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About Josh

Josh Zive is an advocate and counselor for clients confronting complex legislative, regulatory, and legal compliance issues. He has worked with clients in wide range of industry sectors to develop and implement advocacy strategies built on a deep knowledge of the client’s needs and arguments that can succeed in front of legal, political, and public audiences. Josh works with clients on all stages of legislative and regulatory advocacy, and is able to help clients design and implement strategies to have an impact on public policy. This work includes crafting formal rulemaking comments, designing effective lobbying strategies, and the development and implementation of public messaging campaigns.

Josh is also skilled at working with clients on unique compliance matters related to Dodd-­Frank, international economic sanctions and foreign investment laws. He has delivered presentations at anti-corruption seminars in the United States and abroad, and has helped leading international companies develop training and compliance programs designed to prevent violations of U.S. and international trade laws, helped clients successfully navigate the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process many times. Additionally, Josh works with a wide range of clients on issues involving political action committees (PACs), ethics and election law, and compliance with lobbying disclosure laws.

Josh joined Bracewell after completing a legal education focused on trial advocacy and a graduate education focused on persuasion and argument. He has provided commentary on matters involving legislation, political law and international trade to a wide variety of media outlets, including the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other legal and trade publications.


Recent Notable Matters

FBI Agents Association — outside general counsel for this professional association representing federal law enforcement officers; representation has required legislative advocacy, participation in formal rulemaking process, and negotiations with policymakers on Capitol Hill and executive agencies such as the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

A.M. Best Company — counsel and policy advocate for one of the nation’s oldest and most trusted credit rating agencies on matters including Dodd­-Frank and regulatory issues

Electric Reliability Coordinating Council — providing regular policy, legal and communications counsel to this coalition of energy producers and generators on legislative matters concerning environmental regulation and policy

Citibank, N.A. — in an amendment and extension of $2,002,500,000 unsecured revolving credit facility, to publicly traded offshore drilling company, Ensco plc, in connection with the acquisition of Atwood Oceanics, Inc. and for general corporate purposes, as administrative agent. Advised on issues related to economic sanctions and anti-bribery compliance

Publications and Speeches

“Drones and the Oil and Gas Industry,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, February 6, 2015.

“Unreasonable Delays: CFIUS Reviews of Energy Transactions,” Harvard Business Law Review Online, 2013.



Baylor University School of Law,
cum laude
Baylor University,
M.A., Communications
University of Kansas,
B.G.S., Communications

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


National Debate Tournament
Board of Trustees, 2014 - 2017



Oil and gas allies to Trump: Slow down

August 25, 2017

A View From Washington

October 17, 2016
Oil & Gas Financial Journal

Drones and the oil and gas industry

February 9, 2015
Oil & Gas Financial Journal - Online

GOP takeover of Senate puts crude export fan in key role

November 5, 2014
FuelFix - Houston Chronicle

Deal of the Week: Lots of Energy

May 3, 2013
Texas Lawyer - Houston Bureau

Government approves battery developer's sale to Chinese firm

January 29, 2013
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online

CNOOC-Nexen review still under wraps in U.S.

November 21, 2012
Financial Post - Online

Post Election Update

November 9, 2012

Chinese-Owned Company Sues Obama Over Wind Farm Project

October 2, 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek Online

OSG Awaits U.S. Loan Decision After Ships End Iran Trips

February 16, 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek Online



Baylor University School of Law
Recipient of Leon Jaworski Full-tuition Scholarship for Outstanding Advocate
Baylor University School of Law
Baylor Law Review