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About Stephen

Stephen Crain, firm-wide chair of the litigation group, focuses predominantly on matters arising in the energy industry including representing developers and producers, commodity traders, and suppliers to the energy industry; disputes involving alleged violations of securities laws including representing public companies, officers and directors, and special committees; and large-scale construction disputes. In the past ten years, Stephen has tried or arbitrated more than 20 cases to verdict or final award. He has first chair jury and non-jury trial experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal district courts. He has also represented numerous clients in obtaining injunctive relief from state and federal courts. Stephen has arbitrated U.S. and international matters to awards under various arbitration regimes including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL); and he has served as an arbitrator in US-based and international arbitrations.

Stephen is recommended in The Legal 500 United States in Energy Litigation (2012-2016) and is ranked in Chambers USA in General Commercial Litigation in Texas (2012-2016). Chambers USA noted in 2012 his “strong market endorsement” and quotes sources that say Stephen “is very bright and knowledgeable” and that “he’s diligent, he’s on top of things, he’s pragmatic; he takes complex situations and boils them down to their fundamentals and provides practical advice on how to move forward.”

The ‘thoughtful, diligent and knowledgeable’ Stephen Crain first ranked in Chambers USA 2012 is ‘a very good litigator whose knowledge of the oil business really adds value’ to litigation proceedings in the energy sector, say market sources.
Chambers USA, 2016


Publications and Speeches

“In-House Counsel: Conflicts and Other Complexities,” Association of Corporate Counsel, The Woodlands, January 24, 2017 and Houston, January 10, 2017.

“4 Ways To Get Associates Trial Ready,” Law360, November 2, 2016.

“When Your Job Description Is Your Self-Incrimination: The RCO Doctrine and Strict Liability,” Corporate Counsel, October 31, 2016.

“Jail Time for Not Knowing: Strict Liability for Executives Under the Park Doctrine,” Corporate Compliance Insights, July 18, 2016.

“Two Companies Formed Partnership After All, Jury Finds,” Oil & Gas Investor, March 2014.

“‘Forgotten’ Clauses in Contracts - force majeure clauses, damages limitations and dispute resolution,” American Conference Institute's 2nd National Forum on Oil & Gas Litigation, Houston, TX, August 2, 2013.

“Conducting and Managing Corporate Investigations,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Houston Chapter CLE, August 2013.

“Bolstering Defense Strategies in Lease Termination Suits,” American Conference Institute's 2nd National Forum on Oil & Gas Litigation, Houston, TX, September 2013.

“The Forgotten Clauses: Drafting Litigation-Ready Contracts,” Association of Corporate Counsel Houston Chapter Meeting, December 2012.



The University of Texas School of Law
Duke University

Bar Admissions



State Bar of Texas
Litigation Section
Houston Bar Association
Litigation Section, Past-Chair
University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association
Executive Committee, 2012 - 2015



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Chambers USA
Litigation: General Commercial, 2012 - 2016
The Legal 500 United States
Energy: Litigation, 2012 - 2016; Commercial Litigation, 2015 - 2016
Euromoney PLC
Benchmark Litigation
Texas Local Litigation Star, 2010 - 2015
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
2006 - 2016
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
2008 - 2014
Internet Brands, Inc.
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating
Houston Bar Foundation