Firm Profile > Bracewell LLP > Washington DC, United States

Bracewell LLP
2001 M STREET, NW, SUITE 900
WASHINGTON DC 20036
United States

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 1

Active in the upstream, midstream and downstream segments, Bracewell LLP has a range of experience in regulated transactions and represents clients before FERC, the DOE, and the CFTC. The team is particularly active in the area of pipeline infrastructure. The team is based in Washington DC and includes managing partner Mark Lewis and energy and commodities trading specialist Michael Brooks.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Kirk Morgan; David Perlman; Michael Brooks; George Fatula

Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power Tier 2

'Hardworking, dedicated and innovative', the team at Bracewell LLP represents a range of power producers in litigation and arbitration, and in proceedings involving state and federal regulatory bodies. In addition to its enforcement work, the team represents energy companies in domestic and cross-border commercial disputes covering conventional power issues and renewables. Stephen Crain heads the litigation practice and has a broad client base consisting of developers and producers, commodity traders and suppliers to the energy industry. Austin-based Deanna King and Andrew Zeve co-chair the energy litigation practice; King has broad expertise in litigation, mediation and arbitration, while Zeve is noted in particular for his knowledge of the oil and gas industry. Bradley Benoit is another name to note for commercial litigation, and Catherine McCarthy in Washington DC chairs the energy regulatory department. Named individuals are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Crain; Andrew Zeve; Deanna King

Other key lawyers:

Paul Wight; Christopher Dodson; Bradley Benoit; Catherine McCarthy; Michael Brooks

Testimonials

‘This practice is willing to work with to meet your legal needs and budget needs. They are hardworking, dedicated and innovative in problem solving. The quality of their legal product is top notch. Time and time again they impress me with the quality of their legal service.’

‘Michael Brooks feels like an extension of my staff which adds tremendous value. He pays attention to how our company works, how my executives want to see or hear the work product and he is very detail focused. His writing is exceptional. I have brought him into various board meetings to discuss his work, his ability to explain complex legal topics in a meaningful way that board members understand is something that most attorneys cannot do and his teaching background shows.’

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

Bracewell LLP has a broadly experienced energy group with expertise in FERC and enforcement matters, as well as in trial and appellate litigation. The group also has a recognized renewable energy and infrastructure practice, which is noted for its involvement in offshore wind and electric transmission projects. Catherine McCarthy chairs the energy regulatory practice and has extensive experience advising owners and operators on policy matters, infrastructure projects and other transactional mandates. McCarthy is also recommended for FERC enforcement work, as is Stephen Hug and Austin-based Deanna King, who also has experience handling federal and state court litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. Another name to note is Michael Brooks, who focuses on on commodities and derivatives law. Paul Wight left the firm in May 2020 for a position at FERC. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Catherine McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Deanna King; Stephen Hug; Michael Brooks; David Perlman; David Poe; Cheryl Foley

Key clients

Equinor Wind (f/k/a Statoil Wind)

Central Maine Power Company (CMP)

Powerex Corp., a sovereign instrumentality of the Province of British Columbia

The United Illuminating Company (UI)

Shell Energy North America (US), L.P.

ENGIE North America Inc.

Xcel (Southwestern Public Service Company, Public Service Company of Colorado and Northern States Power)

Vistra Energy Corporation

Convergent Energy and Power

New England Power Generators Association

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 2

Bracewell LLP's transactional electricity group is led out of Houston by Ryan Holcomb and leverages the expertise of New York and Washington DC-based transactional and regulatory lawyers who 'understand the industry incredibly well'. It provides 'insightful' counseling to utilities, IPPs, retail and wholesale power companies on corporate and financing transactions throughout the value chain. On the finance side, as well as regularly advising on bank debt and capital markets work, the firm also has niche structured commodity expertise, which includes advising on electricity derivatives and the purchase and sale of power trading positions. The arrival in June 2020 of Washington DC-based partner Danielle Varnell from Jones Day strengthens the firm's transactional capabilities, not only in relation to renewable energy M&A and JV structuring, but also by dint of her impressive track record for clients engaged in significant electric transmission projects.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Holcomb

Other key lawyers:

Hans Dyke; Danielle Garbien; Martha Kammoun; Danielle Varnell

Testimonials

‘The firm understands the industry incredibly well and provides insightful advice.’

Key clients

Kentucky Utilities Company

PPL Corporation

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey / BBVA / BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC / Wells Fargo Securities

Entergy Corporation

Avista Corporation

RBC Capital Markets, LLC / BofA Securities

Rockland Capital, LLC

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

Led from Houston by Alan Rafte and James McAnellyBracewell LLP's oil and gas team has the critical mass and breadth of expertise to handle a tremendous range and volume of transactional work for a variety of stakeholders throughout the value chain, including upstream exploration and development companies; private equity firms; oilfield service businesses; pipeline, storage and terminals companies. Rafte's own workload is reflective of the eclectic nature of work handled by the team as whole; he frequently takes the lead on high-profile domestic and international matters, including upstream and midstream M&A transactions, joint ventures and financings. At a more junior level, Molly Butkus, who was promoted to partner in 2019, continues to gain market recognition within the upstream and midstream sectors, including as it relates to day-to-day operational matters, joint venture structuring and M&A (including niche expertise in the acquisition and divestiture of produced and fresh water assets). The team is also well placed to advise on multi-jurisdictional matters and often works alongside lawyers from the firm's energy-focused London office.

Practice head(s):

Alan Rafte; James McAnelly

Other key lawyers:

Cleland Dade; Jason Jean; Molly Butkus; Austin Lee

Key clients

TC Energy Corporation

Phillips 66

Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Kinder Morgan Canada Limited

Sabalo Energy LLC

COG Operating LLC

Apache Corporation

Pioneer Natural Resources Company

Starlight Relativity Acquisition Company LLC

PFJ Energy

Wells Fargo

Black Swan Oil & Gas

Venado Oil & Gas

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC

DCP Midstream, LP

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 2

Standing out for its in-depth knowledge of the energy sector, Bracewell LLP's environmental strategies group provides assistance to clients facing challenges that arise in litigation, legislative debates and agency actions. In addition to its regulatory enforcement and compliance capabilities, the team is also well versed in environmental permitting, incident response and issues pertaining to climate change, carbon sequestration and renewable fuels standards. Practice co-chair Jason Hutt is recognized for his extensive experience in enforcement matters concerning wetlands, air, industrial incidents and water discharge, while fellow co-head Jeffrey Holmstead is a renowned climate change and Clean Air Act expert. Both practitioners are based in Washington DC, as is Kevin Ewing, who is sought after by clients in midstream, upstream and offshore energy developments and permitting. The firm also fields a number of practitioners in Texas: Sara Burgin is a key contact for water quality issues; Kevin Collins is noted for his incident response work; and Timothy Wilkins specializes in environmental permitting and enforcement work.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hutt; Jeffrey Holmstead

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Ewing; Sara Burgin; Kevin Collins; Ann Navaro; Matthew Paulson; Scott Segal; Whit Swift; Timothy Wilkins; Britanny Pemberton

Key clients

Equinor Wind (f/k/a Statoil Wind)

Jordan Cove Energy Project L.P. (Jordan Cove) and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP (Pacific Connector) (both subsidiaries of Pembina Pipeline Corporation)

Resource Environmental Solutions (RES)

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Valero

Energy Forward (EF)

Air Liquide Large Industries LP and Airgas USA, LLC

Ryan LLC

Ascend Performance Materials

Government > Government relations Tier 3

Bracewell LLP has a notable reputation in handling strategic government communications in the energy and environmental space, where it assists utilities, refiners, renewables and chemical producers with a huge variety of legislative and regulatory issues. Based in Washington DC, the team also represents industry associations in matters before the US Consumer Products Safety Commission. It also has niche strength in FBI policy issues. Scott Segal focuses on the energy sector and is particularly noted for his work on climate change policy development; Segal oversees the group with Dee Martin, a key contact for industry coalitions, trade associations and non-profit organizations seeking advice on legislative, and public affairs aspects of governmental advocacy campaigns. International trade and economic sanctions are some of Joshua Zive's core specialisms; while Christine Wyman's notable areas of activity include policy strategy development and environmental issues.

Practice head(s):

Scott Segal; Dee Martin

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Zive; Christine Wyman; Jeffrey Holmstead

Testimonials

‘The team at the Policy Resolution Group are personable and highly invested in our success as an organization. We have been with this firm for over 20 years. Their communications, interactions, facilities, and personnel are all top notch. Dee Martin and Josh Zive are absolutely committed to our organization and success. Not simply because we are customers, but, because they absolutely believe in our mission and the purpose for which we were created.’

‘The team is exceptionally dedicated, responsive, and has an impressively wide breadth of expertise and connections throughout the federal agencies and Congress. The stand out feature with Bracewell has been their interest in learning the operations of our company and proactively pursuing issues on our behalf. They often bring issues to our attention because they understand what we do as a company.’

Key clients

FBI Agents Association

Cornerstone Building Brands

NuStar Energy

The Trevor Project

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA)

Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)

Valero Energy

Thai Union Group PCL

Energy Forward Coalition (EF)

Helix Energy Systems

Air Liquide USA, LLC

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 3

Bracewell LLP has an active presence in the oil and gas space and covers transactions, litigation, regulatory and pipeline development for clients in every segment of the oil and gas market. Specifically, the team represents oil and gas pipelines, LNG and storage companies in contested FERC proceedings and other disputes. It also advises on all aspects of pipeline infrastructure and assists midstream companies with the development of key projects. Managing partner Mark Lewis in Washington DC chairs the oil and gas regulatory practice. Practice head Stephen Crain is based in Houston and has a strong background in energy litigation. Andrew Zeve and Deanna King co-chair the energy litigation practice in Austin.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lewis; Stephen Crain; Andrew Zeve; Deanna King

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Dodson; Bryan Dumesnil; Stephen Benesh; Sean Gorman

Testimonials

‘Bracewell has done a very nice job endearing themselves to their client, understanding our needs and positioning themselves to react quickly to our legal issues. Their insight, expertise, and value rank second to none.’

‘Bracewell’s energy and regulatory teams understand the industry incredibly well, helping navigate troubled waters towards our success and goals.’

Key clients

TC Energy Corporation

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Phillips 66

Enterprise Pipeline Partners, L.P.

Targa Resources Partners LP

DTE Energy

Enbridge, Inc.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC

Apache Corporation

Tallgrass Energy

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Summit Midstream (Double E Pipeline)

Apache Corporation

Noble Energy

Kinder Morgan, Inc., Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC and Permian Highway Pipeline LLC

Foro Energy

Baker Hughes Incorporated

Enerflex Ltd.

Southwestern Energy

Luxe Operating, LLC

Triple Crown Energy LLC

Catena Resource LLC

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

While it remains best known for its oil and gas expertise, Bracewell LLP continues to develop a strong offering in the renewables space, acting on behalf of alternative energy-focused developers and investors, as well as conventional utilities and core fossil fuels clients, which are increasingly visible in the sector. Houston-based partner Alan Rafte exemplifies the firm's flexible and varied energy offering. In addition to continuing to service its loyal roster of clients on their traditional midstream and upstream matters, Rafte is increasingly active for petroleum companies as they deploy more capital into the renewables sector. For example, he recently acted as US counsel to Equinor on its $1.1bn sale to BP of a 50% interest in the Empire Wind project and the Beacon Wind project off the US East Coast; as part of this transaction Equinor and BP agreed to form a partnership to develop other offshore wind projects in the US. As well as advising on core debt and equity financing facilities, the firm also has a sweet spot representing clients in commodity and hedging transactions, an aspect of the practice that was further enhanced by the arrival in March 2020 of New York-based partner Danielle Garbien from Sidley Austin LLP. Houston-based partner Ryan Holcomb heads the firm's power practice and deploys wide-ranging corporate and finance expertise on behalf of stakeholders engaged in conventional and renewables-related energy matters.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Holcomb

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Tomlinson; Hans Dyke; Danielle Garbien; Martha Kammoun; Alan Rafte; Fernando Rodriguez Marin; Nicolai Sarad; Danielle Varnell

Key clients

Equinor

Entergy Corporation

Rockland Capital, LLC

Competitive Power Ventures

Sol Systems LLC

Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners and its affiliates

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 3

Bracewell LLP is particularly rated for its advice to clients facing complex challenges that arise simultaneously in litigation and agency actions. Leveraging close working relations with the firm's white-collar defense, appellate and environmental regulatory practices, the team has the ability to handle high-exposure environmental litigation, especially in the context of energy infrastructure development and permitting issues. Practice leader Jason Hutt has specialist experience in crisis management and response related to major industrial accidents, and is the trusted adviser to several carbon-based and renewable energy companies, project developers and investors. Fellow co-head Jeffrey Holmstead is a leading figure in the Clean Air Act and climate change sphere. Both are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hutt; Jeffrey Holmstead

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Ewing; Ann Navaro; Matthew Paulson; David Super; Timothy Wilkins; Brittany Pemberton

Key clients

Equinor Wind (f/k/a Statoil Wind)

The Dow Chemical Company

Valero

Venoco, LLC

Nexus Gas Transmission, LLC

Vopak Americas

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 3

Bracewell LLP's environmental strategies group is proficient across a range of transactional work, notably deals involving the energy and industrial sectors. Split between Washington DC and Texas, the team of dedicated environmental lawyers has over the years developed a strong track record advising on large-scale projects concerning air, water, waste and infrastructure development. The group is led out of the DC office by litigator Jason Hutt and Jeffrey Holmstead, the latter of whom is noted for his in-depth knowledge of climate change regulations. Based in Austin, Timothy Wilkins is skilled at representing companies in strategic environmental permitting matters.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hutt; Jeffrey Holmstead

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Equinor (f/k/a Statoil)

Par Pacific

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.

J&J Worldwide Services

Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Kinder Morgan Canada Limited

COG Operating LLC, a subsidiary of Concho Resources, Inc.

TC Energy Corporation

Bristow Group Inc.

Phillips 66

Juniper Capital Advisors, L.P.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) Tier 4

Although it is based in Houston, Bracewell LLP is among the standout performers not only in appellate proceedings in Texas-based courts, but also in federal appellate courts nationwide. A particular area of focus for the team is litigation in the energy sector; it also frequently acts as counsel in cases at trial stage. Former Chair of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Warren Harris chairs the practice, where Yvonne Ho is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Warren Harris

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

KBR, Inc.

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Apache Corporation

Carlton Energy Group, LLC

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.

Vopak

Weatherford International LLC

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company

Direct General Insurance Company

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Bracewell LLP handles a range of regulatory and white-collar defense matters for large organizations and high-profile individuals. The team has experience in dealing with enforcement actions by regulators and in the design, implementation and monitoring of compliance programs. The practice group is headed by Stephen Braga in Washington DC, who handles criminal and civil matters at trial and appellate courts. New York’s Paul Shechtman is well versed in criminal and regulatory investigations at the federal and state levels. Shechtman also deals with political corruption, healthcare fraud and insider trading.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Braga

Other key lawyers:

Paul Shechtman; Barbara Jones; Jeffery Vaden; Kevin Collins; Matthew Nielsen

Key clients

Morris Zukerman

Louis Ciminelli

Isai Scheinberg

Jose Carlos Grubisich

Linde plc

Franz H. Muller-Huber

Cementaid International Marketing, Ltd.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Bracewell LLP continues to impress in oil and gas, power and community banking sector offerings. Much of the practice is driven from the firm's Houston headquarters with additional expertise in its growing New York office. William Anderson and Charles Still lead the team from Houston, where Troy Harder is another key partner. Energy finance specialists Todd Eckland  and Catherine Hood  are developing the firm's presence in New York, having helped to build a solid flow of engagements from underwriters; both joined the firm from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP in 2019.

Practice head(s):

William Anderson; Charles Still

Other key lawyers:

Troy Harder; Catherine Hood; Todd Eckland

Key clients

Apache Corporation

EOG Resources

Ferrellgas L.P.

Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC

Kentucky Utilities Company

Kinder Morgan

Phillips 66

Sysco Corporation

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.

Textron Inc.

The lead underwriters for Tucson Electric Power Company

The underwriters for DTE Energy Company

Underwriters for Darden Restaurant, Inc., including Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and BofA Securities

Underwriters for DTE Electric Company, including Barclays Capital, Scotia Capital and JP Morgan

Underwriters for Evergy Kansas Central, Inc., including MUFG, US Bancorp and Wells Fargo Securities

Veritex Holdings, Inc.

Finance > Commercial lending

Bracewell LLP's primary focus is the energy industry, where it advises large companies from the oil and gas, renewables and petrochemical sectors on the complex and high-value transactions. The group also has a strong lender practice which includes assisting domestic and foreign banks with financing acquisitions in the energy sector, as well as restructuring and refinancing matters. Dewey Gonsoulin and Heather Brown jointly lead the team from Houston; the former focuses on the upstream energy sector and the latter advises on reserve-based loans and dividend recapitalizations. Though primarily based in Texas, the firm also has a New York office, which includes Fernando Rodriguez Marin and Robin Miles, both of whom have additional expertise in project financing.

Practice head(s):

Dewey Gonsoulin; Heather Brown

Other key lawyers:

Kate Day; Fernando Rodriguez Marin; Robin Miles; Nicolai Sarad; Stephanie Koo Song

Key clients

Bank of Oklahoma Financial, N.A.

Citibank, N.A.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

DCP Midstream Operating, LP and DCP Midstream Partners

Ferrellgas, L.P.

JPMorgan Chase

Phillips 66 and Phillips 66 Partners LP

Pioneer Natural Resources

Société Générale

Sysco Corporation

Targa Gas Marketing, LLC, Targa Midstream Services LLC and Targa Liquid Marketing and Trading LLC

The Carlyle Group

UniCredit Bank A.G.

Finance > Project finance

Bracewell LLP is a well-known name in the projects space, assisting both lenders and sponsors with the financing of a diverse range of projects that includes solar and wind farms, traditional energy plants and P3 infrastructure projects. The team, under the leadership of Thomas Tomlinson, experienced considerable development in 2020, having recruited a number of partners that significantly increase the depth of the firms team. Danielle Garbien joined from Sidley Austin LLP in 2020 and focuses on power and renewable energy, regularly advising on power purchase agreements and hedging transactions. Martha Kammoun, another new arrival, brings considerable in-house experience to the team, having previously worked for Starwood Energy; while Danielle Varnell, who joined from Jones Day, adds to the firm's offering in energy-related M&A.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Tomlinson

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Holcomb; Hans Dyke; Danielle Garbien; Martha Kammoun; Alan Rafte

Testimonials

Bracewell has done a very nice job endearing themselves to their client, understanding our needs and positioning themselves to react quickly to our legal issues. Their insight, expertise, and value rank second to none.’

Bracewell’s energy and regulatory teams understand the industry incredibly well, helping navigate troubled waters towards our success and goals.

Bracewell collaborates well with our in-house team, and accepts our goals as theirs, working well towards a common purpose.

Key clients

Equinor

Sol Systems LLC

Affiliate of Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners

Invenergy LLC

Star America Infrastructure Partners, LLC, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC and Hayat Brown LLC

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (APUC) and certain affiliates

Banobras

TC Energy Corporation

Phillips 66

Permian Highway Pipeline, LLC (a joint venture between Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline and EagleClaw Midstream Ventures)

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 4

Bracewell LLP's immigration team has sector strengths across the energy, oil and gas, and healthcare area. Led out of San Antonia, the group handles non-immigrant and immigrant visa work, conducts audits, and advises on the global transfer of employees. Practice head Victoria Garcia focuses on both domestic and international employment-based immigration issues, and  represents clients in litigation. On the associate level, Amber Dodds specialises in employment law. The firm is able to leverage its wider capabilities in corporate and securities to provide a full-service offering.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Valero Energy Corporation

NuStar Services Company, LLC

Calpine Corporation

City of San Antonio Acting by and through City Public Service Board (CPS Energy)

The General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists

Sirius Computer Solutions

Circle K (formerly CST Services LLC and Valero Retail Holdings Inc.)

Phalanx International (USA), Inc.

Food Safety Net Services, Ltd.

LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc.

China Communications Construction (USA), Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 4

The Houston-based team at Bracewell LLP advises clients in the aviation, energy, and food processing industries on business process and IT outsourcing agreements. The group is particularly active in handling software-as-a-service (SaaS) transactions, and recently advised Southwest Airlines on an SaaS transaction with Viennese software development company Flightkeys in order to provide a customized platform for running a number of the client's business processes, including trajectory management and flight planning. Practice head Jeffrey Andrews and associate Lucy Tyson are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

American Water Enterprises, Inc.

Southwest Airlines Co.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

Based primarily in Houston, Bracewell LLP is regularly involved in large disputes in the energy sector, including bankruptcy matters and construction litigation. The team is also well known for representing public sector bodies in complex litigation. In an ongoing matter, Stephen Crain is leading a large team acting for Wells Fargo in relation to Alta Mesa's Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, involving over $50m in total defaults. Sean Gorman has expertise in business torts, antitrust and IP litigation, and Daniel Connolly in New York is recommended for trial and appellate work.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Crain

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Apache Corporation

BMC Software, Inc., a KKR portfolio company

Kinder Morgan, Inc., Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC and Permian Highway Pipeline LLC

City of Houston, Texas

Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch

Battery Park City Authority

NH Hotel Group, S.A.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Vopak Americas

Southern Copper Corporation

Baker Hughes Incorporated

The Bank of New York Mellon

Enerflex Ltd. and Enerflex Energia Ltda.

Natixis, New York Branch

Genesis Networks Enterprises, LLC

Foro Energy

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 5

Bracewell LLP has lean litigation team based in Texas that is known for handling high-profile cases for clients in the energy industry, though it is also increasingly active in matters for clients in the financial services industry. Its caseload frequently stems from bankruptcy, criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as energy transactions. Tony Visage in Houston is head of the securities litigation practice, which frequently handles actions alleging accounting fraud, insider trading, disclosure, self-dealing and market manipulation. Stephen Benesh in Austin is active in courts across the US, among them the defense of Bank of New York Mellon in a class action in Oklahoma alleging the company misrepresented the productive capacity of vast oil and gas fields.

Practice head(s):

Tony Visage

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Bank of New York Mellon and certain of its trusts and trustees

Southern Copper Corporation

Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.

Gates Capital Management

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 5

Bracewell LLP's patent prosecution strengths lie mainly in the energy and technology sectors, with other prominent matters coming from the hospitality, financial services, and manufacturing sectors. The group is well versed in the management and strategic development of international patent portfolios as well as in PTAB disputes. Clients also benefit from the firm's adjacent teams in commercial litigation, finance, tax, and corporate law. Practice head duo Constance Gall Rhebergen and Brad Chin in Houston are the main practitioners in Texas, but the firm also has offices in Austin, where litigator and PTAB expert Michael Chibib joined the team from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Seattle and New York.

Practice head(s):

Constance Gall Rhebergen; Brad Chin

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Stewart; David Ball

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company

Baker Hughes Incorporated

Apache Corporation

Tetra Technologies

Madden Contracting, LLC

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Sysco Corporation

Eyedetec Medical, Inc.

Freschfield

CSG Investments

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 5

Key names in Bracewell LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation team are practice co-heads Scott Sanders and Matthew Grunert. Recent highlights for the group included acting for public company Prosperity Bancshares in its $2.1bn acquisition of LegacyTexas Financial Group. Energy sector mandates have also made up a notable portion of the team's recent caseload. Sanders and Grunert are both based in the firm's Houston office.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Grunert; Scott Sanders

Key clients

Apache Corporation

Avista Corporation

ERG Resources

J&J Maintenance, Inc.

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Pilot Travel Centers, LLC

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.

TC Energy

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 5

Bracewell LLP’s distinctive energy sector focus is reflected in the firm’s broad roster of supplier and project development clients, both in the conventional power and renewable energy sectors. New York-based department chair Elizabeth McGinley leads the team which regularly handles corporate transactions, private investment fund formations, bankruptcies and commercial agreements. In Houston, key practitioners include firm-wide managing partner Gregory Bopp, a midstream and upstream specialist, and Todd Greenwalt, who concentrates on tax-exempt organizations. Don Lonczak, who has considerable experience in structuring renewable energy projects, joined the Washington DC office from Baker Botts L.L.P. in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth McGinley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Technically thorough–examines all possibilities and has a breadth of knowledge of US corporate and partnership tax.’

‘Liz McGinley is client focused and provides highest level of advocacy. As a client, you are definitely top priority regardless of size or complexity of transaction.’

Key clients

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Apache Corporation

Philips 66

Global Infrastructure Partners Capital Solutions Fund

Brookfield Asset Management

Altus Midstream Company and Altus Midstream LP

AP Energy Holdings Inc. and South Field Energy LLC, affiliates of Advanced Power

COG Operating LLC, a subsidiary of Concho Resources Inc.

Blue Ridge Mountain Resources, Inc. (post-merger the company was renamed Montage Resources)

Pioneer Natural Resources Company

Halcón Resources Corporation

Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation

Pilot Travel Centers LLC

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.

Allegiance Bancshares, Inc.

Sol Systems, LLC

Three Rivers Natural Resource Holdings IV LLC

Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners

City of Houston, Texas Airport System

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

Bracewell LLP's restructuring group is recognized for its work with private investment funds and financial institutions, as well as for its notable debtor-side representations for oil and gas companies. The firm also has a strong bankruptcy litigation practice, an area where Houston-based department head William Wood is a key figure. In addition to its expertise in the energy sector, the team is also active in maritime finance and restructuring and regularly advises international shipping groups seeking Chapter 11 protection as part of their global restructuring efforts; New York-based Robert Burns is the name to note for this type of work.

Practice head(s):

William Wood

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bracewell’s strength is the breadth and depth of its legal team.’

‘The Bracewell team works extremely hard to respond quickly to all client requests and to understand the business needs of its clients.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Echo Energy Partners I, LLC

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, LLC, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Natixis, New York Branch

GP Invitation Fund I, LP

JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA

Bank of Oklahoma Financial, N.A.

ENI Petroleum

Venoco LLC

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, an affiliate of TC Energy Corporation

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 6

Bracewell LLP is a key name in the Texas energy M&A market, with its Houston-based team routinely advising on large-scale acquisitions for a laundry list of top energy companies, including Phillips 66, DCP Midstream, and Holly Natural Resources. The team also has notable capabilities in Texan financial institution M&A, and in the area of Master Limited Partnerships (MLP). The team is led by William Anderson, a prolific dealmaker in the energy and financial services sectors, and Charles Still Jr., who handles public and private M&A, securities transactions, and equity investments. Troy Harder stands out for his expertise in MLPs, drop-down transactions, and corporate finance. Cleland Dade works regularly on pipeline and oil and gas deals, including M&A and joint ventures, and junior partner Lytch Gutmann represents public and private companies, management teams, and portfolio companies in a wide range of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Will Anderson; Charles Still Jr.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable and highly responsive. Bracewell does a nice job staying focused on the big picture and bringing issues to light for quick resolution.’

‘Bracewell has done a very nice job endearing themselves to their client, understanding our needs and positioning themselves to react quickly to our legal issues. Their insight, expertise, and value rank second to none.’

‘Bracewell’s energy and regulatory teams understand the industry incredibly well, helping navigate troubled waters towards our success and goals.’

Key clients

Phillips 66

DCP Midstream

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Apache Corporation

Concho Resources, Inc.

Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

Evercore Group L.L.C.

Altus Midstream Company

TC Energy Corporation

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.

rankings-lawyer > United States

The firm: Bracewell LLP is a leading law and government relations firm primarily serving the energy, infrastructure, finance and technology sectors throughout the world. Its industry focus results in comprehensive state-of-the-art knowledge of the commercial, legal and governmental challenges faced by clients and enables the firm’s lawyers to provide innovative solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

Main areas of practice
Energy: Bracewell is consistently at the forefront of developments across the energy value chain. It is unmatched in its ability to provide a comprehensive offering for market players given the significant number of Bracewell lawyers who are focused in each aspects of this sector.

In the oil and gas sector, the firm represents upstream exploration and development companies; oilfield service businesses; pipeline, storage and terminals companies; refining and chemicals companies; commercial banks, trading houses, investors and private equity investors involved in oil and gas; and investment banks, other intermediaries and strategic advisors to oil and gas companies and investors.

The power team represents utilities, independent power producers, retail electric businesses, commodity trading houses and investors in a wide range of transactions and regulatory and compliance matters relating to conventional and renewable power sources and transmission.

The firm has also developed targeted practices — such as regulatory, environment, tax, intellectual property, and strategic communications — to serve our energy clients. Its industry focus enables it to maintain cutting- edge experience and in-depth knowledge of the commercial, legal and regulatory challenges faced by its clients, so that it can provide the most effective legal solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

We Know Energy®.

Infrastructure: Bracewell has one of the largest and most experienced infrastructure teams in the United States. Its lawyers have played leading roles at every stage in the procurement, structuring, development, financing, operations purchase and sale of major infrastructure projects around the country and in significant markets globally, including energy, transportation, social infrastructure, hospitality, arts, sports venues and other projects. Clients rely on Bracewell to help them achieve their most ambitious goals. Many of these projects are unique, innovative or first-of-their-kind.

Finance: Bracewell is well known for advising borrowers and lenders on billions of dollars of financial transactions every year. It assists clients in various forms of secured and unsecured transactions, including project finance, acquisition finance, syndicated lending, structured finance, leveraged finance, reserved-based lending, bridge financings to facilitate capital markets access, equipment finance and leasing. Furthermore, the firm’s finance attorneys assist clients in various stages of a lending transaction, including refinancings and restructurings (including out-of-court restructurings) of existing loans, debtor in possession (DIP) financings, and exit financings for both borrower and lender clients. The firm boasts a large energy finance team with in-depth knowledge across the entire energy finance spectrum, including upstream, midstream, downstream, exploration and production, refining, oil field services, commodities, chemicals, and renewables and conventional power.

Technology: Bracewell’s technology team utilizes a well-rounded approach to facilitate protection of technology assets to align with the long term goals of the client. The firm provides practical coverage in all areas of technology and intellectual property, with established practitioners who file, prosecute and litigate patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and provide advice and support on an array of transactional or adversarial matters. Bracewell lawyers also counsel on outsourcing, licensing, technology transfers and joint venture agreements. The firm is particularly active in core industries around the globe, including energy, technology, finance and retail.

Litigation: For 75 years, Bracewell’s litigators have excelled in courtrooms across the United States and internationally, earning the respect of both judges and adversaries. The team is known for representing industry leaders, across many sectors, in their most high-profile and complex matters. This includes commercial, securities, patent, white-collar, international arbitration, environment and energy litigation, as well as appellate issues that arise from these matters.

Government relations: The firm’s government relations practice is housed within its Policy Resolution Group, which includes lawyers, government relations specialists and strategic communications professionals. It offers a seamless integration of these skill sets and a depth of knowledge unparalleled in Washington, DC, which makes Bracewell’s offering unique among government relations firms. The team has vast and diverse industry experience, with notable influence in energy and environment, namely utilities, oil and gas, and renewables, national security and consumer products.

Department Name Email Telephone
Business & Regulatory Section G. Alan Rafte alan.rafte@bracewell.com 713 221 1411
Litigation Section Stephen B. Crain stephen.crain@bracewell.com 713 221 1305
Technology Section Constance Gall Rhebergen constance.rhebergen@bracewell.com 713 221 3306
Policy Resolution Group E. Dee Martin dee.martin@bracewell.com 202 828 5818
Policy Resolution Group Scott H Segal scott.segal@bracewell.com 202 828 5845
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Stephen Braga  photo Mr Stephen Braga Stephen Braga chairs the firm’s national Government Enforcement & Investigations practice. He…
Mr Michael Brooks  photo Mr Michael Brooks Michael Brooks focuses his practice in the areas of energy, commodities and…
Mr Hans Dyke photo Mr Hans Dyke Hans Dyke counsels clients in the energy sector in connection with their…
Mr William Ebert  photo Mr William Ebert William Ebert represents large financial institutions, private equity funds and companies in…
Mr Kevin Ewing  photo Mr Kevin Ewing Kevin Ewing is a natural resources lawyer who helps clients address challenges…
Mr George Fatula  photo Mr George Fatula George Fatula’s practice focuses on energy-related transactions, regulatory matters, projects, and controversies.…
Ms Yvonne Ho photo Ms Yvonne Ho Yvonne Ho’s practice focuses on appeals and original proceedings in Texas and…
Mr Jeffrey Holmstead  photo Mr Jeffrey Holmstead Jeff Holmstead, former assistant administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency…
Mr Stephen Hug  photo Mr Stephen Hug Stephen Hug represents clients in matters related to federal and state regulatory…
Mr Jason Hutt  photo Mr Jason Hutt Jason Hutt, chair of the firm’s environmental department, advises and defends clients…
Ms Shelby Kelley  photo Ms Shelby Kelley Shelby Kelley serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. She oversees administrative…
Mr Mark Lewis  photo Mr Mark Lewis Mark Lewis, managing partner of the firm’s Washington, DC office, focuses his…
Ms E. Dee Martin  photo Ms E. Dee Martin Dee Martin is co-chair of the firm’s Policy Resolution Group, the government…
Ms Catherine McCarthy  photo Ms Catherine McCarthy Catherine McCarthy has represented asset owners and others on energy regulation and…
Mr Kirk Morgan  photo Mr Kirk Morgan Kirk Morgan’s practice focuses on complex energy issues, but clients can count…
Ms Ann Navaro  photo Ms Ann Navaro Ann Navaro advises on and litigates under the federal laws and policies…
Mr David Perlman  photo Mr David Perlman David Perlman represents and counsels clients in regulatory and compliance matters concerning…
Mr Scott Segal photo Mr Scott Segal Scott Segal is co-chair of the firm’s Policy Resolution Group, the government…
Ms Britt Steckman  photo Ms Britt Steckman Britt Steckman focuses her practice on civil and criminal litigation and federal…
Mr Douglas Stewart  photo Mr Douglas Stewart Doug Stewart’s experience spans a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware…
Mr David Super  photo Mr David Super David Super offers first-chair trial experience to clients across multiple industries. He…
Mr Tim Urban  photo Mr Tim Urban Tim Urban leads the tax policy practice at Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group.…
Mr Bob Wagman  photo Mr Bob Wagman Bob Wagman has experience representing U.S. and foreign companies of all sizes…
Ms Christine Wyman  photo Ms Christine Wyman Christine Wyman assists clients in developing policy strategies and implementing them through…
Mr Andrew Zeve photo Mr Andrew Zeve Andrew Zeve co-chairs the firm’s energy litigation practice group and represents clients…
Mr Joshua Zive  photo Mr Joshua Zive Josh Zive is an advocate and counselor for clients confronting complex legislative,…
Number of Partners : 167
Arabic
Bangla
Bulgarian
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
Serbo-Croatian
Czech
Danish
English
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Portugese
Punjabi
Romanian
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Tamil
Thai
Turkish
Urdu
Vietnamese
Managing Partner : Gregory M Bopp