Carrin F. Patman

Founding Members
Class of '82

Carrin Patman is a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP where she maintains an active trial docket, representing diverse business and energy industry clients in litigation, including class actions, involving commercial disputes, securities matters, antitrust and competition issues, environmental violations and regulatory compliance.

Ms. Patman’s recent litigation experience includes: defending former directors of a publicly traded oil and gas exploration company against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty; defending a publicly traded energy company against claims of breach of contract and fraud in connection with its drilling program; defending a major energy company in a series of fraud and breach of contract lawsuits involving the sale of natural gas; defending a settlement trust in a lawsuit for breach of a services contract and fraud; representing a major energy company seeking recovery of amounts wrongfully offset from its revenues as owner of a fractionation plant; defending a major manufacturing company against a lawsuit seeking indemnity for asbestos exposure claims; and defending a major energy company against certification of a class with respect to claims against it for violation of state statutes in connection with purchase of natural gas.

Ms. Patman was the first woman elected to, and currently serves on, the firm’s seven-member management committee.

In 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007, Ms. Patman earned the distinction of Texas Super Lawyer in civil litigation defense.

In 2001, she received the prestigious Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award, given each year by the Anti-Defamation League, and in 2000, she was selected as a 2000 Woman on the Move by the Houston Chronicle, Channel 11 and Texas Executive Women. Both awards recognize professional achievement combined with community service.


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1982
B.A., with honors, Duke University, 1978

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas


American Bar Association, Member
State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association, Member
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow and former Vice-Chairman
Antitrust and Business Litigation Council of the State Bar of Texas, former Member


Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority, Board Member
Texas Super Lawyers, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010
Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008 and 2009
Sheltering Arms Senior Services, Executive Committee Member
Texas Appleseed, Board Member and Chair of Development Committee
The University of Texas Law School Alumni Association, Immediate Past President and current Director
Texas Law Review Association, Director and President-Elect
Girls Incorporated of Greater Houston, Advisory Board Member
Society for the Performing Arts, Board Member
Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award, 2000, selected by the Anti-Defamation League
2000 Woman on the Move, selected by the Houston Chronicle, Channel 11 and Texas Executive Women