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
Fracking on your Phone?
Bracewell & Giuliani built a smart phone app solely focused on
fracking. The firm combined a sharp graphical look with deep
knowledge about the gas shale industry.
Putting Down the Legal Briefs and Picking up a
Sixteen volunteers from Bracewell & Giuliani's Connecticut
office rolled up their suit sleeves for a good cause at HARC, a
Hartford, Connecticut nonprofit that serves people with
intellectual disabilities and their families. The volunteers
assisted in HARC's Life Enrichment Program for elderly participants
who celebrated artist Jackson Pollock's birthday by painting
canvases and shirts in his unique style of drip painting.
London in London
Bracewell & Giuliani hired energy construction partner Tracy
London, marking the firm's eighth partner hire this year in the
London office. The firm's London office has been growing steadily-
it hired two energy lawyers in January 2013. The London office
focuses solely on energy and Tracy London will advise on complex
engineering, procurement and construction agreements.
Tracy London comes from the energy and
infrastructure team at Clifford Chance where she spent five years.
She has advised on a range of renewable energy, nuclear, major
process plants and oil and gas projects.
Staying on Top
Partner Scott H. Segal was named to The Hill's Top
Lobbyist List in 2013. He has been named to the List every year
since 2007. Segal is head of Bracewell & Giuliani's Policy
Resolution Group in the firm's Washington, DC office. His practice
focuses on policy and communications issues related to energy, the
environment and natural resources.
According to the Mergermarket Q1-Q3 2013
Report, Bracewell & Giuliani, is one of five leading firms for
M&A work in the South. The firm was listed on the League Table
of Legal Advisors to M&A by Value: US South, coming in 9th
place for 25 deals valued at $35.8 billion. Bracewell &
Giuliani was also listed on the League Table of Legal Advisors to
M&A by Volume: U.S. South, coming in 14th place for its 25
See You in Court
Partner Evan Flaschen and a Bracewell & Giuliani lawyers
successfully represented Today Makes Tomorrow (TMT) of Taiwan in a
Chapter 11 bankruptcy hearing before the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of Texas. At the time TMT for Chapter 11
relief, the company listed more than $1.5bn in debt and $1.46bn of
assets, including three car carriers, a VLCC, an ore carrier, five
bulkers and seven combination carriers.