June 11, 2021 | 2 minute read

HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP’s position as a market-leading firm in the energy, finance, infrastructure and technology sectors, as well as on transactional, regulatory and litigation matters, was reaffirmed in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 United States. Bracewell earned a total of 76 individual and 28 practice recommendations in this year’s guide.

Among this year’s highlights, two Bracewell partners were named to Legal 500’s Hall of Fame: G. Alan Rafte for Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas; and Paul Shechtman for Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense.

Mark K. Lewis was honored as a Leading Lawyer for Energy Regulation: Oil & Gas. Lewis chairs the firm’s oil and gas regulatory team, which was ranked Tier 1 in this year’s guide.

In addition, two partners were named Next Generation Partners across three categories: Michael W. Brooks for Energy Regulation: Oil & Gas, and Energy Regulation: Conventional Power; and Molly E. Butkus for Energy Transactions: Oil & Gas.

Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in more than 100 jurisdictions based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions received from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

2021 Rankings


  • Warren W. Harris
  • Yvonne Y. Ho

Capital Markets: Debt

  • Will Anderson
  • Todd W. Eckland
  • Troy L. Harder
  • Catherine Hood
  • Charles H. Still Jr.

Commercial Lending: Advice to Lenders and Advice to Borrowers

  • Heather L. Brown
  • Dewey J. Gonsoulin Jr.
  • Robin J. Miles
  • Fernando J. Rodriguez Marin   

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Individuals and Advice to Corporates

  • Stephen L. Braga
  • Paul Shechtman – Hall of Fame

Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Transactional

  • Matthew B. Grunert
  • Scott C. Sanders

Energy Litigation: Conventional Power

  • Bradley J. Benoit
  • Stephen B. Crain
  • Deanna E. King
  • Catherine P. McCarthy

Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas

  • Stephen B. Crain
  • Deanna E. King
  • Mark K. Lewis

Energy Regulation: Conventional Power

  • Michael W. Brooks – Next Generation Lawyer
  • Deanna E. King
  • Catherine P. McCarthy

Energy Regulatory: Oil and Gas

  • Michael W. Brooks – Next Generation Lawyer
  • Mark K. Lewis – Leading Lawyer 

Energy: Renewable/Alternative

  • G. Alan Rafte
  • Danielle Garbien
  • Ryan S. Holcomb

Energy Transactions: Conventional Power

  • Ryan S. Holcomb
  • Danielle M. Varnell

Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas

  • Molly E. Butkus – Next Generation Partner
  • W. James McAnelly III
  • G. Alan Rafte – Hall of Fame

Environment: Litigation

  • Jeffrey R. Holmstead
  • Jason B. Hutt

Environment: Regulatory

  • Sara M. Burgin
  • Kevin D. Collins
  • Kevin A. Ewing
  • Jeffrey R. Holmstead
  • Jason B. Hutt
  • Timothy A. Wilkins

Environment: Transactional

  • Jeffrey R. Holmstead
  • Jason B. Hutt
  • Timothy A. Wilkins

General Commercial Disputes

  • Daniel S. Connolly   
  • Stephen B. Crain

Government Relations

  • E. Dee Martin
  • Scott H. Segal
  • Christine G. Wyman
  • Joshua C. Zive


  • Victoria M. Garcia
  • Amber K. Dodds

IP Patent Prosecution

  • Michael Chibib
  • Brad Chin
  • Constance Gall Rhebergen

M&A: Large Deals ($1 Billion+)

  • Will Anderson
  • W. Cleland Dade
  • Lytch T. Gutmann
  • Troy L. Harder
  • Charles H. Still Jr.

Project Finance: Advice to Lender and Advice to Sponsor

  • Danielle Garbien
  • Thomas M. Tomlinson
  • Danielle M. Varnell

Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy): Corporate

  • Robert G. Burns 
  • William A. Wood III

Securities Litigation: Defense

  • W. Stephen Benesh
  • Tony L. Visage

Technology: Outsourcing

  • Jeffrey B. Andrews
  • Lucy Tyson 

US Taxes: Non-Contentious

  • Gregory M. Bopp
  • R. Todd Greenwalt
  • Elizabeth L. McGinley