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 regulation: oil and gas

(Next Generation Partners)

Michael BrooksBracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP handles a mix of transactional and standalone regulatory work in the oil and gas field, covering the full spectrum of upstream, midstream and downstream mandates. The team is at the forefront of pipeline infrastructure work and is experienced in issues involving both oil and gas pipelines. Senior team members frequently represent clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy (DoE), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and other state and federal regulatory agencies. The core team includes Washington DC office managing partner Mark Lewis, Kirk Morgan, David PerlmanMichael Brooks and George Fatula. All are based in Washington DC.

United States > Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power

(Next Generation Partners)

Michael BrooksBracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP has extensive experience before FERC, the DoE, the CFTC, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and other regional entities. The practice has a notable reputation in the energy field, backed up by key regulatory credentials. It also has a strong record in rate and centralized market issues and is singled out for its hydroelectric capabilities. Catherine McCarthy heads up the firm’s energy regulatory department and has experience in obtaining FERC and other state approvals for major projects and transactions. Austin-based partner Deanna King has extensive transmission regulation experience and is active in the California independent system operator market. Paul Wight is noted for design and operations matters, Stephen Hug was promoted to partner in early 2019, and Michael Brooks is praised for his knowledge of wholesale markets. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.