Firm Profile

Crain Caton & James A Professional Corporation


Five Houston Center, 17th Floor, Suite 1700
1401 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77010
United States
(713) 658.2323

Firm Details

Crain Caton & James provides first-class service combining integrity and exceptional value to its clients. Comprised of experienced attorneys across a broad range of practice areas, the Firm provides legal counseling and client-focused solutions locally and around the world.

Founded in 1912 as Kennerly & Warnken, Crain Caton & James has grown into a stable law firm of over 40 lawyers and their highly-qualified support staff without a merger.   

Our attorneys, are recognized for their contributions to the legal community, including: practice expertise, publication of standard legal texts, and presentations to both legal and lay audiences. Many of our attorneys are recipients of recognition awards from the state and local bar associations.

Today, our clients turn to us for legal counsel on:

  • business transactions involving: land; commercial; industrial and residential real estate, and the development thereof; minerals in place; upstream, midstream and downstream energy assets, including liquefaction and export facilities; entity formation, capitalization and governance; tax planning; advice and compliance; merger, acquisition, consolidation and disposition of going concerns; and estate planning for transition of family-owned businesses;
  • estate and wealth planning including: business succession planning; prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements; will and trust preparation;
  • estate and trust administration, and guardianship;
  • estate and trust litigation;
  • conduct of those in fiduciary positions, such as business directors, trust administrators, guardians and executors, particularly in connection with claims of malfeasance or financial exploitation;
  • environmental law, compliance, investigation, remediation, and management of environmental risks;
  • financial services, lending, compliance, and regulation of banks and other lending entities;
  • bankruptcy and creditors’ rights;
  • non-profit entity operations;
  • intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution and litigation, registration and protection of trademarks, trade names, proprietary information, copyrights, trade secrets, and franchising; and
  • litigation services, involving all of the practice areas, and including employer/employee relations, insurance coverage and claims, construction claims and disputes, hospital management, and risk management.


About Client Service

First-class client service requires customization, not commoditization.  The attorneys and staff members at Crain Caton & James strive to know how each client defines client service.  Does the client want a phone call, email, a written memo or in-person meeting?  How often does the client want to receive status reports?  How long can the client wait for a response?  We recognize the path to the result is as important as the actual result.

Crain Caton & James does not have a big budget for advertising.  We receive our work from client retention and referrals which makes client service of utmost importance to our people.  Our attorneys and staff members work as a team.  So, when an attorney is in trial or closing a deal and unable to return a client call, there is always another person who can return a call.

Feel free to try us and experience a firm where client service and value form its core.



Tom Ivey
Director of Administration



Women: 6

Hispanic: 1

Native-American: 1

Men: 19

Caucasian: 23

Of Counsel

Women: 4

Men: 1

Caucasian: 5


Women: 6

Hispanic: 1

Men: 6

Caucasian: 11

Management / Department Heads

Women: 1

Native-American: 1

Men: 2

Caucasian: 2


Women: 5

African-American: 1

Hispanic: 2

Men: 2

Caucasian: 4

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 24

African-American: 4

Hispanic: 5

Men: 9

Caucasian: 24

Top Listed National Awards

  • Top Listed in the United States in Litigation - Trusts and Estates with 5 lawyers

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Texas in Litigation - Trusts and Estates with 5 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Houston in Litigation - Trusts and Estates with 5 lawyers


John A. Howell
IT Manager
Ana Rendon
Office Services Manager

Firm Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Health Care Law
  • Individuals
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Patent Law
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trusts and Estates

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Houston, TX

Five Houston Center, 17th Floor, Suite 1700

1401 McKinney Street

Houston, TX 77010

United States

(713) 658.2323

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The Woodlands, TX

1095 Evergreen Circle, Suite 200

The Woodlands, TX 77380

United States

(713) 752.8686

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