Mr Stephen Benesh > Bracewell LLP > Austin, United States > Lawyer Profile

Bracewell LLP
AUSTIN, TX 78701-4061
United States

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A seasoned business litigator in his 32nd year of practice at Bracewell, Steve Benesh brings his experience and judgment to bear in helping his clients reach the best resolution of their issues, whether that means vigorously protecting those interests in the courtroom or working collaboratively to reach a common-sense resolution outside the courtroom. He has represented clients in diverse matters, including securities, class action, business torts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, and products liability. Steve has first chair jury and non-jury trial experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration and mediation experience.


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1987; B.B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1984

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United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Bracewell LLP in Texas frequently handles shareholder derivative lawsuits, as well as appearing before regulatory agencies and representing individuals providing grand-jury testimony and law-enforcement interviews. The team frequently handles high-stakes SEC and DOJ matters, as well as the consequent securities litigation on behalf of public and private companies, underwriters, boards of directors and individual executives and officers. Much of its work is for energy companies and their financial advisors. Practice head Tony Visage in Houston recently defended a class action against directors and founders of Think Finance, Inc., alleging that the company’s loans were improperly made through “tribal lending entities”. Stephen Benesh in Austin has a national securities litigation practice, and recently acted for The Bank of New York Mellon Trust in a securities class action concerning Pacific Coast Energy Company’s asset retirement obligation estimates. Bradley Benoit and chair of the financial institution litigation practice Bryan Dumesnil, both based in Houston, also play key roles in the practice.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Bracewell LLP is home to litigators who represent significant individuals, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and national and multinational corporations across an assortment of sectors. The litigation team also assists clients at all stages of trail, and is well-equipped to oversee arbitration, mediation, and other alternative-dispute resolutions. Stephen Crain leads the department and is often engaged in matters pertaining to the energy industry, and advises commodity traders, developers and producers, and suppliers. Bradley Benoit is proficient in bankruptcy mandates, and assists clients in the oil and gas, power and pipeline industries. Stephen Benesh works from Austinand  is routinely engaged in business and security litigation in addition to commercial disputes, while Christopher Dodson is also a name to note. All mentioned individuals are located in Houston, unless stated otherwise.