DALLAS/HOUSTON/SAN ANTONIO – Five Bracewell LLP partners have been named 2020 Texas Trailblazers by Texas Lawyer: E. Steve Bolden II, Victoria M. Garcia, William Mahomes Jr., Constance Gall Rhebergen and Barron F. Wallace. They are among a select group of Texas-based lawyers honored this year for their positive and lasting influence in their firms, practices and communities.
Victoria Garcia, who is the managing partner of Bracewell’s San Antonio office, represents international companies on labor, employment and immigration matters. She also is a leader in the San Antonio business community, having served on the boards of various economic development agencies for more than 20 years. As board chair of Port San Antonio from 2017 to 2019, she led a strategic shift in Port San Antonio’s efforts to education and technology, including robotics and cybersecurity. “We focused on connectivity and received global attention for our cutting-edge work,” said Garcia.
Bill Mahomes and Steve Bolden joined Bracewell’s Dallas office in 2019 as partners in the firm’s public finance group after working together at the minority-owned public finance law firm they founded 12 years ago. They are proud to serve as role models for younger lawyers. “When I started there were few opportunities for minority lawyers to work in larger firms. We’ve overcome barriers and our goal is to make sure those barriers are not still there a generation from now,” said Mahomes. The pair recently represented a large financial institution in a debt issuance by the Texas Public Finance Authority to help fund cancer research. The pricing was one of the first to occur since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Constance Gall Rhebergen serves on Bracewell’s management committee and chairs the firm’s technology and intellectual property section. She manages Saudi Aramco’s patent portfolio, which she helped grow over the last 20 years into one of the largest patent portfolios of a major oil company in the world. Among various other matters, Rhebergen recently analyzed the technology portfolio of an international pharmaceutical company in connection with a multibillion dollar syndicated loan underpinned by thousands of IP assets in 16 different countries, an analysis complicated by the fact that the concept of perfection doesn’t exist in all countries.
Barron Wallace, co-chair of Bracewell’s public finance practice, has played a central role in building one of the leading public finance practices in the United States. He advises clients on the financing of public improvement projects that create a sustainable infrastructure that empower communities and community members. “Whether financing green spaces or airports or roads, it’s immensely rewarding to see the results of your work and help solve community issues,” said Wallace, who is currently representing Memorial Park Conservancy in its $180 million plan to restore, preserve and maintain Memorial Park, one of the largest parks in the United States. Wallace holds leadership positions in several civic organizations in Houston, including board chairman of the Houston Parks Board.