Rich is a partner at Andrews Kurth LLP in Houston. He focuses his practice on international arbitration. Rich has represented and advised clients in commercial arbitrations and in investor-state arbitrations arising from bilateral investment treaties and the North American Free Trade Agreement, including representation of the claimant in the largest award rendered in a NAFTA claim. He has experience representing clients in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules, as well as institutional arbitrations under the rules of the ICSID Convention, AAA (ICDR), ICC and the Cairo Regional International Arbitration Centre. He has advised clients on arbitration issues arising in North America, South America, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and China. Rich was recognized as a Rising Star in international law by Texas Monthly Magazine (2011 and 2012).
Rich is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law teaching "International Investor-State Arbitration" and "International Commercial Arbitration." He is on the adjunct faculty for the St. Gallen (Switzerland) Executive Master of International Business Law Program. He is on the Advisory Board of the University of Texas School of Law's Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law. He is on the Steering Group of the ABA's International Arbitration Committee after serving as Vice Chair in 2010, and is on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and is a member of the American Society of International Law (Dispute Resolution, International Courts and Tribunals), and is Former Chair of the International Law Section of the Houston Bar Association. Rich has authored several published articles on international arbitration-related topics.
He was an intern for the Honorable Judge George P. Kazen in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Honorable Judge A. Joe Fish in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Rich was Managing Editor of the Southern Methodist University Law Review during 2001-2002. A former sportswriter, Rich wrote extensively for Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Austin American-Statesman, The Houston Post and Texas Monthly Magazine.