Mr. Bracewell graduated summa cum laude from the Washington College of Law in 1991, having received the award for academic excellence the part-time program. As a law student he was a finalist in the First-Year Moot Court Competition and represented WCL in the Widener University Corporate Law Moot Court Competition. Prior to attending WCL, he received his AB in applied mathematics from Harvard in 1969 and an MBA from Stanford in 1971.
Mr. Bracewell is a partner in the Tax and Employee Benefits Group of Bingham McCutchen LLP. He maintains offices in Washington and New York. His legal work consists primarily of creating financial models to simulate the tax effects of complex partnership transactions. Prior to joining Bingham, Mr. Bracewell was a partner and the executive director of McKee Nelson LLP from 2002 until its merger with Bingham in 2009. Before entering the practice of law, Mr. Bracewell was a banker for thirty years, having founded, managed, and sold five banks in Houston and Washington. He currently serves as chairman of WashingtonFirst Bank, a community bank headquartered in Reston, Virginia. He previously served as a director and vice chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and as a board member of the Independent Community Bankers of America. In 1980, he was appointed by President Carter to serve as president of the Solar Energy and Energy Conservation Bank.
A member of the Myers Society since 2000 and has been active on the Dean's Advisory Council since 2009. In addition to his law and banking interests, Mr. Bracewell serves on the Board of Advisors for The Stephen Decatur House Museum, a historic property managed by the National Trust; on the Leadership Committee for Manna, Inc., a Washington-based non-profit dedicated to the development of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families; and on the Council of Advisors for The Foundation for Amigos de las Américas, a Houston-based non-profit dedicated to leveraging the work of Amigos youth volunteers to make a difference in the lives of their Latin American communities.