Capitol Hill Veteran Stoney Burke Joins Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group in Washington, DC

Bracewell LLP announced today that Stoney Burke will join the firm’s Policy Resolution Group (PRG) as a principal focusing on energy, infrastructure, technology, trade and national security policy, among other issues. He will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Burke joins Bracewell from the office of Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), where he served as chief of staff for the past three years and helped pass nine bills sponsored by Rep. Hurd that were signed into law during his first term, more than any other House or Senate Member in the 114th Congress. Previously Burke worked as a legislative assistant for former Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) from 2006 to 2008. During that time, he was responsible for energy, agriculture, natural resources and trade issues for the then-Appropriations Subcommittee chairman.

“I want to thank Stoney for being a trusted adviser and building a team to best represent the constituents of the 23rd District of Texas,” said Rep. Hurd. “I am grateful for his longtime friendship, political expertise and commitment to public service over the past three years as Chief of Staff. Stoney will continue to play a key role for our election campaign and wish him the best on this new opportunity.”

“As Congress and the Trump Administration take up infrastructure, energy and other issues, clients are looking for guidance on how new policies will impact their businesses,” said Bracewell’s Managing Partner Gregory M. Bopp. “Stoney is a strong addition to Bracewell’s growing PRG team. We are pleased to welcome him.”

“Stoney has earned respect from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill for his hard work and ability to get things done,” said Bracewell’s PRG Co-Head Scott Segal. “He brings a unique, bipartisan background to government affairs work, combined with significant experience in the private sector. Bracewell’s clients will benefit from Stoney’s knowledge of the issues, his political acumen and his strategic communications sense.”

Burke also has significant private sector experience. He spent seven years as director of external affairs at the Southern Company, one of the largest and most sophisticated power companies. At Southern, Burke developed legislative strategies for energy and security issues at the federal and state level. He was also responsible for comprehensive, cross-platform outreach to a diverse array of third-party stakeholders.

Burke is the fourth addition to the growing Bracewell PRG team in the past eight months. Liam Donovan, a lobbyist on tax, infrastructure and energy issues; Christine Wyman, who focuses on energy and environmental policy; and Anna Burhop, who focuses on environmental and regulatory issues, all joined the PRG team in Washington, DC since mid-2017.

Bracewell’s DC office also deepened its bench with the addition of five strategic partner hires in 2017, including Angela Styles and Robert Wagman in government contracts, Hans Dyke and Paul Wight in energy projects, and David Super in civil litigation.

“Bracewell is widely respected as a leading government relations and strategic communications firm on today’s top-line issues,” said Burke. “I look forward to working with other members of Bracewell’s PRG team to ensure that our clients have a meaningful role in the policy discussions already underway and those slated to begin soon.”

Burke graduated with a B.A. from Texas A&M University in 2003. He also holds a graduate certificate in advanced international affairs from A&M’s Bush School of Government & Public Service.

Liam Donovan Addition Continues Expansion of Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group in Washington, DC

Bracewell LLP announced today that Liam Donovan will join the firm’s Policy Resolution Group (PRG) as a lobbyist specializing in tax, infrastructure, energy and other issues. Donovan will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Donovan joins Bracewell from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) where he served as Senior Director of Legislative and Political Affairs. He is also a nationally recognized political commentator and analyst, frequently appearing on television and radio, and, as a contributor, online and in print.

This is the sixth strategic addition to Bracewell’s DC office in the last six months and third to PRG. Christine G. Wyman, an energy and environmental policy expert, and Anna Burhop, a federal legislative and regulatory professional, also recently joined the group.

“Liam’s arrival coincides with an increased focus by Congress and the White House on issues that significantly impact Bracewell clients, such as federal tax reform and energy regulatory and infrastructure issues,” said Bracewell’s Managing Partner Gregory M. Bopp. “We are pleased to welcome Liam to the firm.”

Donovan served as ABC’s lead on tax, energy and fiscal legislative issues for more than six years, representing the construction industry before the House, Senate, White House and federal agencies, while providing strategic guidance on the association’s political activities. He also frequently served as a spokesperson for the association, appearing on numerous television and radio programs for political analysis. Prior to joining ABC, Donovan worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), ultimately serving as a regional finance director under Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX). In that role, he worked with Republican incumbents, candidates and campaigns across 20 states, raising millions of dollars for Republican candidates.

“Liam is a great addition to Bracewell’s PRG team,” said PRG Co-Head Scott Segal. “Our clients will benefit from his thorough understanding of tax and infrastructure policies, his knowledge of and experience with the legislative process and his sharp political insights.”

“Bracewell has built a reputation for outstanding client service and effective representation of a wide range of companies, trade associations and coalitions,” said Donovan. “I look forward to joining the talented group of professionals in Bracewell’s PRG team and am eager to help our clients have a voice as Congress and the Trump Administration tackle a host of pressing tax issues.”

Donovan graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in government. He has been published in The National Review, New York Post, POLITICO Magazine and other national publications.  Additionally, Donovan is frequently featured as a commentator on MSNBC and Fox News Channel for his political insights and analysis.