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Firm Launches New Education And Public Law Boutique

June 23, 2008

HOUSTON (June 23, 2008) — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is pleased to announce the formation of Thompson & Horton, a boutique firm concentrating on the legal needs of educational institutions and public sector entities. Thompson & Horton, initially comprised of 10 Bracewell lawyers, will begin operations January 1, 2009. Women and minority attorneys will make up a majority of the ownership of the new firm.

Bracewell and Thompson & Horton will work together as strategic partners, drawing on their combined resources to provide a full range of legal services to schools, universities and state and local governments on a wide variety of operational and policy matters.

"The launch of Thompson & Horton and our alliance with Bracewell recognize the value and importance of diversity and innovation in serving our clients" said Janet Horton, a founder of the new firm.

“This is a creative solution for our education and government clients, sectors Bracewell has been committed to for 60 years. We're proud to help launch this new business law firm, "said Bracewell & Giuliani Managing Partner Mark C. Evans.

“We believe this arrangement will provide the best of both worlds for our school and public law clients.  Our new firm will provide a full range of legal services in a cost effective manner,” said David Thompson. “We will also be able to call on the expertise of Bracewell & Giuliani lawyers in various areas of specialization that affect public entities."

Founders of Thompson & Horton include the following Bracewell lawyers: Janet L. Horton, J. David Thompson, Merri Schneider-Vogel, Lisa A. Brown, David B. Hodgins, Christopher B. Gilbert, Christopher P. Borreca, Philip D. Fraissinet, Maureen R.M. Singleton, and Lisa R. McBride.

Thompson & Horton will advise public and private schools, higher education institutions and government on a wide range of legal issues, including constitutional matters, civil rights, desegregation, student discipline, special education, election law, and school board governance. The new firm will also provide schools and governmental entities with legislative services, public policy consulting, and employment and business advice.

Bracewell partners Jeffrey J. Horner, Jarvis V. Hollingsworth and Derrick M. Mitchell will remain at Bracewell with their team, where they'll continue to provide public finance, real estate, construction, condemnation and contract negotiation services to public and private entities. "I’m excited about this collaboration. The alliance is a ‘win, win’ situation for all involved. It allows Bracewell to continue its long-standing public law practice while at the same time allowing our friends to pursue an exciting new venture,” said Mr. Horner.

Former Bracewell managing partner and state bar president Kelly Frels will remain at Bracewell and is assisting Thompson & Horton to ensure a smooth transition for clients of both firms.