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Craig Haynes focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on energy litigation. He represents major oil companies, large and small independents, gas plant owners, and other oil and gas interest owners in royalty owner litigation, class action litigation, pricing disputes, take-or-pay issues, operational issues, development and drainage claims, pooling and unitization issues, litigation of administrative disputes, disputes between working interest owners, and litigation involving issues arising in the shale plays. He serves as National Coordinating Counsel for civil royalty cases for one of the largest natural gas producers in the U.S.

Craig has represented energy industry clients in actions in Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Alaska. He also handles a broad range of non-energy related complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout Texas. In addition, Craig also has handled and tried a number of high-profile and high-risk arbitrations.

According to clients quoted in Chambers USA 2016, Craig is “very highly regarded by the judiciary for the quality of his briefs and his advocacy.”

Prior Employment

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jerre S. Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1985-1986

Honors & Affiliations


  • Chambers USA by Chambers & Partners (Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources, Oil & Gas Litigation), 2010-2021
  • Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 United States by Legalease (Energy Litigation – Oil and Gas), 2019-2021
  • Recognized Attorney, The Legal 500 United States by Legalease (Industry Focus: Energy: Litigation), 2015-2016, 2019-2021
  • Dallas Oil & Gas Law “Lawyer of the Year,” The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc., 2013; 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Oil & Gas Law), 2006-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources), 2003-2020
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Business Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources), D Magazine, 2011-2013, 2015-2018
  • Top 15 Business-Defense Lawyers, “Defenders,” Dallas Business Journal, 2009
  • Top-Notch Lawyer (Civil Litigation – Plaintiffs), Go-To Guide, Texas Lawyer; 2002


  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Dallas Bar Association; Business Litigation Section, Chair, 2014; Council, 2002-present
  • State Bar of Texas; Pattern Jury Charge Committee – Oil and Gas Pattern Jury Charge
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court (Dallas, Texas), 1993-1997; Master, 2018
  • Board of Trustees, Dallas Theater Center, 2014 – present
  • Chair, Dallas Bar Association Judiciary Committee, 2001; Chair, CLE Committee, 2003; Vice-Chair, Bench/Bar Committee, 2003
  • American Bar Association

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 1985, with high honors, The University of Texas School of Law; Grand Chancellor; graduated in top one percent of class; University of Texas Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • B.A., 1981, summa cum laude, Texas Tech University


  • Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas