Alan Crain L'76
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Alan Crain L'76

Alan CrainALAN R. CRAIN, JR. earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned his J.D. degree from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1976 graduating cum laude and as a member of The Order of the Coif. He also earned his M.B.A. from Syracuse University in 1976, completing both his J.D. and M.B.A. programs in three years.
Mr. Crain greatly enjoyed his time at Syracuse University, serving all three years as an Advisor in the dormitories. He also had a part time job at the Crouse Hinds Hospital and served as an Editor of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce.
Mr. Crain has advised Fortune 500 companies in legal and business matters throughout the world for over 30 years. He began his career with a private law firm in Washington, D.C. and has been General Counsel of three Fortune 500 multinationals. He is currently Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Baker Hughes Incorporated, a technology and services company based in Houston, Texas with operations in more than 90 countries.
Mr. Crain is also a member of the Board of Directors of Mariner Energy, Inc. a NYSE listed company that engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas. He is a frequent speaker on corporate governance matters and the issues facing boards of directors.
Mr. Crain has over 20 years experience as an arbitrator in a broad range of cases, involving both domestic and international commercial issues. He was an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center for 10 years, teaching courses in international law, including International Business Transactions and a course he developed on Extraterritorial Applications of Law.
Mr. Crain serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Houston Law Foundation, the Institute of International Education (Southern Region), the Asia Society of Houston, the World Affairs Council of Houston and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. He is currently Vice Chair of the International Human Rights Committee of the ABA’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. Mr. Crain twice served as Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Houston, has been Chairman of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia World Affairs Council as well as on the Executive Boards of the Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Relations and the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights.
Mr. Crain has been admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, the District of Columbia and before numerous Federal Courts.
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