J.D., (cum laude), Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1986
B.A., (cum laude), Government/Journalism, New Mexico State University, 1982


Selected as one of Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers for 2015-2017 in Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law by Legal Leaders Magazine

Named a "Texas Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, 2009 - 2017.

Recognized as one of the 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Commercial Litigation by The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Martindale Hubbell, and National Law Journal

AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell.

Kelly Crawford


Kelly Crawford has more than 30 years of experience in handling complex commercial litigation, including securities fraud, receiverships, oil and gas, employment, insurance and general business disputes.

Representative Matters

Mr. Crawford has successfully represented clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation, including cases involving:

  • Securities Fraud
  • Oil and Gas Fraud
  • Software licensing issues
  • Employment disputes, including proprietary information, agreements and covenants not to compete
  • Stock option agreements
  • Copyright issues
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Franchisor/Franchisee disputes
  • Real estate disputes
  • Telecommunication issues
  • Creditors asserting claims in bankruptcy


Mr. Crawford has extensive experience in serving as a Receiver or representing Receivers.  In cases brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission and/or the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Mr. Crawford has been appointed the Receiver by Federal Courts in the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western District of Texas, as well as the Southern District of New York.  In serving as Receiver Mr. Crawford has experience in assisting law enforcement agencies such as the Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals, and the United States Attorneys’ Office.  The Office of the Attorney General for the State of Texas has used Mr. Crawford as a Receiver to recover several significant judgments.  Secured lienholders or judgment creditors have also used Mr. Crawford as a Receiver.  


Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Founding Member, National Association of Federal Equity Receivers, including service on the Board of Directors
  • Interfaith Housing Coalition, including service as Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Deacon, Park Cities Baptist Church, including service as Chairman of Deacons and President of Trustees
  • Lake Highlands Wildcat Club, including service as President

Publications and Speeches

  • Note, Domangue v. Eastern Airlines, 722 F.2d 256 (5th Cir. 1984), 50 J. Air L. 375 (1985).
  • Panelist in 2002 and in 2010 on topic of Receiverships presented at the Annual Southwest Securities Enforcement Conference sponsored by The Fort Worth District Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Spoke at “Receiverships in Texas 2011” seminar sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, November 4, 2011.
  • “Unlocking the Door to a Receiver’s Arsenal: A Receiver’s Best Weapons,” written by Kelly Crawford and Charlene Koonce for “Receiverships in Texas 2011” seminar sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, November 4, 2011.
  • Spoke at Collin County Bench Bar Conference, "Wright v. Aspen - A Look From Both Sides at Texas Securities Fraud", May 15, 2015.
  • Co-Author of "Broadcasting Lies":  Broadcaster Liability in Consumer Fraud, Part 1, published in the June, 2015 Commercial Fraud Committee newsletter, American Bankruptcy Institute.
  • Panelist in 2017 for “Receiver Training Camp, Second Quarter” at annual conference of National Association of Federal Equity Receivers in Miami, Florida

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded the Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship to attend the SMU School of Law
  • Editor in Chief of the Journal of Air Law and Commerce
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of Barristers
  • Awarded the Best Brief Award for the Moot Court competition
  • Appointed by the Governor of New Mexico to serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Educational Finance
  • Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Recognized by D Magazine as "Best Lawyers in Dallas", 2011
  • Recognized "Texas Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, 2009-2017
  • Selected as one of Texas' Top Rated Lawyers for 2014 in Collections Law by Legal Leaders Magazine
  • Named “Texas Securities Fraud Litigator of the Year” by Acquisition International Magazine, 2017

Education and Professional Background

  • Admitted, Texas
  • United States District Court for all districts in the State of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted, New Mexico

J.D., (cum laude), Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1986
B.A., (cum laude), Government/Journalism, New Mexico State University, 1982

Mr. Crawford served as Student Body President at NMSU and was an ex-officio member of the Board of Regents.

Reported Cases

Mr. Crawford’s successful experience in handling lawsuits is reflected in the following reported cases in which Mr. Crawford served as counsel or Receiver:

  • Crawford v. Silette, 608 F. 3d 275 (5th Cir. 2013).
  • Warfield v. Byron, 436 F. 3d 551 (5th Cir. 2006).
  • Seawright v. Charter Furniture Rental, Inc., 39 F. Supp. 2d 795 (N.D. Tex. 1999), where the Court found that “lead counsel for Charter, Kelly Crawford, is an experienced, able practitioner who specializes in the area of commercial litigation, including employment disputes…The Court found the quality of their written work to be excellent. Their rates…certainly comport with the going rate for attorneys in this district and division with their qualifications and experience. In fact, the hourly rates are on the low side.” 39 F.2d at 807.
  • Clark v. Fitzgibbons, 105 F.3d 1049 (5th Cir. 1997).
  • Christopher v. Diamond Benefits Life Ins. Co., 35 F.3d 232 (5th Cir. 1994).

Dallas Office

Ph (214) 706-4200
Fx (214) 706-4242
500 North Akard Street
Suite 2700
Dallas, Texas 75201