HOUSTON – The Legal 500 United States recognized Bracewell LLP’s position as a market-leading firm in finance, transactional, regulatory and litigation matters across various sectors, including energy, finance, infrastructure and technology, in its 2022 rankings.

Bracewell earned a total of 78 individual recommendations and 28 practice rankings, including a Tier 1 ranking for Energy Regulation: Oil and Gas for the sixth year in a row.

Mark K. Lewis was honored as a Leading Lawyer in Energy Regulation: Oil and Gas, and Timothy A. Wilkins was named a Leading Lawyer in Environment: Regulatory. G. Alan Rafte was named to Legal 500’s Hall of Fame for Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas.

In addition, two partners were named Next Generation Partners across four categories:

  • Michael W. Brooks – Energy Regulation: Oil and Gas; and Energy Regulation: Conventional Power
  • Molly E. Butkus – Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas

Now in its 33rd year, Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in more than 150 jurisdictions based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions received from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

2022 Rankings


  • Warren W. Harris

Capital Markets: Debt

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

Commercial Lending

  • Heather L. Brown
  • Dewey J. Gonsoulin Jr.
  • Robin J. Miles
  • G. Alan Rafte

Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense

  • Stephen L. Braga
  • Seth D. DuCharme

Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Transactional

  • Matthew B. Grunert
  • Scott C. Sanders

Energy Litigation: Conventional Power

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

Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas

  • Stephen B. Crain
  • Deanna King

Energy Regulation: Conventional Power

  • Michael W. Brooks – Next Generation Partner
  • Theodore F. Duver
  • Rachael Novier Marsh
  • Catherine P. McCarthy

Energy Regulation: Oil and Gas

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

Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power     

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

Energy Transactions: Conventional Power

  • Ryan S. Holcomb

Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas

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

Environment: Litigation

  • Kevin D. Collins
  • Kevin A. Ewing
  • Jeffrey R. Holmstead
  • Jason B. Hutt
  • Ann Navaro

Environment: Regulatory

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

Environment: Transactional

  • Kevin A. Ewing
  • Jason B. Hutt
  • Timothy A. Wilkins

General Commercial Disputes

  • Bradley Benoit
  • Stephen B. Crain

Government Relations

  • E. Dee Martin
  • Scott Segal
  • Christine Wyman
  • Joshua Zive


  • Victoria M. Garcia

IP: Patents: Prosecution (Including Re-Examination and Post-Grant Proceedings)   

  • Brad Y. Chin
  • Constance Gall Rhebergen
  • Douglas W. Rommelmann

M&A: Large Deals ($1 Billion+)    

  • William S. Anderson
  • Charles H. Still Jr.


  • Jeffrey B. Andrews

Project Finance

  • G. Alan Rafte
  • Thomas M. Tomlinson

Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy): Corporate

  • Robert G. Burns
  • Jason G. Cohen
  • William A. Wood III

Securities Litigation: Defense

  • Bradley Benoit
  • W. Stephen Benesh
  • Tony L. Visage

US Taxes: Non-Contentious

  • Gregory M. Bopp
  • R. Todd Greenwalt
  • Elizabeth L. McGinley
  • Victoria N. Ozimek