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Legal 500 Continues To Rank Bracewell At The Top

June 3, 2009

HOUSTON The Legal 500 US 2009 ranked Bracewell & Giuliani LLP among the top firms nationally for bank lending, corporate restructuring, energy litigation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), real estate, and tax.

The following individual attorneys were singled out as leaders in their respective fields:

According to clients in bank lending, managing partner Mark Evans "is one of the best client managers." Other bank lending partners praised include Catherine Ozdogan, Dewey Gonsoulin and G. Alan Rafte. One client said they "are some of the smartest legal minds that I have come across in 25 years of banking."

Within corporate restructuring, Evan Flaschen, the firm's financial restructuring group chair, is described as "one of the most impressive restructuring lawyers out there." He is singled out as a 'Leading Lawyer' in this field. Additionally, partner Kurt Mayr is recognized as a "rising star in the distressed community," while partner Trey Wood impresses clients with his "excellent and assured advice."

Charles Shoneman, co-head of the energy regulatory group, is noted as "dependable, intelligent and has access to a great reservoir of knowledge" in energy litigation. Clients say that partner J. Clifford Gunter "has a great way about him" and partner Sandra Rizzo is described by clients as "the complete package."

Dallas managing partner Sanford Brown, noted as a 'Leading Lawyer' in M&A, is highly praised for "his ability to answer complex legal questions succinctly and directly." Partner Charlotte Rasche's clients are "very pleased" with her knowledge and partner Edgar Marston "understands the in-house perspective, is responsive, very seasoned, and creative."

In real estate, partner Clark Thompson is regarded as "very talented and intuitive" by clients. Additionally, partner Aaron Roffwarg is described as "a benefit to anything he works on."

Lastly, partner Gregory Bopp is "highly recommended for his corporate tax expertise" and partner Joe Hull is featured for "quality tax work" in federal, state and local taxation. Partner Elizabeth McGinley is regarded by clients as an "energetic and reliable" corporate tax authority.

For over 20 years, the Legal 500 has been providing independent commentary on law firms in more than 100 countries/jurisdictions. Its rankings are based on thousands of interviews with leading practitioners and clients. For more information on the rankings, visit www.legal500.com.