Steve Roberts has 35-plus years in courtrooms litigating environmental, energy, commercial, international insurance, maritime and professional services matters. Recognized nationally for his litigation, insurance and maritime knowledge, Steve tries cases in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Steve concentrates much of his practice on complex legal issues surrounding offshore drilling rigs, platforms and vessels of all types including, most recently, representation of the drilling contractor involved in the BP Macondo Oil Spill litigation.
Steve represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial lawsuits, including shareholder disputes, breach of contract, fraud, qui tam and intellectual property controversies. His experience also includes matters involving offshore oil and gas deferred and lost production, downhole blow-outs and other energy sector casualty claims, congressional and administrative regulatory matters.
Before receiving his undergraduate degree, Steve served as a communications specialist in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. After completing active duty, he served in the Reserves until 1977. While in college, Steve was a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Served as lead counsel in the BP oil spill litigation and guided the drilling contractor through crisis management and regulatory issues following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Represented London insurers in litigation involving $30-plus million business interruption and loss of production income (LOPI) under an energy package policy.
Resolved favorably a $400 million insurance coverage dispute and rigs-to-reef applications after five rigs sunk in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of insurance law (2010-2015)
Selected as a Texas Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2010-2016)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of admiralty & maritime law and personal injury litigation - defendants (1995-2016)
Selected for inclusion among Texas Super Lawyers (2003-2004, 2007-2015)