Bracewell welcomes back energy finance pro

After a five-year stint at Locke Lord, Dale Smith has returned to Bracewell as a partner in its Houston headquarters.

Dale Smith, a seasoned energy finance and midstream transaction lawyer, has rejoined Bracewell after spending five years at rival law firm Locke Lord.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dale back to the firm,” Bracewell managing partner Mark Evans said in a statement. “We have one of the leading energy finance practices in the country and Dale adds additional depth to our strong team of excellent partners and associates.”

Smith, who had spent 10 years at Bracewell before leaving in 2011 to join Locke Lord, has extensive experience in energy finance and upstream and midstream commercial transactions. According to the statement, he has represented lenders and borrowers in all types of secured and unsecured credit transactions. His experience also includes representing clients in the negotiation and drafting of commodity purchase agreements; gas gathering and processing agreements; and crude gathering, transportation, interconnection and storage agreements.

Established in 1945, the law firm has undergone several name changes including that of Bracewell & Tunks and Bracewell & Patterson. More recently in 2005, it was known as Bracewell & Guiliani, when former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined the firm as a name partner. Giuliani left the firm in January.

In addition to serving the oil, gas and power industries, Bracewell also focuses on the financial services, technology and public finance sectors, serving its clients from its offices in the US, London and Dubai.