Craddock Davis & Krause LLP

Kent C. Krause

Kent C. Krause

E-mail: kkrause@cdklawfirm.com
Phone: 214-750-3555

Kent C. Krause received his undergraduate degree in 1979 and his Juris Doctor in 1982 from Southern Methodist University. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 1982, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas in 1983, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit in 1984 and subsequently to the other Federal Districts in Texas as well as appearing pro hac vice in numerous courts throughout the country. Mr. Krause is a partner in Craddock Davis & Krause LLP in Dallas, Texas, and is also of counsel to Speiser Krause, a Professional Corporation, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Mr. Krause has practiced extensively in all phases of aviation related litigation and transactional matters, a natural extension from a lifelong involvement in aviation, including piloting single-engine fixed-wing aircraft. He has been actively involved in numerous general aviation and airline litigation matters.

General aviation lawsuits have included the Christie Brinkley helicopter crash in Telluride, Colorado, Westwind II crash in Guatemala, Beech Baron crash near Swanzey, New Hampshire, Payne Stewart Lear 35 crash, Cessna 402B crash near Del Rio, Texas, Hot Air Balloon crash near Breckenridge, Colorado and the Confederate Air Force B-26 crash near Midland, Texas, among many others. Included in the airline crash matters are the crash of American Airlines Flight 1420 in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 1, 1999 and the crash landing of America West Flight 794 in Phoenix on August 28, 2002. In addition to aviation matters, Mr. Krause has an extensive business litigation practice, representing corporations and individuals as both plaintiff and defendant. Mr. Krause has handled numerous business tort and contract claims, including tortious interference with business relations, business defamation and disparagement and other emerging areas of business litigation such as trade secret and non-competition disputes as well as real estate and oil gas related disputes. Combining his personal aviation background with his commercial litigation and transactional experience, Mr. Krause is active in expanding the law on purely commercial economic loss cases in aviation and other products fields. Further, Mr. Krause spearheads the firm's business law practice, serving as counsel to banking and insurance lenders on various loan transactions and has engaged in providing a wide variety of legal assistance in aviation related transactional matters such as aircraft acquisition, disposition, leasing and lending, minimizing ownership liability, warranty compliance, FAA enforcement actions and other matters related to the business of owning, financing and operating aircraft.

Mr. Krause holds the highest peer-review rating of AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer (Top 5% of Lawyers). Kent Krause is listed in the 2016 Super Lawyers, for Aviation & Aerospace Litigation. He recently served by appointment of the President of the Dallas Bar Association as Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee and has served by appointment of the President of the State Bar of Texas as Vice-Chair of the Texas Court Rules Committee. In 2008, he was appointed to the State Bar of Texas District 6 Grievance Committee. Mr. Krause has previously served, after election by his peers, as Chair of the Aviation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Krause is an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University Law School teaching Aviation Law and lectures on several litigation topics at various CLE seminars. He is co-author of the 3-volume treatise Aviation Tort and Regulatory Law, published by West Group, as well as various legal articles. Kent Krause received the Dallas Bar Association’s Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair Award for 2016 for his work as co-chair of the DBA’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. Mr. Krause is routinely sought after to analyze and comment on aviation matters by members of news media organizations. He has made numerous appearances on both television and radio broadcasts and is frequently quoted in print media. Mr. Krause is married and has four children. He previously served on the Board of Directors of The Bridewell Foundation and Washington Street Mission, charitable organizations working to help disadvantaged young people in the Greater Dallas area. Kent Krause received the Dallas Bar Association’s Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair Award for 2016 for his work as co-chair of the DBA’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. Mr. Krause is an Elder at Highland Park Presbyterian Church and is a member of the University Park Community League Steering Committee.


Kent C. Krause, born Valparaiso, Indiana, March 17, 1957; admitted to bar, 1982, Texas; 1983, U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 2009, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; District of New Mexico.