Charles M. Rosson


Roxanne Graham


Charles Rosson devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation disputes, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court and in domestic and international arbitrations.  Charles’ experience includes antitrust, breach of contract, transnational law, and energy matters.

Charles joined Gibbs & Bruns in 2017 after beginning his litigation career with Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Houston.  Charles was a judicial intern to the Honorable Jennifer Coffman, Chief Judge of the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, 2008.

Representative Matters

  • Representing Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc. and Oxy Ingleside LPG Pipeline, LLC against NuStar Logistics, LP in pending lawsuit regarding a project wherein NuStar agreed to refurbish and reverse flow on an existing pipeline so that Oxy could safely transport LPG sourced at Mont Belvieu, Texas to new export facility in Ingleside, Texas, under a take-or-pay arrangement with NuStar.  NuStar failed to meet mandatory start-up deadlines in the contracts, and its pipeline ruptured during the commissioning process.  Oxy therefore exercised its right to terminate the contracts and filed a declaratory judgment action confirming its termination was lawful. NuStar has countersued for breach of the contracts.
  • Obtained an arbitration award for a global biotechnology tools company against a major competitor in a breach of a licensing agreement dispute involving DNA-based identity testing (AAA Arbitration).
  • Obtained a directed verdict following a jury trial on behalf of an international petrochemicals company, in a breach-of-contract action involving a former company executive.
  • Secured an award for a natural gas and refined petroleum products pipeline operator in an ICDR New York-seated breach of contract arbitration dispute under Brazilian law against a Brazilian state-owned energy company.
  • Defeated a writ of garnishment seeking to collect more than $1 billion from an international oil and gas company.
  • Conducted an expedited internal investigation for a private international company involving suspicious payments in Africa; the review included examination of corporate polices and internal controls and analysis FCPA violations and anti-money laundering rules and compliance risks inherent in the client’s business model.
  • First-chaired more than a dozen jury trials in conjunction with the City of Houston’s Volunteer Prosecutor Program.


Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.2010
  Executive Editor, Georgetown Journal of International Law
  Moot Court, Best Individual Applicant, International Moot Court Competition (2010), Semi-Finalist (2009)

University of TexasB.A.2007Government

Admissions and Certifications

State Bar of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Memberships and Affiliations

Houston Community Health Centers, Inc.
  Member, Board of Directors (2016-present)

Presentations and Publications

“International Litigation: Forum Non Conveniens,” The International Lawyer  (2012–2013) (co-author)