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Charles L. Strauss

Fax +1.713.815.7301

A founding partner of K&L Gates’ Houston office, Mr. Strauss advises clients across a wide range of industry sectors on various corporate and securities matters, including clients based in the oil and gas, aerospace, trucking, and financial services industries, among others.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, he was a partner with another major international law firm for more than 20 years, where he also served as head of that firm’s securities practice group.

Mr. Strauss is on a leave of absence and is not currently practicing law.

Professional Background

Mr. Strauss advises public and private companies and their boards on such matters as mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; public and private offerings and purchases of securities (equity and debt); antitakeover bids; corporate restructurings; partnerships and master limited partnerships; stock purchases and sales; change of control agreements; joint ventures; international law; and insider trading issues. He also counsels on exchange and tender offers, 1933 Act and 1934 Act compliance and disclosure matters, and communicating with securities analysts and the press.

His clients include companies in such sectors as energy (oil and gas pipeline, exploration, production, service, refining, and marketing), chemical and petrochemical, transportation, and information technology. He also represents national and regional investment banking firms.


  • The Best Lawyers in America, selection based on evaluations from the top U.S. attorneys (2007 - 2017) 
    • Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation (2017)
  • "Texas Super Lawyer," Securities & Corporate Finance, Thomson Reuters (2008 - 2013) 
  • President's Volunteer Service Award, President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (2008) 
  • Mayor's Volunteer Houston Award, The City of Houston Volunteer Initiatives Program and Volunteer Houston (2008)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Houston Bar Association 
    • Corporate Counsel Section, Board of Directors (2004 - 2006) 
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana 
    • Board of Directors (1996 - present) 
    • Chairman of the Board of Directors (1999, 2007 - 2008) 
    • Wish Volunteer (1995 - present) 
  • Chapelwood United Methodist Church 
    • Global Mission Work Team - Kenya (2004, 2005, 2007), Beaumont, Texas (2006) and San Salvador (2002) 
    • Chapelwood Foundation Global Advisory Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "M&A in 2012: Understanding Indemnification & Limitations of Liability," 2012
  • Panelist, "M&A: What Now? The New Realities for Buyers and Sellers," 2008
  • "Corporate Communications with Securities Analysts", Houston Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, 2001
  • "Communicating with Securities Analysts and the Press," CFO Energy Roundtable, KPMG Financial Leadership Series, 2000
  • "SEC Plain English Rules and Aircraft Carrier Release," CFO Energy Roundtable, KPMG Financial Leadership Series, 1999
  • "Communicating with Securities Analysts and Making Forward-Looking Statements," The University of Texas School of Law and the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas 17th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, 1995
  • "Current Developments in Securities Aspects of Limited Partnerships," The University of Texas School of Law Conference on Current Issues in Partnerships, 1992