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A Firm by Any Other Name

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I ran into an associate at Bracewell & Giuliani this weekend and couldn’t resist knowing if he had any Rudy sightings. In 2005, former U.S. Attorney, NYC Mayor and now Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani joined then Bracewell & Patterson as a name partner and started the New York office. At the time, I wondered if this arrangement not might be more ‘name’ than ‘partner’. I’m assured that this is no mere endorsement and that Rudy is involved in day to day operations to surprisingly degree, focusing on client acquisition and management. This makes sense. If you were a potential client facing complex business litigation in bet-the-company scenarios, can you imagine a more reassuring figure than the guy who lead NYC through 9-11?

Given Rudy’s lead in the polls, however, I wonder if Bracewell & Giuliani might not have to consider another name change in the not too distant future? At the very least, TRPC 7.01(c) would seem to prohibit the name of a sitting President from being used in the name of the firm.

(c) The name of a lawyer occupying a judicial, legislative, or public executive or administrative position shall not be used in the name of a firm, or in communications on its behalf, during any substantial period in which the lawyer is not actively and regularly practicing with the firm.

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