Steve Roberts has 35-plus years in courtrooms litigating 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.
Sutherland resolves $32 million volcano eruption case for Lloyd's underwriters.
Sutherland resolved a case for underwriters at Lloyd's involving business interruption and property damage claims in excess of $32 million caused by the eruption of Mt. Redoubt in Alaska.
Sutherland guides drilling contractor through litigation, crisis management and regulatory inquiries following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Sutherland has represented Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc.’s legal responses in cases and investigations arising from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sutherland represents client in oil rig insurance dispute.
Sutherland represented a client in a $400 million insurance coverage dispute and rigs-to-reef applications in Louisiana and Texas after five rigs sunk in hurricanes.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of insurance law (2010-2013)
Selected as a Texas Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2010-2013)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of admiralty & maritime law and personal injury litigation – defendants (1995-2014)
Selected for inclusion among Texas Super Lawyers® (2003-2004, 2007-2013)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, Houston Bar Association
Member, International Association of Drilling Contractors
Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States
Former Member, Admiralty and Maritime Committee
Personal Injury Committee, Maritime Law Association of the United States
Member, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
Member, National Advisory Committee of the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute
Member, Planning Committee of the University of Texas Admiralty Law Symposium
Adjunct Professor of civil trial advocacy, University of Houston
Former Co-Editor, Longshore Section, Maritime Adviser’s Maritime Personal Injury Report
Member, Houston Mariners Club
Founder and Board Member, Archway Academy
Founding Member, Cornerstone Recovery