As Bracewell's Chairman and Former Managing Partner, Patrick Oxford plays a key role in the firm's strategic initiatives and serves as a mentor to many partners and associates, promoting the highest levels of client service. Before assuming the role of managing partner, Patrick's practice focused on business transactions involving energy and banking clients of the firm. He continues to counsel clients on the legal and public aspects of their business strategies.
For many years, Patrick has been deeply involved in the business and civic affairs of Houston and the State of Texas. He was appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush to the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, a nine member board which oversees the 15 institutions of the UT System as well as the University of Texas Investment Management Company and its $16 billion in assets. While serving on the Board of Regents, Patrick chaired its Committee on Health Affairs, which is charged with supervising the six major health institutions which are components of the University of Texas System.
Patrick has continued his interest in health affairs, serving as a director of M.D. Anderson Services Corp., the outreach component of the nation's highest ranking cancer hospital, as well as a member of the Executive Committee leading M.D. Anderson's Board of Visitors. In addition, Patrick serves as Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Texas Medical Center, Inc. which coordinates the activities in and around the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest. He also has served as board chairman of BioHouston, a consortium of Houston's academic medical institutions, science centers and interested companies formed to promote the biotech, nanotech and informatics industries in Houston.
Patrick is a past Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership which is comprised of the CEO's of Houston's business and professional community. He is also active in local, state and national politics, having served as chairman of the campaign committees for five office holders who have served Texas statewide and in leading roles in three presidential campaigns.