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Bracewell & Giuliani Elects Two New Partners

HOUSTON — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is pleased to announce the election of Philip J. Bezanson in New York and Conor Civins in Austin to the partnership.

“We are delighted to welcome Philip and Conor to the partnership,” said Mark C. Evans, Bracewell’s managing partner. “Both have demonstrated exceptional skill and work ethic and the ability to produce great results for their clients. They have already made significant contributions to the firm, and I am confident that they will continue to strengthen our litigation offerings in New York and Austin.”

Bezanson's litigation practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement, internal investigations, and general commercial litigation. Since joining Bracewell & Giuliani in 2006, he has handled a wide variety of criminal and regulatory matters in both federal and state courts, initiated by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, the CFTC, the New York State Attorney General's Office and others.

His recent representations include investigations following the Deepwater Horizon explosion; allegations of bid rigging municipal bond reinvestments; "Pay to Play" cases in New York, New Mexico and Illinois; stock options backdating cases; and a variety of matters relating to accounting practices at publicly traded companies and trading desks at financial institutions.

Civins focuses on intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation. He has experience handling patent, trademark and copyright litigation, as well as disputes involving misappropriation of trade secrets. Over the past several years, Civins has litigated intellectual property disputes in the Western, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas, as well as various districts in California, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, New York, and Oregon.

Civins also represents clients in commercial litigation disputes involving claims such as breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair competition. He works closely with clients across different industries and has worked with companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies to technology start-ups.