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

  • “The firm's culture is very collegial and friendly amongst both attorneys and staff. Management is very transparent with associates.”
  • "Bracewell has a great culture. Lawyers interact both in and outside of the office, and often support each other’s hobbies, passions, and charities. The atmosphere within the firm is collegial, with lawyers and staff interacting daily."
  • “Hard to say now because of COVID, but normally we are a relatively close office (socializing a few times a month as larger groups and also a few people getting together after hours). Definitely not every week, and not a ton of stuff scheduled. A lot of the attorneys have children and don't go out a lot, and the young associates are pretty small in number.”
  • “The smaller offices are very close to each other. We all know each other’s families and spend time together at non-work events. You can definitely hole yourself off in an office if you want to, but the firm prioritizes a social culture and wants attorneys to be part of the ‘One Bracewell’ effort.”

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

  • “All of the traditional metrics (law school, GPA, etc.) are important. Unlike many other top firms, Bracewell also seems to emphasize personality and your ability to work with a team and get along well with others. As a result, most, if not all, of my colleagues are people I would enjoy getting a drink with almost any day of the week.”
  • “Bracewell strongly prioritizes top-tier law students and top schools—it is a pretty high threshold to get through the first round of resume cuts unless you have something particularly spectacular on your resume. T14 or law review is almost a requirement. Then all that matters is the social aspect—i.e., whether they want to actually spend time with you and [think] you would be fun during the summer program and in the office. A great attitude goes a long way here.”
  • “Recruitment strategies differ from office to office. In my office, the firm recruits almost exclusively at a small number of law schools in our region in which we have a strong reputation. We consistently recruit good candidates from these schools. Grades are important, but so is a demonstrated interest in the specialties practiced in our office. The firm has a short video about interviewing that generally covers how to structure the time and lead the meeting to make the most of it."

Practice Area Q&A’s

Andrew C.J. Bueso

Partner—Business & Regulatory Section/Finance Department


Kate Barrington McGregor



Perks & Benefits