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Firm Lands National Award for Superior Legal Writing

April 25, 2005

WASHINGTON (April 25, 2005)  In recognition of excellence in legal writing and analysis, Kevin Ewing, Jason Hutt and Erik Petersen, environmental attorneys in the Washington office of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, have received a 2005 Burton Award for Legal Achievement.

Their article, "Corporate Environmental Disclosures: Old Complaints, New Expectations," was published in Business Law International in September 2004 and focuses on the growing disparities between regulated and voluntary environmental disclosures, and on the legal risks that result from such disparity.

Bracewell's piece was one of 30 articles selected for the award from 600 law firm submissions across the nation. Each law firm is invited to submit one entry, which must have been published during 2004.

A partner at Bracewell, Ewing advises clients on environmental matters affecting their strategic business plans, typically in the context of corporate acquisitions, major permitting and regulatory compliance issues, and project development. Hutt, an associate, counsels manufacturers, investor groups and financial institutions about environmental risks and liabilities associated with corporate transactions, regulatory compliance and litigation. Petersen, an associate, devotes his legal practice to advising clients on environmental issues in the regulated, transactional and litigation arenas.

In 2000, attorney William C. Burton founded the Burton Awards program "to eliminate archaic legal writing" and "reward talented legal writers from across America and, therefore, set an example for all others to follow." This is the second time a Bracewell & Giuliani attorney has received a Burton Award. In 2002, Bracewell partner Scott Segal garnered the writing honor.