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Bracewell & Giuliani Elects 12 New Partners

March 7, 2011

HOUSTON — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is pleased to announce the election of 12 attorneys to the partnership. The new partners are Adam M. Adler, Richard Alonso, Kristen V. Campana, Troy L. Harder, Bryan E. Loocke, Daniel S. Meyers, Heath A. Novosad, Jeffrey L. Oldham, Michael R. Samardzija, Ph.D., Andrew Schoulder, Kevin T. Schutte, and Manuel Vera.

“We are delighted to recognize these lawyers for their professional accomplishments and strong work ethic; we enthusiastically welcome them to the partnership,” said Mark C. Evans, Bracewell’s managing partner. “This group is diverse in their areas of practice and location. They are all innovative attorneys who strengthen our firm's commitment to providing excellent legal counsel.”

Schutte focuses his practice on general commercial litigation. He represents clients in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate court levels. He also handles arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolutions.

Harder's practice focuses on corporate and securities law matters, including public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He counsels clients in securities regulatory compliance, including insider reporting, Exchange Act reporting and Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance.

Loocke focuses on energy, oil and gas and financing matters. He represents developers, exploration and production companies, private equity funds, purchasers, sellers, borrowers and lenders in all aspects of upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions, with a particular focus on joint venture transactions, unconventional and shale oil and gas transactions and Gulf of Mexico transactions.

Novosad is a general civil litigation attorney, representing clients in federal and state courts in the trial of commercial disputes, business torts, patent infringement lawsuits, fraudulent transfer and preference actions, and insurance litigation. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including insurance, oil and gas, technology, financial services, telecommunications, global trade, and real estate development.

Oldham is an appellate attorney who has handled numerous appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, Texas Supreme Court, and federal and state courts of appeals. He is Board Certified in Texas in Civil Appellate Law. He also regularly works with trial counsel to formulate pre-trial and trial strategy, write dispositive motions, prepare jury charges, preserve error at trial, and handle post-trial proceedings. Oldham served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, U.S. Supreme Court, and to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Samardzija's practice focuses on assisting life sciences and clean technology companies secure, transfer, commercialize, and protect the rights to their innovations. He has represented clients in patent infringement litigations and in various technology-based transactions, including licenses, agreements for technology development, transfer, acquisition, joint development, collaboration, product development, strategic alliance, and product distribution.

Vera represents U.S. investors in the acquisition of companies and assets in Mexico, and represents their interests in cross-border project finance transactions, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures. He also provides legal counsel to U.S.-based financial service institutions, energy companies and investment firms doing business in Mexico.

New York
Adler's practice focuses on special situations and investments and acquisitions in and of distressed and insolvent companies. He provides clients with corporate, securities and bankruptcy law advice on all aspects of their transactions, from pre-commitment to execution and exit.

Campana has represented commercial banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, other financial institutions, and corporate and individual borrowers in domestic and cross-border syndicated financings. She has worked on acquisitions, convertible debt financings, equity investments, letters of credit, and insurance company note agreements.

Meyers maintains a diverse litigation practice primarily focusing on international and cross-border matters. He is familiar with the recurring issues in international and cross-border litigation and arbitration, including subject matter and personal jurisdiction, the doctrine of forum non conveniens, forum selection agreements, choice of law, international comity, cross-border discovery, and the recognition and enforcement of arbitration agreements, arbitral awards, and foreign judgments.

Schoulder's practice focuses on financial reorganizations, bankruptcy law and mergers and acquisitions involving distressed companies. He represents clients in bankruptcy proceedings and complex corporate restructurings. His representations have included purchasers and sellers of distressed businesses and investments, private equity funds, corporate debtors, official and ad hoc creditors' and equity committees, lenders, and commercial realtors.

Washington, D.C.
Alonso advises manufacturers and energy companies on environmental compliance and enforcement issues before state and federal agencies. He has counseled clients through complex Clean Air Act permit processes, has represented large trade associations in EPA rulemaking efforts and legal challenges to EPA actions, has defended companies in national environmental enforcement matters by using technical defenses, and is known for his creativity in settlements with regulatory authorities.