Chris Dodson

Partner, Houston


“He is just an outstanding, professional litigator.”
Chambers USA, 2023


Chris Dodson is a highly accomplished trial lawyer whose diverse trial practice often involves high-risk energy and environmental matters. He has tried to verdict jury and non-jury cases, in many U.S. jurisdictions and forums.

Chambers USA and other respected legal-ranking services have spotlighted Mr. Dodson as one of the leading commercial litigators in Texas. Chambers USA describes him as "an outstanding, professional litigator," "skillful, professional and effective," and "an extremely effective litigator." The Legal 500 US also remarks that Mr. Dodson is "an outstanding trial lawyer." Further, Mr. Dodson is recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Lawdragon's Leading 500 Energy Lawyers in America and Leading 500 in Environmental Law, and the Texas Lawyer.

Mr. Dodson's recent trial victories include a $1.6 billion judgment obtained for KKR-owned BMC Software and a take-nothing defense victory on behalf of an offshore energy company in a trade-secrets case. His participation in the defense of an environmental enforcement action was called "one of the greatest defense verdicts in Texas history" by the Texas Lawbook. In West Virginia, he obtained a defense verdict rejecting—for the first time—a causal link between fracking and groundwater contamination.

Clients also benefit from Mr. Dodson's extensive experience in bankruptcy court and in arbitration. In bankruptcy court, Mr. Dodson has successfully guided clients through complex Chapter 11 adversary proceedings and assisted on complicated corporate restructurings. In arbitration, Mr. Dodson regularly handles construction and complex business arbitrations, often with a cross-border emphasis.

Bars and Courts
Texas State Bar
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
US District Court for the Western District of Texas
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The University of Texas

School of Law

Southern Methodist University


Representative matters:

Intercos America — obtained dismissal of products-liability cases in Texas and Illinois;

BMC Software — following a federal trial, obtained a $1.6 billion judgment against IBM;*

Foro Energy — following a federal trial, obtained a take-nothing judgment in lawsuit brought by an engineering firm alleging misappropriation of trade secrets;*

Vopak — successfully defended Vopak Americas in a confidential construction arbitration.;*

Vopak — representing Vopak in lawsuit brought for damages arising from an industrial fire and resulting chemical spill at a neighbouring terminal;*

Distressed Debt Investors — representing group of distressed debt investors as lenders to affiliates of World Class Realty. Representation includes bankruptcy and adversary proceedings, foreclosure litigation, defaulted debt proceedings, suits on guarantee, and collection litigations;*

Great-West Healthcare of Texas — following a two-week jury trial, obtained favorable judgment in lawsuit brought by a hospital;*

Houston hospital — obtained complete dismissal of federal class-action brought by consumers seeking in excess of $100 million against a Houston hospital for violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act;*

Post Oak Clean Green, Inc. — obtained complete dismissal of lawsuit brought by local groundwater district against a landfill developer;*

Vopak — obtained complete dismissal of $25 million breach of contract and fraud lawsuit on eve of trial;*

Waste Management — defended company in a multi-billion dollar environmental enforcement action and attendant mass tort lawsuits.*

*Matters prior to joining White & Case

Awards and Recognition

2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Energy Lawyers 

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
Benchmark Litigation US National Future Star, 2023; Texas Future Star, 2023

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List, 2016 - 2020; Top Litigator Under 40, US National, 2018 - 2019
BL Rankings Best Lawyers
Commercial Litigation, 2020 - 2023; Litigation - Environmental, 2023

Lawdragon Leading 500 Lawyers in America 2021 Awards

Chambers USA
Texas Litigation: General Commercial, 2019, 2023

The Legal 500 United States
General Commercial Disputes, 2018 - 2019, 2022 - 2023; Environment: Litigation, 2017 - 2020; Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas, 2017 - 2019, 2023; Energy Litigation: Conventional Power, 2019; Energy: Litigation, 2016; Environment: Regulatory, 2018 – 2019

Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
Rising Star, 2014 - 2019

ALM Texas Lawyer
Professional Excellence Awards, Texas Lawyer On the Rise, 2018