Jim Grace advises and advocates for a wide variety of clients on federal, state and local public policy matters. His deep knowledge of and experience with governments and political campaigns at virtually all levels allow him to assist with complex government relations matters. Jim enhances and protects his clients’ business opportunities by monitoring political developments and formulating and implementing strategies to help clients achieve their government relations objectives.
Prior to forming Grace & McEwan Consulting, Jim chaired the Texas government relations practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. and served as director of Texas state relations and senior counsel at CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Before serving in an in-house counsel capacity, he was a member of a Houston-based international law firm where his practice concentrated on merger and acquisition transactions, securities offerings and general corporate matters for companies involved in oil and gas exploration and production; oil field and energy services; natural gas liquid processing; propane and heating oil and chemical production and distribution.
Jim holds a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center and a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame.
In 2007, the day before he turned 40, Jim took a commission in the United States Navy Reserve, and in 2011-12 he deployed to Afghanistan for nine months where he served as an intelligence officer with a unit that conducted counterinsurgency operations.