Greenberg Traurig Expands Its Government Law and Policy Practice in Texas

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James Grace Jr. joins the Houston office of Greenberg Traurig LLP

James Grace Jr. joins the Houston office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder in its Government Law & Policy Practice. Prior to joining the firm, Grace chaired the Texas government relations practice at Baker Botts L.L.P.

Grace advises and advocates for a wide variety of clients on federal, state and local public policy matters. His deep knowledge of and experience with governments and political campaigns at all levels allow him to assist with complex government relations problems.

"We are thrilled to have such a seasoned and well-respected lobbyist and government relations attorney as Jim Grace joins us at Greenberg Traurig Texas,” said Douglas C. Atnipp, Greenberg Traurig co-regional operating shareholder for Texas and Houston co-managing shareholder. “Jim is an outstanding addition to our Texas government relations practice, already one of the most robust and highly regarded in Texas.”

“We are very pleased that Jim has chosen to join our Government Law and Policy group in Texas,” said Thomas J. Bond, co-chair of the firm’s Government Law & Policy Practice. “Jim is both a seasoned and accomplished professional and a very high quality person. We look forward to working with Jim, and know he will make valuable contributions to the Government Law and Policy Practice.”

“Jim Grace is a very knowledgeable and capable lawyer who understands how to appropriately counsel and provide advocacy for clients on legal and public policy matters,” commented Demetrius G. McDaniel, chair of the firm’s Texas Government Law & Policy Practice. “His sound judgment and commitment to extraordinary client service make him an excellent addition to Greenberg Traurig and all of us are delighted to have him join us.”

Grace previously served for two years as chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Government Relations Advisory Committee. Grace is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve and served a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan in 2011-12. He previously served as director of Texas state relations and senior counsel at CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Grace is a fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and the Center for Public Dispute Resolution at The University of Texas School of Law, a former chairman of the Houston Law Review Alumni Association and a former director of the Texas Lyceum.

Grace earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center, and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Greenberg Traurig Government Law & Policy Practice
Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice combines the capabilities of the firm’s Federal Practice in Washington D.C. with its state and local practices across the United States. The firm’s national team of government law and policy professionals spans major political and commercial capitals throughout the U.S., including Albany, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, New York City, Sacramento, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. The bipartisan practice includes former elected officials, as well as former top aides and policy officials from the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch and various state governments. These attorneys and professionals work together to provide clients with seamless representation in virtually any forum – before the U.S. Congress and Executive agencies, as well as state and local government entities.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP – Texas
Greenberg Traurig has more than 100 attorneys in Texas, serving clients from offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 36 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is among the “Power Elite” in the 2014 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard report, which assesses the nature and strength of law firms' client relationships. For additional information, please visit http://www.gtlaw.com.

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