Chris Dodson focuses his trial practice on high-risk and high-value business disputes and environmental matters. He maintains an active commercial trial docket and also co-chairs Bracewell’s environmental litigation practice. Chris’ clients range from Fortune 500 businesses to high net-worth individuals. He has first-chair jury and non-jury trial experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal district courts. A native Houstonian, Chris has practiced with Bracewell for his entire legal career.
Chambers USA (2019) ranks Chris among the leading commercial litigators in Texas, noting that he is “very impressive,” and describing him as “an incredibly hard worker who thinks very well on his feet and is very effective in court.” He is also nationally recognized in The Legal 500 United States for Energy Litigation (2016-2019), Environment: Litigation (2017-2019), and General Commercial Disputes (2018-2019). In 2018, Chris was honored by the Texas Lawyer as a “Lawyer on the Rise.” Chris has also been named to Benchmark Litigation’s exclusive 40 & Under Hot List (2016-2019) and listed as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star for six years running (2014-2019).
His recent trial victories have attracted media attention, as well as peer recognition. In 2015, he was named the Texas “Litigator of the Week” by Texas Lawyer for his take-nothing judgement in a $25 million commercial dispute. In 2014, his participation in the defense of an environmental enforcement action was called “one of the greatest defense victories in Texas history” by The Texas Lawbook. In 2013, Chris obtained a take-nothing judgment in West Virginia rejecting—for the first time—a causal link between fracking and groundwater contamination.
ANTITRUST / COMPETITION
INCIDENT PREVENTION & RESPONSE
FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS LITIGATION
Articles in the National Law Review database by Christopher L. Dodson