Bracewell, which this week added former Crowell & Moring chairwoman Angela Styles as a government contracts partner in Washington, D.C., also added an energy regulatory partner with the hire of Paul Wight.
Wight, previously a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C., joined Bracewell on Wednesday.
Wight does regulatory work for power generators. He said he is excited about what Bracewell has to offer, including its energy focus and great people.
Washington, D.C., managing partner Mark Lewis said Wight is a good fit for the office because energy, along with finance and technology, is one of the firm’s core areas and the Washington, D.C., office does a lot of regulatory work.
Lewis said the Washington office of Houston-based Bracewell has brought on a number of strategic hires this year. The firm is establishing such practices as government contracts, which is where Styles and relatively new partner Robert Wagman work, because it’s an area that fits the needs of clients. Wight, as a regulatory lawyer, is also a strategic hire for the firm, he said, because Bracewell has wanted to add a lawyer in an area in which the firm does a lot work really well.
“We’ve been looking for some time to add somebody like Paul, and it’s hard. Lateral growth is very hard. It’s easy to hire lateral partners. It’s really hard to hire good lateral partners,” Lewis said.
Wight declined to provide a list of his generating clients, but said he does a lot of work before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He said one client is Montreal-based Hydro-Quebec.
Skadden wishes Wight well, according to a statement from the firm.