Our Team


Michael A (Tony) Nunes, Partner

Mr. Nunes has more than 35 years of legal experience in transactional, litigation and international arbitration work, and has a broad resume in the representation of clients in the energy and financial sectors. He also serves as an arbitrator of commercial disputes for the American Arbitration Association. His is a qualified English Solicitor and attorney at law qualified in Jamaica where he practiced law before coming to the United States. 

Tony Nunes' practice focuses primarily on international projects, finance and corporate and maritime transactions, with a particular emphasis on energy-related matters.  He has extensive experience advising on the purchase, sale, financing and chartering of LNG tankers, offshore drilling rigs, barges and other shipping matters, including the drafting and negotiating of bareboat charters, O&M agreements and other ancillary documents in connection with floating production storage and offloading vessels (FPSOs).


University of Houston Law Center, J.D., cum laude

College of Law, Lancaster Gate, London, United Kingdom, law degree

St. George’s College, Kingston, Jamaica, law degree


Bar Admissions


England & Wales (Solicitor)



Presentations and Publications

Co-Author, "Regulation of oil imports in the United States and the European Union," Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence: Volume 9 - Issue #02, March 2011.

Co-Author, "Has Mexico Finally Got it Right?" Financier Worldwide Global Reference Guide 2011: Energy & Utilities.

Speaker, "International Arbitration from a Texas Perspective," AIPN Luncheon CLE presentation, March 25, 2009.

Speaker, "Assessing Commercial Risk," LNG North America Summit, June 19-20, 2007.

Speaker, "The Rapidly Expanding Role of LNG in North America, Monetizing Natural Gas: Gas to Liquids & Methanol," Chemical Week’s 3rd Annual Conference, December 4, 2006.

Speaker, "Liquefied Natural Gas: U.S. Market Developments," Chemical Week’s 2nd Annual Conference: Monetizing Natural Gas, December 5, 2005.

Speaker, "Changing Contract Practices in LNG as an Alternative Fuel for the Chemical Industry," Chemical Week Conference on Global Outlook for the Chemical Industry 2006, November 29, 2005.

Speaker, "LNG Project Financing Issues," 2005 Conference of the International Bar Association, April 18-19, 2005.

Speaker, "Legal Issues in Navigating the LNG Chain," 2004 Conference of the International Bar Association, October 26, 2004.

Speaker, "Changing LNG World Emphasis: Nigeria & United States," Corporate Council on Africa: 4th Biennial US - Africa Business Summit, June 25-28, 2003.

Speaker, "LNG Contracts in a Changing LNG World," LNG: Economics and Technology Conference, January 29, 2003.

Speaker, "Exit Strategies for International Energy Projects," Houston International Bar Association Section on Energy Law, October 14, 2002.

Speaker, "Enforcing the Deal and Ensuring Compliance: Arbitration; Enforcing Judgments, and Other Dispute Resolution Procedures," South Texas College of Law, September 16, 2002.

Author, "Charterer’s Liabilities under the Ship Time Charter," 26 Houston International Law Journal, Spring 2004.

Author, "Foreign Banks Come Sailing in While U.S. Banks Tack Slowly Upwind," 13 Houston International Law Journal, Fall 1990.

Co-Author, 1985 Texas Foreign Bank Agency Act.