We highly value each member of the firm. Our shareholders, our associates, and our support staff work together to accomplish client goals.  We grow as needed to meet those demands. As a result, we differ from many other firms – we do not grow through bulk hiring and attrition. We select individuals who meet our current needs and who provide a long-term fit. With that focus in mind, we do not utilize a summer associate program. 

Open Positions:

Crain Caton & James is seeking to hire both a corporate, real estate and commercial transaction associate (6+ yrs exp) and partner (10+ yrs exp).

Not Accepting Search Firms Currently

Qualified candidates must have:

At least 6 years (associates) to 10 years (partners) of legal experience (law firm experience preferred) in one or more of the following areas:

  • Drafting and negotiating real estate investment and professional partnerships (including background in deal structure and tax matters) and real estate private placement/exempt offerings
  • A wide range of corporate, M&A or commercial transactions, including strategic analysis, due diligence and negotiations
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of complex commercial contracts, including NDAs, MSAs, RE purchase agreements, leases, purchase agreements for products and services, and software license and services agreements
  • Hands-on (lead counsel) experience in the areas listed above is essential
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior judgment and business acumen, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work independently

Crain Caton & James

  • Practice areas include corporate, tax, estate planning and litigation, fiduciary litigation, real estate, commercial transactions, IP (patent and trademark prosecution and litigation), banking and finance, commercial litigation, labor and employment and environmental
  • Stable, debt free, and well managed (both fiscally and professionally) by a talented and experienced Director of Administration, which reduces administrative time commitments and allows attorneys to focus on the practice of law and their families
  • Strong, diversified and extremely loyal client base that includes high net worth individuals, mid-to-large closely held and family owned businesses, public companies and local governmental entities
  • Attorneys are frequently asked to serve as outside general counsel to clients
  • Compensation structure, combined with low overhead, allows for higher income potential, more control and less political gamesmanship than most traditional large law firms can offer
  • High level of attorney satisfaction (extremely low turnover)

Job Type: Full-time


  • Real Estate: 6 years (Preferred)
  • Contracts: 6 years (Preferred)
  • Commercial Transactions: 6 years (Required)
  • law firm: 6 years (Required)

If you are interested in finding out more about career opportunities at Crain Caton & James, written inquiries with supporting materials can mailed to:

Crain Caton & James, P.C.
Attn: Human Resources
1401 McKinney, Suite 1700
Houston, Texas 77010

Or emailed to:

Crain Caton & James P.C. is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers all individuals regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Furthermore, Crain Caton & James does not tolerate discrimination in any form. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, position responsibilities, training opportunities, promotions, compensation levels, terminations, and all other terms and conditions of employment not explicitly listed.

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