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.
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
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
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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