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Firm Announces 2006 Rising Stars

March 1, 2006

(HOUSTON, March 1, 2006) – Sixty-two Bracewell & Giuliani LLP attorneys have been named as Texas Rising Stars for 2006.

A special publication by Law & Politics that appeared in Texas Monthly, the Texas Rising Stars list consists of the top 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys, which were nominated by 2005 Texas Super Lawyers.

The selection criteria set by the publication asked Super Lawyers to name the state's best up-and-coming lawyers who they had personally observed in action and were either 40 years old or younger, or had been practicing law for 10 or fewer years.

Each nominated attorney received points in three ways: from nominations within their own firm, from nominations outside of their firm and from an attorney-led research staff which reviewed the credentials of all Texas attorneys meeting the Rising Stars criteria and assigned to them points based upon evaluation criteria.

Honored attorneys came from all four of Bracewell's Texas-based offices, including 42 from Houston, seven from San Antonio, 10 from Dallas/Fort Worth and three from Austin.

The following Bracewell attorneys were recognized in various areas of law:

Appellate: Erin Glenn Busby, Tracy C. Temple (both of Houston)

Banking & Financial: Heather L. Brown, Catherine H. Day, M. Catherine Ozdogan, Charlotte M. Rasche, Stephanie Song (all of Houston) and Bryan L. Larson, Justin M. Long, Christian E. Otteson (all of Dallas)

Bankruptcy: Christopher Adams, Stephanie Rosenburg (both of Houston) and John C. Leininger (Dallas)

Business Litigation: John H. Barr Jr.,  Bradley J. Benoit, Douglas A. Daniels,  Bryan S. Dumesnil, Andrew Edison, Deana Otis Freeman, Thomas F. Hetherington, Ross D. Kennedy, David T. McDowell, Phillip L. Sampson, Jr.   (all of Houston) and Tricia Robinson DeLeon, Ralph E. (Gene) Roberts, Jr.   (both of Dallas)

Business/Corporate: George Gonzalez, John M. McCrory (both of Houston)

Energy/Oil & Gas: Deanna L. King (Austin); Ryan S. Holcomb, Stan R. Jensen,   Jessica A. Nolley( all of Houston); and Jay T. Sonnenberg, (New York, but working in Houston at the time of the vote)

Employment Litigation: Jay R. Aldis (Houston)

Environmental Litigation: M. Coy Connelly (Houston)

General Litigation: Morgan D. Meyer (Dallas) and Richard F. Whiteley (Houston)

Insurance Coverage: James E. Perschbach (San Antonio)

Labor & Employment: Mary Ann Hisel, Stan Pietrusiak, Julia M. Rendon, Natalie Rougeux, Sandra Ramos White (all of San Antonio) and Stephanie P. Slobin (Houston)

Lobbying/Government Relations: Shannon H. Ratliff II (Austin)

Mergers & Acquisitions: Corey C. Brown, R. Eric McCord, Scott L. Miller, Thomas M. Tomlinson, Steven R. Tredennick (all of Houston)

Real Estate Transactions: K. Brock Bailey, Mason M. Griffin (both of Dallas); Aaron P. Roffwarg (Houston); James E. Satel (San Antonio); and Ron I. Erlichman (New York, but working in Houston at the time of the vote)

Schools & Education: Philip D. Fraissinet, Christopher B. Gilbert, Lisa R. McBride, Maureen R. M. Singleton (all of Houston) and Dianna D. Wojcik (Dallas)

Securities & Corporate Finance: Charles H. Still, Jr., Michael S. Telle (both of Houston)

Tax: Tom D. McNutt (Austin)

Bracewell & Giuliani is among the nation’s largest law firms.  Founded in 1945 in Houston, the firm has grown to include approximately 400 attorneys with offices in Texas, New York, Washington, London and Kazakhstan.  Bracewell's New York office opened in 2005, when former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani joined the firm as a name partner.  The firm's extensive complement of practices encompasses business, litigation and government relations.  Bracewell serves a wide array of domestic and international clients including Fortune 500 companies and government and public entities.