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Zive, Josh C.
Joshua C. Zive
Senior Counsel
P: +1.202.828.5838
F: +1.202.857.2126

Adam Rich


Josh Zive is a senior counsel at Bracewell with an eclectic background in legislative and regulatory advocacy, campaign finance and ethics laws, strategic communications and issues related to international trade and economic sanctions. He works closely with associations and companies involved in legal and political controversies to craft and deliver arguments that can be successful with legal, political and public audiences. No matter the forum or the specific controversy, Josh strives to serve as trusted counsel for his clients and to provide timely and practical advice.

Josh joined Bracewell in 2002 after completing a legal education focused on litigation and a graduate education focused on persuasion and argument. Josh has provided expert commentary on matters involving legislation, political law, and international trade to a wide variety of media outlets, including the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous legal and trade publications.

Josh has developed particular knowledge in the areas of international trade, campaign finance law and legislative advocacy. He counsels clients on matters involving compliance with international trade regulations, economic sanctions, and issues related to U.S. and international anti-bribery laws. He has delivered presentations at anti-corruption seminars in the U.S. and abroad, and has helped leading international companies develop training and compliance programs designed to prevent violations of U.S. and international trade laws. He also works with a wide range of clients on issues involving political action committees (PACs), ethics and election law, and compliance with lobbying disclosure laws. Josh served as the BBC's election law expert for international press coverage related to the 2004 Presidential election.

Josh has represented a large number of U.S. and international companies that have been involved in controversies ranging from accusations of corruption to criminal investigations surrounding compliance with international sanctions and environmental laws. With an education in both law and communications, Josh is able to help his clients craft messages that reinforce ongoing legal strategies and effectively communicate the client's interests to the public. He has brought these skills to bear for some of the largest oil field services in the world, emerging technology companies accused of contaminating the food supply, and companies that have been accused of engaging in illegal activities in the U.S. and abroad.

He also has a background in conducting training around the world. He has helped train employees for his clients in the U.S., India, Mexico, Switzerland, Singapore, and France regarding legal compliance and strategies for effectively communicating with media and political officials seeking comments on pending investigations and controversies.

Josh was a nationally successful debater as an undergraduate student and helped coach successful intercollegiate debate teams at Baylor University and the University of Kansas while he was in graduate school. He also designed and taught a variety of college courses in persuasive speaking, speechwriting, and argumentation.

Representative Matters

Represented an international energy services company in negotiations with the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and provides regular counsel and due diligence on matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Served as outside counsel for a professional association representing federal law enforcement officers.  This representation has required legislative advocacy, participation in formal rule-making process, and negotiations with policymakers on Capitol Hill and executive agencies such as the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Organized and coordinated a coalition of domestic and international companies seeking to challenge the imposition of unfair anti-dumping duties on imported seafood.

Assisted in representation of one of the nation's largest durable medical equipment suppliers in matters involving the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the U.S. Congress.

Publications and Speeches

Co-author, “Drones and the Oil and Gas Industry,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, February 6, 2015. 

"Boycotts and Business in the Middle East," Law360, January 2012.

Co-presenter, “Corporate Involvement in the 2012 Election – Understanding the Law and Your Options,” Main Justice Webinar, November 2, 2011.

Co-author, "Commercial Bribery and the New International Norms," Bloomberg Law Report, Vol. 1, No. 4, October 2009. 

Co-author, "Caveats for Companies Seeking Business Abroad: A Forecast of Stepped Up Enforcement," Bracewell Update, February 24, 2009.

"New CFIUS Regulations Finalized by Department of Treasury," Washington Update, November 18, 2008. 

"Heightened Scrutiny of Foreign Transactions in the U.S. Continues While FINSA Regulations Are Developed," Washington Update, March 5, 2008. 

"The Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007: Improved Transparency and Slower Deal Making," Washington Update, October 24, 2007. 

"The New Lobbying and Ethics Law: No Longer Business As Usual," Washington Update, September 18, 2007.

"Anti-Bribery Compliance: The U.S. Experience and Challenges Facing Transnational Corporations," The Foreign Investors Council, chaired by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, May 11, 2006.


J.D., cum laude, Baylor University School of Law, 2002
M.A., Communications, Baylor University, 1996
B.G.S., Communications, University of Kansas, 1994

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court


American Bar Association
State Bar of Texas


Recipient of Leon Jaworski Scholarship for Outstanding Advocate, Full-Tuition Law School Scholarship
Baylor Law Review