Profile
Cases
Practice Focus

Education

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 1988

Texas Tech University, 1985

  • with honors

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Catherine Baen is of counsel at Eimer Stahl LLP.  Her practice is focused on defending individuals and corporations accused of criminal violations.  She has the experience of handling a wide variety of criminal accusations, having tried more than 100 cases to jury verdicts. 

Before joining Eimer Stahl, Catherine was an associate at Bracewell & Patterson (now Bracewell & Guiliani) in Houston, Texas.  While there, Catherine worked in the general litigation section where she participated with particular interest in white-collar criminal cases.  Catherine left Bracewell to join the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston.  After four years as a prosecutor, Catherine joined the law firm of Williams Bailey.  At Williams Bailey, she handled complex environmental and toxic tort cases.  Catherine opened her own criminal defense practice in 1995, focusing on all types of alleged white-collar crimes.  In addition to handling her own cases, Catherine frequently teams up in trials with noted Texas criminal defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin.  

Highlighted Cases

  • Defended former majority whip U.S. Congressman Tom DeLay in a landmark trial regarding an alleged violation of campaign finance law.  Congressman DeLay was ultimately exonerated.
  • Defended CITGO Petroleum Corporation in a trial of alleged criminal violations of environmental regulations.  CITGO was exonerated on the majority of the charges.
  • Defended a federal district judge accused of sexual misconduct and obstruction of justice.  The allegations of sexual misconduct were dismissed.
  • Defended several individuals charged with alleged war crimes in the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.  All of the individuals resolved their cases through plea negotiations.
  • Defended an upper-level employee for Huntsman Chemical in a landmark criminal environmental case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont.  The employee was not charged with a crime.
  • Defended former majority whip U.S. Congressman Tom DeLay in a landmark trial regarding an alleged violation of campaign finance law.  Congressman DeLay was ultimately exonerated.
  • Defended CITGO Petroleum Corporation in a trial of alleged criminal violations of environmental regulations.  CITGO was exonerated on the majority of the charges.
  • Defended a federal district judge accused of sexual misconduct and obstruction of justice.  The allegations of sexual misconduct were dismissed.
  • Defended several individuals charged with alleged war crimes in the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.  All of the individuals resolved their cases through plea negotiations.
  • Defended an upper-level employee for Huntsman Chemical in a landmark criminal environmental case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont.  The employee was not charged with a crime.
  • Represented employees of Koch Industries (now "Flint Hills") in a landmark criminal environmental case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi.  None of the employees were charged with a crime.
  • Represented employees of British Petroleum in the federal investigation of an explosion in a refinery in Texas City, Texas.  None of the employees were charged with a crime.
  • Defended a construction contractor for Beaumont Independent School District in a federal fraud trial in the Eastern District of Texas.  After a hung jury, the contractor pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.
  • Represented Delta Airlines in a criminal environmental matter in state district court in Houston, Texas.  The case was resolved without a conviction.
  • Defended several Texas Medical Center employees in a case concerning the proper collection and disposal of used oil in state district court in Houston, Texas.  All employees avoided criminal convictions.
  • Defended contractor in federal investigation in Oklahoma regarding release of chemicals in to waterways as a result of hydraulic fracturing "fracking."  The contractor was not charged with a crime.
  • Defended employees of a northwestern U.S. oil company for alleged violations related to Leak Detection and Repair ("LDAR") program.  None of the employees were charged with a crime.
  • Represented employee from major oil company in FTC investigation regarding market manipulation.  The employee was not charged with a crime.
  • Defended commercial seamen investigated for potential federal environmental law violations in connection with the operation of their vessels in various jurisdictions.  All cases were resolved with either no charges being filed and/or no jail time.