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At a Glance


“The people and culture.”

“Competitive pay.”

“The sophistication of the work.”


“The unpredictable workflow.”

“Billable-hour requirement.”

“Unpredictability of schedule (most of BigLaw).”

About Bracewell LLP

With more than 350 lawyers across 10 offices—including two international posts—Bracewell LLP is a global firm with a range of practices. But the firm’s roots in the Lone Star state are still strong as is demonstrated by its four Texas locations and its strength in oil and gas.

Hailing from Houston

Bracewell 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. Tunks established a practice that was quickly associated with Texas movers and shakers—Searcy Bracewell himself was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1947 and Senate in 1949. 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. 

Branching Out

While Bracewell continues to embrace its original core groups, the firm has added niche practices in response to Houston’s growth as a regional business hub. That said, Houston’s sprawling growth has benefited Bracewell above all else by driving the creation of one preeminent specialty: energy work. Bracewell represents such companies as Kinder Morgan, Inc., Apache Corporation, Phillips 66, and Cheniere.

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 serve energy clients in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. And the Dubai office serves as a base for U.S. and foreign clients involved in P3, infrastructure, EPC and power and renewable deals, as well as general corporate work. 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 New York and Seattle.

COVID-19 Update

As the world has gone virtual, so have our recruiting efforts. We have hosted virtual events for law students and participated in virtual campus events and career fairs. Candidate interviews are being conducted via Webex.

Why Work Here


Bracewell prides itself as a destination firm for talented young lawyers. Our continued success depends on our ability to develop the next generation of Bracewell leaders. From your first day with the firm, you will receive professional development training, mentoring, client contact and meaningful performance evaluations that will allow you to grow your career.

Our open and participatory culture means that you can actively contribute to firm life while working alongside leading practitioners invested in your long-term success. You’ll quickly discover that our lawyers are not possessive about client work. We value teamwork over traditional hierarchies to promote a collaborative work environment that fosters hands-on learning and continuous growth.

Bracewell LLP

711 Louisiana Street
Suite 2300
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 223-2300

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Gregory M. Bopp
Hiring Partners: Molly Butkus and Charles Still (Houston)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

All offices
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/week

Employment Contact

Jennifer S. Queen
Chief Talent Officer
(214) 758-1625

No. of U.S. Offices: 8

No. of International Offices: 2

Major Office Locations

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

Major Departments

Corporate & Securities
Energy Regulatory
Environmental Strategies
Financial Restructuring
Government Relations
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Infrastructure & Development
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Project Development & Finance
Private Equity
Public Finance
Real Estate
White Collar Defense
*See firm website for additional departments and specific practice areas and industries