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Rudolph Giuliani Becomes Name Partner at Top Law Firm

March 31, 2005

NEW YORK (March 31, 2005) Bracewell & Patterson today announced that former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has joined the firm as a name partner. His arrival represents the entry of the 60-year-old firm now known as Bracewell & Giuliani into the New York market.

"It makes sense for a law firm of our size and scope to be in the New York market," explained Patrick Oxford, Bracewell's managing partner. "Rudy Giuliani's joining Bracewell as a name partner will have a significant impact on our firm and the service we provide our clients. While most people are familiar with him as Mayor of New York, he spent most of his adult life working as a lawyer and continues to possess one of the finest legal minds in America.

"We are excited that he has decided to bring that expertise to Bracewell & Giuliani. Our focus on banking, energy, litigation and corporate work provides Rudy with a stimulating environment as he expands his private sector endeavors to once again include the practice of law," Oxford continued. "The fact that he knows and loves New York also makes him the right man to help lead us as we build a strong presence here."

"I practiced law for a significant part of my career and have always had a desire to go back to it," Rudolph W. Giuliani said. "Bracewell Patterson is a great Texas law firm with both national and international offices. Now, they'll have a presence in NewYork, which we will develop together. I look forward to working with Pat Oxford and the entire firm in growing the New York, national and international practices.

Mayor Giuliani's legal experience includes both public and private sector work. In 1981, he was named Associate Attorney General, the third highest position in the Department of Justice. In 1983, he was appointed US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. After serving two consecutive terms as the 107th Mayor of the City of New York (1994-2001), he returned to the private sector as Chairman and C.E.O. of Giuliani Partners.

In addition to former Mayor Giuliani, Michael Hess and Daniel Connolly will be joining Bracewell as partners assigned to the New York office. Both Mr. Hess and Mr. Connolly have extensive legal experience in the public and private sectors. Together, this core team will be recruiting attorneys with career practices in New York and working with current Bracewell partners who will be relocating from other offices to support the anticipated growth of the firm's New York-based practice.