Commercial Litigation

As a business owner, you would much rather conduct business and live your life than litigate commercial disputes. You want commercial litigators that are not just litigators, but trial lawyers with your business’s best interests at heart.

Top Texas litigators and appellate attorneysTo serve a client’s best interests in litigation a lawyer must be able to try cases in any courtroom or arbitration setting. Because our Houston trial lawyers can actually try cases, they are better able to shape litigation to serve the client’s ultimate business or personal goals.

Crain Caton & James staffs all cases—large and small—to benefit you, not us, and we do so using state of the art information technology. We maintain an active litigation practice in courts and arbitration tribunals in Houston, Texas, and throughout other cities and counties in Texas in all types of courts.

Our commercial litigation practice includes the following areas:

  • Construction
  • Corporate Securities/Corporate Governance
  • Employment and Labor
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Fiduciary
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Toxic Tort

Appellate

When your case goes to appeal, you want an experienced, persuasive attorney on your side who has been there before and will give your argument a consistent and trusted voice.

Effective appellate advocacy requires the best in legal analysis, persuasive writing and careful research, blended with the judgment and experience to pursue a course of action that will give you the best chance to achieve the best result.

Crain Caton & James’ Houston appellate attorneys have appeared before the Texas Courts of Appeal and the Texas Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals, particularly the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. We are also experienced in the mandamus procedures and are called on to assist in preserving client’s interests through mandamus to the courts of appeals.

Our experienced appellate attorneys have successfully briefed and argued cases dealing with such diverse issues as:

  • Probate
  • Real estate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Arbitration
  • Personal injury
  • Trade name infringement
  • Insurance
  • Banking
  • Many others

Insurance and Personal Injury

Whether you are an insurance company seeking assistance with suspicious claims or an individual who has been injured, our attorneys have the experience and know-how to fight for your rights.

Crain Caton & James has successfully represented insurance companies, both pretrial and through-trial, in the vigorous defense of suspicious insurance claims involving fraud or arson. Two of our attorneys have extensive law enforcement backgrounds, having prosecuted criminal cases as Harris County Assistant District Attorneys. We have also defended sexual assault, libel/slander, sexual harassment and invasion of privacy cases.

Clients often request opinions on insurance coverage questions. Consequently, our attorneys have extensive experience in defending cases under reservations of rights and non-waiver agreements.

Our Texas attorneys have prosecuted and defended claims for offshore injuries, refinery accidents and automobile collisions. They have also defended cases involving damages alleged from toxic chemicals such as tetrachloroethane, xylene, paint compounds and other fuel oils. Additionally, we manage a large national docket involving asbestos claims.

Our experienced attorneys have extensive trial experience and have obtained favorable jury verdicts in claims for severe paralysis, severe facial scarring, brain damage, psychological injury, death and a variety of other personal injuries. Over the years, they have obtained outstanding results from juries in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Ft. Bend, Washington and Matagorda Counties.

In addition to our personal injury work, Crain Caton & James’ lawyers have successfully prosecuted and defended contractual and extra contractual (bad faith, DTPA and Insurance Code) claims, even obtaining court findings allowing recovery of a client’s attorneys’ fees. One of our attorneys, who focuses on jury trials, presented a speech and demonstration on preparing for and testifying in bad faith lawsuits.

Our insurance practice has saved clients millions of dollars at the courthouse in negligence, product liability, DTPA/Insurance Code and defamation lawsuits. Our experience in evaluating and trying lawsuits, as well as in trial and appellate victories, gives our attorneys credibility with judges and other trial and appellate lawyers.

Attorneys

Kelly D. Brown P.E.

Kelly D. Brown P.E.

Shareholder

H. Miles Cohn

H. Miles Cohn

Shareholder

Frank G. Harmon, III

Frank G. Harmon, III

Shareholder

William P. Jensen

William P. Jensen

Shareholder

Robert E. (Robin) Morse, III

Robert E. (Robin) Morse, III

Shareholder & Mediator

Mindy McGehee Riseden

Mindy McGehee Riseden

Shareholder

James E. Smith

James E. Smith

Shareholder

Alec Bayer Covey

Alec Bayer Covey

Of Counsel

Elizabeth (Liz) Webb

Elizabeth (Liz) Webb

Of Counsel

David A. Polsinelli

David A. Polsinelli

Senior Associate

Gabriela M. Barake

Gabriela M. Barake

Associate

C. Vance Christopher

C. Vance Christopher

Shareholder

Joshua R. Flores

Joshua R. Flores

Shareholder

James E. Hudson III

James E. Hudson III

Shareholder

C. Henry Kollenberg

C. Henry Kollenberg

Shareholder

Sarah Patel Pacheco

Sarah Patel Pacheco

Shareholder

Peter C. Smart

Peter C. Smart

Shareholder

Kimberly R. Stuart

Kimberly R. Stuart

Shareholder

Michelle V. Friery

Michelle V. Friery

Of Counsel

Donald B. Hightower

Donald B. Hightower

Senior Associate

Joe R. Savoie

Joe R. Savoie

Senior Associate