Long known for its intricate (and lucrative) relationships with
Houston and Big Oil, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP raised its
national and global profile in 2005 when it added America's most
famous former mayor to its nameplate.
Growing Up With-and Then
Bracewell & Giuliani started as a glimmer in the eyes of four
Houston attorneys (three of whom bore the surname Bracewell) in
1945. J.S. Bracewell, his sons Searcy and Fentress and Bert H.
Trunks established a practice that was quickly associated with
Texas movers and shakers-Searcy Bracewell himself was elected to
the Texas Senate in 1946. Harry Patterson joined in 1951 and
ascended to name partner in 1966.
From the beginning, the firm focused on six key practice areas:
energy, environmental strategy, private investment funds, banks and
financial institutions, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, and
white collar criminal defense. It also developed a strong labor and
employment practice thanks to Fentress Bracewell, a leading
While Bracewell continues to embrace those core groups, it has
added niche practices in response to Houston's growth as a regional
business hub. The firm leapt at the opportunity to assist the
downtown crowd complete a series of real estate deals that helped
transform the city's skyline. Simultaneously, Bracewell bolstered
its finance department by facilitating the loans that funded said
developments. In the same symbiotic vein, the Houston Independent
School District's need for elite local representation prompted
Bracewell to found its public school law practice, a specialization
that has grown over the years. That said, Houston's sprawling
growth has benefited Bracewell above all else by driving the
creation of one preeminent specialty: oil and gas work. Bracewell
represents such companies as Kinder Morgan, Inc., Apache
Corporation, ConocoPhillips, and Noble Energy Inc.
Meanwhile, Bracewell has grown strategically since the mid-1970s
when it opened offices in Washington, DC and Austin to advise
clients on state and federal regulatory matters. The firm's London
office provides a vital platform from which attorneys handle
European capital and domestic business ventures, and the Dubai
outpost serves as a base for the firm's representation of U.S. and
foreign clients seeking to exploit the region's rich oil deposits.
Further expansion stayed close to home-with the opening of offices
in Dallas and San Antonio-and branched out to other U.S. locales
like Seattle and Connecticut.
Aside from its geographic expansion, the biggest event in
Bracewell's modern history was the addition of a new name
partner-and a big name at that: former New York City mayor Rudy
Giuliani joined the firm in 2005. While an ultimately failed
presidential bid kept America's Mayor from practicing much (or any)
law during 2007 and 2008, his arrival gifted the firm a Manhattan
office and a considerable bump in name recognition outside the Lone
Star State. After leaving the campaign trail, Rudy went back to
work, helping build the firm's corporate, white collar and
bankruptcy practices in New York.
IN THE NEWS
Lift It Up
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Lufkin Industries Inc.
in connection with an agreement and plan of merger pursuant to
which, upon the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, General
Electric Co. will acquire Lufkin, a leading provider of artificial
lift technologies for the oil and gas industry and a manufacturer
of industrial gears, for approximately $3.3 billion. Upon close,
Lufkin will broaden GE Oil & Gas' artificial lift capabilities
beyond electric submersible pumps (ESP) to include rod lift, gas
lift, plunger lift, hydraulic lift, progressive cavity pumps and a
sophisticated array of well automation and production optimization
controls and software.
Cheerio, Mr. Fox
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced that it is adding energy
finance Partner Jason Fox to its London office. He joins the firm
from Herbert Smith Freehills and is the third partner named to
Bracewell's London office this year. Fox will assume the role of
senior partner in the London office, and along with Julian Nichol
and Alastair Young will serve as a cornerstone in the firm's
expansion of its global energy practice.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP won a federal jury verdict in a patent
suit on behalf of Syntrix, a biotechnology research firm, against
Illumina in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of
Washington before U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle. Syntrix
first filed the suit in November 2010, alleging that Illumina sales
of its BeadChip products infringed U.S. Patent 6,951,682. After an
11 day trial, the jury awarded Syntrix $95,795,507 in damages and a
6 percent royalty rate.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing SWEPI LP, a subsidiary
of Royal Dutch Shell, in its agreement to purchase Chesapeake
Energy Corporation's assets in the southern Delaware Basin portion
of the Permian Basin. Shell has agreed to pay Chesapeake $1.9
billion for 618,000 net acres in the Permian Basin, which produce
approximately 26,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Kinder Morgan, Inc. in
the sale of 100 percent of Tennessee Gas Pipeline and a 50 percent
interest in El Paso Natural Gas pipeline to Kinder Morgan Energy
Partners, L.P. for approximately $6.22 billion. The total includes
about $1.8 billion in assumed debt at Tennessee Gas Pipeline and
approximately $560 million of proportional debt at El Paso Natural