Joshua C. Zive


Josh Zive is an advocate and counselor for clients confronting complex legislative, regulatory and legal compliance issues. He has worked with clients in wide range of industry sectors to develop and implement advocacy strategies built on a deep knowledge of the client’s needs and arguments that can succeed in front of legal, political and public audiences. Josh works with clients on all stages of legislative and regulatory advocacy, and is able to help clients design and implement strategies to have an impact on public policy. This work includes crafting formal rulemaking comments, designing effective lobbying strategies and the development and implementation of public messaging campaigns.

Josh is also skilled at working with clients on unique compliance matters related to Dodd-­Frank, international economic sanctions and foreign investment laws. He has delivered presentations at anti-corruption seminars in the United States and abroad and has helped leading international companies develop training and compliance programs designed to prevent violations of U.S. and international trade laws, helped clients successfully navigate the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process many times. Additionally, Josh works with a wide range of clients on issues involving political action committees (PACs), ethics and election law and compliance with lobbying disclosure laws.

Josh joined Bracewell after completing a legal education focused on trial advocacy and a graduate education focused on persuasion and argument. He has provided commentary on matters involving legislation, political law and international trade to a wide variety of media outlets, including the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other legal and trade publications.

J.D., Baylor University School of Law, cum laude, 2002
M.A., Communication Studies, Baylor University, 1996
B.G.S., Communication Studies, University of Kansas, 1994

Baylor University School of Law, Recipient of Leon Jaworski Full-tuition Scholarship for Outstanding Advocate

Baylor University School of Law, Baylor Law Review

Known For: Providing practical and timely advice on legal and political issues that are unique to Washington, D.C.

Interesting Career Note: Josh’s first lobbying experience came before he was old enough to drive, when his high school newspaper asked him and other members of his high school debate team to write and deliver testimony on First Amendment issues in front of the Nevada legislature.

Fast Fact: Born in Indiana, raised in Nevada, schooled in Kansas and Texas, and residing in Washington, DC has allowed Josh to declare his loyalty to virtually every sports team in existence though it is the Kansas Jayhawks that torment him the most.

Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia

Nationals Debate Tournament, Board of Trustees, 2014-2017

“Drones and the Oil and Gas Industry,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, February 6, 2015.

“Unreasonable Delays: CFIUS Reviews of Energy Transactions,” Harvard Business Law Review Online, 2013.

Co-author, “Commercial Bribery and the New International Norms,” Bloomberg Law Report, Vol. 1, No. 4, October 2009.

Co-author, “Caveats for Companies Seeking Business Abroad: A Forecast of Stepped Up Enforcement,” Bracewell & Giuliani Update, February 24, 2009.

“New CFIUS Regulations Finalized by Department of Treasury,” Washington Update, November 18, 2008.

“Heightened Scrutiny of Foreign Transactions in the U.S. Continues While FINSA Regulations Are Developed,” Washington Update, March 5, 2008.

“The Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007: Improved Transparency and Slower Deal Making,” Washington Update, October 24, 2007.

“The New Lobbying and Ethics Law: No Longer Business As Usual,” Washington Update, September 18, 2007.

“Anti-Bribery Compliance: The U.S. Experience and Challenges Facing Transnational Corporations,” The Foreign Investors Council, chaired by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, May 11, 2006.

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