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Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP is a leading law and government relations firm that primarily serves clients in the global energy, finance and technology industries. Our industry focus makes us the firm of choice for sophisticated business transactions, complex disputes and challenging legal and regulatory issues. With approximately 400 lawyers located in 10 offices across the United States, United Kingdom and the Middle East, Bracewell is recognized throughout the world for its commitment to excellence and innovative approaches to matters that are redefining the future of energy, finance and technology.


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.

“Partners take the time to let me try, then explain their feedback.”
Bracewell Associate, Chambers Associate (2017)

“I’m doing tasks that would usually be given to mid-level associates, which is great! If you show you’re able to do the work, no one has any reservation about giving it to you.”
Bracewell Associate, Chambers Associate (2017)


Within the firm, we frequently talk about “One Bracewell.” The concept refers to the unity of three factors that distinguishes Bracewell from other law firms by promoting a level of commitment in everything we do:

  1. A shared vision of who we are as a firm and how we see ourselves growing in the future
  2. An internal culture of trust, respect and collegiality
  3. The active involvement of our lawyers within the legal profession and local communities

Transparency and Connectivity

Bracewell lawyers take the time to get to know each other, both professionally and personally. We enjoy spending time together in ongoing professional develop trainings, practice meetings, strategy retreats, monthly lunches and social events.

Every week begins with a longstanding Bracewell tradition known as the Monday Morning Meeting. Our managing partner kicks off the work week with a firm-wide meeting with lawyers from all 10 Bracewell offices. Lawyers — including associates — give updates on significant client work. Firm leaders also report on our financial performance, policy changes and happenings throughout the firm.

This level of transparency permeates throughout the firm and helps create a collegial environment in which you can build a lasting career. Our recently promoted partners include lawyers who began their legal careers as Bracewell summer associates. We also have a number of “boomerang” lawyers in our associate ranks. These lawyers began their careers at Bracewell, left the firm to pursue professional opportunities in the private or public sector, and eventually returned to Bracewell because of our unique work culture.

Bracewell’s Culture of Excellence

Clients expect the best of us. Bracewell, in turn, expects the best from each of our lawyers. Partners and associates alike need to perform at a high level and approach each matter with the highest standard of excellence.

Bracewell’s culture of transparency creates a work environment in which you feel connected to the firm and our clients. Working at Bracewell is more than a job. It’s about being part of a team working toward something special.

Independent legal directories confirm the difference made by Bracewell’s unique culture and commitment to excellence. Publishers such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR consistently rank our lawyers and practices as industry leaders. These recognitions also include younger attorneys, who consistently are honored as rising stars in their respective practices areas.

For associates starting their careers, this means you will have the opportunity to work and learn from outstanding practitioners in your areas of interest.

Bracewell’s Culture of Participation

We encourage — and expect — our lawyers to actively participate in client development, firm life, professional organizations and their local communities.

Each year, Houston associates host a client reception in conjunction with the annual Houston rodeo. Associates take the lead in planning and organizing the event, which allows them to develop professional networks with current and future clients.

Partners in our financial restructuring team have made associates in the group responsible for maintaining the firm’s relationship with relevant industry groups, such as the American College of Investment Council and the International Bar Association.

Our associates are also actively involved in professional organizations such as the Women Energy Network, Houston’s 30 for 30 and the Houston Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society, where Bracewell associates helped the chapter win the 2017 distinguished chapter award from the national organization.

Bracewell lawyers also give back to their local communities, participating in the firm-wide Day of Service, for example, organized by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

You’ll also find our lawyers serving in organizations such as the Dallas Regional Chamber, Discovery Green, Downtown Dallas Inc., Greater Houston Partnership, Houston Bar Association, MD Andersen, Saint David’s School, San Antonio Parks Foundation, Teacher Retirement System of Texas Board of Trustees, Texas Law Alumni Association, Texas Medical Center, United Way, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, Women in Public Finance, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston and YMCA of Greater Hartford.


Bracewell’s long-term success ultimately depends on our ability to develop and promote exceptional lawyers. Our summer associate program attracts talented law students from diverse backgrounds and experiences interested in pursuing legal careers in one of our core practice areas. Over a two-month period, you will have the opportunity to explore different areas of the law by working on actual matters. Our summer associates attend hearings, depositions, trials, negotiations and client meetings. You also will have the opportunity to hone your legal writing skills by helping research and draft agreements, briefs, articles or blog posts. When not working, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the local community and attend attorney dinners, all-clerk lunches and our summer associate retreat.

Learn more about launching your legal career at Bracewell.


 Women In Law

2017 Women in Law Empowerment Forum Gold Standard Certification – received in recognitions of Bracewell’s successful integration of women into top leadership roles

 S P Global Market Intelligence

#4 Energy Legal Adviser by Deal Volume in 2017

 Law 360 

2017 Energy Practice Group of the Year –Bracewell has received this distinction six times since 2010

  The Legal 500

2017 Oil & Gas Specialism Firm of the Year

 The M A Advisor

363 Deal of the Year at the 2018 Turnaround Awards and Energy Deal of the Year at the 2017 Turnaround Awards

 Texas Lawyer

2017 Large Law Firm Litigation Department of the Year

 Law 360

2016 Litigation Powerhouse – recognized as one of the top 50 litigation practices in the United States and one of an “elite group” of five firms with fewer than 200 litigators included on the list of “litigation heavyweights”


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Re-Inventing the Litigation Department

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