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Bracewell & Giuliani Continues Expansion in New York

March 2, 2011

NEW YORK — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today the addition of three partners to the New York office. Michael C. Hefter and Stan Chelney, former partners at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, have joined as litigation partners. Daniel E. Hemli, formerly an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, joins the office as a partner in the firm’s antitrust practice.

“New York continues to be a key part of the firm’s growth strategy," said Daniel S. Connolly, managing partner of the New York office. “We are pleased with the success of the office and look forward to continued expansion in the Northeast this year with outstanding attorneys like Michael, Stan and Dan,” added Connolly.

Michael C. Hefter focuses on complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts, U.S. and international arbitration, and matters before federal, state and self-regulatory agencies. He has previously handled claims involving securities and M&A litigation, financial products and banking litigation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and other business disputes, RICO actions, structured finance disputes, post-acquisition disputes, corporate governance (including mergers and acquisition litigation), claims involving lender liability issues, class and derivative actions, claims involving LLC and limited partnership issues and structures, bankruptcy-related and other forums of general commercial and complex litigation. Hefter represents clients in energy, insurance, healthcare, investment and commercial banking, private equity and hedge funds, venture capital, real estate, accounting, telecommunications, aerospace and defense, chemicals, and software.

Stan Chelney’s practice involves a broad range of complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, as well as before U.S. and international arbitration panels. He has experience litigating actions alleging breach of contract, fraud, various business torts, breach of fiduciary duties, RICO claims, malpractice and professional negligence claims, lender liability, securities claims, and constitutional law. Chelney represents clients in numerous industries, including financial services, energy, sports, real estate, insurance, accounting, health care, and telecommunications.

Daniel E. Hemli advises clients on antitrust issues relating to mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and advocacy before federal, state and foreign antitrust authorities. He has represented parties in connection with investigations of numerous national and multinational acquisitions and joint venture transactions across a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, electric power, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and equipment, technology and software, chemicals, banking and financial services, consumer products, entertainment and media, and agriculture. He has advised on transactions in a variety of contexts, including negotiated deals, hostile takeovers and distressed situations. Hemli also counsels clients on a broad range of antitrust matters arising out of their day-to-day operations and assists clients in designing and implementing antitrust compliance programs.

Bracewell opened its New York office in 2005 when Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined the firm as a name partner. Focusing on corporate law, finance, financial restructuring, litigation, and dispute resolution, the office has grown to 60 attorneys.