November 24, 2020

Volume X, Number 329

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:

Anna Burhop Attorney Energy Regulations Lawyer Bracewell LLP
Anna Burhop assists clients with effective participation in the legislative and regulatory processes. She advocates on behalf of clients in the energy, environmental and natural resources...


Ryan C. Myers, White Collar Defense Attorney, Bracewell law firm
Ryan Myers concentrates his practice on white collar defense, internal investigations, litigation and corporate compliance for clients in the energy, trade, pharmaceutical and manufacturing...
Rona MacRae Energy Attorney Bracewell Law Firm
Senior Associate
Rona MacRae advises clients on international disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Rona has experience resolving complex, high-value arbitrations and litigations concerning gas...
Fernando J. Rodriguez Marin, Bracewell, energy and finance lawyer
Fernando Rodriguez Marin advises developers, investors and financial institutions on infrastructure, energy and real estate projects. He represents clients in project finance and public...
Robert Meade Solicitor Bracewell UK
Senior Associate
Robert Meade handles high-stakes international disputes in the oil and gas exploration, midstream and downstream sectors, as well as disputes related to infrastructure, construction and...
Kathy Witty Medford, Bracewell, Capital markets, securities matters lawyer, general corporate transactions attorney
Kathy Witty Medford advises and represents business clients on securities matters, corporate finance and general corporate transactions.  With a primary focus on capital markets, she...
Caroline Melo Labor & Employment Attorney Bracewell Houston, TX
Caroline Melo represents employers in litigation, administrative investigations, and other actions related to employment including the defense of claims of alleged discrimination,...
Vincent Morgan Insurance Lawyer Bracewell
Vince Morgan has helped clients obtain billions of dollars in insurance proceeds and other recoveries. He represents corporate policyholders in complex coverage matters related to all types...
William Moss, Commercial Litigation, Oil, Gas, Bracewell Law FIrm
William Moss focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation matters including contracts, commercial torts, environmental torts, and oil & gas and real estate disputes. He...
Ade Mosuro, Bracewell, Energy attorney
Ade Mosuro’s practice focuses on international energy and infrastructure, project development and project finance transactions, with a particular focus on the Middle East and Africa. He has...


Boris Shkuta Environmental Energy utilities Attorney Bracewell law Firm
Boris Shkuta’s practice focuses on electric power and transmission regulatory work and energy storage technologies. He also advises clients on matters related to lending, project finance,...
Dale Smith energy lawyer Bracewell
Dale Smith’s practice focuses on finance, energy and real estate matters. A member of the electric and gas utility industry for more than a decade, Dale now uses that knowledge when helping...
David Springer Energy and finance lawyer Bracewell
David Springer serves as counsel to companies and financial institutions that are seeking resolution to their business disputes. He represents clients in diverse matters including...
John Stavinoha, Energy Attorney, Bracewell Law Firm
John Stavinoha’s practice focuses on representing developers, exploration and production companies, midstream companies, private equity funds, purchasers and sellers in all aspects of...
Angela Styles, Govt contract lawyer, Bracewell
Angela Styles represents clients through the full lifecycle of the federal contracting process with unique insight and ability to efficiently resolve issues and problems with Executive...


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.