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About Josh

Josh Zive is an advocate and counselor for clients confronting complex legislative, regulatory, and legal compliance issues. He has worked with clients in wide range of industry sectors to develop and implement advocacy strategies built on a deep knowledge of the client’s needs and arguments that can succeed in front of legal, political, and public audiences. Josh works with clients on all stages of legislative and regulatory advocacy, and is able to help clients design and implement strategies to have an impact on public policy. This work includes crafting formal rulemaking comments, designing effective lobbying strategies, and the development and implementation of public messaging campaigns.

Josh is also skilled at working with clients on unique compliance matters related to Dodd-­Frank, international economic sanctions and foreign investment laws. He has delivered presentations at anti-corruption seminars in the United States and abroad, and has helped leading international companies develop training and compliance programs designed to prevent violations of U.S. and international trade laws, helped clients successfully navigate the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process many times. Additionally, Josh works with a wide range of clients on issues involving political action committees (PACs), ethics and election law, and compliance with lobbying disclosure laws.

Josh joined Bracewell after completing a legal education focused on trial advocacy and a graduate education focused on persuasion and argument. He has provided commentary on matters involving legislation, political law and international trade to a wide variety of media outlets, including the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other legal and trade publications.

On trade issues, he is a really good resource.
Chambers USA, 2021


Recent Notable Matters

FBI Agents Association — outside general counsel for this professional association representing federal law enforcement officers; representation has required legislative advocacy, participation in formal rulemaking process, and negotiations with policymakers on Capitol Hill and executive agencies such as the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

A.M. Best Company — counsel and policy advocate for one of the nation’s oldest and most trusted credit rating agencies on matters including Dodd­-Frank and regulatory issues

Electric Reliability Coordinating Council — providing regular policy, legal and communications counsel to this coalition of energy producers and generators on legislative matters concerning environmental regulation and policy

Multinational investment bank and financial services company — in an amendment and extension of $2,002,500,000 unsecured revolving credit facility, to publicly traded offshore drilling company, Ensco plc, in connection with the acquisition of Atwood Oceanics, Inc. and for general corporate purposes, as administrative agent. Advised on issues related to economic sanctions and anti-bribery compliance

Publications and Speeches

“Drones and the Oil and Gas Industry,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, February 6, 2015.

“Unreasonable Delays: CFIUS Reviews of Energy Transactions,” Harvard Business Law Review Online, 2013.



Baylor Law School,
cum laude
Baylor University,
M.A., Communications
University of Kansas,
B.G.S., Communications

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


National Debate Tournament
Board of Trustees, 2014 - 2017



Oil and gas allies to Trump: Slow down

August 25, 2017

GOP takeover of Senate puts crude export fan in key role

November 5, 2014
FuelFix - Houston Chronicle

Deal of the Week: Lots of Energy

May 3, 2013
Texas Lawyer - Houston Bureau

Government approves battery developer's sale to Chinese firm

January 29, 2013
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online



Guarding the Grid: DOE Releases 100-Day Cybersecurity Pilot Program

April 21, 2021
Energy Legal Blog®

The February 2021 hack into Oldsmar, Florida’s water treatment system is a frightening reminder that critical infrastructure systems can be vulnerable to cyberattacks and that cyberattacks can...

A Very Good Friday

March 30, 2018

Risks and Rewards: Doing Business in Africa and Anti-Bribery Laws

Understanding the risks associated with local corruption, and how to comply with anti-bribery laws such as the UK Bribery Act the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), has become a necessary aspect of doing business internationally. As companies look for opportunities to do business in Africa, the fight against corruption will need to be an integral part of planning new ventures and transactions. With a continent as vast and diverse as Africa, one must be careful about making blanket generalizations about corruption in Africa. For example, using statistics compiled by Transparency...

Around the Corner: How Drones Are Changing the Energy Industry

February 4, 2015

Drones - or, in Federal Aviation Administration parlance, Unmanned Aircraft Systems ("UAS") - are proliferating everywhere. In the past few weeks an unmanned drone landed on the White House grounds and the federal government had to issue warnings not to fly drones over the Super Bowl. The energy industry has already begun to exploit UAS's potential for enhanced efficiency and safety. Likewise, governments are finding ways to use drones to further their monitoring and enforcement efforts. It promises to be very interesting times. This blog will focus on the use of drones in the energy...



Chambers USA
Nationwide Government Relations, 2021
The Legal 500 United States
Government Relations, 2018, 2020 - 2021
Baylor University School of Law
Recipient of Leon Jaworski Full-tuition Scholarship for Outstanding Advocate
Baylor University School of Law
Baylor Law Review