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Bracewell LLP
AUSTIN, TX 78701-4061
United States

Work Department

Energy Regulatory Litigation


Deanna King, co-chair of the firm’s energy litigation practice group, represents domestic and foreign energy-industry clients in a broad range of matters related to market access, competition, market behavior and market design, enforcement and compliance, and restructuring and cross-border issues related to participation in United States energy markets. She counsels energy sector clients on regulatory and compliance matters and represents them in enforcement, administrative and litigation proceedings, with a particular focus on organized and bilateral energy markets in the west, contract negotiation and dispute resolution, and compliance with market rules.


J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1998; M.Ed., with highest honors, The University of Texas at Austin, 1988; B.S., magna cum laude, Baylor University, 1986

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas

Praised as an ‘excellent team’, who are ‘strong and effective’, Bracewell LLP acts for industry leaders in the oil and gas sector, such as Chevron and Apache, in high-profile litigation cases, as both defendants and litigators, with demonstrable experience in arbitrations relating to royalty ownership, oil and gas co-tenancies and class actions. Houston-based Stephen Crain chairs the firm’s wider litigation group, representing developers, producers, commodity traders and suppliers in the energy sector across a broad range of disputes, including those surrounding alleged violations of securities law. Following the departures of Sean GormanChristopher Dodson and Andrew Zeve to White & Case LLP in February 2023, Crain jointly leads the team alongside Deanna King, who also operates from the firm’s Houston office.

United States > Energy > Energy regulation: electric power

Bracewell LLP is based in Washington, DC and represents electric transmission and distribution utilities, independent power producers, power marketers and investors in energy companies before FERC and CFTC. The firm has a dedicated practice in regulatory matters related to renewable generation, and is chaired by Catherine McCarthy   who has experience with FERC and state authorizations for major projects and transactions. Deanna King , based in Austin, has over two decades of experience in representation and counsel of domestic and foreign energy industry clients in regulatory compliance, with Theodore Duver focused on representing energy companies and investor-owned and cooperative utilities in matters implicating state and federal regulatory issues. Seattle-based Tyler S. Johnson made partner in January 2023 and is noted for his prowess in compliance matters pertaining to the Federal Power Act, as well as contentious matters before the FERC.

United States > Energy > Energy litigation: electric power

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.