John McGowan Of Counsel

John McGowan

John McGowan has lived and worked in Abu Dhabi for over 25 years.  During this time, John has represented major construction project stakeholders (employers, engineers, architects, contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers), multi-national corporations, local U.A.E. holding companies, energy companies, real estate developers and a U.A.E. free zone. His principal focus is dispute resolution in the construction and energy sectors.  He serves as both an arbitrator and advocate in arbitrations, and is well versed in the rules, procedures and applicable laws in U.A.E. arbitrations including post-arbitral award enforcement proceedings.  John served as U.A.E. counsel on behalf of the Dubai government (Dubai Civil Aviation Authority) in defense against a major international contractor’s post-award enforcement actions in the USA and France. More recently, John has been listed on the inaugural roster of arbitrators at the Tashkent International Arbitration Centre (TIAC) in Uzbekistan.   John’s work includes overseeing/managing complex U.A.E. litigation.  He also served on GALC’s team tasked by the Ministry of Finance to draft the English translation of the U.A.E. bankruptcy law [original Arabic]. John is a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Abu Dhabi, and formerly served as both a member-at-large of the Board of Directors and an officer (Secretary).  He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar in the United States.

Contact Details

john.mcgowan@globaladvocates.net +971 2 622 2260