Mr Stephen Crain > Bracewell LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Bracewell LLP
STE 2300
United States

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Stephen Crain has spent his career advocating for clients in high-stake and complex commercial disputes in the United States and internationally. Stephen’s practice largely focuses on energy, securities, and construction. His diverse energy practice ranges from oil and gas royalty class actions to power-trading disputes to claims in adversary proceedings. In securities matters, Stephen represents officers, directors, and corporations in class actions and has successfully defeated multiple injunctions sought to prevent mergers. Stephen also represents owners in large-scale construction disputes.


He is the firm-wide Chair of the Litigation Group and serves on the firm’s Management Committee.


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1990; A.B., Duke University, 1987.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Bracewell LLP‘s team has a track record of acting for energy companies, but also represents other national and multinational corporations, mid-sized companies and small businesses, as well as individuals in contentious matters. The group has experience acting in the full life cycle of disputes, from pre-litigation negotiation through jury trial, bench trial and appeal, and also covers mediation, arbitration and other ADRs. Practice head Stephen Crain and Bradley Benoit are key contacts in energy-related disputes. Christopher Dodson has an excellent courtroom presence’. Sean Gorman is also noted. All aforementioned individuals are based in Houston.

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.