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About Katherine

Katherine Pownell serves as Bracewell’s assistant general counsel with responsibility for overseeing the firm’s client relationships, from the initial RFP process through client disengagement. She assists with the negotiation of, and compliance with, engagement letters and outside counsel agreements, as well as client audits and requests for file transfers. Katherine is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of internal procedures related to risk management, ethics and compliance issues. In addition, she manages the conflicts team tasked with identifying and resolving conflicts of interest.

Prior to joining Bracewell, Katherine worked in the general counsel’s office at another Am Law 100 firm. She also previously worked as a litigator, where she handled matters for large corporate clients in a variety of areas, including employee/benefits, environmental, construction, tax, and insurance.

Following law school, Katherine served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Pamela Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.



The UCLA School of Law,
Texas A&M University,
magna cum laude

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State Bar of Texas
State Bar of California
Houston Bar Association
Texas Association of Mediators
World Affairs Council



UCLA School of Law
UCLA Law Review
UCLA School of Law
UCLA National Moot Court Team
UCLA School of Law
Order of the Coif
UCLA School of Law
Outstanding Graduate Woman of UCLA
Thomson West
American Jurisprudence Awards in Constitutional Law, Contracts
Texas A&M University
The Battalion
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