Just days after Sidley Austin made some high-profile lateral hirings in Texas, luring a team of litigators and banking attorneys from Weil Gotshal & Manges to its Dallas office, Bracewell & Giuliani became one of the latest law firms to get into the action and undertake aggressive expansion in Texas. Bracewell has brought aboard public finance lawyers Jane Macon, Michael Bernard, Blakely Fernandez, and William Avila as partners in its San Antonio office. The hirings bring to 12 the number of Bracewell partners based in the city. There are now 30 lawyers in Bracewell’s firmwide public finance practice.
Macon, a former City Attorney of the City of San Antonio and a current chair of Siebert Financial Corporation, is renowned for her work in the areas of public finance and law, particularly her work with public-private partnerships.
“I’ve worked in the public-private partnership area, not only in Texas, but in the rest of the country. I started out as city attorney of San Antonio and had the opportunity to do mixed-use projects, working with the private sector and with the city developing these projects. We worked together to bring about returns not only to the city, but to the state. Bracewell & Giuliani has offered me a platform to continue this work,” Macon told IFLR1000.
Bernard has held the position of San Antonio City Attorney since 2005, acting as legal advisor to the city council. His brief includes contracts and civil litigation. Fernandez specializes in bond financings and public/private financings, and has worked in such areas as procurements, environmental regulation, and mixed-use development projects. Avila has also acted as bond counsel in municipal offerings, working on both the issuer side and the underwriter side, and has provided counsel to trustees in public infrastructure projects.