John McArthur
Law Office of John Burritt McArthur

Phone: 510.845.5605

John Burritt McArthur has been serving as an arbitrator since 1994. He has 23 years of experience as an arbitrator, 34 years experience as a trial lawyer in state and federal courts around the country, and is licensed to practice law in Texas, California, and Alaska as well as in a variety of federal courts. He spent his first decade of practice in Houston at Susman Godfrey LLP, where he became a partner in 1988. After a few years in solo practice while completing course work for his Ph.D, Mr. McArthur worked from 1999 to 2008 at what became San Francisco’s Hosie McArthur LLP. Since 2008, he has had a solo practice that combines his arbitration practice with complex commercial trials. His office is based in Berkeley, California.

Mr. McArthur has had extensive arbitration experience since 1994 and extensive litigation experience since 1983. The largest arbitrations in which he has been appointed range from a half-billion dollar electricity dispute to cases over natural gas sales, fuel cell batteries, compensation arrangements, equity investments, pipeline compressors, compensation for sale of a company, and allocation of offshore oil production. He is on the Complex Case, Commercial, Oil and Gas, and National Energy Panels of the American Arbitration Association and a Distinguished Neutral on the California and Energy, Oil, and Gas Panels of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR). He is listed on a number of panels with Fed-Arb of Palo Alto, including on its oil, gas and energy, insurance, and securities panels. McArthur is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the College of Commecial Arbitrators.  Listed with the London Court of International Arbitration, he is also a listed arbitrator for the Hong Kong, Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur International Arbitration Centers and is included in The Roster of International Arbitartors. He has published a number of articles on arbitration, including in the World Arbitration and Mediation Review and in Judicature.

Professional Qualifications

  • Admitted to Texas bar, 1984; California bar, 1992; Alaska bar, 2012.
  • Education: Brown University (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1975); University of Connecticut (M.A., 1978); The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., highest honors, 1984), Order of the Coif; Harvard University (M.P.A., 1994); University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy (Ph. D, 2003).