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“Early responsibility”

“Generally a collaborative culture and congenial workplace”

“Work/life balance”


“Uneven work flow”


“Lack of transparency”

About Bracewell LLP

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. 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. 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 service energy clients in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, 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.

In 2005 the firm brought on a big name, and in fact added it to the Masthead. Bracewell & Patterson became Bracewell & Giuliani with the addition of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani gave the firm more national recognition and a new Manhattan office, and helped to build the firm’s corporate, white collar, and bankruptcy practices in New York. In January 2016 Giuliani left and the firm changed its moniker to its current mononym.

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, South Tower Pennzoil Place
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 223-2300


Managing Partner: Gregory M. Bopp

Base Salary

All offices
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
Summer associate: $3,654/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
29 out of 29 (2Ls) (2018)

Major Office Locations

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

Major Departments & Practices

Corporate & Securities
Educational Institutions
Employee Benefits/ERISA
Energy Regulations
Environmental Strategies
Financial Institutions
Financial Restructuring
Government Contracts
Government Relations
Incident Prevention and Response
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Oil & Gas Projects
Power Projects
Private Funds
Public Finance
Real Estate
Strategic Communications
Tax-Exempt Organizations
White Collar Defense