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Firm Expands Environmental Strategies Group With Michael Olsen

December 18, 2008

HOUSTON (December 18, 2008) -- Bracewell & Giuliani LLP today announced that Michael D. Olsen has joined the firm in its Washington, D.C. office, where he will work as Counsel in the firm's Environmental Strategies Group.

Mr. Olsen (38) is the newest member of the Environmental Strategies Group (ESG)--a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, policy advocates and communications specialists that helps clients achieve their business objectives in areas that are influenced by complex environmental and energy issues, and are often the subject of extensive public debate. Mr. Olsen will advise companies and business groups on a wide range of energy development, natural resources and environmental issues. He is best known for his experience in conventional and renewable energy development on public land and on the outer continental shelf (OCS), and also for his extensive experience with Indian affairs.

"We are very excited about the broad experience that Mike brings to the firm," said Partner Jeff Holmstead, head of the ESG. "He really strengthens our ability to help clients develop both renewable and conventional sources of energy on public lands."

Prior to joining Bracewell & Giuliani, Mr. Olsen served for more than five years at the Department of the Interior, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. In that capacity, he oversaw a wide range of energy and environmental issues, including all energy development on public land in Alaska, both onshore and offshore, and the development of both conventional and renewable energy on the OCS nationwide. He was also involved in locating renewable energy projects and energy corridors on public land in the western United States. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, he served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. In that role, he managed a number of Indian issues, including natural resources, energy development and gaming.

"I am happy to be at Bracewell, and especially pleased to be part of the ESG," said Olsen. "This group recognizes that, in order to develop new energy resources, companies must not only deal with the legal and regulatory issues, but also help public officials and the media understand why these projects are important."

Before working at the Interior Department, Mr. Olsen was a member of the legislative staff and Director of the Office of Native American and Insular Affairs for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources. He advised the chairman, chief of staff and chief counsel on legislative matters, developed strategies on bills and legislative positions, and planned hearings and markups.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Olsen was an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he advised and represented clients in litigation involving the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and other federal statutes dealing with environmental and natural resource issues.