Mr Bradley Benoit > Bracewell LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Bracewell LLP
711 LOUISIANA STREET
STE 2300
HOUSTON, TX 77002
United States

Work Department

Litigation

Position

Brad Benoit’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. He has counseled and represented clients in diverse matters, including contractual disputes, business torts, energy-related litigation, and bankruptcy-related litigation. Mr. Benoit has represented corporations and individuals on a contingency fee basis in many contexts, including representation of litigation trusts in claims against former equity owners, directors and officers of insolvent entities. He has tried cases in federal court, state court, and arbitration, and he has argued multiple appeals.

Education

J.D., with highest honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1999; B.S., Rice University, 1996

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power

Conventional energy litigation is handled by the wider litigation department at Bracewell LLP, which is led by Stephen Crain. Recent highlights include Bryan Dumesnil and Bradley Benoit representing the board of directors of Southern Copper Corporation in a commercial dispute arising from three transactions involving power plants owned by a subsidiary of the client. The plaintiffs are shareholders in Southern Copper Corporation and claim that the transactions unfairly deprived the company of valuable assets. In the administrative litigation space, Catherine McCarthy (DC) and others are representing Central Maine Power Company and The United Illuminating Company in multiple FERC complaint proceedings in which the counterparties seek a reduction in the return on equity granted to the clients. Additionally, the group represents clients in contested rate cases and FERC enforcement matters. Deanna King (Austin), Christopher Dodson and J Clifford Gunter are also highly recommended. Named attorneys are based in Houston, unless otherwise noted.

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

Key areas of focus for team at Bracewell LLP include disputes arising from JOAs and surface use agreements, royalty disputes and title disputes. In a standout matter, Mark Lewis, Kirk Morgan (both based in Washington DC) and others represented Enterprise Products in contested proceedings at FERC pertaining to the way in which oil pipelines conduct business with their marketing affiliates. Houston-based Andrew Zeve specializes in IP-related oil and gas matters, such as patents and trade secret disputes. The firm also has a  highly varied client base, featuring exploration and production companies, suppliers and pipelines, as well as investors in the oil and gas industry. Also in Houston, firmwide chair of litigation Stephen Crain is a key contact; also recommended are Christopher Dodson, Bradley Benoit and Sean Gorman.