolution in the International Oil and Gas Business, 2007; ICDR International Symposium, 2006; ICC International Dispute Resolution, 2005; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards (ACE001), 2004; AAA Arbitrator Update, 2002; AAA/ICC/ICSID Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration, 2002; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2001; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, 2000; AAA International Arbitrator Training, 2000; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training Workshop, 1999; AAA/Chartered Institute of Arbitrators North American Branch, International Arbitration Special Fellowship Course, 1997; AAA/Chartered Institute of Arbitrators North American Branch, International Arbitration Entry Level Course/Workshop, 1996; Institute for Transnational Arbitration/Southwest Legal Foundation, Transnational Arbitration Workshop, 1996; Faculty, AAA Business Disputes and Professional Liability Disputes Arbitration Program; various other ADR trainings.
Professional Licenses: Admitted to practice as an Attorney, United States Court of International Trade, 1990; United States District Court (Middle District of Tennessee), 1988; and Supreme Court of Tennessee, 1975.
Professional Associations: International Bar Association. Past: American Arbitration Association; American Businessmen’s Association of Saudi Arabia (Director and Legal Counsel); American Bar Association (Section on International Law and Practice, Committee on International Commercial Transactions, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, and Section of Dispute Resolution); Tennessee Bar Association; Nashville Bar Association (Chair, International Law and Practice Committee); and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London).
Education: University of Tennessee (BS-1969; JD-1974).
Publications and Speaking Engagements: He has published in the International Lawyers’ Newsletter and presented papers including “International Trade” (United States Scaffold Industry Association); “Arbitration and Legal Issues Related to Honey Export Sales” (United States National Honey Board); “Commercial Arbitration,” American Arbitration Association; “Dispute Resolution Processes,” Tennessee Bar Association; “Pacific Rim: International Trade,” Nashville Bar Association, 1987; “Islamic Law Panel,” Petromarkets ’79 Conference, 1979. He has lectured on arbitration, international business, trade policy and Islamic law at Vanderbilt University (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2008), Belmont University (2004), Tennessee State University (2004), United States Department of Defense (1997, 2002, 2003), Johns Hopkins University (1994) and other places in the United States and abroad.
Languages: German and Arabic, sufficient to meet minimum practical needs.
Non-Professional Associations: He is a member of several organizations, including the Rotary Club of Nashville (board member from 2005 to 2008); Tennessee District Export Council of the United States Department of Commerce since 1987; and the Swiss Society of Nashville, organized in 1857 and the oldest Swiss Society in the United States (President 2013). He has held memberships in the Nashville Committee on Foreign Relations organized through the Council on Foreign Relations, World Trade Council of Middle Tennessee, the Tennessee World Trade Association (President 1987), the Tennessee Advisory Council of the United States Small Business Administration, the Lawyers’ Committee regarding the position of the American hostages in Iran (1979-1980). He is a retired captain in the United States navy reserve. Mr. Alexander served as Team Leader for a Rotary International Group Study Exchange in Bangladesh in January-February 2000, studied as a Fellow in international healthcare planning at the Salzburg Seminar in 1985 in Salzburg, Austria, was a member of the Tennessee Trade Mission to France in 1987, and was a Rotary International-sponsored American Field Service exchange student to West Germany in 1964.