March 30, 2005
Bracewell & Giuliani
Posted by Christine Hurt

The Houston Chronicle is reporting today that Rudy Giuliani will join the Houston-based law firm of Bracewell & Patterson.  Giuliani will open a NY office for the firm.  The article also indicates that the firm will be renaming itself Bracewell & Giuliani.  Here is the sentence:

Giuliani, who captured the nation's attention with his aggressive response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, will open a New York office for the firm, which will be renamed Bracewell & Giuliani.

At first, I thought that the reporter was saying that only the NY office would be called B&G, but the story goes on to describe how the firm asked permission of Mr. Patterson's widow to change the firm name. Hmmm.

The article suggests that Mr. Giuliani, who may make a presidential bid in 2008, wanted to associate with a Texas firm with ties to the Republican party and to George Bush.  I can think of a larger Texas firm that is known for its ties to the Bush family, but I don't think it would change its name to Baker, Botts & Giuliani.

UPDATE: (NY Law Journal) has a story today (Thursday) that gives more details.  The article seems worried for Bracewell, who seems very interested in opening a NY office and having Giuliani recruit 50 new lawyers for that office.  The managing partner is quoted as saying that the office will need more than 100 lawyers to be successful.  So, Bracewell is going to change its name (as of today) and hinge its hopes of a NY office on someone who (1) has his own consulting business; (2) has never been at a law firm for any length of time; and (3) wants to run for president in three years?  I hope it works out for them.

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