Catherine Bratic

Catherine Bratic

Senior Associate

Email catherine.bratic@​

Phone +1 713 632 1434

Fax +1 713 632 1401

LanguagesEnglish, French, Spanish

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Catherine Bratic represents clients from all over the world in international disputes, helping them solve complex cross-border problems.

Catherine has particular experience representing clients in the energy, construction, and media sectors, as well as states and state-owned entities. She has advised clients in complex, high-value disputes before arbitral tribunals constituted under the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, AAA, ICDR, SCAI, and LCIA rules, as well as before national courts.

Trained in civil and common law, and dual-qualified in Texas and France, Catherine is adept at navigating the cross-cultural issues that often arise in international disputes. Whether the audience is a judge or a panel of arbitrators, she helps clients navigate every stage of the disputes process, from the filing of a claim, through preparation of motions and pleadings, to merits hearings, and enforcement proceedings.

Catherine began her practice in the Paris office of Hogan Lovells, where she worked on numerous commercial and investment arbitrations. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Catherine clerked for the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. She also served as a legal fellow at UNESCO, defending the organization in arbitrations and in national court proceedings.

Catherine has written on a variety of topics related to international arbitration and public international law, and has lectured in both France and the United States on energy arbitration and international trade agreements. She is a member of the firm's steering committee on women in arbitration.

Education and admissions


J.D., Columbia Law School, 2013

Masters in Economic Law, Sciences Po, 2013

B.A., Political Science and French Studies, Rice University, 2010


Treasurer, Houston Bar Association, Federal Practice Section

Communications Chair, Young ITA

Task Force Member, Houston Bar Association Generational Change Task Force

Member, Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas Division

Member, ArbitralWomen

Member, French-American Chamber of Commerce

Member, International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum

Bar admissions and qualifications



Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Representative experience

Representing a European oil and gas company in an ICC arbitration in relation to a price review of a long-term gas sales contract.

Advising two American companies in respect of ICSID claims against the Kingdom of Morocco under trade and investment treaties.

Representing an American company in a contractual dispute involving the operation of a chemicals plant in France.

Representing a Hong Kong company in ICDR proceedings relating to the breach of a Distribution Agreement with a Brazilian company.

Representing a French company and its American subsidiaries in breach of contract and antitrust litigation in federal court related to the supply of aircraft engines.

Representing a French engineering company in a breach-of-contract dispute under SCAI rules relating to a former consultant's claims arising out of multiple EPC projects in Saudi Arabia.

Representing a European company in various disputes under ICC Rules relating to the purchase of helium under a long-term supply contract.

Advising an American oil and gas company on the negotiation of concession agreements for four oil blocks in Colombia.

Representing a media group in three ICC arbitration proceedings in relation to breaches of several agreements in connection with their business in the Middle East.

Representing a Cameroonian investor in LCIA proceedings relating to a telecom concession agreement granted to a South African partner.

Representing a Japanese bank in Texas state court proceedings brought by American investors related to notes for the purchase of a drillship in Brazil.

Representing the Republic of Venezuela in ICSID annulment proceedings brought by an investor seeking to challenge an award in Venezuela's favor.

Representing a Japanese pharmaceutical company in ICC proceedings relating to the overseas commercialization of a medical device.

Representing the Navajo Nation in U.S. federal court proceedings regarding the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

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