Sarah Rafie counsels clients regarding compliance matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other federal and state agencies. She also advises clients on a variety of regulatory, commercial, and transactional matters related to the development of oil and gas pipelines. Additionally, Sarah’s practice includes representing clients participating in the federal rulemaking process.
Before joining Bracewell, Sarah served as a judicial intern to Judge Jennifer W. Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston, and as an appellate intern in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri. While in law school, Sarah worked as a research assistant for Professor Doug Laycock and was a member of his team for the religious liberty case Holt v. Hobbs, which won a unanimous victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. During her first year of law school, Sarah was the recipient of the Bracewell LLP Best Argument Award for outstanding oral advocacy.
Recent Notable Matters
Industrial trade associations — assisted with drafting comments on various EPA policy and regulatory initiatives under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund)
Publications and Speeches
"EPA Hazardous Air Pollutant Standards Risk And Technology Reviews: Tight Deadlines and (Some) DC Circuit Guidance," Environmental Quarterly, Summer 2017 edition.
"What the SEC is Seeking in Additional Event Disclosures," The Bond Buyer, March 9, 2017.