Bracewell Connect: Winter/Spring 2021

CONNECT THE BRACEWELL MAGAZINE • WINTER/ SPRING 2021

2

CONNECT WINTER/ SPRING 2021

Inside.

16 Bracewell Buddies

06 Bracewell and the Energy Transition

04 Celebrating 75 Years

08 Meet Our New Partners

09 New at Bracewell

14 BWell Focus: Community

18 Bracewell Life

3

CONNECT WINTER/SPRING 2021

Welcome.

On November 1, 1945, after returning frommilitary service inWorld War II, Searcy and Fentress Bracewell joined their father J. S. Bracewell and Burt H. Tunks to open a law practice in Houston, Texas. Over the past 75 years, that small firmhas grown to become one of themost prominent global law firms with 10 offices across the United States, London and Dubai. As we celebrate Bracewell’s 75th anniversary, I want to express my sincere gratitude to our clients, alumni and friends of the firm. You are the reason for our success, and all of us at Bracewell are incredibly thankful for your continued support and trust. The vision championed by our founders continues to be our focus today — to be a firmof choice for clients, a destination firm for talent and to embrace a culture built on personal relationships, collaboration, compassion, genuineness and excellence in everything we do. I hope you enjoy this issue of Connect . Best wishes for a prosperous and healthy 2021.

Greg Bopp Managing Partner

Environmental Practice Group of the Year

Restructuring Deal of the Year

M&A Transaction of the Year

Top 20 Energy and Renewables Firms in the UK The Times Best Law Firms (2021)

Law360 (2020)

IFLR Sub-Saharan Africa Awards (2020)

Houston Corporate Counsel Awards (2020)

4

CONNECT WINTER/ SPRING 2021

Celebrating 75 Years .

FENTRESS, J. S. AND SEARCY BRACEWELL EMBODIED THE VALUES OF PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND TEAMWORK THAT CONTINUE TO INSPIRE BRACEWELL LAWYERS AND STAFF.

Bracewell celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding on November 1. The Bracewell we know today — which is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading law and government relations firms — has come a long way since its founding. At the same time, how we define ourselves as a firm has been greatly influenced by the values championed by our founders 75 years ago. OUR ROOTS In 1945, Searcy and Fentress Bracewell returned from World War II to open a law practice with their father, J. S. Bracewell . J. S. Bracewell began his career as a small town lawyer in Harrisburg, Texas. He quickly gained a reputation as a champion for the underdog. Burt Tunks , an energetic trial lawyer who was also a military veteran, joined the Bracewells in founding the new law practice. Bracewell & Tunks officially opened its doors for business on November 1, 1945. The firm’s founders understood that a successful law practice requires a relentless focus on professional excellence. As the practice started to grow, the four lawyers maintained a work culture that emphasized personal relationships and teamwork.

5

CONNECT WINTER/SPRING 2021

They also shared a commitment to community service. J. S. Bracewell was active in state and local politics throughout his career, and became assistant attorney general for Texas in 1963. Searcy Bracewell served 12 years in the Texas state legislature , including two years in the House of Representatives and 10 years in the Senate. Fentress Bracewell was appointed Houston Port Commissioner in 1968, and chaired the Port of Houston Authority for 15 years. Burt Tunks was appointed a district court judge in 1957, and was later named chief justice of the First Court of Civil Appeals . Many Bracewell lawyers have followed in these footsteps. Recent alumni include Texas Governor Greg Abbott , Federal Judge Alan Albright , Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby , NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison and Jeff Oldham , Governor Abbott's general counsel.

organized around identified practice areas. Texas’ economy was booming, attracting companies fromaround the world, most notably in the energy and financial sectors. Bracewell quickly became an influential player in the state’s business community. The firmestablished a corporate practice with the arrival of Edgar Marston in 1971, while the litigation practice evolved tomeet the needs of corporate clients in large commercial disputes. An Austin office was established in 1974 to address the legislative needs of the firm’s clients. In 1975, Bracewell moved its Houston office into the new Pennzoil Place , which was dubbed “Building of the Decade” by The New York Times because of its innovative design. 711 Louisiana continues to be home to the firm’s Houston office. Bracewell established a national presence in April 1975 with the opening of its Washington, DC office. Forty-five years later, the lawyers, lobbyists and consultants in the DC office continue to serve the regulatory, legislative and business needs of firmclients inside the Beltway. 75 YEARS STRONG The secret to Bracewell’s success has been its ability to continuously evolve to meet the changing needs of clients. The firm expanded its national reach by opening offices in Dallas (1989), San Antonio (1999), New York (2005), Hartford (2007) and Seattle (2009). Bracewell also established an international presence with the opening of offices in London (1978) and Dubai (2007). Lawyers across the firm’s 10 offices work together in helping clients meet the changing needs of a global economy. Drawing on inspiration from those who came before them, they have met the challenge by focusing on the firm’s strengths in key sectors and practices.

THE EMERGENCE OF A MODERN LAW FIRM Searcy Bracewell wrote in 1981 that if 1945 was Bracewell’s “historic beginning,” the firm’s “real beginning” was in 1966. On March 15, seven partners — Fentress Bracewell, Searcy Bracewell, Hal DeMoss, Joe Jaworski, Harry Patterson, Bill Wilde and CarltonWilde — committed to building amodern law firm BRACEWELL CELEBRATED THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD IN 2001, WHEN KELLY FRELS (LEFT) WELCOMED PAT OXFORD (RIGHT) AS THE FIRM'S NEW MANAGING PARTNER.

BARBOUR CUT TERMINAL BEARS THE NAME OF FENTRESS BRACEWELL (LEFT), WHOSE VISION AS CHAIR OF THE HOUSTON PORT AUTHORITY FROM 1970 TO 1985 HELPED MAKE HOUSTON A LEADING CONTAINER PORT IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.

6

CONNECT WINTER/ SPRING 2021

Bracewell and the Energy Transition .

Bracewell is widely recognized as a leading energy law firm, working with clients at the forefront of developments across the energy value chain. That leadership continues today, as companies and investors look to capitalize on the so-called “energy transition” from fossil fuels to renewables. Renewables are the fastest growing source of electricity production. The US Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2021 projects that the share of renewables on the US electricity mix will double from 21 percent in 2020 to 42 percent in 2050, with wind and solar accounting for most of that growth. Bracewell is well positioned to advise energy companies, utilities, manufacturers, construction companies, banks and other investors through the energy transition. The firm made significant investments in lateral recruiting in 2020 that add depth to its global power and renewables practice (see the new lateral partner profiles on pages 9 to 12).

7

CONNECT WINTER/SPRING 2021

The energy transition is accelerating at a quicker pace than originally anticipated, in part because of technological advances that make it more cost competitive, resulting in new growth opportunities for industry players in offshore wind, carbon capture and hydrogen development. OFFSHORE WIND The US offshore wind market is predicted to significantly expand, from 30 MW currently to over 20 GW in the next 10 years. Increasingly oil and gas supermajors are looking to take advantage of this promising market. In September 2020, BP and Equinor entered into a $1.1 billion agreement for BP to acquire a 50 percent interest in the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects off the US East Coast. As part of the transaction, Equinor and BP agreed to form a partnership to develop other offshore wind projects in the United States. The transaction supports the renewable energy strategies of both companies. Bracewell acted as Equinor’s US counsel on the transaction, building on the firm’s experience as chief project counsel on Equinor’s flagship New York offshore wind projects. Over the years, Bracewell has helped Equinor address the interests of ocean users, including commercial and recreational fishing and environmental stakeholders, through mitigation plans. The firm also advised on the original auction acquisition from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (the federal agency responsible for offshore wind leases) for the underlying federal leasehold on Empire Wind, including a successful defense against an injunction. In addition, Bracewell worked with Equinor on bids to the states of New York and New Jersey for the supply of offshore renewable energy credits. New York accepted Equinor’s bid in an historic decision that is considered the most significant offshore wind energy procurement in US history to date. Bracewell's experience in the offshore wind market is not limited to the United States. In November, lawyers from the firm's London and Dubai offices represented Eni in its agreement to acquire a 20 percent interest in the Dogger Bank (A and B) 2.4 GW offshore wind farm project from Equinor and SSE . When it reaches full capacity, Dogger Bank will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. CARBON CAPTURE Governments and companies throughout the world have announced ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions. Carbon capture is one of the ways that some companies are reducing their carbon footprint.

Bracewell is at the forefront of carbon capture developments, advising clients on the federal tax credit available for these projects and structures to effectively monetize the credits. The firm’s transactional and regulatory teams draw on extensive experience in the midstream and upstream sectors and across the power sector in advising companies such as Hillcorp Energy and NRG Energy on carbon capture projects in Texas. Overseas, the firm’s London team recently advised Storegga Geotechnologies on its acquisition of Pale Blue Dot Energy . Pale Blue Dot holds the UK’s only carbon capture and storage license and is the lead developer of the Acorn carbon capture and storage project, whose sponsors include Macquarie , Shell , Total and Chrysoar . When the plant becomes operational in 2024, Acorn will become the first, cost-efficient and scalable carbon capture and storage project in the UK. HYDROGEN Hydrogen may be the smallest molecule, but it has enormous power as a potential fuel source for transportation, residential and commercial real estate and industry, as well as power generation and grid balancing. In the United States, Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group has been an influential voice on hydrogen development, including federal tax and regulatory issues. Bracewell has partnered with Air Liquide , for example, in working directly with Congress , the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency in educating policymakers about hydrogen’s potential. These efforts have resulted in several pieces of legislation promoting the use of hydrogen development, energy storage and transportation. Bracewell is also representing an ad hoc hydrogen energy coalition , which works with the Fuel Cell Hydrogen Energy Coalition (the national trade association for hydrogen energy) and federal lawmakers on proposed tax laws and regulations. The coalition is advocating for tax incentives to encourage investments in hydrogen energy technologies.

8

CONNECT WINTER/ SPRING 2021

Meet Our NewPartners . Five outstanding Bracewell lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2021.

NancyMcEvily Davis, Houston Nancy is a commercial trial lawyer with jury trial experience, who advises US and international companies in healthcare, energy, banking and other sectors. She was named “One toWatch” in Houston healthcare law in 2021 by The Best Lawyers in America . Nancy earned her B.S. fromUniversity of Notre Dame, and graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. fromUniversity of Houston LawCenter, where she was amember of Houston LawReview , Order of the Coif and Order of the Barons. Timothy R. Geiger, Houston Tim represents clients in litigation and at trial, with an emphasis on patent, trademark and trade secrets matters. He has represented clients in patent infringements and other intellectual property disputes involving a range of technologies in federal district courts throughout the United States. Tim graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering fromThe Pennsylvania State University, and magna cum laude with a J.D. fromUniversity of Houston LawCenter, where he was an editor of Houston Law Review , Order of the Coif and Order of the Barons. Benjamin J. Martin, Houston Ben advises clients throughout a legal entity’s life cycle, from its incorporation and establishment of governance procedures to its termination throughmerger, conversion or other business combinations. He was named “One toWatch” in Houston oil and gas law in 2021 by The Best Lawyers in America , and a “Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers in 2018‒2020. Ben earned his B.A., magna cum laude, fromLouisiana State University, and his J.D. fromUniversity of Virginia School of Law, where he was amember of Virginia Law& Business Review . Julie Melton Partain, Dallas Julie concentrates on public debt offerings and business transactions involving cities, counties, school districts, universities, economic development corporations and water districts. She serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and disclosure counsel in financings for all types of public entities. Before entering private practice, Julie was a judicial clerk to Texas Supreme Court Judge Nathan L. Hecht. Julie earned her B.A. with honors fromThe University of Texas, her M.P.A. fromUniversity of North Texas and her J.D. with honors fromThe University of Texas School of Law. Derek A. B. Speck, Houston Derek advises clients on corporate formations, mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, securities offerings, corporate restructurings and private equity transactions, most notably in the energy sector. Prior to his legal career, he was an auditor with amajor natural resources company. Derek was named “One toWatch” in Houston energy law in 2021 by The Best Lawyers in America . He earned his B.S. fromTulane University, his M.B.A. fromUniversity of Tulsa Collins College of Business and his J.D. with highest honors fromUniversity of Tulsa College of Law, where he was editor of Tulsa LawReview .

9

CONNECT WINTER/SPRING 2021

Newat Bracewell . Ten lawyers recently joined Bracewell as partners in strategic areas that deepen our ability to serve clients. We sat down with them to learn more about why they made the move to Bracewell.

Alistair Calvert Litigation | London Joined Bracewell: November 2020 Education: University of Cambridge – St. Catharine’s College, College of Law, London

renewable energy projects, but my experience ranges across the energy sector. What are the key issues facing your clients today? Clients are concerned that projects achieve commercial operations in a timely manner to ensure tax credits and financing arrangements. What makes Bracewell unique? Bracewell is unique among law firms because the firm has depth across the full spectrum of the energy sector from regulatory to financing and development.

Tell us about your practice. My practice encompasses international arbitration, litigation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution within the energy sector. I enjoy the challenge of using all the tools at a litigator’s disposal to help businesses through what might at first seem like intractable problems. What’s your proudest professional moment? Concluding a settlement for an African operator which resulted in the discontinuance of high-profile proceedings against it in England, France and Nigeria; the release of funds which had been frozen around the world; and the reversion of rights in three oil blocks. It was a significant result — saving a company that continues to be a significant local employer — and the conclusion of over two years of hard work with a team of lawyers and other professionals in a number of jurisdictions. Why did you join Bracewell? The opportunity to join a dynamic, growing and focused team in London, which combines agility and deep experience.

TomJamieson Projects | London Joined Bracewell: January 2021 Education: University of St. Andrews, BPP Law School

Tell us about your practice. I am a project development and finance lawyer, with a focus on energy transition and renewables projects. Much of my recent work has been in the emerging markets, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, though I am equally at home in the European markets. What is your proudest professional moment? Becoming a partner, and witnessing firsthand the social and economic impact of our collective work on the development and financing of the Maamba power station in Zambia, which is responsible for one-third of the country’s power provision. Why did you join Bracewell? The incredible strength and depth of the platform, its entrepreneurial spirit and the warmth and collegiality of the team.

Danielle Garbien Renewables & Alternative Energy | New York Joined Bracewell: March 2020 Education: Boston College, American University Washington College of Law

Tell us about your practice. I work with clients to develop and structure complex energy projects, financing and hedging arrangements. Recently, I have been focused on power and

10

CONNECT WINTER/SPRING 2021

Martha Kammoun Private Equity | New York Joined Bracewell: April 2020 Education: Saint-Joseph University, Harvard Law School

and helped them obtain tax exemption. I later applied for and obtained my first IRS letter ruling for the organization, allowing it to form a joint venture with outside, taxpaying investors for the purpose of making below-market loans to businesses in the region without jeopardizing its tax-exempt status. The organization has grown considerably over the last decade, and now even has its own credit union offering pretty attractive rates. Why did you join Bracewell? The firm has an enviable culture. I didn’t fully appreciate it until I had been here a while, but I got glimpses from the outside. Sitting across the table from Bracewell, you see the teamwork and collegiality. You see a single-minded dedication to “getting it right” for the client. You don’t see geographic or practice group boundaries. You don’t see one- upmanship. I’m glad to be here.

Tell us about your practice. The core elements of my practice are M&A and finance, with a sweet spot at the nexus of the two fields, where I am able to bridge two sides of a transaction often with the benefit of structuring and other efficiencies. I advise clients, mainly investment funds, through the entire investment life cycle: from developing or acquiring, to equity and debt financing, and ultimately exiting their investments. What are the key issues facing your clients today? One of the key issues facing clients today is the dual challenge of having to source investments that help accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon economy while maintaining their traditional returns-drive approach. We are seeing a proliferation of impact funds from both established and newer asset managers. What makes Bracewell unique? Bracewell offers a rare combination of practice areas exceptionally well-positioned to bring about what this moment demands: a power practice to support the changing face of the electricity grid, combined with a policy practice to monitor and help bring about legislative incentives, all supported by traditional corporate practices to guide our clients with the development, acquisition and financing of their investments.

Jo En Low Projects | London Joined Bracewell: January 2021 Education: University of New SouthWales, Columbia Law School

Tell us about your practice. I am an M&A/private equity lawyer, with a focus on advising private equity and other financial investors, as well as fund-owned businesses on renewable energy transactions. I advise on the establishment of fund- owned renewable energy platforms, joint venture/consortium arrangements, management incentive arrangements, and the corporate structuring and development of renewable energy projects, as well as the acquisition and disposal of fund-owned portfolios of renewable energy assets. What are the key issues facing your clients today? The emerging markets, particularly Africa, presents a great deal of opportunity for private equity and other financial investors. However, the issue for such players is that they require a certain degree of scale in order to achieve the desired return levels for their investors. This is challenging due to the relatively small size of projects, the fragmented nature of the markets involved and increasing competition for new projects driving down power prices. The more seasoned players address this by aggregating a number of assets to create a platform. This know-how sits with only a handful of seasoned players and their advisers, which includes Bracewell. Why did you join Bracewell? I was drawn to Bracewell as an entrepreneurial firm that shares my clients’ optimism and enthusiasm to pursue the opportunities presented by the energy transition. I have also been very impressed by the warmth and collegiality of the people at Bracewell.

Don J. Lonczak Tax | Washington, DC Joined Bracewell: July 2020 Education: Georgetown University, Georgetown University LawCenter, New York University School of Law

Tell us about your practice. I focus on a range of federal tax issues related to domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate spinoffs, public and private financings, bankruptcies, financial products and private equity investments. What is your proudest professional moment? As a young associate, I helped form a nonprofit community development in the Mississippi Delta region called Hope Enterprise Corporation,

11

CONNECT WINTER/ SPRING 2021

Gordon Stewart Projects | London Joined Bracewell: January 2021 Education: University of Cambridge – St. Catharine’s College, College of Law, London

What is your proudest professional moment? Because insurance is such a huge part of modern-day life, I have been fortunate to work on those issues in many significant matters over my career, such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, major hurricanes and the Deepwater Horizon disaster. But a few pro bono representations also stand out, from helping a minor league baseball coach’s wife and children obtain life insurance proceeds after he was killed in a game by a line drive, to recovering millions for one of the largest legal aid organizations in the United States after its insurer denied coverage for an explosion and fire at their headquarters, to helping an ex-convict who faced an insurance claim denial in his business almost derail years of efforts to successfully re-integrate into society. Why did you join Bracewell? I was looking at several factors, starting with a firm that did not traditionally represent insurance companies, which is crucial to avoid conflicts for our corporate policyholder clients. From there, I wanted a firm with a strong presence in Texas, DC, New York and London, as well as a focus on the energy sector. This narrowed down the short list even more, and the most important factor left was culture. I only wanted to join a law firm where people view treating each other well as not only an obligation but also a benefit of their job. I became convinced that Bracewell is such a place, and haven’t been disappointed.

Tell us about your practice. My practice is focused on providing transactional advice to clients on their acquisition and financing of renewable energy assets and related infrastructure. As a result of the influx of capital into the sector from financial investors and private equity houses, I most often advise clients as part of a cross- practice team alongside private equity lawyers, serving clients through the entire life cycle of a renewable energy business. What are the key issues facing your clients today? While the macroeconomic liquidity produced by central banks around the world has been a boon for the renewable energy sector as a whole, it has increased competition for quality assets and depressing yields on what continue to be relatively high-risk assets, such as pre-construction offshore wind. When coupled with the limited ability to improve operational efficiencies and profitability of renewable generating assets, clients are looking at novel commercial and financial solutions to help sustain and improve returns where traditional engineering and operational solutions cannot. What makes Bracewell unique? Bracewell is uniquely positioned in the market as a firm where the energy sector is the very essence of its offering. Knowing that all of your fantastic colleagues, whatever their product specialization or practice area, understand the drivers and concerns of our clients is incredibly powerful.

TimUrban Tax Policy | Washington, DC Joined Bracewell: January 2020 Education:

The GeorgeWashington University, US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center

Vince Morgan Insurance Recovery | Houston Joined Bracewell: July 2020 Education: The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Texas School of Law

Tell us about your practice. My practice involves representing companies and trade associations inWashington on tax issues. Over 20 years, I have developed a focus on tax issues related to energy companies, andmany of my clients have required assistance with regard to the tax treatment of renewable and alternative energy production and investment. Sectors where I have done a lot of work include energy investment credits for solar and hydrogen property, energy production tax credits for hydropower and biomass generation, and biofuel production and blending tax incentives. What is your proudest professional moment? There are a couple of provisions in the Internal Revenue Code that I amespecially proud of in that they are renewable energy tax incentives I worked to get enacted years ago when renewables were not so popular as they are

Tell us about your practice. I represent corporate policyholders on all aspects of their insurance and risk management needs from a legal standpoint. This includes helping clients place coverage, navigate the claims process and, if necessary, litigate coverage disputes. It also includes related items, such as dealing with insurance and indemnity obligations in contracts.

12

CONNECT WINTER/SPRING 2021

today. After long protracted campaigns, the clients and I successfully navigated the politics and process hurdles of the tax legislative world, but it was in the face of a lot of skepticism that renewables would ever amount to anythingmore than a fad amongst academics. Now, of course, the tide has changed andmany people see full scale energy transition as an inevitability, but it wasn’t always that way. Why did you join Bracewell? The move to Bracewell after I retired from a big-four accounting firm was the most natural next step for me. Over 20 years of representing clients on tax, I had frequently served with Bracewell lawyers hired to perform the clients’ energy policy work, so I was familiar with the firm’s cachet as a blue-chip energy firm, and already knew and admired many of the people. The synergy of establishing an energy tax practice here with all of the energy policy and environmental policy expertise was a perfect fit.

LEAGUE OF OUR OWN Bracewell’s energy and finance teams ranked among the leading practices in the United States, according to the league tables published by Refinitiv and S&P Global . PUBLIC FINANCE #4 Disclosure Counsel – Nationwide Refinitiv – FY 2020 #9 Bond Counsel (Negotiated Offerings) – Nationwide Refinitiv – FY 2020 #11 Bond Counsel – Nationwide Refinitiv – FY 2020 Underwriter’s Counsel – Nationwide Refinitiv – FY 2020 ENERGY & UTILITIES OFFERINGS #6 Underwriter’s Counsel by Number of Deals S&P Global – FY 2020 #12 Underwriter’s Counsel by Volume S&P Global – FY 2020 #13 M&A Legal Adviser by Number of Deals S&P Global – FY 2020 #21 M&A Legal Adviser by Deal Amount S&P Global – FY 2020 INFRASTRUCTURE & PROJECT FINANCE #15 North America Infrastructure Legal Adviser by Value IJGlobal – FY 2020 #18 Power Infrastructure Finance Legal Adviser by Value IJGlobal – FY 2020 SYNDICATED LOANS #19 Lender by Volume Refinitiv – 2020 #20 Lender by Number of Deals Refinitiv – 2020 #28 Borrower by Volume Refinitiv – 2020 #23 Borrower by Number of Deals Refinitiv – 2020 #26 Law Firm by Total Issuance by Volume Refinitiv – 2020 Law Firm by Total Issuance by Number of Deals Refinitiv – 2020 CAPITAL MARKETS #22 Straight Debt Offerings Refinitiv – FY 2020

Danielle Varnell Power Projects | Washington, DC Joined Bracewell: June 2020 Education: Ripon College, University of Wisconsin Law School

Tell us about your practice. I am an M&A and development lawyer concentrating on the power sector. I represent clients in acquiring or selling power projects, with a focus on utility scale solar, wind and gas assets, establishing joint ventures with respect to the foregoing or making equity investments into power companies or projects. I also represent clients in the development of power projects, including EPC contracts, equipment procurement contracts, and operations and maintenance contracts, to name a few. What is your proudest professional moment? My proudest professional moment was assisting a large wind developer client in signing a build-transfer agreement for what would have been the largest wind project in the United States. The project was massive — 2,000 MWwith a 350-mile transmission line —with a price tag of $4.5 billion and was the result of nearly a year of negotiation between the parties. (Unfortunately, after a year-long regulatory approval process, the project was rejected by one of the four state public utility commissions that were required to approve it, and it was never built as contemplated). Why did you join Bracewell? Bracewell was attractive to me because of its established energy bona fides and broad energy platform as well as its entrepreneurial spirit. I was also drawn in by the collegiality among the lawyers here and the feeling they conveyed that it is a true partnership, which is exactly what I have experienced since I arrived.

13

CONNECT WINTER/SPRING 2021

Bracewell lawyers hold themselves to the highest standards of client service. That commitment earned them top honors within the legal profession throughout 2020.

HOME TO EXCELLENCE

American College of Bond Counsel Fellows – Cristy Edwards and Jonathan Leatherberry

American College of Governance Counsel Fellow – Dan Witschey

Benchmark Litigation 2020 “40 and Under Hot List” – Chris Dodson and Jonathon Hance

Best Lawyers in America 2021 Austin Tax Lawyer of the Year – Joe Hull

2021 Houston Real Estate Lawyer of the Year – Aaron Roffwarg 2021 San Antonio Immigration Lawyer of the Year – Victoria Garcia 2021 San Antonio Labor and Immigration Lawyer of the Year – JimKizziar 2021 Seattle Patent Litigation Lawyer of the Year – Doug Stewart 2021 Seattle Tax Lawyer of the Year – Lance Behnke 2021 Ones to Watch – Dan Areshenko , Andrea Broyles , Nancy McEvily Davis , Amber Dodds , Summer Greathouse , Patrick K. Johnson , Tyler Johnson , Ben Martin , Ryan McBeth , Kathy Witty Medford , Brittany Pemberton , Walter Simons , Derek Speck and Carlton Wilde III

Connecticut Legal Awards 2020 Game Changer – Mark Dendinger

The Hill 2020 Top Lobbyists – Ed Krenik , Dee Martin and Scott Segal IFLR Rising Stars Americas Awards 2020 Energy and Natural Resources Rising Star – Stephen Hug

Law360 2020 Construction Rising Star – Tom Swarbrick 2020 Environmental MVP – Ann Navaro 2020 Project Finance Rising Star – Andrej Kormuth

National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics 2020 Top Lobbyist – John Lee

National Law Journal 2020 Criminal Law Trailblazer – Paul Shechtman 2020 DC Trailblazer – Dee Martin

New York Law Journal 2020 New York Trailblazer – Dan Connolly

Oil and Gas Investor 2020 25 Influential Women in Energy – Kate Day

Texas Lawyer 2020 Texas Trailblazers – Steve Bolden , Victoria Garcia , Bill Mahomes , Constance Rhebergen and Barron Wallace

Texas Legal Awards 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award – Jane Macon 2020 On the Rise Award – Becky Baker

Women’s Energy Council 2020 Global Female Influencer 275 – Olivia Caddy

14

CONNECT WINTER/ SPRING 2021

BWell Focus: Community .

Community involvement has long been a hallmark of Bracewell, going back to our founders, who made lasting contributions to the Houston business and legal communities. That tradition continues today, with lawyers and staff across the firm’s 10 offices giving back to their communities through volunteer or pro bono service. TOP ROW: BRACEWELL'S POLICY RESOLUTION GROUP WORKED PRO BONO IN HELPING SECURE PASSAGE OF THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE DESIGNATION ACT. PICTURED HERE AT A MEETING OF THE HOUSE ENERGY & COMMERCE COMMITTEE: CONNOR JOBES (AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION), COLLEEN CREIGHTON (AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY), DEE MARTIN, SUE ANN ATKERSON (RI INTERNATIONAL), SAM BRINTON (THE TREVOR PROJECT) AND JOHN LEE; BOTTOM ROW: LAWYERS AND STAFF ACROSS THE FIRM GAVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AS PART OF THE GIVE BACK BINGO CHALLENGE.

15

CONNECT WINTER/SPRING 2021

As part of its quarterly focus for the summer, the BWell Program explored the role of community in promoting individual well-being. The BWell Task Force worked with United Way of Greater Houston on a firm-wide Give Back Bingo Challenge, which encouraged lawyers and staff to creatively give back to their local communities. Cash prizes were made on the winners’ behalf to American Cancer Society , The Beacon and Fierce Woman Found Ministries . The task force also created a searchable database of community organizations where Bracewell lawyers and staff volunteer. Finally, on September 16, Bracewell General Counsel Jennifer Weston moderated a panel discussion with Bracewell’s John Lee , Kate McGregor and Constance Gall Rhebergen about community service. ADVOCATING FOR AT-RISK LGBTQ YOUTH John Lee, who is a director in Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group, was recently recognized by the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics as a 2020 Top Lobbyist for his advocacy work on behalf of The Trevor Project , the largest LGBTQ youth suicide prevention network resource in the United States. John started volunteering with The Trevor Project as a crisis counselor in 2016. Two years later, John and the PRG team began working with The Trevor Project on a pro bono basis to establish and implement 9-8-8 as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and to ensure that LGBTQ youth can access specialized services. On October 17, President Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act , which will make 9-8-8 the number to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline starting in 2022. The bill was the first in US history that was specifically LGBTQ- inclusive that unanimously passed both houses of Congress. John found Bracewell, and his PRG colleagues in particular, incredibly supportive and helpful in deepening his involvement with The Trevor Project. “Without the team at Bracewell and having that kind of support and infrastructure, we would not have been able to help The Trevor Project get to that point.” HELPING AT-RISK STUDENTS SUCCEED Kate McGregor, who is an associate in the firm’s Houston office, has also found the firm incredibly supportive of her community work, including her involvement with Harlem Lacrosse , which provides academic support, leadership training, college prep and sports instruction to at-risk middle school and high school students. Kate has worn several hats with Harlem Lacrosse over the years, starting as a volunteer organizing campus visits and later serving on the executive board for three years. In her current role, she is a member of the New York advisory board.

Kate has also been involved with Kids Meals, Inc. , a Houston- based non-profit that combats childhood hunger. She first volunteered with Kids Meals through the Junior League of Houston as part of a team that made packed lunches to be delivered to pre-school aged children. More recently, Kate has helped raise operational funds to allow the organization to continue to meet increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. During her time as a member of the Junior League of Houston, Kate also volunteered at Texas Children’s Hospital and Memorial Herman Hospital . A FAMILY AFFAIR Constance Gall Rhebergen holds multiple roles at Bracewell, including as head of the firm’s technology and intellectual property department, a member of the firm-wide management committee and the firm’s liaison with The United Way. Throughout it all, Constance manages to juggle her busy role at the firm with community board service. She serves on the board of directors of Energy City New Horizons Music , which creates opportunities for musicians to play together and perform. Many are mature musicians, who haven’t played their instruments since high school or college. Constance, her husband John (one of the organization’s founders) and their 16-year-old son play saxophone in the group, so it’s a “family affair.” Constance says that she tends “to get involved with organizations that are more forward-looking.” She has served as a volunteer coach and judge with Odyssey of the Mind , for example, an organization founded on the belief that creativity can be taught. Working in teams of seven, students create a unique and impactful solution to a given problem. The solutions are then presented as part of a performance. John, Kate and Constance all stress the importance of following your passion when getting involved with a community organization. “A lot can be asked of you. If you’re going to do the job well, you’re going to want to give a lot, so you should be passionate about it,” says Constance. “Everybody gets satisfaction out of something different, and it takes a village to make an effort and to bring about change.”

16

CONNECT WINTER/ SPRING 2021

Bracewell Buddies .

THE CHILDREN OF BRACEWELL FAMILIES DEMONSTRATED THEIR ARTISTIC SKILLS AS PART OF OUR 2020 BRACEWELL BUDDIES PROGRAM.

BRACEWELL BUDDIES was a voluntary seven-week program in April and May that helped the children of Bracewell families connect virtually during a time of physical separation. As an extension of the firm’s BWell Program , Bracewell Buddies created opportunities for participants to take part in a variety of fun and educational activities that allowed them to forge connections while learning about the practice of law. These activities included letter writing, coloring and drawing projects, word search puzzles, website scavenger hunts and virtual field trips to an animal rescue farm.

17

CONNECT WINTER/SPRING 2021

18

CONNECT WINTER/ SPRING 2021

Bracewell Life . HOUSTON ASSOCIATE RODEO EVENT (MARCH 2020)

NICKMEDFORD, KATHY MEDFORD, MEGAN BRANNIGAN (WEYCER KAPLAN PULASKI & ZUBER)

JOHN STAVINOHA, GEORGE DODD (UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON)

BRIAN BURBANK (KINKAID SCHOOL), JAY LARRY, DEREK SPECK, HERSCHEL CHENEVERT (WORTHINGTON PAPER), JEREMY CHARACTER (MERRILL LYNCHWEALTHMANAGEMENT)

JARED BERG, MOLLY BERG

TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY (APRIL 2020)

ELIAS BEZANSON, PHIL BEZANSON, SID BEZANSON, DASH BEZANSON

EVERLEY GREATHOUSE, SUMMER GREATHOUSE, GRACE GREATHOUSE

HUNTER DAVIA-ZIVE, JOSH ZIVE

19

CONNECT WINTER/ SPRING 2021

ART NIGHT (JUNE 2020)

BRYAN DUMESNIL

TONY VISAGE

JONATHAN LEATHERBERRY

JACK O-LANTERN JAMBOREE AND FARM TOUR (OCTOBER 2020)

ELOISE REGAN, ALLISON REGAN, EVELYN REGAN

BENMARTIN, JAMES MARTIN

SUSAN RAFTE

ALAN RAFTE

20

CONNECT WINTER/SPRING 2021

CHANGE THE RULES, CHANGE THE WORLD (OCT. 2020)

MENTAL HEALTH IN A COVID WORLD (OCT. 2020)

DR. JONATHAN STEVENS (THE MENNINGER CLINIC), JONATHON HANCE

CONSULTANT MICHELLE SILVERTHORN (INCLUSION NATION)

HOUSTON BALLET FRAME X FRAME DRIVE-IN (NOVEMBER 2020)

MANON GIOT, BECKY GIOT

KATA TAGGART, DREWTAGGART

J.L. TURNER LEGAL ASSOCIATION “LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” GALA (NOVEMBER 2020)

SARAH TAHIR, STEVE BOLDEN

21

CONNECT WINTER/ SPRING 2021

Get Connected. Join Bracewellʼs Online Community.

@BRACEWELL

@BRACEWELLLAW

@BRACEWELLLLP

@BRACEWELL.LLP

bracewell.com

TEXAS | NEW YORK | WASHINGTON, DC | CONNECTICUT | SEATTLE | DUBAI | LONDON

Made with FlippingBook Online newsletter