Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

250 - 500


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Best Law Firms for Energy, Oil, & Gas Law


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

34 total (17 2Ls; 17 1Ls)


Base Salary

Base Salary (2022)1st year: $ 215,000

Vault Verdict

About the Firm

Associate Reviews


  • “Bracewell intentionally recruits lawyers who will get along with each other, and it shows. We're friends inside and outside the office.”
  • “The culture is generally extremely collegial and friendly. We regularly have events outside of the office, but not too frequently (once a month or so), as most senior associates and partners have families who they actually spend time with. Generally the firm is extremely team oriented and supportive of each other, both in work and in personal lives. It's just a very friendly, collaborative environment where the ‘no assholes’ policy is all but officially in writing. There's a reason we have so many ‘boomerang’ partners and associates, and it's because after someone leaves, they realize how great it was here. We're very protective of that culture as well.”
  • “Great culture here—as a lateral I've been able to slip immediately into social life, happy hours, etc. Everyone has a family, so we're very chill, but there are many opportunities to make work friendships.”
  • “We care about what is happening in each other's lives outside the office. We often stop in each other's offices to catch up on things outside of work. Everyone works hard, but they are also respectful of your time outside the office.”

Why Work Here

Bracewell is the ideal place to launch your legal career.  Our open and collaborative culture ensures that you have opportunities to work on significant matters and have meaningful interactions with partners and associates from the moment you join.  

We look for candidates who have distinguished themselves academically and actively participate in law school. Successful candidates possess a strong work ethic and are self-motivated.  Given the firm’s collaborative culture, we value individuals who are team players and want to work together to provide innovative and sophisticated solutions to challenging legal issues. 

Getting Hired Here

  • “Academically talented candidates with strong interpersonal skills who can work well with clients and other attorneys. Unique interests are welcomed and encouraged.”
  • “The firm looks for highly qualified but friendly and personable summer associates who fit into the firm's culture. The firm takes the recruitment and interview process very seriously and engages a wide range of associates and partners in the process.”
  • “In the DC office, interest in energy and environmental work is almost a necessity. It touches most of our practices, even litigation and government contracts. [We have] small summer classes and a pretty small office, but it keeps people close.”
  • “Bracewell looks for smart, driven candidates who are people oriented and want to work collaboratively. We hire a lot of students from UT, but also other local schools as well as UVA and Duke.”

Practice Area Q&A’s

Andrew C.J. Bueso

Partner—Business & Regulatory Section/Finance Department


Kate Barrington McGregor