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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 > Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power

Bracewell LLP is highlighted for its ‘excellent guidance’, and is active in high-profile and complex matters in the power industry. The team represents energy companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation and arbitration throughout the US and before state and federal regulatory bodies. It has extensive experience in multi-party contested proceedings, including disputes related to compensation for energy infrastructure investment. Houston-based partner Stephen Crain is the firm-wide chair of the litigation group, and Deanna King in Austin co-chairs the energy litigation practice with Andrew Zeve in Houston; Zeve is noted for his expertise in oil and gas disputes. Other key practitioners include bankruptcy expert Bradley Benoit in Houston, and Washington DC-based duo Catherine McCarthy, who chairs the firm’s energy regulatory group, and Michael Brooks, who focuses on commodities and derivatives law.

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas

Bracewell LLP ‘s energy practice handles complex litigation for major companies such as Apache, as well as natural gas suppliers and power generators. It represents clients in arbitration relating to royalty ownership, oil and gas co-tenancies, and royal class actions, among other matters, and has  also been active in commercial disputes arising from winter storm Uri. Practice leadership is split three ways between Houston-based Stephen Crain, who represents a broad range of clients in energy disputes and large-scale construction disputes; Andrew Zeve, based in Houston, who has experience in state and federal courts across the US; and regulatory expert Deanna King, in Austin.