Bracewell & Giuliani LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Bankruptcy kings”
  • “Nice to work with”
  • “Republican”
  • “Fratty”

About Bracewell & Giuliani 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.


April 2014

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.

February 2014

Putting Down the Legal Briefs and Picking up a Paintbrush
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.

November 2013

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.

October 2013

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.

M&A Southern Style

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 deals.

September 2013

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.

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Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

711 Louisiana St.
Suite 2300 South Tower Pennzoil Place
Houston, TX 77002-2781
Phone: (713) 223-2300


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Mark C. Evans
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 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
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    29 out of 38 (2013)

  • 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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