Gregory Bopp, Partner, Bracewell, Houston
Gregory Bopp, Partner, Bracewell, Houston (Gittings Executive Houston)

Gregory Bopp, a co-chair of the business and regulatory section at Bracewell, was elected on March 28 as the firm’s new managing partner, effective July 1.

Bopp, a member of the 426-lawyer firm’s management committee, succeeds Mark Evans, who has been managing partner of the Houston-based firm since February 2008.

“I’m just honored to be chosen by my partners,” said Bopp, a partner in Houston who has spent his entire legal career at the firm after graduating from South Texas College of Law.

Evans said he notified the firm’s partners at their annual partner meeting in February that he intended to step down in 2016 and wanted to provide his successor with some time to transition into the job. Evans said he turns 64 this June, and wants to end his tenure as managing partner well in advance of the end of 2017, when he will move into the firm’s “phase-down” which can last five or six years.

On July 1, Evans will become co-chairman, sharing that role with another former managing partner, Patrick Oxford.

“I’m still going to be very much involved. I’m not going anywhere,” Evans said, noting that he intends to concentrate on business development while he’s co-chairman.

Evans said Bopp has been on the management committee half the time or longer during his time as managing partner, and Bopp took a lead management role in the firm’s finances.

“It was a real natural for Greg to step in,” Evans said.

Bopp, who has worked on major deals including representing Kinder Morgan in a $76 million acquisition, said he intends to continue practicing law after he moves into the managing partner job in July. Bopp said his goals as managing partner are to grow the firm organically and through lateral hires, and to continue to focus on doing work for industries including oil and gas, power, financial services, public finance and technology.

Evans said he’s proud of the firm’s revenue growth during his time as managing partner, also its growth in becoming a national firm during his time as managing partner.

“When I took over the New York office was relatively small. We did not really have a viable London office at the time,” Evans said, noting that the firm also opened offices in Seattle and Dubai since 2008.

Evans said managing partners are voted on each year, and Bopp will be up for re-election in February.

The firm has been known as Bracewell since January, when former name partner Rudy Giuliani departed.