November 28, 2020

Volume X, Number 333

Bracewell LLP


2018 Go To Thought Leader AwardBracewell is a leading law and government relations firm primarily serving the energy, finance and technology industries throughout the world. Our industry focus results in comprehensive state-of-the-art knowledge of the commercial, legal and governmental challenges faced by our clients and enables us to provide innovative solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

Our Beginning. On November 1, 1945, two brothers, Searcy and Fentress Bracewell, just home from their World War II service, joined their father, J. S. Bracewell, and another leading Houston lawyer to open the doors of a new Houston law firm. From the beginning, the Bracewells understood that for their firm to succeed they must maintain a relentless focus on professional excellence. As they dreamed of building a larger firm, they also understood that the firm’s roots must be deeply embedded in a culture emphasizing personal relationships and teamwork. Finally, based on J. S. Bracewell’s great success as a statewide and community leader before the war, the Bracewells believed that a commitment to public and community service should be a key component of their firm. More than seventy years later, this commitment to professional excellence, to personal relationships and teamwork, and to public and community service remain the cornerstones of our partnership.

Born in the Courtroom. Our reputation for professional excellence began in the courtroom. J. S. Bracewell was well known as a fierce and relentless litigator, and the post-war era saw the firm assume and extend that reputation. From that beginning, our reputation for professional excellence grew from insurance defense to labor, tax, condemnation and business litigation. In the 1960s and early 1970s, as the growing Texas economy began to attract business enterprises from all over the world, as well as financing from money center banks, our litigation practice evolved to the representation of stakeholders in large-scale commercial disputes.

Development of our Business Practice. As the energy and financial services sectors grew dramatically in Texas in the 1970s, the firm’s reputation for professional excellence attracted clients focused on transactional and commercial matters. This inspired firm leaders to significantly expand the firm’s transactional practice, and in the mid-1970s the firm began adding like-minded partners focused on corporate transactions and bank finance. Our firm’s reputation in the courtroom was soon matched by our growing reputation for handling major M&A transactions and financings.

Beyond Texas, Beyond the United States. As the firm’s reputation and size grew, in the 1970s and 1980s we expanded our geographic reach to serve our increasingly diverse client base. New offices throughout Texas and in Washington, D.C. were anchored by long-time Bracewell partners and carefully selected laterals.

Contributing authors from Bracewell LLP:

Michael Brooks, Energy, Commodities, attorney, Bracewell, law firm
Partner
Michael 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 regulatory,...
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Leslie Selig Byrd, labor, employment, attorney, Bracewell law firm
Partner
Leslie Selig Byrd has more than 30 years of experience exclusively representing employers in labor and employment issues and controversies. Leslie represents national and local clients...
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Ian R. Brown, Finance Attorney, Bracewell Law Firm
Counsel
Ian Brown advises business clients on corporate finance options such as initial public offerings, shelf offerings and Rule 144A offerings, as well as various corporate governance,...
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Adam Blythe, Energy Attorney, Bracewell Law FIrm
Senior Associate
Adam Blythe is an energy lawyer with a focus on oil and gas related transactions. He has experience working on mergers and acquisitions, project development, joint venturing and other...
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Molly Butkus, Energy and Finance Attorney, Bracewell law firm
Associate
Molly Butkus is a member of the firm's Energy and Finance sections. She represents and counsels developers, exploration and production companies, midstream companies, private equity funds,...
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Shannon Baldwin Securities Lawyer Bracewell
Associate
Shannon Baldwin represents privately owned and publicly traded companies in securities matters, capital markets, corporate governance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and master...
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Jonathan Bates Corporate & Securities Lawyer Bracewell Law Firm
Associate
Jonathan Bates advises clients on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and securities matters, primarily within the energy industry. He also represents issuers and underwriters...
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Keith Blackman Securities Lawyer Bracewell Law Firm
Partner
Keith Blackman defends clients in disputes involving complex securities before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as in trial and appellate courts. He primarily...
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Stephen Braga Litigation attorney Bracewell
Partner
Stephen Braga chairs the firm’s national white collar defense practice. He has over 35 years of experience representing individuals and companies in criminal and civil matters before trial...
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Sara M. Burgin, Bracewell, Environmental Compliance Lawyer, Water Quality Issues Attorney
Partner
Sara provides counsel to clients on environmental issues, particularly on issues related to water. She advises on permitting, compliance and enforcement matters in association with onshore...
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Matthew B. Grunert, Energy and finance lawyer, Bracewell
Partner
Matt Grunert advises clients on matters related to executive compensation, equity compensation plans and award agreements, M&A and capital market transactions, and credit and financing...
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Shelby Harden Public Finance Attorney Bracewell Dallas, TX
Associate
Shelby Harden works on a range of public finance matters, including as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and disclosure counsel in financing transactions for cities, counties,...
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Yvonne Y. Ho Appellate & Litigation Attorney Bracewell Houston, TX
Partner
Yvonne Ho's practice focuses on appeals and original proceedings in Texas and federal appellate courts. Yvonne has been recognized by Chambers USA for appellate litigation in Texas (2020)...
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Nina Howell Oil and Gas Attorney Bracewell
Partner
Nina Howell has over 20 years of experience representing energy companies across the entire oil and gas sector globally, including cross-border pipelines, upstream joint ventures,...
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Edward D. Krenik, Bracewell, industry coalitions lawyer, trade associations attorney
Senior Principal
Ed Krenik is a Senior Principal for government affairs at Bracewell in Washington, D.C. With extensive prior service in senior staff positions in both the legislative and executive branches...
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Edgar J. Marston III, Corporate Attorney, Of Counsel at Bracewell Law Firm
Of Counsel
Edgar Marston has practiced law for almost 50 years, with an emphasis on asset acquisitions, business combinations, divestitures and spin-offs, securities offerings and contests for...
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Eimear Murphy, Bracewell, Energy Matters Lawyer, London, Upstream Oil Financing Attorney
Senior Associate
Eimear Murphy is an energy lawyer with a focus on oil and gas related transactions. She advises banks, borrowers and international financial institutions on upstream oil and gas financings...
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Theano Manolopoulou, Bracewell Law Firm, Houston, Finance and Energy Law Attorney
Associate
Theano (Thea) Manolopoulou advises clients on structured and corporate finance with a focus on the energy industry, often acting on the development, financing and acquisition and...
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Benjamin J. Martin, Bracewell law firm, SEC, investment, lawyer
Associate
Ben Martin represents clients, including issuers subject to disclosure obligations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and private investment firms, in corporate transactions, such as...
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Paul M. McBride, Bracewell, Energy Market Trading Lawyer, Hedging Transactions Attorney
Associate
As a member of Bracewell’s energy group, Paul’s practice focuses on power, natural gas, environmental products, and related transactions. He has experience structuring and negotiating a...
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Nancy McEvily Davis, Bracewell, products liability lawyer, tortious interference attorney
Associate
Nancy McEvily Davis is a member of Bracewell’s litigation section. Her practice focuses on consumer claims such as lender liability issues, products liability cases, claims involving...
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Christopher J. Miller, Bracewell Law Firm, Environmental Attorney
Associate
Chris Miller is a member of Bracewell’s business and regulatory section. He represents clients in energy transactions that involve upstream and midstream oil and gas projects, electric...
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Jessica H. Miller, Litigation Attorney, Bracewell Law Firm
Associate
Jessica Miller is a member of the firm’s litigation section. She counsels U.S. and international energy-industry clients involved in regulatory litigation proceedings before the Federal...
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Andrew Monk Corporate Attorney Bracewell
Associate
Andy’s practice focuses on representing public and private companies in a variety of corporate and securities transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private...
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Austin J. Muck, Bracewell, patent infringement lawyer, products liability attorney
Associate
Austin focuses his practice on general civil litigation, including commercial litigation, business torts, patent infringement, and products liability. While in law school, Austin interned...
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Heather Palmer, Environmental Issues
Partner
Heather Corken Palmer offers clients in-depth environmental regulatory knowledge and experience in energy-related environmental issues. She helps energy, petrochemical and pipeline...
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David Pang Corporate Lawyer Bracewell Law Firm
Senior Counsel
David Pang focuses his practice on corporate transactions and commercial matters at the Dubai office of Bracewell LLP. He advises on cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital...
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Priyanka Patel, associate
Associate
Priyanka Patel advises clients on a range of corporate and project matters, including M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and cross-border matters in the upstream, midstream and...
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Oliver Phillips Corporate Attorney  Bracewell Dubai, U.A.E.
Associate
Oliver Phillips is a corporate lawyer with experience working across the EMEA region. He has a deep understanding of corporate transactions, with a practice that includes advising...
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Charles H. Still Jr., Corporate Attorney, Bracewell Law firm
Partner
Charles Still advises clients on capital markets transactions and corporate governance and securities law compliance matters. Mr. Still has experience representing issuers and investment...
713-221-3309
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Whit Swift, Bracewell Law Firm, Environmental Strategies Attorney
Partner
Whit advises industrial companies on state and federal air quality permitting and regulations, such as Title V operating permit matters and state and federal new source review permitting....
512-494-3658
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Simon Stevens, renewable, conventional energy, attorney, Bracewell law firm
Senior Counsel
Simon Stevens represents developers and lenders in renewable and conventional energy and infrastructure projects, including projects proposed through competitive bid tenders. He has...
971-4-350-6849
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Tom Swarbick, Energy Attorney, Bracewell Law FIrm
Senior Associate
Tom Swarbrick represents governments, sponsors and funders in relation to major energy projects including nuclear, solar, wind, energy from waste, as well as mining projects.  He focusses...
44-0-207-448-4248
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Kathryn "Kit" M. Schroeder, Bracewell, Environmental Audits Lawyer, Permitting Issues Attorney
Associate
Kit advises companies on environmental matters, helping them navigate environmental audits, permitting issues and the environmental aspects of business transactions. As a former attorney...
512-494-3675
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David Shim financial lawyer
Associate
David focuses on financial insolvency matters in the United States, as well as international financial restructurings. He represents a wide range of stakeholders, including corporate...
860.256.8605
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William B. Simmons, Bracewell, Joint Ventures Attorney, energy-related transactions lawyer,
Associate
William B. Simmons ("Bo") focuses his practice on energy-related transactions for public and private companies. He has experience in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic...
512-494-3678
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LaTasha Snipes, intellectual property law, attorney, bracewell law firm
Associate
LaTasha Snipes counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and related matters. Prior to entering the legal profession, Ms. ...
713-221-1495
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Britt Cass Steckman, Securities Attorney, Bracewell Law Firm
Associate
Britt Steckman focuses her practice on federal securities law, public finance, and civil litigation. Her clients include broker-dealers and municipal securities dealers, large and medium...
202-828-5831
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Nicolai J. Sarad, Bracwell, Energy attorney
Partner
Nicolai Sarad advises financial institutions, developers, equity investors and governmental agencies in the United States and internationally on project structuring, development and...
1.212.508.6174
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Michael Weller, Government Investigations, Attorney, Bracewell law firm
Associate
Michael Weller advises clients in the context of government investigations and enforcement actions, regulatory compliance and advocacy, litigation, permitting, and in quantifying and...
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Lauren West, Labor, Employment, Attorney, Bracewell law firm
Associate
Lauren West is a member of Bracewell's Labor and Employment group. She represents employers involved in federal and state court litigation and before administrative agencies. Ms. West has...
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Shannon Wolf, Bracewell Law Firm, Financial Restructuring and Litigation Attorney
Associate
Shannon Wolf counsels clients in domestic and international restructuring and insolvency matters, including creditors, debtors and acquirers. She represents ad hoc and official creditor...
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Damian Watkin International Barrister Bracewell UK
Partner
Damian is a dispute resolution barrister with a particular focus on high-stakes international arbitration and litigation. His practice primarily accents energy, oil and gas, power,...
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Paul Wight Energy Lawyer Bracewell Law Firm
Partner
Paul Wight represents energy companies, operators and developers, electric utilities and power marketers on litigation, regulatory, compliance and transactional matters. He has litigated...
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Associate
Stacianne (Staci) Wilson represents and counsels clients regarding various commercial litigation matters. She represents clients in a variety of cases, including patent and trademark...
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Bracewell’s Energy Regulation practice covers regulatory agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  Collectively, the practice group's work in this area was recognized  for a 2019 National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader award.  Bracewell's coverage of this area of energy and environmental law and the rule changes and enforcement actions involving these agencies' regulations impacting energy companies provide clarity, insights, and analysis to our readers navigating these waters.

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