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Firm Launches New Public Issues Management Group

September 8, 2008

Firm expands service offering, adds former Greater SA Chamber President & CEO Joe Krier and Capitol Hill advocate Milam Mabry

SAN ANTONIO (September 8, 2008) -- Bracewell & Giuliani LLP today launched its new Public Issues Management (PIM) Group with the announcement that Joe Krier, former President and CEO of The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, is joining the firm's San Antonio office. Milam Mabry returns to the Austin office from Bracewell's office Washington, D.C., where he will serve clients on legislative and public policy matters in both Austin and Washington.

Already well known in Texas legal, business and legislative circles, Bracewell created this expanded service offering to better help clients address challenges and take advantage of opportunities in today’s business climate. "What is new and exciting about the PIM Group,” said J. Tullos Wells, Managing Partner of the firm's San Antonio office, "is that we are offering strategic advice to senior management on how they can better respond to the societal, political and regulatory shifts that are occurring across all of their corporate communications functions, and offering ways in which they can reinforce their brand and business strategy.“ Mr. Wells continued, "Joe Krier has worked at the intersection of business, government and public issues for 20-plus years and will significantly enhance our ability to deliver these capabilities."

Jim Chapman, former U.S. congressman and co-chair of the firm's government relations practice, said, "The PIM Group allows us to offer something truly distinctive to the marketplace. We will continue to deliver top-notch legal advice as well as legislative, regulatory and strategic communications services in Texas and Washington, D.C."  Mr. Chapman added, "The key strength of our public issues team is that we can deliver the capability not only to implement these strategies, but can also provide strategic advice that is relevant to our clients far beyond their government relations efforts. We believe that there is a demand for advice on creating robust processes and capabilities, and we can address these issues in a way that provides a relevant source of business intelligence for CEOs and boards of directors."

The PIM Group will operate within the firm’s Government Relations and Advocacy Section, co-chaired by Mr. Chapman and Scott Segal, an experienced strategist and media commentator on energy and environmental issues. Bracewell's Government Relations, Advocacy and Strategy group consists of 16 professionals in both Washington and Texas.

“We have assembled a unique team of professionals with competencies that allow us to provide breakthrough strategies and solutions, and help our clients address public issues — from planning through execution — with the bonus of the strong, substantive resources of a major law firm,” said Mark C. Evans, Bracewell & Giuliani Managing Partner. “Everything is designed to help address client issues that are often non-operational but that can dramatically impact the bottom line, an emphasis enormously important in today's business climate."

For more than two decades, Joe Krier has been a driving force behind a number of key civic and economic initiatives in San Antonio and the South Texas region. From 1987 through 2007, he served as President and CEO of The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, managing a $4 million budget and a staff of 36 association professionals. Under his leadership, the 2,000-member organization was the area’s primary advocate for business and was focused on helping build a stronger, more broadly based San Antonio economy.

He was appointed by Governor Perry to both the Interim Study Commission on Transportation Financing and the Texas Department of Transportation Strategic Plan Task Force. The late Texas Governor Ann Richards appointed him to a six-year term on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he served as Chairman of the Task Force on the Development of the Technology Work Force, Chairman of the Universities Committee, and Board Secretary.  Mr. Krier currently serves as Board Chairman of Humanities Texas, the Texas affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Milam Mabry has executed legislative and public policy campaigns on behalf of clients in areas such as transportation, health care, homeland security, energy and natural resources, and the environment. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Mr. Mabry served as a regional sales manager for a U.S.-based international biotechnology company, leading strategic sales and marketing teams in the U.S., Western Europe and Latin America.