Mr Michael Brooks > Bracewell LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Bracewell LLP
2001 M STREET, NW, SUITE 900
United States

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Michael Brooks focuses his practice in the areas of energy, commodities and derivatives law. He represents energy companies and commodity trading companies in a wide variety of commercial, regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters and routinely advises clients regarding federal rules and regulations governing the trading, ownership, transportation and transmission of energy commodities. His counsel includes advising clients regarding emerging technologies and related privacy, cybersecurity, commercial and regulatory issues.


J.D., magna cum laude, George Mason University School of Law, 2005; B.A., College of William & Mary, 1998

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: electric power

Bracewell LLP is highlighted for its ‘excellent guidance’, and is active in high-profile and complex matters in the power industry. The team represents energy companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation and arbitration throughout the US and before state and federal regulatory bodies. It has extensive experience in multi-party contested proceedings, including disputes related to compensation for energy infrastructure investment. Houston-based partner Stephen Crain is the firm-wide chair of the litigation group, and Deanna King in Austin co-chairs the energy litigation practice with Andrew Zeve in Houston; Zeve is noted for his expertise in oil and gas disputes. Other key practitioners include bankruptcy expert Bradley Benoit in Houston, and Washington DC-based duo Catherine McCarthy, who chairs the firm’s energy regulatory group, and Michael Brooks, who focuses on commodities and derivatives law.

United States > Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas

(Next Generation Partners)

Michael BrooksBracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP represents oil and gas pipeline and storage companies in contested proceedings at FERC and has ‘rare’ and ‘true regulatory experience in liquids Beyond FERC, the team represents clients in federal and appellate courts as well as in dual-track civil litigation and government investigations, with the June-2021 arrival of Anne M. Termine from Covington & Burling LLP strengthening the group’s offering in this area. Managing partner of the Washington DC office, Mark Lewis focuses on midstream commercial and regulatory matters, advising on the development of significant projects and day-to-day operations. Michael Brooks‘ practice, in turn, centres on CFTC work. The team has seen continued growth, most recently the July-2021 hire of former FERC attorney Rachael Marsh. All lawyers are based in Washington DC.

United States > Industry focus > Energy regulation: electric power

(Next Generation Partners)

Michael BrooksBracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP has a particularly strong FERC practice and also represents clients before federal appellate and district courts. The group has significant FERC litigation experience, handling multi-party contested proceedings concerning issues such as market design and transmission, and Return-on-Equity disputes, as well as day-to-day counselling. The team works closely with its Policy Resolution group to advise on major renewable energy infrastructure projects, such as offshore wind and electricity transmission. Catherine McCarthy  heads the practice and handles the full range of issues, including centralized markets. The arrival of Rachael Marsh from the FERC in July 2021 has further bolstered the group’s offering, and comes in addition to the arrivals of Anne M. Termine and Theodore Duver from Covington & Burling LLP and Loeb, Block & Partners LLP, respectively. Michael Brooks  and Stephen Hug are also recommended. All lawyers are based in Washington DC, apart from Duver who is based in New York.