Bracewell LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Striving”
  • “Great energy firm”
  • “Conservative”
  • “Intense”

About Bracewell LLP

Editor's note: In January 2016 Rudy Giuliani left Bracewell & Giuliani and the firm re-branded itself as Bracewell LLP.

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 Outgrowing-Houston

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 employment lawyer.

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.

Rudy, Rudy

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.



Acquisition Experts

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) in connection with the completion of its acquisition of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYSE: KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EPB) for approximately $76 billion in total transaction value. The transaction was initially announced on August 10, 2014.

June 2015

Supreme Victory

The Supreme Court of the United States decided in favor of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP's client, ASARCO LLC, in Baker Botts LLP, et al. v. ASARCO LLC. In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court held that Section 330(a) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not authorize bankruptcy professionals to recover fees they incur in litigating over their underlying fee requests. The decision denies the attempt to obtain more than $7 million in such fees.

Food From the Bar

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP's Washington DC office raised $15,810, which translates into 39,597 meals, for the Capital Area Food Bank during the Food From the Bar campaign. Bracewell was the overall winner among medium-sized firms and was honored as the "Best All-Around" campaign.

Leaning In

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Associate Amanda K. Edwards was selected winner of the Future Leader (Private Practice) award at the 2015 Chambers Women in Law Awards, USA, which took place on June 2 at The Harvard Club in New York City. Edwards was chosen from a prestigious list of eight nominees that were shortlisted in this category.

December 2014

An Energized Practice Group

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP's energy practice was named an Energy Group of the Year by Law360 for a remarkable fourth consecutive year. Bracewell was one of just eight energy practices recognized in 2014. All Practice Groups of the Year were selected based on significance of litigation wins or deals worked on; size and complexity of litigation wins or deals worked on; and number of significant, large or complex deals the group worked on or lawsuits won.

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Bracewell LLP

711 Louisiana St.
Suite 2300 South Tower Pennzoil Place
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 223-2300


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Mark C. Evans
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 485

  • Employment Contact
    Ms. Jean P. Lenzner
    Director, Professional Resources
    Phone: (713) 221-1296
    E-mail: Law School Contact:
    Ms. Katherine Hine
    Manager, Professional Resources Specialist
    Phone: (713) 222-3067

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    30 out of 36 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Broker-Dealer & Market Regulation
    Climate Change
    Corporate & Securities
    Educational Institutions
    Environmental Strategies
    Financial Institutions
    Financial Restructuring
    Intellectual Property
    Internal Investigations
    Labor & Employment
    Private Client Services
    Private Investment Funds
    Real Estate & Projects
    Strategic Communications
    White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations & Regulatory Enforcement

Major Office Locations

  • Houston, TX (HQ)
  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Hartford, CT
  • New York, NY
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, DC
  • Dubai
  • London
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