NEW YORK – Bracewell LLP’s commitment to client service was once again honored in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA. The firm was recognized with 85 practice and individual rankings for excellence representing clients in the energy, infrastructure, real estate and technology sectors, as well as on regulatory and litigation matters.

For the seventh year in a row, Bracewell earned a Nationwide Band 1 ranking in Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation). The firm was also nationally ranked in the Oil & Gas (Transactional), Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), Electricity (Finance) and Electricity (Transactional) categories. An impressed client noted that “Bracewell is a strong team with breadth and depth of experience. They are capable of mobilizing at a moment’s notice and follow through no matter what it takes.”

Bracewell was also ranked as a Band 1 firm in Texas: Environment for the fifth consecutive year. In addition, the firm was nationally ranked in both Climate Change and Environment. The team is described as “one of the leaders in the Texas market; a trusted adviser” and “[k]nowledgeable, well connected, thoughtful, analytical, responsive and strategic.”

For the 14th year in a row, Bracewell’s market-leading finance team was ranked Band 1 for Texas: Banking & Finance. A client noted that the finance lawyers are “commercially-minded about protecting the interests of the client while getting the deal done,” while a market commentator stated the practice is “one of the best and easiest firms to work with.”

With respect to the individual rankings, approximately 50 percent of the firm’s US partners were recognized as leaders in their respective practice areas. Of the 63 lawyer rankings in this year’s guide, approximately 25 percent of the lawyers were ranked as Band 1, Senior Statespersons or Eminent Practitioner.

Bracewell’s overall results are summarized below.


Climate Change

Jeffrey R. Holmstead

Energy: Electricity (Finance) – Band 1

Todd W. Eckland – Band 1

Catherine Hood – Band 1

J. Anthony Terrell – Band 1

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)

Deanna E. King

Catherine P. McCarthy – Band 1

Energy: Electricity (Transactional)

Ryan S. Holcomb

Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) – Band 1

Michael W. Brooks

George D. Fatula

Mark K. Lewis – Band 1

D. Kirk Morgan II

David M. Perlman

Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional)

Molly E. Butkus

Austin T. Lee

W. James McAnelly III

G. Alan Rafte – Band 1


Government Relations

E. Dee Martin

Scott H. Segal

Christine G. Wyman

Joshua C. Zive

Oil & Gas Litigation

Stephen B. Crain – Band 1


Jeffrey B. Andrews

Projects: Oil & Gas

G. Alan Rafte

Projects: Power & Renewables: Transactional

Danielle M. Varnell

Projects: PPP

Fernando Rodriguez-Marin

Nicolai J. Sarad



Kevin A. Ewing

Jeffrey R. Holmstead

Jason B. Hutt

Lisa M. Jaeger

Scott H. Segal



Elizabeth L. McGinley


Banking & Finance – Band 1

Heather L. Brown

Kate H. Day

Mark C. Evans – Eminent Practitioner

Dewey J. Gonsoulin Jr.

G. Alan Rafte

Stephanie Koo Song


William A. (Trey) Wood III

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity

Corporate/M&A: The Elite

Lytch T. Gutmann

Environment – Band 1

Sara Burgin – Band 1

Kevin D. Collins

Matthew Paulson

Whit Swift

Timothy A. Wilkins – Band 1


Victoria M. Garcia


Vincent E. Morgan – Band 1

Intellectual Property

Constance Gall Rhebergen

Labor & Employment

Amy Karff Halevy

Litigation: Appellate

Warren W. Harris – Band 1

Yvonne Y. Ho

Litigation: General Commercial: Houston & Surrounds

Stephen B. Crain

J. Clifford Gunter – Senior Statesperson

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations*

Jeffery B. Vaden

Real Estate

K. Brock Bailey

Aaron P. Roffwarg


Gregory M. Bopp – Eminent Practitioner

Technology & Outsourcing

Jeffrey B. Andrews – Band 1


Intellectual Property*

Douglas F. Stewart

*Bracewell received an individual ranking only

Chambers & Partners has been publishing guides to the legal profession since 1990. On the basis of in-depth research, Chambers & Partners identifies the world’s top lawyers in more than 175 countries, providing independent rankings and editorial commentary. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by clients.