Brian Brantley

General Counsel and Head of ESG

Brian brings several decades of legal, transactional, and corporate governance experience to VLS.  He is responsible for the Company’s legal affairs, as well as working across the Company’s functions to drive its environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy.      

Prior to VLS, Brian held various executive roles at SeaOne Holdings, an energy infrastructure project development company.  At SeaOne, Brian led the company’s legal, finance and government relations functions.   Prior to SeaOne, Brian served as General Counsel of Oiltanking Partners, a publicly-listed operator of marine bulk liquid storage terminals and pipelines. 

Brian began his career as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and Vinson & Elkins in Houston.  He advised businesses, investors, and financial institutions on mergers & acquisitions, financing, and corporate governance matters. 

Brian serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Texas Hearing Institute, a non-profit dedicated to helping children with hearing loss.  He is the former Chairman of the Texas Children’s Hospital Bad Pants Open, which raises funds for the hospital’s Newborn Center.  Brian also serves as a Trustee of the West University Elementary Foundation, and is a former Zoning and Planning Commissioner of the City of West University Place. 

Brian holds a B.A. from Washington & Lee University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.  He is a a member of the Texas and New York State bars.