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Appellate Practice Expands With Addition Of Two U.S. Supreme Court Clerks

March 31, 2008

HOUSTON (March 28, 2008) — Hot on the heels of appellate practice head Warren Harris’ unprecedented victory in persuading the Texas Supreme Court to reverse itself in Excess Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, et al. v. Frank's Casing Crew & Rental Tools Inc., and soon after landing partner and former U.S. Supreme Court Clerk Brett Busby from Mayer Brown LLP, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has also has acquired associate Jeff Oldham, a former Justice Department official, and U.S. Supreme Court Clerk, from Mayer Brown.
With the addition of Mr. Busby and Mr. Oldham, Bracewell adds to the strength of its top Texas appellate practice and expands the reach of its national appellate practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal circuit courts around the country.  “Having these two talented former U.S. Supreme Court clerks join the firm gives Bracewell one of the top federal appellate practices in Texas,” said Warren Harris.

Brett Busby, a new Bracewell partner, has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court and briefed several cases there, has handled dozens of appeals in federal and state appellate courts, and has had extensive experience developing litigation strategy and preserving error for appeal.  Previously, Mr. Busby served as a law clerk to Justices Byron R. White (Ret.) and John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court, and to Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

Jeff Oldham, an associate, has briefed U.S. Supreme Court cases, handled and argued several cases in the federal appellate courts, and had experience as appellate counsel in the Texas courts. Previously, Mr. Oldham served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.  He also served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Counsel to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.