September 23, 2021

Volume XI, Number 266

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell 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:

Stephen Braga Litigation attorney Bracewell
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...
Sara M. Burgin, Bracewell, Environmental Compliance Lawyer, Water Quality Issues Attorney
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...
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...


Andrew Monk Corporate Attorney Bracewell
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...
Austin J. Muck, Bracewell, patent infringement lawyer, products liability attorney
Austin focuses his practice on general civil litigation, including commercial litigation, business torts, patent infringement, and products liability. While in law school, Austin interned...
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
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...
Kyle A. Mason Energy Litigation Attorney Bracewell Houston, TX
Kyle Mason’s practice focuses on matters related to complex commercial litigation and energy litigation. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts across the...
Robert Meade Solicitor Bracewell UK
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,...
Stephani A. Michel Litigation Attorney Bracewell Houston, TX
Stephani Michel focuses her practice on appeals and proceedings in Texas and federal appellate courts. Prior to joining Bracewell, she served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Gregg J....


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,...
Ibrahim Siddiki Corporate Attorney Bracewell Saudi Arabia
Ibrahim Siddiki is qualified and licensed to practice law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and England.  Ibrahim is a partner in the Dubai office and leads the firm’s Saudi practice.  Having...
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...
Gordon Stewart Financial Attorney Bracewell
Gordon Stewart advises financial investors, private equity houses, and corporates and their banks and funders on transactions in the renewable energy and power sector. Gordon has worked on...
Taylor M. Stuart Energy & Infrastructure Attorney Bracewell Washington, DC
Taylor Stuart focuses her practice on regulatory, transactional and policy matters for clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Bracewell, she served as a law...
Galen F. Stump Government Investigations and IP Attorney Bracewell New York
Galen Stump focuses his practice on government enforcement and investigations, and intellectual property matters. Prior to joining the firm, Galen served as a summer legal intern at the...
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 2020 Election analysis coverage is recognized with a National Law as Go-To Thought Leadership award for the firm’s articles, videos and webinars analyzing the election results and the firm’s predictions about how these results will impact public policy. Topics addressed in Bracewell’s 2020 Election coverage include:  appropriations and budget, committee leadership,  consumer product safety, energy, environment,  international trade, labor and employment tax, and the first 100 days of the new administration. The following Bracewell authors were the most frequent contributors of 2020 election news:  Anna Burhop, Liam P. Donovan, John Lee and Scott H. Segal.

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.