Chris’s practice focuses on shipping, marine and energy companies, including litigation and commercial transactions. He is an experienced trial lawyer, resolving disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration. He advises clients in transactions involving charterparties, maritime contracts, offshore energy and master service agreements, and infrastructure projects with maritime law concerns. Chris also advises on regulatory compliance, including Jones Act coastwise trade and shipping regulations.
He has broad experience in maritime liens, ship arrests, maritime attachment and garnishment remedies, transport and sale of goods contracts, cargo claims, shipping casualties and marine pollution. For energy companies, Chris has experience in upstream and midstream commercial disputes and casualties, offshore and onshore, and with eminent domain condemnation cases for pipelines, including disputes arising from joint operating agreements, gas processing and gas measurement, mineral leases, and various conveyances of royalties and oil and gas interests.
Chris has been a speaker and author for presentations and articles on topics including offshore drilling, coastwise trade laws, OSV charterparties and many maritime law issues. Chris is admitted to practise in Texas, in the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, in the US Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuits, and in the Supreme Court of the United States.
Before practising law, Chris sailed as a professional mariner.