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Bracewell Elects Ten New Members to Partnership

February 21, 2014

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is pleased to announce the election of ten attorneys to the partnership. The new partners are David J. Ball, Michael W. Brooks, Christopher L. Dodson, Jason M. Jean, Clark Stockton Lord, Laura S. Martone, Brian C. Mitchell, David W. Morris, Michael De Voe Piazza, and Christopher A. Shield.


Mitchell focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation. He counsels both plaintiffs and defendants on issues and disputes in commercial banking/mortgage lending, financial services, real estate, healthcare, construction, energy/oil and gas, insurance, franchisor/franchisee, intellectual property, consumer finance, landlord/tenant disputes, securities litigation, workouts and employment disputes. Mitchell also represents creditors and debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.


Dodson focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation in a broad array of areas, including contracts, commercial torts, mass torts, antitrust, intellectual property, and trade secrets. He has experience handling high-stakes, high-profile litigations, as well as arbitrations. He has successfully represented a wide range of clients including Fortune 500 companies and individuals in various industries, including oilfield services, offshore drilling, financial services, waste disposal services, commercial real estate, commercial and industrial construction, grocery, technology, and telecommunications.

Jean advises public and private businesses in the financial services sector, upstream and midstream energy sector, and other sectors with respect to mergers and other business combinations, asset and stock purchases and sales, restructurings and joint ventures. He has also successfully advised businesses in private capital markets transactions, including Rule 144A private placements and PIPEs, and public capital market transactions listed on the NYSE, NASDAQ, Amex and London Stock Exchange. Jason's capital markets experience extends to the representation of issuers, underwriters, and placement agents on a variety of debt and equity offerings, including initial public offerings.

Lord’s practice spans across the public and private sectors. He serves special districts and governmental clients in a variety of areas ranging from general counsel to bond issuances. Lord has successfully represented developer clients on special land development issues involving governmental regulations and bureaucracy. He also represents private developers and businesses in a variety of economic development transactions. Additionally, he drafts and lobbies for legislation involving special districts and economic development clients and industry.

Morris focuses his practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation. He has experience handling a wide range of litigation matters in construction litigation and arbitration, intellectual property litigation in trademark, copyright, trade secret and patent cases, products liability litigation, banking litigation, oil and gas cases, UCC litigation and arbitration, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, shareholder oppression cases, and general contractual matters. He has tried many of these cases as first or second chair, and he has also appeared before the International Dispute Resolution Center as well as the American Arbitration Association.

Piazza's practice focuses on a wide variety of transactions in the financial, oil and gas and electric power industries. He has successfully represented clients in transactions that feature oil and gas exploration and production, electric utilities, commodity trading, joint venture arrangements, structured finance, leveraged finance, project finance, and project development. In 2013, he was named a "Legal Leader on the Rise" by Texas Lawyer and was one of five energy lawyers under the age of 40 who was named a "Rising Star" by Law360.

Shield’s litigation practice focuses on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent and trademark disputes regarding ecommerce and website technology. He has successfully counseled clients in various aspects of intellectual property law, including copyrights, infringement studies and opinions, intellectual property acquisition, licensing, patent litigation, trademark litigation, trade secret litigation, and privacy issues. His clients come from a diverse range of industries, including internet technology, energy, financial services, and medical technologies. In addition to his practice, he holds a professional engineering license in Texas and a mechanical engineering license in California.

New York

Ball’s practice focuses on civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on appeals, complex commercial litigation, consumer class actions, and bankruptcy litigation. He also represents companies in patent and trademark infringement actions, as well as both individuals and companies in FINRA disciplinary proceedings. He has guided plaintiffs and defendants, including numerous financial institutions, through all phases of litigation, from motion practice and discovery, through trial and appeals, by developing cost-effective litigation strategies.

Martone's practice focuses on commercial lending and financing transactions. She has successfully represented financial institutions, lenders and borrowers in connection with the structuring, negotiating and documenting of a wide array of secured and unsecured credit transactions, including acquisition financings, project financings, term loans, working capital loans, letter of credit facilities, and oil and gas secured financings.

Washington, D.C.

Brooks’ practice focuses on energy, commodities and derivatives law, where he works with energy and commodity trading companies on a wide range of regulator, compliance and enforcement matters. He routinely advises clients regarding compliance with federal rules and regulations governing the trading, ownership and transportation of energy commodities. He also represents clients in investigations and regulatory matters involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).