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Bracewell LLP
2001 M STREET, NW, SUITE 900
United States
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Structured Finance - Derivatives


Charles (Charley) Mills focuses his practice in the areas of derivatives, commodities, crypto and securities trading law. Exchanges, market intermediaries, advisors, traders, end users and product developers turn to Charley for his deep knowledge of the regulatory agencies, the law, trading and the markets. He represents these clients in law enforcement investigations and actions, internal investigations, federal court litigation and regulatory compliance counseling involving the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice, the regulated futures exchanges, the National Futures Association and FINRA. He has tried over 60 court cases, administrative proceedings and arbitrations to successful outcomes and prevailed for clients in many appeals.


American Bar Association; American Bar Foundation, Fellow; Bar Association of the City of New York; Energy Bar Association; Futures & Derivatives Law Report, Board of Editors


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1977 – Dean’s List
Occidental College, B.A., 1974, cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Energy > Energy litigation: electric power

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Charles MillsBracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP‘s litigators are well known for their ‘excellent team work’  in representing industry-leading companies in complex disputes, such as representing global power producers in litigation and arbitration throughout the US and before state and federal bodies. The team has experience in acting both for plaintiffs and defendants, and in a stand-out mandate is representing Tenaska Power Services Co against Olin Corporation in the Texas ERCOT market after being named in various suits alleging wrongful death, personal injury and property damage; this is one of the first matters to address responsibility of ancillary service imbalance charges that accrued during Winter Storm Uri in February 2021. Houston-based Stephen Crain, chair of the firm’s litigation group, represents developers and producers, commodity traders and suppliers to the energy industry. Deanna King in Austin advises domestic and foreign energy industry clients in regulatory and compliance matters, and litigation, having appeared before FERC and other state and federal agencies. Andrew Zeve in Houston handles disputes related to the oil and gas industry. In Washington DC, Charles R. Mills joined from Steptoe LLP in March 2022.