Thomas E. Kurth

Thomas Kurth Arbitration, PLLC
Houston, Texas 77001


Areas Of Practice

Oil and Gas
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Wrongful Death


For more than 44 years, I have practiced before a host of federal and state trial and appeal courts around the country, as well as handling proceedings before a single arbitrator or arbitration panel. Because of that lengthy experience, I believe that I am qualified to say that trial and appellate proceedings, with a few exceptions, are an uneconomic and inefficient "paper-chase." Commonly, a client’s interests are made subservient to crowded dockets, a lengthy and often unnecessary pre-trial process and large legal expenses, all to prepare the case for what often seems like interminable appeals. But, there is an alternative to the courthouse, and arbitration is that alternative.

Arbitration proceedings present the real potential of bringing the dispute resolution process back to the real prospects for an economic and efficient experience for the disputants. The players on this stage are the disputants’ counsel and the arbitrator. It is for counsel and ultimately the arbitrator's decision in the pre-trial order which shapes the extent of the pre-trial process, including pre-trial discovery, and the timetable for the proceedings. Absent very extraordinary circumstances, the arbitrator’s decision is final with no prospects for an appeal. This lawyer believes that a fair and strong-minded arbitrator can make the adversary process a prompt and efficient process, besting the time and expense of a courthouse trial and several appellate stops before a final decision can be realized.

In my 4 + decades of practicing before courts and arbitrators, I know how to make the arbitration process realize its potential and delivering those benefits to the disputants. In terms of competence, my record speaks for itself as to my expertise and capabilities in the adversary process. I have handled numerous disputes involving domestic and foreign lending institutions, public companies and private businessmen spanning a host of various industries. In the past ten years, I have concentrated my practice in the oil and gas industry, especially the upstream sector of the industry.

I am prepared and more than willing to serve as an arbitrator for your dispute. Be it a domestic or international dispute, I am committed to delivering a fair, impartial and competent decision in a prompt and efficient manner.


  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1973, Southwestern Law Journal
  • B.A., Creighton University, 1970

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
8150 N. Central Expressway, 10th Floor
Dallas, TX 75206

P: 214-215-0481
E: [email protected]