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Bracewell Elects Seven New Partners and Two New Senior Principals

HOUSTON Bracewell LLP is pleased to announce the election of seven new partners and two new senior principals, effective January 1, 2017. The new partners are George D. Fatula, Yvonne Y. Ho, Rebecca Keep, Amy E. Parker, Ryan M. Philp, Elena V. Rubinov and David A. Shargel. The new senior principals are Salo Zelermyer and Joshua C. Zive.

“We would like to congratulate our new partners and senior principals on this wonderful professional accomplishment,” said Gregory M. Bopp, Bracewell’s managing partner. “These individuals exemplify our dedication to client service excellence as well as our culture of collaboration and collegiality.”

Appellate:

Yvonne Y. Ho, Houston – Ho's practice focuses on appeals and original proceedings in state and federal appellate courts. She also works with trial counsel to formulate pre-trial strategies, write dispositive motions, prepare jury charges and preserve error at trial. Ho worked on the Bracewell team that defended a military contractor in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an action brought by 150-plus National Guardsmen who worked at a water-treatment facility in Iraq. The victory reversed a previous $81 million judgment against the client. She was also part of the Bracewell team that successfully defended a large operator of funeral homes in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from an order denying certification of a nationwide class in an antitrust case. Ho previously served as a law clerk to the Hon. Thomas M. Reavley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Hon. Ewing Werlein, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Ho received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 2006, her master’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1995 and her bachelor’s degree from Rice University in 1993.

Corporate and Securities:

Elena V. Rubinov, New York  Rubinov’s practice focuses on private and public mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, investments and other business combination transactions. She also advises clients in general corporate and securities law matters. Rubinov is currently representing Great Plains Energy Incorporated in its pending $12.2 billion purchase of Westar Energy, the largest deal in the U.S. electricity distribution market thus far in 2016. She recently represented Kinder Morgan, Inc. in a $4.15 billion joint venture with Southern Company in connection with the ownership, operation and development of the Southern Natural Gas pipeline system. Rubinov received her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 2003 and her bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in 2000.

Energy:

George D. Fatula, Washington, D.C.  Fatula’s practice focuses on energy-related transactions, regulatory matters, projects and controversies involving natural gas, NGLs and oil. He currently represents a joint venture among large midstream infrastructure companies in the development of a major interstate oil pipeline, including drafting and negotiating shipper transportation services agreements and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulatory approvals. Fatula also represents a joint venture of midstream companies in the development of a major new interstate natural gas pipeline, including 200 miles of greenfield development, regarding the commercial and regulatory aspects of the project’s development. His clients include producers, marketers, and midstream service providers in commercial, transactional, and FERC regulatory matters, including ongoing compliance, tariff and certificate proceedings, enforcement and contested matters. Fatula received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School in 2007 and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond in 2004.

Finance:

Rebecca Keep, New York – Keep’s practice focuses on representing public and private corporations, arrangers, agents, investment banks and financial sponsors in connection with senior and subordinated debt financings, acquisition financings, project financings, term loans, working capital loans, cross-border financings and bond credit enhancement facilities. She recently represented one of the largest natural gas gathering and processing companies in the U.S. in connection with its $700 million secured revolving credit facilities. Keep has also represented Kinder Morgan, Inc. on more than $10 billion in financings, including a $2.025 billion bridge revolving credit facility in connection with a multi-entity acquisition; and a $5 billion bridge facility and $4 billion revolving credit facility in connection with the acquisition of Kinder Morgan’s master limited partnerships. Keep received her law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Tasmania in 2001.

Litigation:

Amy E. Parker, Houston – Parker’s practice focuses on the representation of U.S. and international energy-industry clients in commercial litigation disputes. She has experience representing natural gas and power marketing companies against allegations of market manipulation and related trading violations in both federal court proceedings as well as investigations and enforcement actions brought by FERC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). She played a key role in the defense of the largest supplier of power to the State of California during the California Power Crisis in a multiple-docket litigation before FERC that culminated in a $750 million omnibus settlement. She has also successfully defended energy industry clients against private market manipulation claims brought under the Commodity Exchange Act. Parker also represents clients in complex environmental, products liability and toxic-tort litigation. She has more than ten years of experience representing refining and marketing clients against groundwater contamination claims brought by private and public water suppliers, state environmental protection departments and state attorneys general. Outside of the energy industry, she was a pivotal part of the team that successfully represented Bexar County, Texas in a cross-action against a performance bond surety that resulted in a $2.9 million settlement in favor of the County. Parker received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2005 and her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002.

Ryan M. Philp, New York – Philp’s practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial disputes, including class actions and derivative litigation, securities litigation, cases arising out of M&A transactions, contests for corporate control and other business disputes. He has experience in all phases of civil litigation, including jury trials and bench trials, and also provides counseling regarding corporate governance matters. He is currently representing a corporation and its board of directors in putative class and derivative litigations challenging a multi-billion dollar merger transaction. He also is currently representing private equity funds in a derivative litigation involving breach of fiduciary duty claims under Delaware law. Philp has experience litigating matters involving asset-backed securities and was a member of the trial team in one of the most high-profile cases brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York arising out of the mortgage crisis. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. Garrett E. Brown, Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Philp received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2003, and his bachelor’s degree from Loyola College in Maryland in 2000.

David A. Shargel, New York  Shargel’s practice focuses on general commercial litigation, internal investigations and white collar criminal defense, as well as issues surrounding electronic discovery and data management. He is currently representing a private equity fund in a shareholder derivative action concerning a California aerospace company and a private equity fund and its affiliates in an action involving a Brazilian cargo airline. Shargel recently represented an internet retailer challenging the constitutionality of a recently-enacted New York State tax statute, as well as a high-ranking elected official in Long Island, New York, in connection with a District Attorney's municipal corruption probe. Shargel served as a law clerk to the Hon. Richard M. Berman, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Shargel received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2005 and his bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College in 1999.

Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group:

Salo Zelermyer, Washington, D.C. – Zelermyer’s practice focuses on formulating and implementing federal policy initiatives for industry and non-profit clients on a broad range of policy matters in the energy, technology and healthcare sectors. In 2007, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In this role, Zelermyer served as a senior advisor to the general counsel and DOE leadership on a wide variety of energy and environmental issues. In 2015, Zelermyer was recognized by Greenwire as one of its “People to Watch” in energy and environmental policy and in 2016, Zelermyer was honored with a Hero Award by Unlikely Heroes for his work in helping victims of human trafficking and terrorism. Zelermyer received his law degree from Boston College Law School in 2004 and his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in 2001.

Joshua C. Zive, Washington, D.C. – Zive’s practice focuses on legislative and regulatory advocacy, strategic communications and legal advice on complex political law and regulatory compliance issues. He also counsels clients on matters related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) and international trade and economic sanctions laws. He works closely with associations and companies involved in legal and political controversies to craft and deliver arguments that can be successful with legal, political and public audiences. Zive has provided expert commentary on matters involving legislation, political law and international trade to a wide variety of media outlets, including the BBC, Los Angeles TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and numerous legal and trade publications. Zive received his law degree from Baylor University School of Law in 2002, his master’s degree from Baylor University in 1996 and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1994.