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Legal 500 Ranks Eight Bracewell Practices as Leaders in the U.S.

Thu, 06/10/2010

Houston, TX (June 10, 2010) — Legal 500 USA has recognized eight Bracewell & Giuliani LLP practices and 27 attorneys in its 2010 rankings. The firm's restructuring, energy litigation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), real estate and construction, tax, project finance, structured finance, and employee benefits and compensation practices were highlighted along with the following attorneys in those categories:

Finance: Corporate Restructuring – Evan Flaschen (Leading Lawyer), Renée Dailey, Mark Joachim, Samuel Stricklin, and James Reardon

Within corporate restructuring, Evan Flaschen, the firm's financial restructuring group chair and a "Leading Lawyer" in his field, is described as "an extremely experienced, creative bankruptcy attorney who can be aggressive when appropriate." Additionally, partner Renée Dailey is recognized as a "an experienced young partner who always has a staggeringly impressive command of the facts."

Litigation: Energy – Paul Fox, Deanna King, J. Clifford Gunter, Shelby Kelley, and Sandra Rizzo

Bracewell's energy litigation attorneys are recognized for having a "strong depth of experience." "Austin-based Paul Fox and Deanna King are ' particularly good'" and King is recommended for her "significant experience before FERC."

Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts: M&A Middle-Market ($500M - $999M) – Sanford Brown (Leading Lawyer), Gregory Bopp, Edgar Marston, and Charlotte Rasche

Dallas managing partner Sanford Brown is noted as a "Leading Lawyer'" in M&A. The group is praised for its variety of work in advertising, computer services, commercial real estate, entertainment and sports, radio, telecommunications, and banking and finance, with a particular increase in distressed asset M&A work in New York.

Real Estate and Construction: Central – Clark Thompson

Bracewell's real estate practice is recognized for its "notable presence in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio" and for its "due diligence reviews of all aspects of real estate deals and legal obligations that affect cash flow and valuation."

Tax: Domestic Tax: Central – Gregory Bopp and Elizabeth McGinley

Partner Gregory Bopp is "an excellent business tax adviser," while Partner Elizabeth McGinley is noted for being "energetic and reliable" in her work in New York and Texas. Additionally, the firm's Kazakhstan and Dubai offices are credited with bringing "a strong international component to its energy tax advice."

Project Finance: Advice to Sponsors – Richard Rice, Thomas Tomlinson, Gary Orloff, Catherine Ozdogan, Mark Lewis, Kirk Morgan, and G. Alan Rafte

Bracewell is "'one of the top firms' in the U.S. that shows 'no weakness'" in its project finance practice which "handles some notable energy infrastructure work, acting for prominent clients."

Structured Finance – Robin Miles and Christopher Olive

Bracewell's structured finance attorneys are "recommended for the design of complex structured and secured financing and hedging facilities in the demanding gas, oil and power sector."

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation – Bruce Jocz and Michael Tomberg

The firm's compensation and benefits group has "very good attorneys, they're responsive, bright and understand [the client's] business." Partners Bruce Jocz and Michael Tomberg "do a very good job of explaining, or rather, translating, complex issues in the realm of employee benefits that assist [clients] in structuring transactions."

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.