Firm Profile > Baker Botts L.L.P. > New York, United States

Baker Botts L.L.P.
30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10112-4498
United States

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

Baker Botts L.L.P. is a key name in the oil and gas sector with a wealth of litigation experience, principally from its Houston headquarters. Though historically focused on the Texas market, it has successfully expanded its geographic coverage and handles a broader suite of disputes ranging from horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing cases to climate change litigation, royalty class actions and headline disputes regarding the routing of pipelines. The practice represents many of the biggest oil and gas names in the market. William Kroger leads the team and has substantial experience in big-ticket oil and gas disputes. Jason Newman is singled out for disputes connected to horizontal drilling. The firm has also hired George Fibbe, former deputy general counsel for litigation, regulation and enforcement at the US Department of Energy, and recruited nine partners from Katten's environmental and workplace safety team in 2019. All named individuals are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

William Kroger

Other key lawyers:

Louie Layrisson; Macey Reasoner Stokes; Russell Lewis; Meghan McElvy; Jason Newman; George Fibbe

Key clients

BHP Billiton

Chevron USA

Halliburton

Hess Corporation

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline

Murphy Exploration & Production Company

Phillips

Repsol

Shell

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

Primarily centred out of its Texas stronghold, the 'excellent team' at Baker Botts L.L.P. has longstanding experience across the gamut of transactional work impacting clients in the oil and gas industry. Combining 'vast industry knowledge' with cutting-edge corporate and financing expertise, the team provides 'great judgement and sound advice', and is regularly involved in many of the most significant upstream, midstream and downstream mandates in the market. Houston-based partner Erin Hopkins has a flourishing reputation and is frequently at the forefront of the firm's biggest ticket M&A mandates, including his work (which included the mobilization of lawyers from across many different practice areas) for BHP Billiton on its $10.5bn sale of oil and gas interests in the Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Permian basins. Houston-based partner Jason Bennett is one of the overarching co-heads of the firm's energy, projects and transactions team, and alongside his core oil and gas expertise, is also regularly engaged in complex liquified natural gas (LNG) corporate and commercial matters. Promoted to partner at the beginning of 2019, Houston-based partner Scott Looper  is also gaining recognition in the oil and gas space, both from a domestic and international perspective.

Practice head(s):

Jason Bennett; Mike Bengtson; David Emmons

Other key lawyers:

Michael Rosenwasser; Larry Hall; Erin Hopkins; Craig S. Vogelsang; Scott Looper; Jonathan Platt

Testimonials

The firm has vast  industry knowledge.

The team is excellent and provides great judgement and sound advice.

Key clients

BHP Billiton

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.

MEGlobal

Murphy Exploration & Production Company

EQT Production

Kimbell Royalty Partners

Equitrans Midstream

Matador Resources Company

IFM Investors

Delek US Holdings, Inc.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Sempra

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

The cartel group at Baker Botts L.L.P. has gained significant ground over the course of 2019 after welcoming Peter Huston from Sidley Austin LLP and Maureen Ohlhausen from the FTC at the end of 2018. The San Francisco-based Huston is sought out particularly for his industry expertise in pharmaceuticals, whereas Ohlhausen boosts the team's offering when it comes to antitrust issues with an IP and technology overlap. She now heads the department together with John Taladay and Stephen Weissman, with all three co-chairs situated in Washington DC. The department advises clients from a broad spectrum of industry sectors on all phases of cartel investigations including interaction with the government and public disclosure. The Washington DC-based Joseph Ostoyich handles matters pertaining to the novel field of no-poach investigations and Stacy Turner, who was promoted to partner in January 2019, assists with cartel defense strategies and obtaining leniency status from her office in the capital.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Ohlhausen; John Taladay; Stephen Weissman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have a strong US/EU team that works well together on cross-border issues.’

‘Jim Rill is a treasure. He is revered in the competition community, knows everyone, and has the judgment of long experience.’

‘Jim Kress is very knowledgeable on patent/antitrust matters and has his finger on the pulse of the US regulatory agencies.’

‘Paul Lugard is a reliable source of advice and insight into Brussels.’

Key clients

AT&T INC.

C&S WHOLESALE GROCERS, INC.

EATON CORPORATION

INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA)

IRICO DISPLAY DEVICES CO., LTD.

NOVARTIS INTERNATIONAL AG / SANDOZ

PATTERSON COMPANIES, INC.

ROYAL PHILIPS N.V.

UNITEDHEALTHCARE GROUP

WASTE MANAGEMENT, INC.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. is heavily involved in cases in the healthcare and pharmaceutical space, in addition to its extensive experience litigating antitrust case relating to all theories of liability. At the end of 2018, the firm significantly strengthened its antitrust bench with the arrivals of Peter Huston from Sidley Austin LLP in San Francisco and Maureen Ohlhausen from the FTC in Washington DC. The latter co-chairs the practice with DC-based colleagues John Taladay and Stephen Weissman. Huston is especially focused on expanding the antitrust offering on the West Coast, whereas Ohlhausen brings specific technology and data privacy know-how to the group. The firm's Washington DC offices includes several notable partners: William Lavery is praised for his representation of defendants in cases alleging price-fixing, monopolization, Robinson-Patman violations and sham litigation; Erik Koons is frequently involved in bet-the-company litigation and nationwide class actions and the 'smart' Joseph Ostoyich has experience with the full gamut of antitrust litigation in US courts.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Ohlhausen; John Taladay; Stephen Weissman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable senior counsel who in fifteen minutes can provide what other firms charge hours of time to compile.’

‘Joseph Ostoyich is a top antitrust litigator. Smart, but practical. Advice you can use.’

‘They have a US/EU practice team that works well on cross-border matters.’

‘Jim Kress and Paul Lugard work together to address US/EU litigation. Jim has great judgment and Paul has insights into the EU workings in Brussels.’

‘They have a US/EU practice team that works well on cross-border matters.’

‘Jim Kress and Paul Lugard work together to address US/EU litigation. Jim has great judgment and Paul has insights into the EU workings in Brussels.’

Key clients

AT&T INC.

CATERPILLAR INC.

CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY

CONVERSANT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT INC.

EATON CORPORATION

IRICO DISPLAY DEVICES CO., LTD.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BOARDS OF PHARMACY

NOVARTIS INTERNATIONAL AG / SANDOZ

OLIN CORPORATION

PATTERSON COMPANIES, INC.

RIBBON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

ROYAL PHILIPS N.V.

SUN PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES, INC.

TARO PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES LTD.

TOYODA GOSEI NORTH AMERICA CORP.

UNION SQUARE HOSPITALITY GROUP

WASTE MANAGEMENT, INC.

ZYDUS PHARMACEUTICAL, INC. / CADILA HEALTHCARE LTD.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

The 'smart and practical' team at Baker Botts L.L.P. represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, working closely with colleagues in Brussels to provide seamless global services. The team is also well equipped to assist third parties and to handle second request reviews. Washington DC-based trio consisting of Maureen Ohlhausen, John Taladay and Stephen Weissman is in joint charge of the antitrust group. The group assists clients from the full gamut of industries, with a number of specific core strengths: Paul Cuomo in Washington DC spends the majority of his time on merger work, focusing on oil & gas clients as well as financial services. Also located in the capital, both Anthony Swisher and Mark Botti are heavily involved in the healthcare space, whereas Weissman and Michael Perry often advise pharmaceutical companies. Adding to the strong bench in Washington DC, Joseph Ostoyich also litigates merger-related antitrust cases.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Ohlhausen; John Taladay; Stephen Weissman

Testimonials

‘The team, both in their counseling and litigation functions, provides pragmatic advice in real time. In addition to answering the question asked, they always provide me with contextual information to help me understand the broader implications of the decision before us.’

‘They have very detailed and broad knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, which they call upon to deliver their advice and can also help us to effectively benchmark our practices.’

‘Given their speed and ability to balance risk in a way that makes sense, they are our go-to firm for antitrust counseling in M&A transactions.’

‘Steve Weissman and Will Lavery are the team we rely upon.’

‘Mark Botti has excellent insights and advice on health care antitrust issues with great insight into the agencies that enforce those laws.’

‘They are the best in the industry. I have complete confidence that I’ll receive the correct answer and advice that takes into consideration the needs of our business.’

‘Joe Ostoyich has invested significant time in understanding the nuances of our business. He delivers practical advice that goes far beyond just advising as to standard legal requirements. He is very responsive, knows the law and has keen insight as to the current trends in Washington. A trusted and valued resource.’ 

‘Smart and practical; gets results without excessive lawyering.’

‘Paul Cuomo is my go-to partner. He understands the businesses and issues on a granular level but can package the legal concerns in an easily digestible format. Paul delivers practical advice and works well with other counsel.’

Key clients

AIP, LLC

AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES

ARCH COAL, INC.

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM GMBH

CATERPILLAR INC.

CELGENE CORPORATION

HOLLYFRONTIER CORPORATION

INDORAMA VENTURES PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED

LIBERTY MEDIA CORPORATION / SIRIUSXM

MERCK & CO., INC.

NOVARTIS INTERNATIONAL AG

PETIQ, INC.

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL GROUP OF COMPANIES / EQUILON ENTERPRISES LLC

RWJ BARNABAS HEALTH

SI GROUP, INC.

UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INCORPORATED/UNITEDHEALTHCARE, INC./OPTUM, INC.

WORLEYPARSONS LTD

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. is experienced in product liability and toxic tort litigation in the pharmaceutical, energy, utility, and chemical industries. The firm’s work ranges from occupational exposure and residential contamination of dwellings, to claims involving superfund sites. The practice is particularly known for energy sector expertise, bringing multidisciplinary skills to mass tort and environmental matters. Houston-based Tynan Buthod acts in chemical product cases as well as defending manufacturers of oilfield equipment. He co-leads the team with Washington DC partners Joshua Frank, who specializes in complex environmental litigation including mass tort class actions concerning environmental property damage, and Kent Mayo, who focuses on companies facing environmental, toxic tort, and class action litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tynan Buthod; Joshua Frank; Kent Mayo

Key clients

Assertio Therapeutics

BASF Corporation

ExxonMobil

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation

Shell Oil Company

Tenaris Global Services USA

Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions

Intercontinental Terminals Company

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. is highly regarded in the energy sector with its conventional power regulatory practice covering traditional electrical energy regulation and litigation, the regulatory aspects of transactions and financings, and the development of energy infrastructure projects in the US. The group is also increasingly involved in hydroelectric licensing and compliance matters before FERC. Clients range from major US utilities to new market entrants and private equity-backed generation and transmission portfolio companies. Washington DC partner Jay Ryan co-chairs the energy regulatory practice and frequently represents clients before FERC and the Department of Energy; he is a key contact for hydroelectric licensing and compliance issues. Houston's Jim Barkley is also a key name and heads up the global projects group, and DC-based special counsel Emil Barth well regarded in the space. Brooksany Barrowes departed to Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jay Ryan; Jim Barkley

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Stover; Emil Barth

Testimonials

‘Extremely efficient team, excellent communication regarding matters, always very responsive to requests.’

‘The firm stepped in to handle nearly all of our energy regulatory work when the former attorneys at another firm retired. The transition was seamless with outstanding collaboration.’

‘Great honest people that are easy to work with and provide an outstanding work product in a timely manner at a fair rate.’

This group is unique in a number of ways, but for me, their expertise in the field of hydropower licensing and regulation is particularly helpful.

Working with Jay Ryan has been a great experience. He offers a wealth of knowledge and broad expertise on many energy law and policy topics. He provides counsel that is not overly aggressive, and is personalized.

Jay Ryan and his hydro legal team are truly extraordinary attorneys. In terms of specialized subject matter expertise, practical judgment, contacts in the industry and government, and just hard work, Jay is the go-to guy.

Emil Barth is an intelligent and thoughtful attorney with a fulsome knowledge of both the industry and the governing body of law.

Key clients

ITC

Cobra Energy Investment Finance

Exelon

CenterPoint Energy

Transmission Developers

Vectren

Sharyland Utilities

Lake Erie Connector

Crius Energy Trust

Marubeni

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. has a broad regulatory practice across the oil and gas sector, including dealing with commercial agreements, rates and terms of service for transportation and storage, and permitting of regulated facilities. The core regulatory team is singled out for transactional advice, though the wider group also handles contentious matters including administrative litigation and  judicial reviews of agency decisions; rate cases are also a key area of expertise for the practice. Senior counsel Thomas Eastment specialises in pipeline transportation matters before FERC, the federal courts and courts of appeal; and group head Jay Ryan and Houston partner Jim Barkley are also highly rated for regulatory compliance and contentious matters. Senior counsel Emil Barth is highly regarded by clients. Named practitioners are in the firm's Washington DC office, unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Jay Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Baker Botts provides a strong stable of professional and experienced litigators covering a broad range of practice areas.

I think what sets Baker Botts apart from other legal counsel we use is they understand not only the energy regulatory framework but also understand the regulatory implications of achieving our companies commercial objectives.

They are immersed in the industry and identify changes and their potential impact to us and our market position.

Emil Barth offers competent advice and legal services in a personal manner that provides comfort and confidence.

Emil Barth is the primary reason we look to Baker Botts for the variety of our energy regulatory initiatives. His knowledge and exceptional mind are unmatched by any other legal counsel we have used.

‘Emil Barth had an excellent understanding of the multitude of regulatory regimes that affect the oil and gas sector as well as strong knowledge of the inner workings of FERC. His insight into the regulations and the process was invaluable. He was able to advise in a way that both lawyers and the commercial team could understand and appreciate.’

Key clients

IFM Investors

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Co-headed by Jeff Kayes  and Michael Didriksen out of San Francisco and New York, respectively, and also able to tap into a significant pool of resources throughout the firm's national and international network of offices, Baker Botts L.L.P. is well-placed to advise a wide array of stakeholders throughout the life cycle of solar, wind and hydro projects. The team is noted for its 'coordinated and commercial approach', which sees it resource transactions utilizing both corporate and finance lawyers, as well as lawyers with complementary skill-sets across regulatory, environmental, tax structuring, real estate and litigation. San Francisco-based environmental partner Chris Carr is a pivotal member of the team and is able to leverage his considerable former governmental and private practice experience to secure the necessary local, state and federal permits and their associated environmental review documents for some of the largest renewables and alternative energy projects in the country.

Practice head(s):

Michael Didriksen; Jeff Kayes

Other key lawyers:

Chris Carr; Martin Toulouse; Carmen Wehmeier

Testimonials

The team provides a coordinated and commercial approach.

Key clients

ITC Holdings

Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc.

Centaurus Renewable Energy

Con Edison Development

EDF Renewables

Terra-Gen

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 2

Co-headed out of Washington DC and New York by Elaine Walsh  and Michael Didriksen, respectively, and also able to tap into significant resources from the firm's Texas heartland, Baker Botts L.L.P. represents utilities, independent power producers/developers, financial institutions and private equity funds across a broad range of power-related projects, including renewables, conventional generation, transmission, battery storage, and LNG-to-power. Walsh has vast experience handling corporate transactional work within the power sector, with work spanning M&A for leading domestic power companies including NRG Energy (which she recently advised on the $175m sale of the Canal 3 gas-fired power generating facility under development in Massachusetts), as well as advice to clients relating to the development of electric generation and fuel transportation and storage projects. Houston-based senior counsel William Lamb  regularly advises utilities companies on their most strategically important M&A work, including his recent representation of Westar Energy on its $14bn stock-for-stock merger of equals with Great Plains Energy. Austin-based partner Courtney Fore  was also involved in the aforementioned transaction and has a growing reputation within the power space for corporate and private equity-led M&A, as well as on debt and equity capital raisings.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Walsh; Michael Didriksen

Other key lawyers:

William Lamb; Adam Griffin; Jonathan Bobinger; Courtney Fore; John Papaspanos; Susan Toumanian; Carlos Marquez

Key clients

Vectren/CenterPoint

Westar Energy

NRG Energy

Crius Energy

El Paso Electric Company

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

Noted for its ability to provide nationwide environmental law support, Baker Botts L.L.P. was further strengthened by the arrival of nine partners from Katten's environmental and workplace safety practice, including Steve Solow and Nadira Clarke, both of whom have in-depth experience of disputes at the intersection of white-collar crime and environmental law. The team has a proven track record in obtaining successful outcomes in a huge variety of environmental litigation, including air and water-related violations and enforcement proceedings. Key figures include practice head Scott Janoe in Houston, who is a name to note for toxic tort actions, and San Francisco-based Chris Carr, who specializes in areas including citizen suits, and litigation involving the federal Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Megan Berge in the Washington DC office is active in matters related to the Clean Air Act, climate issues and permit appeals. Another contact in DC is Jeff Wood, who recently joined the team, having previously served as the acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Practice head(s):

Scott Janoe

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AES Corporation

BCCA Appeal Group

Big Lake Gas Plant

Citgo Petroleum Corporation

Oxy USA

Hess Corporation

Intercontinental Terminals Company

Marathon Petroleum

NRG Energy

Oxbow Calcining

Rancho Viejo Waste Management

Repsol

Sunoco Pipeline

Mid-Valley Pipeline Company

Syar Industries

West Virginia American Water

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. provides clients with a full range of environmental advice, including representation during the permitting process, before regulatory agencies, and when a crisis hits. In addition to crisis response and prevention, the team is well-equipped to advise on federal and state air regulation and international air emission programs, as well as permitting, compliance, enforcement and participation in the development of water quality regulations. Scott Janoe leads the group from Houston; he has experience of environmental compliance counselling, enforcement defense and crisis management. Also in Houston, Matt Kuryla heads one of the firm's Texas industry project, a client group made up of more than 60 companies with operations in Texas. Paulina Williams in Austin is a contact for matters relating to water quality, water rights and waste air. Names to note in Washington DC include Megan Berge, and expert in Clean Air Act and climate change issues;  and Jeff Wood, who recently joined the firm, after two years in the Department of Justice's environment and natural resources division. The team in fact has witnessed tremendous growth in the past year, with the arrival of several partners from Katten, including Greg Dillard and Scott Elliott in Houston, and Steve Solow in Washington DC, who specializes in environmental crime-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Scott Janoe

Key clients

EDF Renewable Energy

HESS Corporation

Intercontinental Terminals Company

Marathon Petroleum

NRG Energy

Puget Sound Energy

Rancho Viejo Waste Management

Terra-Gen

Vistra Energy Corporation

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. combines longstanding experience in patent due diligence with a strong patent portfolio management offering. Able to assist with complex multi-party licensing agreements in acquisition, distribution, outsourcing or research contexts, the group regularly advises major players from a broad spread of sectors, including the technology, life sciences, automotive, electronics and manufacturing sectors, and is also well versed in licensing work for education sector clients. Thanks to the practice's close ties with the litigation team, the group is very experienced in licensing work in the context of impending litigation and litigation settlements. New York's Robert Scheinfeld took over as chair of the IP practice from Barton Showalter in Dallas. Christa Brown-Sanford, also Dallas-based, is the deputy chair of the practice. Washington DC's Luke Pedersen directs the technology transactions group. Michael Sartori, a patent attorney, joined the Washington DC partner ranks from Venable LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scheinfeld

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I found a very experienced and knowledgeable team. The team is very structured, very helpful, knows very well how to move forward to the best of their client’s interest. Moreover, they are very client-oriented, reactive and do not try to make money by providing lengthy advice. The fees are high, but in the range of what you find in New York (or even less than certain other firms). I also appreciate having access to the lead counsel.

Paul Ragusa is a bright lawyer, very successful in the case he handles. Even when he is very busy on other cases, he remains very accessible, very reactive and I trust all his advice.

Paul Ragusa is a king of client service. He is a consummate professional who routinely provides high-quality legal advice.

The team delivers a high-quality work product at very reasonable rates.

Key clients

Facebook Inc.

AT&T Corp.

Zix Corp.

Strattam Technologies

Iridium Technologies

Columbia University

Halliburton

Broadcom (CA Technologies)

Dell Inc.

Toshiba Corporation

Cisco Systems Inc.

Ethypharm SA.

Toyota

University of Pennsylvania

Royalty Pharma

Brother Industries Ltd.

American Industrial Partners

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. has built a renowned ITC practice since the arrival of practice head Lisa Kattan, a former senior investigative attorney at the ITC, in the Washington DC office in 2016. Given the firm's strong federal court and appellate litigation team, the practice is particularly well placed to act in ITC investigations involving parallel district court or Federal Circuit proceedings and can draw on a large pool of experienced litigators to staff its ITC cases. The representation of Fujifilm against Sony in four separate ITC matters, including before Customs and Border Protection, helped the practice rise to prominence, with other significant cases involving electronics, DNA sequencing and telecoms patents.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Kattan

Other key lawyers:

Robert Maier; Robert Scheinfeld

Key clients

FUJIFILM Corporation

FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc.

Oxford Nanopore Technologies.

Western Digital/ Sandisk

Ericsson

Samsung

DISH Network

Brother Industries

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. remains one of the most active patent prosecution practice among general practice firms, partly thanks to the team's busy PTAB caseload composed of inter partes reviews and covered business method reviews. The group is well versed in US and international patent prosecution across a wide range of technical areas and sectors, with the technology sector providing an especially strong flow of instructions from major players. The electronics and telecommunications sectors also account for a significant portion of the caseload, with the medical device, manufacturing and life sciences sectors as other strong contributors. Practice head Robert Scheinfeld is based in New York, while deputy Christa Brown-Sanford operates from Dallas. Palo Alto's Hogene Choi is also noted. Former Venable LLP practitioner Michael Sartori joined in the Washington DC office. Other key offices are in San Francisco, Austin and Houston.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scheinfeld

Other key lawyers:

Christa Brown-Sanford; Steve Lendaris; Michael Sartori; Daniel Hulseberg; Hogene Choi; Eliot Williams; Luke Pederson; Thomas Travis; Paul Ragusa

Testimonials

The team is practical, thinks through strategies and is very effective.

The team provides strategic but practical counsel to business with strong partnership and keen understanding of business.

Christa Brown-Sanford is one of the best outside lawyers we’ve worked with. She has an amazing way of translating complex IP issues into practical business options and strategy. Highly recommend her work and she is a standout leader for the firm.

Eliot Williams is an outstanding attorney for post-grant proceedings and appellate work. He thinks on his feet, has excellent judgement and great presentation skills.

Eliot Williams delivers. He has the technical chops and is an excellent oral advocate at IPR trials.

Key clients

Facebook, Inc.

Samsung Research America

Lyft

Square

Optmyzr

XNOR.ai

Workfusion

CloudSimple

Broadcom (CA Technologies)

Telesat

Brother Industries Ltd.

Iridium Technologies

Columbia University

Twilio Inc.

Mastercard International Inc.

Bright House Networks, LLC/Charter Communications

Hitachi Ltd.

Qualcomm

Dish Network and Hughes Communication

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. has core strengths in representing energy-sector clients in high-value tax litigation and federal audits, counting some of the world's largest energy companies among its key clients. The practice group is headed by Richard Husseini in Houston, who is representing the firm's largest energy sector-clients in IRS audits, and is leading the team's representation of MoneyGram in a Fifth Circuit appeal of a summary Tax Court decision. Other names to note include Renn Neilson, who heads the SALT practice, and Jon Feldhammer, a former senior trial attorney at the IRS. The firm is also recognized for its private client work, an area where John Porter is a contact.

Practice head(s):

Richard Husseini

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Jon Feldhammer is uniquely qualified to handle the types of matters I have for this team and the associates he is able to draw on also provide valuable input. Jon’s IRS experience and his practice since leaving the IRS is a very rare combination.’

Key clients

MONEYGRAM INTERNATIONAL

LEIGH BOLIN MILLS AND CLAY HOUSTON BOLIN

LORRAINE P. BEAN AND NORTHERN TRUST COMPANY

USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Baker Botts L.L.P.  has a team whose 'experience and expertise is exceptional, approach is highly strategic, practical, straight-forward and based on transparency and earning trust with the government'. In addition to advising on compliance issues and risk assessments, the group is also adept in crisis management and defending companies or individuals in US and non-US criminal and civil enforcement matters, drawing on significant trial experience. The group is chaired from Washington DC by Alex Bourelly, who is joined in the office by Amy Conway-Hatcher, about whom one client remarks, 'knowing she is on the case allows me to sleep at night.' In New York, Lynn Neils has vast experience in criminal investigations and litigation, particularly in relation to FCPA violations and healthcare fraud. 2019 saw the group expand substantially, as a group of ten partners, including Steve Solow, joined from Katten. Another new arrival is securities fraud expert Brendan Quigley, who joined the New York office after serving in the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bourelly

Other key lawyers:

Amy Conway-Hatcher; Lynn Neils; Andrew Lankler; Bridget Moore; Brendan Quigley; Jeffrey Wood; Steve Solow

Testimonials

Experience and expertise is exceptional, approach is highly strategic, practical, straight-forward and based on transparency and earning trust with the government

Amy Conway-Hatcher has world class expertise, a strategic and practical approach, and the ability to see things at both the macro and micro level from an overall business impact and case perspective. Absolutely an indispensable leader – knowing she is on the case allows me to sleep at night.’

Key clients

Harold Levinson Associates, Inc.

Hudson Housing Capital, LLC

Princess Cruise Lines

Wood Group PSN

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. is adept at acting for clients in international commercial arbitration conducted under the rules of nearly all leading arbitral institutions, with particular experience of ICC and AAA arbitration. The team has a particular strength in handling disputes relating to IP rights, breaches of contract, and energy and construction projects, among others. Michael Goldberg and Jay Alexander jointly lead the firm-wide practice group from Houston and London, respectively, and indeed, clients have shown appreciation for this transatlantic presence. The group has a significant market presence in New York as well, where Edward Schorr and Andrew Behrman are key figures.

Practice head(s):

Michael Goldberg; Jay Alexander

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Baker Botts has a transatlantic, tremendously experienced and savvy international arbitration practice.

Michael Goldberg and London-based Jay Alexander are the practitioners who I know best. Both are smart, efficient, practical, great to deal with, creative, focused, and knowledgeable in the field.

Key clients

Cobalt International Energy Angola

Oxbow Calcining

Hope Solo

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. has its roots in the energy and technology sectors, which remain highly active for M&A transactions and related litigation, but is expanding its reach in terms of both sectors and geography. The firm is well-known in Texas, but it is also seeing its litigation work grow in New York and California. In part, this is due to its role in many Section 14a cases challenging proxy solicitation. It frequently defends clients in other challenges to large M&A transactions, in cases brought in Delaware, Texas and other jurisdictions, as well as representing companies and their directors in shareholder suits arising from corporate governance issues. 'Highly intelligent, articulate and persuasive' Danny David and emerging talent Amy Pharr Hefley in Houston, who jointly lead the securities and shareholder litigation group, are examples of the firm's young partners with significant seniority in the practice. Veteran partner David Sterling is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Danny David; Amy Pharr Hefley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The leadership of Danny David stands out. He is highly intelligent, articulate and persuasive. He has remained fully committed to a case that is more than seven years old. Danny is the consummate professional and is in command of both the law and the facts at all times.

The practice works well with transactional lawyers and proactively identifies issues and provides practical solutions.

Richard Harper, Vernon Cassin and David Sterling are also strong practitioners.

Key clients

8POINT3 ENERGY PARTNERS LP

HINES GLOBAL REIT INC.

DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF IDEV TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

LIBERTY EXPEDIA HOLDINGS INC.

LIBERTY MEDIA CORPORATION

MCDERMOTT INTERNATIONAL

NASCAR

NEW YORK REIT, INC. EVALUATION COMMITTEE

QC HOLDINGS, INC.

SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS

VECTREN CORPORATION

WESTAR ENERGY, INC.

WILLBROS GROUP, INC.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. is recognised as a key player in the energy and technology sectors, from which it derives a substantial proportion of its securities litigation work, but it is increasingly sought after by clients from other industries. The firm has played a key role in some of the largest, most complex and closely-watched securities class actions in the US, including several matters for Halliburton. Though the practice is largely centred around the Houston office, the firm is active across the country, handling 10b5 and Section 11 cases up in federal and state courts in several states. Danny David leads the securities and shareholder litigation practice from Houston, where David Sterling is regarded as 'a lion of the bar and a strong and sensible advisor for securities and derivative action cases'. Jessica Pulliam in Dallas (who is 'capable, tenacious and an exceptional advocate') and the 'precise and smart' Jonathan Shapiro in San Francisco are emerging talents in the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Danny David

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

In the cases I worked on they maintained a very tight team with a very high level of partner involvement. It definitely wasn’t a case of pawning things off to junior associates. I also noted an unusually strong connection with the client, a personal touch to the representation.

Jonathan Shapiro is so precise and smart while being caring and empathetic at the same time.

I would strongly recommend partner Jessica Pulliam.

David Sterling is a strong and sensible advisor for securities and derivative action cases. He is very responsive and has several decades experience.  He helped us on a smaller derivative securities case and did an excellent job.

David Sterling is a lion of the bar nationwide. Smart and practical, he manages the cases effectively and efficiently.

The depth of their resources was impressive — they had numerous capable, highly-qualified members of their team throughout the engagement.

Jessica Pulliam is highly capable, tenacious, and an exceptional advocate.

John Lawrence is intelligent, methodical and has a knack for finding ways to compromise with respect to numerous highly contentious disputes.

Those with whom I have worked have worked together very nicely as a team, collaborating with co-counsel and seamlessly working with opposing counsel and the court.

Jessica Pulliam has done a very good job leading the team and presenting in court.

Key clients

8POINT3 ENERGY PARTNERS LP N

OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF ADEPTUS HEALTH, INC.

CHICAGO BRIDGE & IRON COMPANY N.V.

COBALT INTERNATIONAL ENERGY, INC.

FTS INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, LLC

HALLIBURTON COMPANY

DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF IDEV TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

MCDERMOTT INTERNATIONAL

NEW YORK REIT, INC. EVALUATION COMMITTEE

QC HOLDINGS, INC.

RENT-A-CENTER, INC.

SUNCOKE

VECTREN CORPORATION

WESTAR ENERGY, INC.

WILLBROS GROUP, INC.

ZION OIL & GAS, INC.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s capital markets offering is closely aligned with its market-leading oil and gas practice and it specializes in advising energy, oilfield services and infrastructure companies on debt offerings. It also has a strong record in representing master limited partnerships (MLPs) and real estate issuers. On the underwriter side, the firm remains one of the few firms headquartered outside New York to enjoy relationships with underwriters and has recently handled work for Citigroup Global Markets, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith. Houston-based group co-lead Joshua Davidson is recommended for his specialist expertise in MLPs and routinely advises companies in the oil and gas, coal, renewable energy, and shipping industries on debt matters. Mike Bengtson, who co-leads the group from New York, advises on a broad mix of M&A, securities and energy projects. In Washington DC, Catherine Gallagher is noted for her focus on representing shipping companies, offshore drillers, MLPs and REITs.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Joshua Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Preston Berhisel; Mollie Duckworth; AJ Ericksen; Catherine Gallagher

Key clients

Centerpoint Energy, Inc.

Jefferies LLC

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Liberty Latin America Ltd.

Liberty Media Corporation

NRG Energy, Inc.

Waste Management, Inc.

BofA Securities, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Schlumberger Holdings Corporation

Mizuho Securities USA LLC

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

Scotia Capital (USA) Inc.

Enlink Midstream, LLC

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s top-tier oil and gas practice ensures it is recognized as a leader for energy-related high-yield debt offerings and it is regularly engaged by energy sector issuers. The Texas-headquartered firm is also strong on the underwriter side and enjoys close relationships with major New York banks involved in energy-related offerings. Houston-based Joshua Davidson heads the department and brings to bear significant experience in representing energy and shipping issuers, as well as underwriters, in capital markets transactions — he is particularly recognized for his expertise in advising master limited partnerships (MLPs). Washington DC-based Catherine Gallagher also advises underwriters and issuers on high-yield deals, with a notable record in the shipping, MLPs and REIT areas. In New York, firm-wide corporate chair Mike Bengtson is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Joshua Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BNP Parabas Securities Corp.

BofA Securities, Inc.

Bristow Group, Inc.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Citizens Capital Markets Inc.

Clearway Energy Operating LLC

Credit Agricole Securities (USA) Inc.

DNB Markets Inc.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Jones Energy Holdings, LLC

LGI Homes, Inc.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

Noble Holding International Limited

Norden Bank Abp.

SG Americas Securities

Tallgrass Energy, LP

Transocean Ltd.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.'s energy credentials have provided it with the platform to create a highly regarded conventional power disputes practice. With a background in representing major utilities, the group has an extensive client base of generators, processors, transporters, distributors and marketers of all forms of electrical and gas power. Bill Kroger leads the practice, which includes John Anaipakos, who is a top trial lawyer and most notably counts CenterPoint Energy as a key client. Kevin Jacobs is also at the forefront of energy disputes including jury trials; George Fibbe joined the firm from the Department of Energy, and Washington DC-based Jeff Wood arrived from the Department of Justice. Continuing the expansion of the group, the firm also hired a substantial nine-partner environmental and workplace safety team from Katten in 2019, which provides a significant boost to its credentials in the Bay Area, Washington DC and Houston. The practice is now able to leverage considerable bench strength in core regulatory matters, litigation and environmental concerns. All named individuals are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Bill Kroger

Other key lawyers:

Meghan McElvy; Megan Berge; John Anaipakos; Kevin Jacobs; George Fibbe; Jeff Wood

Key clients

Brazos Electric Power Cooperative

CenterPoint Energy

Edison Electric Institute

El Paso Electric Company

NRG Energy

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. offers one of the deepest benches in the market and remains one of the most active patent litigation practices among general practice firms, especially in defense cases and PTAB proceedings. Additionally, the group shoulders an impressive Federal Circuit caseload. The client list includes an stellar string of US giants as well as a large number of Asian multinationals, chief among them several major Japanese and South Korean players. Thanks to the high number of practitioners with technical and scientific backgrounds, the group is able to assist clients from a wide range of sectors, with hi-tech, telecommunications, electronics and biotech generating as core focus sectors. Under the lead of Lisa Kattan the firm has also established itself as a go-to ITC address. New York's Robert Scheinfeld took over from Dallas' Barton Showalter as the head of the practice. The Dallas-based Christa Brown-Sanford is the deputy chair. In former Venable LLP practitioner Michael Sartori, the firm's Washington DC office gained a well rounded patent expert with experience in infringement, validity and enforceability matters. Other key locations are Palo Alto, Houston, San Francisco and Austin.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scheinfeld

Other key lawyers:

Barton Showalter; Christa Brown-Sanford; Robert Maier; Douglas Kubehl; Kurt Pankratz; David Wille; Wayne Stacy; Sarah Guske; Eliot Williams; Neil Sirota; Paul Morico; David Weaver; Hop Guy; Bryant Boren

Testimonials

Baker Botts has a very strong IP team with a deep bench and very talented attorneys (that can handle a large range of cases in multiple venues). I fully trust them as a go-to firm for IP matters. More than that, they are personable and work hard to please the client.

Strong technical expertise; diverse litigation teams; having a large group allows flexibility in staffing.

Excellent attorneys that are knowledgeable and accessible. Always were available to update or answer questions.

Unique characteristics: The team’s breadth of knowledge and ability to consider an international company’s legal issues and strategies in multiple very complex matters.

The Baker Botts patent litigation team in New York, headed by Rob Scheinfeld, has worked with us for many years. They are a top-notch team that has a great deal of experience with patent litigation.

Very strong litigation that engages in strategy from the start.

Hop Guy and his team at Baker Botts are fantastic. Having Hop Guy’s trial-savvy, senior attention on the daily aspects of our cases makes a big difference in strategic decisions and developing the evidentiary record.

The team was composed of multiple lawyers to be sure to cover all the aspects of the lawsuit. Very professional.

They are willing to go the extra mile to meet the clients’ needs and are very knowledgeable.  Given the depth of their bench, it is likely that they have run into the cutting edge issues that a company would be facing. They also make themselves available at whatever hour – including odd hours for regular calls.

They genuinely care about their clients (the people and the entities) and work hard for them.

Robert Maier is an excellent and knowledgeable attorney and is always available to answer our questions as they arise.

Extremely smart and responsive; great at providing strategic legal advice and understanding the company’s risk profile and desired outcomes, without being overly conservative.’

Robert Scheinfeld, Eliot Williams – they are both thorough professionals.

Hop Guy is one of the best patent litigators/trial lawyers around. His knowledge, expertise and abilities are unmatched in the industry. He has a team that consistently obtains great results.

Hop Guy is outstanding in court and his attention to details throughout the life of an infringement case makes a big difference.  Kurt Pankratz is also excellent in court and Eliot Williams is excellent before the PTAB and the Federal Circuit.

‘Every lawyer was specialized in their field, very competent and dedicated to the lawsuit.’

Key clients

FUJIFILM Corporation

Genband US LLC

FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc.

Manitowoc Cranes.

Ericsson, Inc. and T-Mobile

Mastercard International Inc.

Baylor College of Medicine

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Bright House Networks, LLC

Toyota

iFLY Holdings, LLC

Twilio, Inc.

AT&T Inc.

DISH Network LLC

PepsiCo, Inc.

Oxford Nanopore Technologies.

Symantec

UTEX Industries

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 3

Dallas-based Samantha Hale Crispin heads up the practice at Baker Botts L.L.P., which stands out for its strong capabilities in large-scale M&A-related technology transactions. The group is also adept at handling licensing agreements and development deals for clients drawn from the automotive, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Highlights included assisting a prominent automotive company with a joint development agreement with a number of automotive and fuel manufacturers to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Austin-based corporate lawyer Jordan Herman is 'an exceptional attorney as well as a talented business mind'.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Hale Crispin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Jordan Herman is an exceptional attorney as well as a talented business mind‘.

Key clients

Cisco Systems

Liberty Expedia Holdings

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Zix Corporation

T3

WellSky

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

Now based out of the firm’s Houston office, the construction practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. is chaired by the head of global projects Jason Bennett, and has a predominant focus on energy or infrastructure-oriented disputes and transactional work. Joseph Colagiovanni, co-section chair of real estate and construction, leads on many matters; most notably, in representing INVISTA S.à r.l. during the drafting and negotiation of a $600m engineering, procurement and build contract to install latest generation technology at its Texas chemical plant. Colagiovanni also continues to advise Hines on design and construction agreements for the innovative $1bn commercial office tower development in Boston, situated on top of South Station’s existing rail and bus terminal. Further cases involve licensing and site acquisitions, along with a full range of damages claims.

Practice head(s):

Jason Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hines

Celanese Corporation

Occidental Chemical Corporation

INVISTA S.à r.l.

Urban Oaks Builders, LLC

Tax > International tax Tier 3

Leveraging 'a very solid bench and a deep understanding of international tax issues', Baker Botts L.L.P. has expertise in cross-border financing and securities transactions, M&A and equity investments, and has recently been involved in multibillion-dollar M&A for clients in the energy sector. Contacts in the Houston office include Richard Husseini, the chair of the firm-wide tax department, and Derek Green and Ron Scharnberg, who handled high-value transactions for McDermott International and WorleyParsons, respectively. The name to note in Washington DC is Don Lonczak, who has handled recent standout transactions for AT&T and American Industrial Partners. Jon Lobb (also in Houston) is a name to note on the more junior end of the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Richard Husseini

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very solid bench and deep understanding of international tax issues confronted by U.S.-based energy companies. Derek Green is exceptional. Jon Lobb is extraordinary. Both are very responsive and knowledgable, have a lot of common sense, and are great communicators of very complex tax rules.’

Key clients

IFM INVESTORS

WORLEYPARSONS

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Barnes & Noble

Liberty Latin America

AT&T SERVICES

AIP

MCDERMOTT INTERNATIONAL

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

Texas-based, with an international reach, Baker Botts L.L.P. routinely appears in trial courts around the country representing leading companies in significant commercial disputes. The firm's particular strengths include its work for the energy, and food and drinks industries, as well as its experience at appellate level. In one of the most prominent cases of the year for the energy sector, a team including Bill Kroger, James Barkley and Thomas Phillips successfully dismissed a motion which tried to stop the construction of the $2bn Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline. Elsewhere, Evan Young and Gavin Villareal secured a US Supreme Court victory for the Food Marketing Institute, in a landmark Freedom of Information Act decision. An associate to watch is Stephanie Cagniart, who has argued cases before the Fifth and Sixth Circuits. The arrival of leading technology trial lawyer Jonathan Patchen from Taylor & Patchen LLP in October 2019 significantly bolstered the capabilities of the firm's San Francisco office. In other major team news, Van Beckwith departed the firm to become Senior Vice-President and General Counsel at Halliburton in January 2020. Bridget Moore, known for her work in SEC enforcement matters, and securities specialist Danny David now act as co-heads of the litigation department.

Practice head(s):

Bridget Moore; Danny David

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I’ve been a client of Jonathan Patchen in several major lawsuits. Every time I’ve come away feeling very lucky to have Jonathan on my team. He has a great legal mind, he’s a great strategist, he’s an excellent writer, and is able to form compelling and easy to understand arguments. Jonathan is also very personable, easy to work with, and a solid collaborator. Daniel Martin is also great to work with. He is a great legal writer and very personable.’

Key clients

Accenture

AT&T

Brownsville GMS

Chevron

EOG Resources

Food Marketing Institute

Ford Motor Credit Company

Keurig Dr Pepper

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline

Liberty Media

Oxbow Calcining

NRG Energy

Pepsico

Repsol

RGT Capital Management

Samsung

Union Square Hospitality

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Baker Botts L.L.P. specializes in energy-related offerings, where it enjoys strong relationships with both issuers and underwriters. In particular, the group’s niche strength in master limited partnerships (MLPs) makes it a popular choice for MLP-related transactions. In Houston, department head Joshua Davidson is widely regarded as an authority on MLPs and brings to bear a strong track record in MLP IPOs. In Washington DC, Catherine Gallagher advises on public and private offerings, with notable experience in representing foreign private issuers, MLPs and REITs. Austin-based Mollie Duckworth is deputy chair of the firm’s corporate department and handles a mix of transactional and regulatory securities matters. New York-based Mike Bengtson chairs the corporate department and has strong skill sets in the energy, life sciences and fintech industries.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Joshua Davidson

Testimonials

Great responsiveness and practical, real-world advice.

Depth of knowledge of their subject and experience.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

DNB Markets Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Danske Markets Inc.

Sunnova Energy Corporation

BofA Securities, Inc.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.'s trade secrets team is active in a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, technology, chemicals, and food and drink, with many clients of the trade secrets practice also working with the firm on other IP matters. In addition to litigation, the team counsels companies working in new technologies, such as virtual reality, on issues relating to trade secrets. The trade secrets group forms a part of the firm's wider intellectual property department, led by Bart Showalter in Dallas, Robert Scheinfeld in New York, and Kevin Meek and Christopher Ryan in Austin. IP litigator Katharine Burke in Washington DC is also recommended for trade secret litigation.

Practice head(s):

Bart Showalter; Robert Scheinfeld; Kevin Meek; Chris Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ribbon Communications

Mastercard International

PepsiCo

Manitowoc Cranes

Samsung Electronics

Utex Industries

Propago

BrightEdge Technologies

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

Headed by Gail Stewart out of the Houston office, Baker Botts L.L.P.’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice has an emphasis on advising energy, oil and gas, engineering and manufacturing clients. Routine mandates concern equity-based incentive programs, salary continuation plans and golden parachute arrangements of M&A transactions and joint ventures, while the uptick in Chapter 11 proceedings in these sectors preempted an increase in the team’s restructuring and insolvency mandates. Special counsel Laura McDaniels’ Palo Alto desk complements Stewart’s offering, where she regularly assists technology and life sciences-focused growth companies with the compensation and benefits issues – including equity-based compensation arrangements – of their IPO exits. Rob Fowler recently moved to Kirkland & Ellis LLP, with clients praising Mark Bodron’s diligence in taking over his portfolio.

Practice head(s):

Gail Stewart; Richard Husseini

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Fields an-depth expertise on a wide range of ERISA topics and SEC matters.

Mark Bodron is easy to get a hold of and extremely knowledgeable. He understands our business, the marketplace and what is going on from a regulatory standpoint.

They are very knowledgeable, quick to respond, and pleasant to work with.

My primary contact for the last several years has been Rob Fowler, but he recently moved to another firm.  Before that was even publicly known, I was personally contacted by another partner, Mark Bodron, whom I have known for 20 years or more, to assure me that he would take up anything that we had going on. Immediate access at that level is what I most value.

Key clients

Schlumberger Limited

Erisa Committee of the Seventy Seven Energy Retirement And Savings Plan

Enlink Midstream

Vectren Corporation

Ifm Investors Limited

BHP Billiton

SI Group

Equitrans Midstream Corporation

At&T

Liberty Expedia Holdings

El Paso Electric Company

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Tallgrass Energy Holdings

Liberty Latin America

Halliburton Company

Worleyparsons Limited

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Special Committee of the Board of Directors Of Barnes & Noble

NRG Energy

Carrizo Oil & Gas

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

The tax group at Baker Botts L.L.P. is rated by clients for its 'solid knowledge base' and it's deep expertise in the energy sector. Boasting over twenty-five years of tax experience, department head Richard Husseini is a go-to contact for corporate transactions in the power and energy market, both conventional and renewables. Other key figures in the team include Michael BressonDerek Green, who handles tax planning for oil and gas companies, and Dallas practice chair Stephen Marcus, who specializes in advising REITs, MLPs and private equity clients on corporate transactions in the energy market. All lawyers are based in Houston unless otherwise stated.

Baker & Hostetler LLP advises clients at the federal, state and local level on a range of tax matters including private wealth, employee benefits, and the operation of tax exempt organizations. Jeffrey Paravano chairs the tax group and has particular expertise in partnership and corporate taxation, as well as tax matters relating to REITs, both public and private. Firm chairman Paul Schmidt has experience with tax planning and transactions. Also recommended is John Lehrer, who provides federal income tax advice in relation to domestic M&A, business acquisitions and tax-free organizations. All named attorneys are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Richard Husseini

Testimonials

‘Very good, solid knowledge base with much experience.’

‘Responsive and engaged. Renn Nielson and Matt Hunsaker are very good.

Key clients

ENLINK MIDSTREAM

BHP BILLITON

BP AMERICA

LIBERTY EXPEDIA HOLDINGS

NASCAR HOLDINGS

CARRIZO OIL & GAS

SUNNOVA ENERGY CORPORATION

IFM INVESTORS

EL PASO ELECTRIC COMPANY

EQUITRANS MIDSTREAM CORPORATION

NRG ENERGY

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION

WORLEYPARSONS

MODA MIDSTREAM

AMERIGAS PARTNERS

VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION

INFRAREIT

HARYLAND DISTRIBUTION & TRANSMISSION SERVICES

MURPHY EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION COMPANY

SUNCOKE ENERGY

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Paravano

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Wyndham Worldwide

The EW Scripps Company

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 5

Baker Botts L.L.P. continues to expand its reach beyond its traditional Texas base, with notable hires in its New York and Silicon Valley offices. Drew Chapman and Robin Spigel joined the New York office from King & Spalding LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, respectively, while Mike Torosian joined in San Francisco office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Headed by Mike Bengston in New York, the practice has a core strength in oil and gas transactions, and is also active in media, utilities, and financial services-related transactions, demonstrating the expansion of the practice from its historical sector base, as well as as its geographic base. The practice group acts for a wide variety of clients, including major corporates, energy companies, and financial advisors.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson

Testimonials

Exceptional institutional knowledge; strong negotiation skills; attention to detail; smart and practical.

Very responsive proactive firm. Excellent teamwork. All have great judgment. Work to know clients and effectively communicate advice.

Great approach and personality. Know how to get points across in negotiation. Excellent judgment and advice.

Key clients

Intrepid Financial Partners

AT&T Service

BHP Billiton

Moda Midstream

Carrizo Oil & Gas

EnLink Midstream

WorleyParsons

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

El Paso Electric Company

Equitrans Midstream Corporation

IFM Investors

Liberty Expedia Holdings

Murphy Exploration & Production Company

Tallgrass Energy Holdings

Liberty Media Corporation

NASCAR

Vectren Corporation

Bristow Group

Ascent Capital Group

BP

Real estate > Real estate Tier 5

Baker Botts L.L.P. acts for real estate investors and private funds in a variety of development matters, corporate real estate transactions, financing and commercial leasing deals. Over the past year the practice group noted an uptick in acting for equity investors and tenants in build-to-suit projects, and has also been representing an increasing number of institutional investors in relation to office tower and mixed-use development projects. Headed by Pat Stanton in San Francisco, the team also has experience of real estate deals involving energy assets.

Practice head(s):

Pat Stanton

Other key lawyers:

Jon Dunlay; Connie Simmons Taylor; Paul Landen

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 6

International arbitration > International arbitration

Baker Botts L.L.P. 's client roster spans sovereign states, governmental agencies, state-owned entities, project companies and international energy companies. Among the firm's recent caseload, Alejandro Escobar is advising the Republic of Ecuador in an arbitration proceeding with a Spanish fishing company concerning alleged entitlements to income tax exemptions under the Ecuadorean free zone regime, and is representing a South American state-owned entity in a multimillion-dollar construction dispute; Jay Alexander and Ryan Bull are acting for a South American project company regarding royalty payments; and Andrew Behrman is representing a renewable energy developer and operator in a dispute against the lead contractors for a wind farm project.

Baker Botts is an international law firm with about 750 lawyers and a network of 14 offices around the globe. Based on its experience and knowledge of its clients’ industries, Baker Botts is recognized as a leading firm in the energy and technology sectors. Throughout its over 175-year history, the firm has provided creative and effective legal solutions for clients, while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit our website.

The firm: Baker Botts is a globally respected law firm with offices around the world. Since 1840, the firm has used the highest ethical and professional standards, combined with the firm’s reach and depth of understanding of the law, to help it deliver better and more innovative solutions for clients.

Main areas of practice: Baker Botts counsels the world’s leading companies in every area of the law, including international and domestic corporate and financial matters, corporate governance, international arbitration, technology, intellectual property, business litigation, appellate matters, white-collar criminal defense, government contracts, federal and state legislative matters, energy and oil and gas matters, real estate, administrative, and regulatory matters involving energy, environmental and international trade.

Austin: This office opened in the late 1970s and now has approximately 85 lawyers serving the legal needs of both Austin-based businesses and Fortune 500 companies in corporate, environmental, intellectual property and litigation matters. Originally established to address client needs during the Texas legislative session, the office has evolved to serve clients nationally and internationally.

Dallas: This office opened in 1985 and has grown to 105 lawyers. The office provides a full range of legal services to public entities, Fortune 500 companies and many other clients with interests throughout the world.

Houston: The firm’s main office has been an integral part of Houston’s business community since 1840. From its earliest days, the firm participated in the evolution of the oil and gas industry and has represented nearly every major domestic oil company in the US, as well as numerous international oil companies. Today, with approximately 200 lawyers, the office encompasses a dynamic group of lawyers who continue to handle landmark cases and deals for clients in a multitude of industries.

New York: This office opened in 1992 to help better serve clients with interests in the financial services, technology, media and energy industries. With approximately 100 lawyers, this office provides clients with superior legal services in the areas of corporate law, intellectual property law, business and securities litigation, global projects, and tax law.

Palo Alto: This office opened in 2008 to provide greater support for clients on the West Coast and Pacific Rim. With approximately 30 lawyers, the office handles complex patent litigation in the California federal courts and intellectual property matters nationwide.

Washington: This office opened in 1973. From the beginning, the office has held a global presence in the energy industry. With approximately 130 lawyers, the office offers a full range of corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, litigation and regulatory compliance services for domestic, as well as international, clients.

San Francisco: This office opened in 2016 to provide support to the growing technology sector and our experience in areas such as corporate, intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution,  real estate, life sciences and corporate investigations.

International Work
Saudi Arabia: The firm’s Riyadh office has operated in association with the law office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed since 2001. It is acknowledged as one of the leading practices in the region and advises clients in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East on a broad range of commercial, banking, project finance, telecoms, oil and gas matters, as well as litigation and arbitration.

United Arab Emirates: In 2005, the firm expanded its presence in the region by opening an office in Dubai. Baker Botts’ Dubai office provides services to clients in a number of sectors in the energy industry, including oil and gas exploration and development, oil field services, electric power, LNG, petrochemicals, pipelines, and gas-to-liquids. The firm’s energy-related project development and finance work is enhanced by its experience with the complex issues faced in financing these projects under local law, which is largely founded on the shari’ah or Islamic law. In addition to its work across the broad spectrum of the energy sector, the Dubai office serves clients in corporate, banking, finance, capital markets, telecommunications, government contracts and dispute resolution matters.

Europe: The London and Brussels offices play a pivotal role in the firm’s international activity, serving clients in the UK, continental Europe and beyond. The London office handles market-leading energy, finance, corporate/M&A, TMT, chemicals and dispute resolution matters, and has both UK and US law capabilities. The firm’s newest office in Brussels is dedicated to antitrust and competition-related matters. The Brussels team offers authoritative advice for clients on a broad scope of complex antitrust and competition law matters before the European Union and member states, including merger control, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance questions, antitrust litigation, the intersection of intellectual property, and antitrust and antitrust compliance.

Russia: The Moscow office, with its dynamic and versatile team of business lawyers, has played a vital role in providing clients in Russia and the CIS with a strong domestic and seamless international service. The office advises on energy, mining, corporate/M&A, environmental, intellectual property, dispute resolution, real estate, finance and investment funds.

Asia: Baker Botts has represented many of the world’s leading energy companies in major projects in Asia for more than three decades. Lawyers in the firm’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices guide clients through Asia’s rapid economic development and increased demand for energy, resources and finance. In addition, the offices’ capabilities have grown to include intellectual property and dispute resolution experience.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Mike Bengtson (Chair) mike.bengtson@bakerbotts.com
Global Projects Jason Bennett (Chair) jason.bennett@bakerbotts.com
Intellectual property Robert Scheinfeld (Chair) bart.showalter@bakerbotts.com
Litigation Bridget Moore (Chair) bridget.moore@bakerbotts.com
Litigation Danny David (Chair) danny.david@bakerbotts.com
Tax Richard Husseini (Chair) richard.husseini@bakerbotts.com
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