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Bracewell & Giuliani Widens its Footprint to the Northwest with Seattle Office

July 13, 2010

HOUSTON  Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is formally opening a Seattle office to better serve its long-standing and growing client base in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

“This is an opportunity for the firm to formalize its long-standing involvement in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, and to enhance access to the Pacific Rim,” said firm Managing Partner Mark C. Evans. “Initially the Seattle office will focus on energy, intellectual property litigation and tax, which are strategic to our clients' needs and core practice areas for our firm. We are excited by the growth opportunities Seattle presents.”

In a move to build the new office, Bracewell has announced the addition of two new Seattle-based attorneys:

• Dave Domansky, formerly head of the energy practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, joined the firm on July 1 as a partner. He will focus on energy project development and finance, with a particular focus in renewable energy. His practice has involved the representation of project developers in connection with the acquisition, development and financing of energy projects, both in the United States and globally.

• Chris Schenck, formerly of Riddell Williams P.S., joined the firm on June 23 as a litigation associate. He will focus on patent litigation primarily in the areas of software and semiconductor technology, as well as licensing, counseling and the protection of intellectual property.

“We are delighted to have Dave and Chris join us,” said Evans. “Dave is very well-respected in the region and adds his experience in renewables to our energy platform. He will be an important part of our firm-wide project development team. Chris is well-known to our IP litigators from prior cases and will provide valuable support to our Seattle IP clients.”

Also anchoring the office will be Bracewell partners Paul Fox, co-head of the firm's energy regulatory practice, who will become Seattle Office Managing Partner, and Lance Behnke, a tax partner who is already a resident in Seattle. Fox and Behnke collectively have more than 30 years of experience representing U.S. and Canadian clients in the Pacific Northwest.

Current Bracewell associate, Valyncia Simmons, a Seattle native and IP litigator, will be relocating from the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Simmons and Schenck will work closely with Bracewell IP litigation partners John C. “Rocky” Rawls, who practices in Houston, and Alan Albright and Michael Chibib, who practice in Austin. Their collective experience includes substantial clients in the region.

“Everyone coming to start this office has an established connection to the region,” said Seattle Office Managing Partner Paul Fox. “We look forward to building on this base and adding additional practitioners in areas that meet our clients' needs and that are on-strategy with our firm.”

The attorneys will move into the firm's permanent office space at 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6200 (Columbia Center) in early August.