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Crain, Stephen B.
Stephen B. Crain
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Chris Garza-Guhl


Stephen Crain is a trial lawyer in the firm's Houston office. He is the firm-wide Chair of the Litigation Group and has served on the firm's Management Committee.

He 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.

Stephen is recommended in The Legal 500 United States in Energy Litigation and is ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers (General Commercial Litigation–Texas). Chambers notes 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."

In the past ten years, Stephen has tried or arbitrated more than twenty matters 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 US and international matters to awards under various arbitration regimes including AAA, ICDR, ICC and UNCITRAL; and he has served as an arbitrator in US-based and international arbitrations.

Publications and Speeches

"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 (ACC), Houston Chapter CLE, August 2013.

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

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

"It's Complicated: The Attorney Client Privilege and In-House Counsel," Association of Corporate Counsel Houston Chapter Meeting, June, 2011.

"Using Injunctions In 'Bet-The-Company' Litigation," Securities Law360, April 28, 2011.

"Force Majeure," The Center for American and International Law: Institute for Energy Law, 1st International Offshore Oil & Gas Law Conference, December, 2010.


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

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Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas


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


Chambers & Partners, Chambers USALitigation: General Commercial, 2012-2016
Legalease, 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
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating
Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow