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Baker Botts L.L.P.
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Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

The energy litigation team at Baker Botts L.L.P. has a strong track record in handling high-end oil and gas cases in the US, on behalf of clients across the industry, including multinationals, service companies, pipelines, refiners and major trade organizations. The practice encompasses the entire range of oil and gas mandates, including environmental incidents, energy transition and litigation arising from the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri. Other key areas of expertise include price gouging, restructuring, business interruptions, force majeure and liability due to the oil price collapse. The team is led by William Kroger, who has considerable experience advising clients on a wide array of oil and gas, renewables and power disputes, while Louie Layrisson handles litigation across the US and before various arbitral institutions on behalf of investors, developers and manufacturers. Jason Newman acts for energy clients in disputes stemming from horizontal development in Texas and throughout the US. Tina Nguyen is an experienced trial lawyer who works with oil and gas and renewable clients on lease and power purchase agreements, royalty obligations, pricing disputes and nuisance claims. Senior associate Chauntelle Wood is skilled in royalty and pipeline disputes, while Benjamin Gonsoulin has experience in disputes involving industrial accidents, environmental contamination and toxic tort claims.

Practice head(s):

William Kroger

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

ConocoPhillips

Courson Oil & Gas

Dura-Bond Industries, Inc.

Emirates National Oil Company Limited

EOG Resources

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Halliburton Company

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

Hess Corporation

Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC

JGE Gas Solutions, LP

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, LLC

Koch Energy Services

Matador Resources Company

Murphy Oil Corporation

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Ovintiv USA Inc.

Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc.

Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC

Shell Oil Company

Southwestern Energy

Sunoco, LP

Work highlights

  • Representing EOG in a series of disputes in the Powder River Basin with a large landowner in Wyoming over the current and future use of his property for oil and gas development.
  • Representing Southwestern Energy, an independent natural gas and natural gas liquids company, in litigation and parallel regulatory matters relating to historical and ongoing exploration and production activities in the Haynesville shale play in North Louisiana.
  • Represents Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC in over 100 individual lawsuits in state and federal court where plaintiffs, combined, seek millions in damages for the alleged misallocation of production and underpayment of royalties in Repsol’s Eagle Ford Shale operations for nearly 4,000 royalty owners.

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 1

Baker Botts L.L.P. is regularly engaged in matters involving headline power, utilities and renewables transactions taking place across the US. One recent highlight saw the team act for The AES Corporation, a mandate led by Michael Didriksen (based in New York) who represented the AES Corporation in connection with a strategic alliance with Google to accelerate the growth and adoption of clean energy. Elaine Walsh  is situated in Washington, DC and counsels clients regarding energy company mergers, energy asset acquisitions, divestitures and investments. Jonathan Bobinger (Houston) is a transactional lawyer with over a decade of experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and securities matters. Bobinger also has renewable energy experience, having lead transactions involving the wind and solar sectors. Carlos Marquez is a name to watch for his representation of domestic and foreign companies and private equity firms in a variety of transactions including project financing, project development, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, often involving power generation and renewable energy.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Walsh; Michael Didriksen

Other key lawyers:

William Lamb; Jonathan Bobinger; Timothy Taylor; Carlos Marquez; Mona Dajani

Key clients

AES Corporation

BKV Corporation

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Cleco Power LLC

Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company, Inc.

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Transmission Developers, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented CenterPoint Energy, as one of the two largest unitholders of Enable Midstream Partners, in a $7.2 billion merger between Energy Transfer LP and Enable Midstream Partners, LP.
  • Acting for Transmission Developers, a portfolio company of Blackstone, the largest alternative investment firm in the world in the developing a US$5 billion-plus, cross-border, 1,250MW underground/underwater high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line from the US-Canada border into New York City, named the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project.
  • Representing The AES Corporation in connection with a 10-year strategic alliance with Google to accelerate the growth and adoption of clean energy by leveraging Google Cloud technology to pioneer innovation in the sector. This alliance builds on the recent agreement between Google and AES to provide long-term renewable power to Google’s data center in Chile.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

Counting BP, ConocoPhillips and CenterPoint Energy, to name a few, among its key roster of clients, Baker Botts L.L.P. is instructed by major market players to handle bet-the-company transactions in the oil and gas sector, advising on the full spectrum of matters, including M&A structuring, federal and state tax support and regulatory guidance. With demonstrable experience across the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, the team advises on mandates concerning all forms of financing, commercial agreements, equity investments, restructuring and royalty transactions. In the firm's Houston office, Jason Bennett focuses on the development and financing of LNG projects, joint ventures and transactions, while Washington DC-based senior counsel Steven Miles is an industry veteran, who advises on matters arising out of the LNG, natural gas and renewable energy industries. In Houston, Erin Hopkins handles commercial issues involving the acquisition and divestiture of energy companies and joint venture arrangements, and Scott Looper focuses on midstream and LNG project development, while Dallas-based Jonathan Platt represents private equity funds in acquisitions, investments and general corporate matters in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Jason Bennett; Mike Bengtson; David Emmons

Other key lawyers:

Larry Hall; Dan Mark; Gerry Morton; Steven Miles; Michael Rosenwasser; Scott Looper; Jon Platt; Erin Hopkins; Clint Rancher

Testimonials

‘Great skill and knowledge.’

‘Exceptional energy firm.’

‘Clint Rancher is an industry expert and provides exceptional client service and value.’

Key clients

Ankura Consulting Group, LLC

BP America, Inc.

BP Canada Energy Group ULC

Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (now Coterra Energy, Inc.)

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Citizen Energy

ConocoPhillips

Crestwood Equity Partners LP

Delek Logistics Partners, LP

Eagle Materials Inc.

Energy Spectrum Partners LP

EQT Production

ETX Energy, LLC

Hibernia Energy III, LLC

Hunt Energy Network L.L.C.

Hunt Oil Company

Kimbell Royalty Partners LP

MDC Texas Energy LLC

Murphy Exploration & Production Company

Rangeview Green River, LLC

Service Compression, LLC

Summit Midstream Partners

Tall Grass Energy, LP

Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.

Wyoming Governor’s Office

Work highlights

  • Advised Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation in its $17 billion merger with Cimarex Energy Co., resulting in Cabot shareholders holding 49.5% and Cimarex shareholders holding 50.5%, respectively, of the combined company, Coterra Energy, Inc.
  • Represented Tudor Pickering in connection with the Whiting Petroleum and Oasis Petroleum merger of equals transaction.
  • Advised CenterPoint Energy, Inc. in the successful completion of the $2.15 billion sale of its natural gas distribution utilities in Arkansas and Oklahoma to Summit Utilities, Inc.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. is a destination practice for high-stakes cartel investigations and defense, representing major corporate clients from the Big Tech, pharma, and food processing industries in civil and criminal litigation, investigations both internal and governmental, as well as advising them on overall policy issues and compliance. The team is co-headed by John Taladay and Maureen Ohlhausen. Taladay, an extensively experienced cartel lawyer with a strong record in securing successful outcomes for his clients, leads the firm’s criminal cartel practice, while Ohlhausen takes point on civil antitrust investigations with a focus on price-fixing and filing investigations. Former DOJ attorney Taylor Owings has particular experience in antitrust issues relating to the digital economy and intellectual property matters, while Erik Koons‘ practice focuses on bet-the-company antitrust litigation. Another key litigator is monopolization specialist Joseph Ostoyich, while Chris Wilson and Stacy Turner handle civil and criminal cartel investigations. All mentioned lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

John Taladay; Maureen Ohlhausen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Provides outstanding tactical advice and defends our company in significant and material litigation.’

‘John Taladay, Erik Koons, Christopher Wilson, Stacy Turner: All are smart, hard-working, provide great leadership and advice, and are responsive, tactical, and strategic in their defense of their clients.’

Key clients

Amazon

Meta (Facebook)

Google

FedEx

Ericsson

QVC, Inc.

Celanese Corporation

Qualcomm

Royal Dutch Shell

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

Caterpillar Inc.

Broadcom

Georgia-Pacific LLC (GP Wood Products LLC)

Mandiant

CenterPoint Energy

Koninklijke Philips N.V., Philips North America LLC, Philips Taiwan, Limited and Philips do Brasil Ltda.

ALDI, Inc.

HollyFrontier Corp

Sandoz, Inc.

Halliburton

Waste Management, Inc.

American Industrial Partners, LLC (AIP, LLC)

Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL

Sun Pharmaceuticals / Taro Pharmaceuticals

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Zydus Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Eagle Materials

Irico Display Devices Co., Ltd.

JSW Steel (USA) Inc. / JSW Steel USA Ohio, Inc.

Liberty Latin America Ltd.

Magellan Midstream Partners LP

Masco Corporation

McDermott International, Inc.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Olin Corporation

HEB

Safariland

SSW Partner LP

Raxium, Inc.

RWJBarnabas Health, Inc.

Envista Holdings Corporation

CMC Materials, Inc.

Energy Tranfer LP

Work highlights

  • Representing Sun Pharmaceuticals and Taro Pharmaceuticals in In re: Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation.
  • Representing Olin Corporation in several antitrust class action lawsuits filed on behalf of purported direct and indirect purchasers of caustic soda.
  • Representing ALDI as an opt-out plaintiff in the In re Pork Antitrust Litigation MDL.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. focuses on complex, high-stakes merger clearance processes, advising major global businesses across industries such as energy, tech, and pharma on transactions facing scrutiny from the DOJ, FTC, and international antitrust agencies, from initial filing through to investigations and litigation. The firm offers strong contentious antitrust expertise, as well as broad multijurisdictional capabilities, regularly working with its teams in Europe on cross-border merger control mandates, and can call upon key senior agency experience in its senior team, with practice co-chair Maureen Ohlhausen a former chair of the FTC,  Taylor Owings having served as Chief of Staff at the DOJ Antitrust Division, and Mark Botti a former Section Chief at the DOJ. The team accordingly specializes in securing clearance for contested deals, including co-chair John Taladay ‘s successful closing of Mandiant’s acquisition by Alphabet, which faced a DOJ Second Request. In a key demonstration of the firm’s international expertise, Paul Cuomo  represented Liberty Latin America in its agreement with América Móvil to combine VTR and Claro Chile, a deal requiring approvals in multiple jurisdictions. Matthew Adler was promoted to partner in March 2022, and is noted for his work before the DOJ and FTC on regulated industry merger clearances. All lawyers mentioned are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

John Taladay; Maureen Ohlhausen

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Adler; Mark Botti; Paul Cuomo; James Kress; Taylor Owings

Testimonials

‘The team is made up of deep thinkers who understand the commercial drivers behind a deal. Very good knowledge of how the antitrust agencies are currently approaching issues and what arguments will resonate the most with them.’

‘Paul Cuomo is extremely savvy and commercially minded. He has a sharp mind and is a creative thinker.’

Key clients

Amazon

Meta (Facebook)

Google

FedEx

Ericsson

QVC, Inc.

Celanese Corporation

Qualcomm

Royal Dutch Shell

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

Caterpillar Inc.

Broadcom

Georgia-Pacific LLC (GP Wood Products LLC)

Mandiant

CenterPoint Energy

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

ALDI, Inc.

HollyFrontier Corp

Sandoz, Inc.

Halliburton

Waste Management, Inc.

American Industrial Partners, LLC (AIP, LLC)

Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL

Sun Pharmaceuticals / Taro Pharmaceuticals

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Zydus Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Eagle Materials

Irico Display Devices Co., Ltd.

JSW Steel (USA) Inc. / JSW Steel USA Ohio, Inc.

Liberty Latin America Ltd.

Magellan Midstream Partners LP

Masco Corporation

McDermott International, Inc.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Olin Corporation

HEB

Safariland

SSW Partner LP

Raxium, Inc.

RWJBarnabas Health, Inc.

Envista Holdings Corporation

CMC Materials, Inc.

Energy Tranfer LP

Work highlights

  • Led the global merger clearance strategy and advocacy for Mandiant in its $5.4 billion acquisition by Alphabet, completing the second largest merger in Google’s history.
  • Represented Celanese Corporation in the multi-billion dollar acquisition of DuPont’s mobility and materials business.
  • Represented Liberty Latin America’s in multiple international transactions including an agreement between LLA and América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V. in the acquisition of América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V.’s operations in Panama.

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

Leveraging the expertise of litigators and environment specialists primarily based out of its Houston headquarters, as well as from Washington DC, Baker Botts L.L.P. is particularly accomplished at representing energy and utilities clients in toxic tort issues arising in the course of their business. The scope of this work is broad and includes consolidated private litigation alleging personal injury and property damage as a result of groundwater and soil contamination, as well as regularly responding to major high-profile environmental incidents –  where the firm is able to provide a tailored crisis response service aimed at minimizing reputational damage and to efficiently respond to attendant regulatory investigations, as well as resulting litigation. In Houston, Russell Lewis excels in handling multi-faceted mandates and is often front-and-centre in assisting major manufacturing and energy companies respond in the aftermath of major environmental incidents; he continues to represent Intercontinental Terminals Company in crisis response, governmental enforcement defense, and multiple class actions and private party lawsuits arising out of Deer Park terminal fire. As well as providing regulatory compliance advice, Washington DC-based partner Kent Mayo also regularly handles class action litigation arising from environmental issues, as well as responding to governmental enforcement actions – an area that he is able to provide particular insight as a result of his previous tenure as a trial lawyer at the Environmental Enforcement section of the DOJ. Joshua Frank and Ty Buthod co-head the team alongside Mayo from Washington DC and Houston, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Ty Buthod; Joshua Frank; Kent Mayo

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Jacobs; Russell Lewis; Louie Layrisson; Benjamin Gonsoulin

Key clients

Assertio Therapeutics

BASF Corporation

CenterPoint Energy

Dixie Chemical Company

ExxonMobil

Intercontinental Terminals Company

Orlando Utilities Commission

Tenaris Global Services USA

TPC Group

Tennessee-American Water Company

West Virginia-American Water Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Intercontinental Terminals Company in the legal proceedings arising out of a fire at its Deer Park terminal in March 2019, including defending over 100 private party lawsuits, including multiple class actions, alleging personal injury, property damage, or business interruption.
  • Representing TPC Group in a variety of matters arising out of two explosions at its chemical plant in Port Neches, TX. Including defending TPC more than 7,000 private party claims brought by individuals and businesses that have been consolidated into a multi-district litigation proceeding in Orange County, Texas.

Energy > Energy litigation: electric power Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.‘s energy litigation group is led by William Kroger in the Houston office and is integrated with other disciplines, harnessing the firm’s regulatory, appellate and intellectual property experts, among others. In recent years, the firm has focused on representing major electrical power producers who suffered massive losses or are facing litigation arising from Winter Strom Uri in 2021. The team services a diverse client base, including conventional electricity and gas power industry clients. John Anaipakos  in Houston handles high stakes litigation for clients in the energy industry, among others; he has particularly deep experience in representing oil and gas, and utility clients. San Francisco-based Megan Berge supports clients in environmental law in areas including civil litigation, rulemaking and compliance counselling, while also assisting them with the development of strategies to accomplish sustainability targets. In Austin, Juliana Sersen joined from ERCOT and uses her vast experience as Assistant General Counsel – Regulatory & Litigation to represent energy clients in regulatory matters and complex energy market issues.

Practice head(s):

William Kroger

Other key lawyers:

John Anaipakos; Megan Verge; George Fibbe; Kevin Jacobs; Andrea Stover; Tina Nguyen; Juliana Sersen; Ben Gonsoulin; Matthew Sheridan; Anthony Lucisano

Testimonials

‘Effective litigators who work well with clients.’

‘Retrieving data. Wait a few seconds and try to cut or copy again.’

Key clients

AES Corporation

Avangrid Renewables

Brookfield Renewable US

Calpine Corporation

CenterPoint Energy

Clearway Energy Group, LLC

EDP Renewables, North America

ENGIE North America, Inc.

Entergy Services, Inc.

Freeport Power Limited

Griddy Energy LLC

ITC Project Holdings LLC

Kindle Energy LLC

LG&E and KU Energy LLC

Longroad Energy

Murphy Exploration & Production Company

NRG Energy, Inc.

Oxbow Calcining LLC

Phillips 66

Pinegate Renewables

Sempra Energy

Skyline Renewables

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Talen Energy Corporation

XCEL Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented Sunnova in over 20 dispute matters, ranging from commercial disputes with competitors to consumer arbitrations across the United States. We are also handling trial court matters for Sunnova, including claims arising under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Leading the defense of the approximately 190 lawsuits filed by 500+ claimants against more 400+ defendants—from ERCOT (the grid operator), to power generators, to electric utilities, to natural gas producers, to retail electric provides, to others across the energy industry—that have been transferred to the Texas state court Winter Storm Uri Multi-District Litigation (MDL). We represent one of the largest joint defense groups of traditional and renewable power generation companies, which includes NRG Energy, Calpine, Avangrid, Clearway Energy, Engie, and several others.
  • Representing Calpine and NRG Energy as intervenors in Just Energy’s cross-border Chapter 15 bankruptcy adversary proceeding, in which Just Energy challenges the validity of the PUC’s emergency pricing orders and ERCOT’s invoices issued during Winter Storm Uri.

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. fields one of the largest national energy practice groups and is positioned to assist clients in navigating the diverse potential regulatory hurdles facing the U.S. electricity market. The team represent prominent members of the energy industry including large multi-state utilities, private equity-backed generation and transmission portfolio companies, investors and developers of renewable and energy storage assets. Its lawyers also assist clients on niche regulatory matters such as hydroelectric licensing and enforcement/compliance matters before FERC. Based in Washington DC, Michael Yuffee focuses on regulatory, enforcement defense and transactional markets relating to the wholesale energy markets, and, together with Ryan Norfolk, recently worked on a matter which involved representing a company before FERC on all transmission rate, policy, and market rule issues. Jay Ryan  is recognized for his work in counselling clients on project development and energy regulatory mandates, including complex matters before FERC and the DOE. Andrea Stover, based in Austin, provides regulatory counsel to clients in the energy and natural resources sector.

Practice head(s):

Jay Ryan; James Barkley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team operates like an extension of my team rather than just as outside counsel. They alert us to developments that might impact us and help us work through solutions in ways that illustrate that they are constantly learning the nuances of our business as we work together. In particular, we’ve found the policy and regulatory team to be invaluable.’

‘Juliana Sersen is fantastic – she is excellent at her work and helps us come up with creative ways to manage potential issues with regulation or PUC actions. She is also remarkably good at translating nuances so that we can clearly understand the implications to our business. I breathe easier knowing that she is supporting us because I know Juliana is helping us stay on top of the constantly evolving landscape.’

 

Key clients

Avangrid Renewables

Calpine Corporation

CenterPoint Energy

Crius Energy Trust

Constellation Energy Corporation

Daytona Power Corp.

Hartree Partners

Hecate Energy

Hollow Road Solar

ITC Holdings Corp.

Kindle Energy

Marubeni

Nuveen Investments

NRG Energy, Inc.

Orsted Wind Power North America, LLC

Sharyland Utilities

Seminole Electric Cooperative

Southwestern Public Service Company (Xcel Energy)

Talen Energy Corporation

Tenaska

The AES Corporation

Transmission Developers, Inc.

Vectren Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Orsted Wind Power North America LLC (“Orsted”) in filing a protest and comments to PJM’s generation interconnection queue reform tariff filing.
  • Represented ITC’s regulated operating companies, including ITC Midwest, ITC Transmission, ITC Great Plains, and Michigan Electric Transmission Company, on a wide range of regulatory matters before FERC.
  • Represented Orsted Wind Power North America LLC in filing a protest and comments to PJM’s generation interconnection queue reform tariff filing, valued for hundreds of millions.

Energy > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. handles a broad range of regulatory and litigation mandates in the oil and gas sector, such as representing clients in hearings surrounding transportation rates for natural gas, permitting of regulated facilities and counselling concerning regulatory changes. The regulation team is also noted for its capability in handling contentious matters, particularly when representing clients in administrative litigation and judicial reviews of agency decisions, as well as compliance and enforcement cases. Emil Barth has acted as first chair on regulatory hearings before the FERC and regularly advises on regulatory, litigation and project development matters, while Michael Yuffee focuses on enforcement defense and other regulatory mandates relating to the wholesale energy markets. Houston-based James Barkley jointly leads the team alongside Jay Ryan, and special counsel Ryan Norfolk regularly handles matters surrounding enforcement defense, internal investigations and administrative litigation. All named practitioners are based in the firm's Washington DC office, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

James Barkley; Jay Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CenterPoint Energy Resources Corporation (CenterPoint)

Fundare Resources

Macquarie Energy, LLC

Repsol Energy North America Corporation (Repsol)

Work highlights

  • Represented Repsol Energy North America, a gas and LNG marketer, before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concerning complex issues related to the natural gas and electric markets in New England, including at the FERC Winter Forum in Burlington, Vermont.
  • Served as co-counsel along with Minnesota counsel (Taft) in representing CenterPoint Energy Resources, a gas utility, in proceedings at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to determine prudence of gas supply costs during February 2021 Winter Storm Uri.
  • Negotiated and documented a senior secured term loan facility in the aggregate amount of $150m to finance, in part, the acquisition by Fundare of the Redtail assets.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. has a strong track record in environmental litigation, acting for oil and gas, chemical and water companies in relation to crisis situations, as well as defense before regulatory agencies. The team includes alumna from the Department of Justice’s (DoJs) Environment and Natural Resource Division, Environmental Crimes Section, and Environmental Enforcement Section and is led by Houston’s Scott Janoe. Janoe is well versed in multi-state litigation and acts for clients in the energy, mining, and manufacturing sectors. Steve Solow is a key Environmental Health Safety (EHS) practitioner, Nadira Clarke is a name for white-collar crime and civil matters, and Megan Berge is recommended for climate change issues, including permitting issues and the development of Environmental, Sustainability, and Governance (ESG) programs. Martha Thomsen and Allison Watkins Mallick were both promoted to partner; Mallick is name for government enforcement actions and CAA issues, while Thomsen handles both litigation and compliance. Kimberly White left for an in-house role at EOG Resources and Jennifer Keane retired. All attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Scott Janoe

Key clients

American Water Works Association

Borla Performance Industries, Inc.

Bp Exploration & Production Company Inc.

Conocophillips

Dcp Operating Company, Lp

Entergy Services, Inc.

Enterprise Products Operating Llc

Exxonmobil Corporation

Gladieux Metals Recycling, Llc

Halliburton Company

Hess Corporation

Intercontinental Terminals Company Llc

Lg&e And Ku Energy Llc

Lyondellbasell Industries

Murphy Oil Corporation

Nrg Energy, Inc.

Occidental Chemical Corporation

Oxbow Calcining Llc

Puget Sound Energy

Repsol Sa

Sempra Energy

Sunoco/aloha Petroleum

Tarrant Regional Water District

Tennessee American Water Co.

Tpc Group Inc.

Union Pacific Railroad Company

West Virginia American Water Co.

Westlake Chemicals Corporation

Wood Group Usa Holdings And Wood Group Usa Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Hess, Repsol, Sunoco, and Murphy Oil in a series of climate tort cases brought by various states, counties, and municipalities, alleging liability for damages from climate change impacts.
  • Currently representing Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC in the legal proceedings arising out of a fire at its Deer Park terminal in March 2019.
  • Representing TPC Group, Inc. and TPC Group, LLC in a variety of matters arising out of two November 2019 explosions at its chemical plant in Port Neches, TX.

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 2

The environmental, safety, and incident response team at Baker Botts L.L.P. offers services coast-to-coast and has particular strength in crisis response and prevention. Permitting, compliance, investigations and enforcement are also key tenets of the practice, and it is particularly experienced in the air, water and waste sectors. In Houston, Scott Janoe heads the team, while Scott Elliott is recommended for environmental, and health and safety issues, in the chemical and energy industries. In Washington DC, Debra Jezouit is recommended for CAA and climate change matters, as well as ESG issues, while Alexandra Dunn, who was a former Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, is a key name for EPA issues, particularly those pertaining to Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and PFAS chemicals. Martha Thomsen and Allison Watkins Mallick were both promoted to partner in DC and San Francisco respectively, in early 2022. Kimberly White left for EOG Resources and Jennifer Keane retired.

Practice head(s):

Scott Janoe

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Water Works Association

Borla Performance Industries, Inc.

Bp Exploration & Production Company Inc.

Conocophillips

Croplife America

Dcp Operating Company, Lp

Delek Us Holdings, Inc.

Entergy Services, Inc.

Enterprise Products Operating Llc

Exxonmobil Corporation

Gladieux Metals Recycling, Llc

Halliburton Company

Hess Corporation

Intercontinental Terminals Company Llc

Kimberly-clark Corporation

Lg&e And Ku Energy Llc

Lyondellbasell Industries

Murphy Oil Corporation

National Association Of Clean Water Agencies

Nrg Energy, Inc.

Occidental Chemical Corporation

Oxbow Calcining Llc

Puget Sound Energy

Repsol Sa

Sempra Energy

Sunoco/aloha Petroleum

Tarrant Regional Water District

Tennessee American Water Co.

Tpc Group Inc.

Union Pacific Railroad Company

West Virginia American Water Co.

Westlake Chemicals Corporation

Work highlights

  • Serving as environmental counsel to support TPC Group, LLC’s chemical plants in Houston and Port Neches, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana.
  • Advising on a multi-client response to the EPA Interstate Transport Rule.
  • Advising BP on considerations and drafting and negotiation of documentation for proposed carbon capture sequestration project and potential development issues.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. handles the full spectrum of licensing matters for multi-party transactions, including patent, copyright and trademark license agreements, alongside technology development, acquisition, distribution and outsourcing agreements. The firm also conducts due diligence investigations relating to M&A. The firm regularly acts for Cisco on patent licensing and strategic portfolio development, and also represents Toyota in the development of their hydrogen fuel cell technology for heavy-duty vehicles. Christa Brown-Sanford, who is active in the firm’s Dallas office, has experience of patent licensing in relation to telecommunications, electronics and other technologies, working with notable clients such as Toyota and Cisco. Washington DC’s Luke Pedersen strengthens the team with his expertise in technology-related matters, particularly including technology transfers, licensing and patent portfolio management, as well as emerging technologies. Highly experienced patent trial attorney Robert Scheinfeld, who is based in New York, also co-heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scheinfeld; Christa Brown-Sanford; Luke Pedersen

Key clients

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Strattam Technologies

Columbia University

Halliburton

Toyota

University of Pennsylvania

Royalty Pharma

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Enghouse Interactive (UK) Ltd. and Vidyo, Inc.

CMC Materials f/k/a Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics, Inc.

Ericsson

Genentech Inc

Work highlights

  • Served as Cisco’s primary outside counsel for patent licensing, strategic portfolio development, defensive patent analysis, and overall counselling and patent strategy.
  • Advising Royalty Pharma on due diligence reviews of patent portfolios, licensing agreements, sponsored research agreements, etc. and assess the strength and scope of patent protection around a royalty-bearing product prior to the client’s investment or acquisition.
  • Assisting with the development and management of Columbia University’s worldwide patent portfolio.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.‘s ‘solid’ team is led by New York-based intellectual specialist Robert Scheinfeld and patent prosecution expert Sandra Lee , in addition to IP specialist Christa Brown-Sanford and experienced patent prosecution attorney Samir Bhavsar , both of whom work out of the Dallas office. The cohort has a strong reputation for its ability to develop and manage significant patent portfolios for notable clients across a range of industry sectors, namely education, technology and telecommunications, including Colombia University and Mastercard. A key example of such work is its current representation of Ericsson in the development and management of an international patent portfolio, directed to a wide range of technologies. The team is one of the most active in the US in terms of representing its clients at post-grant and inter-partes reviews filed at the PTAB, an example being its defense of the validity of Qualcomm’s patents in an action raised by Apple, with Palo Alto-based Eliot Williams particularly adept in this area. Additionally, Dallas’ Chad Walters, co-chair of the firm-wide PTAB trials group, is a key name for related litigation in the space.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scheinfeld; Christa Brown-Sanford; Sandra Lee; Samir Bhavsar

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Avery; Eliot Williams; Chad Walters; Matthew Avery; David Wu

Testimonials

‘The patent team at Baker Botts is solid. They provide good advice and have expertise in multiple technology areas. They are responsive to and address feedback from our team.’

‘Matthew Avery has deep legal and technical knowledge and provides good advice on our matters. He has good client management skills and communicates well.’

‘The firm is very good with patents. They collaborate well with our team.’

‘This is the team we work with and they are valuable in a variety of aspects with all things patent related, particularly Matthew Avery.’

Key clients

Columbia University

Cisco Systems Inc.

Lennox International

Iridium Technologies

Brother Industries Ltd.

Qualcomm

Dish Network

Halliburton Company

Guangdong Mic-Power New Energy Co. (“Mic-Power”), Audio Partnership LLC and Audio Partnership PLC D/B/A Cambridge Audio (“Cambridge Audio”), GN Audio A/S and GN Audio USA Inc. D/B/A Jabra (“Jabra”), and PEAG, LLC, D/B/A JLab Audio (“JLab”)

Fujifilm Holdings Corporation (and subsidiaries).

LG Electronics

Ericsson

Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

Mastercard

DraftKings

GrubHub Holdings Inc. (f/k/a GrubHub, Inc. and f/k/a Seamless North America, LLC)

Penumbra, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Ericsson in licensing negotiations and handling the development and management of a worldwide patent portfolio directed to a wide range of technologies.
  • Acting as Cisco’s primary outside counsel for patent licensing, strategic portfolio development, defensive patent analysis, and overall counselling and patent strategy.
  • Assisting with the development and management of Columbia University’s worldwide patent portfolio that is directed to a wide range of physical and life sciences technologies.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. fields a long-established federal tax controversy and litigation team, with strength in the energy, technology, and financial service industries, and a large SALT practice, which is active in state audits, appeals, and litigation. Clients are particularly complimentary of the firm’s aptitude for estate and gift tax controversies, and praise the group’s ‘depth and breadth of expertise.’ State and local tax chair Renn Neilson, based in Houston, covers property, income, and sales tax controversies. Also based in Houston are senior partner John Porter and the ‘fantastic’ Keri Brown, who frequently work closely together on estate and gift tax controversies. Jon Feldhammer works from the San Francisco office, and is active on tax controversies before the IRS, California Franchise Tax Board, and other state agencies. Senior associate Ben Geslison, of the Houston office, focuses on SALT matters. William Gorrod left the firm in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Renn Neilson

Testimonials

‘They are unique in their skill set–there are many tax attorneys and there are many litigators–there are very few who focus on tax litigation and invest the resources Baker Botts does.’

‘Keri Brown is fantastic–she is practical and very honest with clients–she does not give false hope but knows when and how to give clients the backbone they need to see a good case through. John Porter is simply a legend in the field.’

‘Baker Botts has long been a leader in dealing with complex issues involving family limited partnerships(FLP), estate, and gift tax controversies. They are notable for the depth and breadth of expertise, addressing a diversity of view points, and effectively engaging with clients, co-counsels, and opposing parties.’

‘Keri Brown, partner, has been most excellent providing advice, contending with a diverse set of parties, some very difficult, and very successfully helping to resolve controversies involving a complex set of issues. In consultation, mediation, and negotiations, she is exceptional in collaboratively engaging with others, always composed, professional, and personable.’

Key clients

Archrock Services, L.P.

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Howard Energy Partners

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lorraine Bean and Northern Trust Co.

Midcoast Energy, LLC

MoneyGram International, Inc.

QEP Energy Company

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Texas Instruments Incorporated

USA Compression Partners LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisting Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC, a subsidiary of client Cheniere Energy, Inc., with a long-running sales-tax audit of their under-construction multibillion-dollar LNG processing plant.
  • Representing Archrock Services, L.P. in a multi-year sales tax audit, protest, and redetermination in Oklahoma in which the Oklahoma Tax Commission has made a significant policy shift, reinterpreting what have long been treated as non-taxable services, as taxable equipment rentals.
  • Representing Midcoast Energy LLC in more than 40 property-tax valuation suits against county appraisal districts across Texas for the 2019, 2020, and 2021 tax years dealing with inflated appraisals by those counties of pipeline assets purchased in 2018.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

The team at Baker Botts L.L.P. ‘provides outstanding tactical advice and defends in significant and material litigation’ such as class action lawsuits and competitor litigation in federal and state courts nationwide. Recently defending against price fixing claims and group boycotts in the life sciences and manufacturing sectors, the firm’s client portfolio features the likes of FedEx, Ericsson and Sun Pharmaceuticals. The highly regarded John Taladay co-chairs the practice offering his extensive experience in merger clearance work as well as defending national and international corporations in cartel matters and class actions. Maureen Ohlhausen also heads the team, advises across the retail, telecoms and tech space and is well known for her significant experience nationally and globally on antitrust and FTC-related matters. Senior associate Chris Wilson represents litigants from complaint filing to trial in industries such as industrial manufacturing, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. All the mentioned attorneys are based in the Washington DC office. Joseph Ostoyich and William Lavery left the practice in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Taladay; Maureen Ohlhausen

Other key lawyers:

Chris Wilson; Eric Koons; Stacy Turner

Testimonials

‘Provides outstanding tactical advice and defends in significant and material litigation.’

‘John Taladay, Erik Koons, Chris Wilson, Stacey Turner are all smart, hard-working, responsive, great leaders, tactical and strategic in their defense of their clients.’

Key clients

FedEx

Ericsson

QVC, Inc.

Caterpillar Inc.

Georgia-Pacific LLC (GP Wood Products LLC)

Koninklijke Philips N.V., Philips North America LLC, Philips Taiwan, Limited and Philips do Brasil Ltda.

ALDI, Inc.

Sandoz, Inc.

Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL

Sun Pharmaceuticals / Taro Pharmaceuticals

Zydus Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Irico Display Devices Co., Ltd.

JSW Steel (USA) Inc. / JSW Steel USA Ohio, Inc.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Olin Corporation

Safariland

CMC Materials, Inc.

Energy Tranfer LP

Waste Management, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Sun Pharma and Taro Pharma in In re: Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation, which concerns price fixing.
  • Representing Olin Corporation in several antitrust class action lawsuits filed on behalf of purported direct and indirect purchasers of caustic soda, a by-product of chlorine, alleging that defendants conspired to restrict domestic supply and fix, raise, maintain and stabilize caustic soda prices via capacity reductions, planned maintenance shutdowns, conversations at industry events and price increase announcements.
  • Represents Caterpillar Inc. in an ongoing case brought by International Construction Products LLC (ICP) which alleges that Caterpillar Inc. violated section 1 of the Sherman Act by conspiring with its primary rival and several dealers to boycott an online auction company in order to block ICP from acting as a broker of new Chinese-made construction equipment.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Providing ‘superb advocacy’ and comprising a team of ‘fierce advocates’, Baker Botts L.L.P. is sought out by clients to manage risks and represent them in cases before authorities such as the DOJ, US Attorney’s offices and congressional committees. Known for its extensive trial experience, the practice has a strong track record defending corporations and individuals in white-collar and regulatory matters on both domestic and cross-border level. In Washington DC, lead partner Kyle Clark has particular expertise within the healthcare sector, while Bridget Moore is well-versed in securities enforcement and internal investigations. The firm further strengthened its team with the arrival of Palo Alto-based Michael Ward, previously at Vinson & Elkins LLP, in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Kyle Clark

Testimonials

‘Baker Botts is a wonderful trial firm that excels in the courtroom and in meetings in conference rooms at prosecutors’ offices. They were fierce advocates for their client, and they ultimately prevailed in the case through superb advocacy.’

‘Kyle Clark and Andrew George are terrific trial lawyers. Judges and jury like them and trust them. When they say something is so, the government considers it carefully.’

‘Baker Botts is a wonderful trial firm that excels in the courtroom and in meetings in conference rooms at prosecutors’ offices. 

‘The BakerBotts team led by Andy Lankler is top-notch. These are experienced attorneys with deep experience and decades of practice.’

‘Andy Lankler – top notch, experienced, for the most difficult and high-stakes matters.’

‘Steve Solow is an extraordinary lawyer.’

‘Baker Botts’ team, led by Andrew Lankler, is a very strong white collar group.’

‘Andrew Lankler is an unflappable old-pro who has seen it all. Trusted and liked by clients and adversaries alike.’

Key clients

Black & Veatch Corporation

Clinton Earl Portis

E. I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co.

Fenix International, Limited dba OnlyFans

FINRA

Majority Investor in EIA All Weather Alpha Fund I Partners LLC (EIA)

Aers LLC (EIA)

Work highlights

  • Representing E.I Du Pont De Nemours, Inc. in an ongoing three-count criminal indictment brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas charging the company and one of its former employees with violations of the Clean Air Act in connection with a toxic chemical release that resulted in multiple fatalities in La Porte, Texas.
  • Representing Black & Veatch in a multi-defendant lawsuit, brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, by injured servicemen and the estates of fallen servicemen under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
  • Represented pro bono and achieved a reversal of an unconstitutional guilty plea for an individual who was granted a reversal of her guilty plea and full dismissal of a 2000 felony conviction that threatened her deportation to Cambodia for the past 17 years.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Leveraging its strong oil and gas credentials, Houston-headquartered Baker Botts L.L.P. consistently represents global industry heavyweights in multi-jurisdictional arbitral proceedings, including major energy and construction companies. Outside of the energy space, the group has a growing international presence in the TMT sphere. New York's Andrew Behrman co-chairs the global international disputes group and handled a string of energy and EPC-related arbitrations over the past year, with recent activity in ICC, UNCITRAL and ICDR cases, among others. Senior counsel Michael Goldberg splits his time between Houston and New York and is an 'outstanding international advocate'; he continues to take the lead in complex cases, including recently advising on disputes under ICDR and AAA rules. The team also draws on New York-based special counsel Edward Schorr, who has a focus on energy disputes, and Vern Cassin, who operates from Washington DC and New York and has an emphasis on the media and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Behrman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Baker Botts has an excellent dispute resolution team, with highly motivated, disciplined and thorough lawyers. Their industry knowledge and ease with technical issues, experts and ease-of-navigation through rules of procedure are truly a cut above the rest.’

Andrew Behrman is an excellent lawyer. He is an effective communicator of ideas. He adds value right through formulation of legal strategy to stellar execution of the work. He is among the best in the industry. He is quick on the uptake and has an excellent disposition.’

‘Michael Goldberg is an outstanding international advocate. A potential client would be drawn to him.’

‘The two partners complement each other very well. One is quite tough in defending the client’s interests. The other is equally tough but tries to convey the message to the tribunal in a softer manner. It is a very subtle and wise version of good cop, bad cop.’

‘The quality of advice and representation in a dispute is the best I have seen in many years. The partners in the IDR group are deeply involved in each case: from the review of the first case materials to elaborating the case strategy and preparing witness for cross-examination.’

‘Baker Botts out smaller teams on a case than their rivals – this not only allows to keep the costs lower but also gives the entire team the full picture of the case, no nuances are lost.’

‘Johannes Koepp who leads the IDR Group is the most meticulous and yet innovative dispute resolution lawyer.’

‘Vern Cassin is brilliant in his ability to see the core of the dispute and find strong arguments from the early days of the matter.’

Key clients

Intercontinental Terminals Company

Oxbow Calcining LLC

Rocket Ball, Ltd.

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. has traditionally been known for its high-calibre work in the energy and technology sectors, but it is increasingly involved in deal-related litigation in the financial services, healthcare and consumer products industries. Active in its home market of Texas but also in Delaware and other fora across the US, the firm continues to use its trial experience to represent corporates and C-suite officers. Danny David in Houston and Bridget Moore in Washington DC, along with co-chairs of securities litigation Jessica Pulliam in Dallas and Amy Hefley in Houston are the key partners. Richard Harper in New York led the defence of Liberty Broadband Corporation and Charter Communications directors in a shareholder derivative lawsuit in Delaware challenging a $5bn investment as part of the Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable-Bright House Networks merger. Jonathan Shapiro moved to Goodwin in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Danny David; Bridget Moore; Jessica Pulliam; Amy Hefley

Other key lawyers:

Rich Harper

Key clients

Charter Communications

GCI Liberty, Inc.

International Speedway

Naphtha Israel Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

McDermott International, Inc.

Expedia Group

Liberty Media Corporation

Teekay Offshore Partners, L.P.

Liberty Latin America

Central Garden & Pet Company

Yieldstreet

Sand Canyon

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. is best known for its work for clients in the energy sector, though it continues to extend its focus in securities litigation to include the technology, financial services, healthcare and consumer products sectors. The firm is known for ‘professionalism, client communication, focus and sustained effort over lengthy periods of time’. Danny David (who has ‘outstanding oral and written communication skills’) and Amy Hefley in Houston lead the practice alongside Bridget Moore in Washington DC and Jessica Pulliam in Dallas. David, Pulliam and Moore handled a putative securities class action lawsuit against Hallmark Financial Services, its CEO and CFO, securing the dismissal of claims that the company made misleading public disclosures related to its financial performance, including its loss reserves. Former litigation chair David Sterling in Houston and newly promoted partner Brian Kerr in New York also have pivotal roles in the practice. They worked with Hefley on securing the dismissal of a 10b-5 class action against Insperity, which alleged the company misrepresented the risk of large medical claims.

Practice head(s):

Danny David; Bridget Moore; Jessica Pulliam; Amy Hefley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Professionalism, client communication, focus and sustained effort over lengthy periods of time.’

‘Danny David – comprehensive understand of the case and the legal issues, diligence in approach, outstanding oral and written communication skills, formulation of responses and strategy.’

‘The Baker Botts team was excellent, expertly handling our securities class action and achieving a victory on the motion to dismiss.’

‘Partners David Sterling and Amy Hefley were outstanding, with their ability to quickly understand our complex business and the surrounding issues. Also, their responsiveness and communication were excellent.’

‘Amy Hefley has been invaluable for our entity. Work product is exceptional, but her advice on how to proceed is why we choose Baker Botts every time we find ourselves in a dispute.’

Key clients

Hallmark Financial Services

Insperity, Inc.

Liberty Media Corporation

Gulfport Energy Corporation

Camber Energy

Charles Schwab Corporation

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

Qurate Retail

Apache Corporation

McDermott International, Inc.

Tkach, Mark

ConocoPhillips

Waste Management, Inc.

MabVax Therapeutics, Inc.

Ormand, Ronald

Alpesh Kadakia

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Led by New York’s Michael Didriksen and Elaine Walsh, who splits her time between New York and Washington, Baker Botts L.L.P.‘s cross-border practice is equipped to handle every stage of projects, including investment, project finance and regulatory counselling. Didriksen impresses his clients with his ‘ability to drive innovative solutions on complex deals’, and is noted for his experience in M&A and project development. In New York, John Papaspanos  is noted as an expert for debt and equity financing transactions. Adam Griffin from the New York office and San Francisco’s Jeff Kayes departed in 2022, while Dino Barajas joined in San Francisco from DLA Piper LLP (US), Ellen Friedman  joined the New York office from Nixon Peabody LLP, and Elias ‘Eli’ Hinckley joined the team in San Francisco from K&L Gates.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Walsh; Michael Didriksen

Other key lawyers:

John Papaspanos; Dino Barajas; Ellen Friedman; Elias ‘Eli’ Hinckley; Mona Dajani

Testimonials

‘Mike Didriksen is a superstar. Tremendous experience and insightful judgement, coupled with unusual creativity in tackling novel challenges. Very pragmatic and able to drive innovative solutions on complex deals.’

 

Key clients

AES Corporation

CenterPoint Energy

Cleco Corporate Holdings

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments

GCM Grosvenor

Global Atlantic Financial Company

Hull Street Energy

NRG Energy

Puget Sound Energy

Talen Energy Corp.

Work highlights

  • Representing Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, and its portfolio company Atlantic Power Transmission LLC, in the proposed development of 3600 MW of offshore wind transmission to support the State of New Jersey’s goal of developing 7,500 MW of offshore wind by 2035.
  • Representing Transmission Developers, a portfolio company of Blackstone,  in developing a  underground/underwater high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line from the US-Canada border into New York City, named the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project.
  • Representing Sunnova Energy International Inc. in a back-leverage warehouse facility to finance portfolios of residential solar assets that are held in tax equity funds.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Baker Botts L.L.P. continues to be rated for debt offerings in the energy sector, which has been given additional strength in high-yield debt and underwriter engagements by the arrival of partner Doug Getten from Paul Hastings LLP; Getten has joined as vice-chair of the capital markets and securities team. The team is also noted for its expertise in MLPs. Chair of the capital markets and securities team Joshua Davidson has an outstanding record, noted for his experience in both issuer and underwriter engagements. Eileen Boyce has been promoted to partner. All named partners are based in Houston. Justin Hoffman left the firm in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Samantha Hale Crispin; Joshua Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Doug Getten; Eileen Boyce; Travis Wofford; Natasha Khan; Catherine Gallagher

Testimonials

‘Baker Botts is collaborative, commercial, pro-active, and available. Where we have had special requests or needs (opinions, tough legal negotiating points), they have consistently been constructive and helped us to achieve our desired outcomes.’

‘Travis Wofford is the primary transaction (capital markets and acquisition) partner; helps me see things before they become issues; thinks commercially like a seasoned GC.’

‘Depth of industry knowledge, creative thinking and collaborative style.’

‘Joshua Davidson is great to work with and gets deals done.’

Key clients

BofA Securities, Inc.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Clearway Energy Operating LLC

Coterra Energy Inc. (formerly Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation)

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Dream Finders Homes, Inc.

DZS, Inc.

EnLink Midstream, LLC

Haliburton Company

Helix Energy Solutions

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Liberty Media Corporation

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

NRG Energy, Inc.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Seaport Global Securities LLC

SHUAA Capital PSC

Stephens, Inc.

Summit Midstream Partners, LP

Sunnova Energy International Inc.

Transocean Inc.

Underwriters for Calumet Specialty Products Partners

Underwriters for Crestwood Midstream Partners L.P.

Underwriters for Magnolia Oil and Gas Corporation

Valero Energy Corporation

Westlake Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation on its $17bn merger with Cimarex Energy Co.
  • Represented Westlake Chemical Corporation in its $1.7bn public offering of several series of Senior Notes.
  • Represented NRG Energy in its $1.1bn offering of  3.875% senior notes due 2032.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Baker Botts L.L.P. is rated for energy sector high-yield debt offerings. It has historically performed well on the issuer side, but has impressive connections to underwriters, which have been reinforced since the arrival of Doug Getten as vice chair of the capital markets and securities team in 2021. Previously, the firm was active in high-yield offerings by Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and while this sector of the market has quietened, it continues to work closely on offerings linked to M&A transactions. Chair of the capital markets and securities group Joshua Davidson is a further reputed advisor. Named partners are based in Houston. Justin Hoffman left the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Samantha Hale Crispin; Joshua Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Creative thinking and industry expertise.’

Key clients

BofA Securities, Inc.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Clearway Energy Operating LLC

Coterra Energy Inc. (formerly Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation)

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Dream Finders Homes, Inc.

DZS, Inc.

EnLink Midstream, LLC

Haliburton Company

Helix Energy Solutions

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Liberty Media Corporation

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

NRG Energy, Inc.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Seaport Global Securities LLC

SHUAA Capital PSC

Stephens, Inc.

Summit Midstream Partners, LP

Sunnova Energy International Inc.

Transocean Inc.

Underwriters for Calumet Specialty Products Partners

Underwriters for Crestwood Midstream Partners L.P.

Underwriters for Magnolia Oil and Gas Corporation

Valero Energy Corporation

Westlake Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Westlake Chemical Corporation in its public offering of $1.7bn aggregate principal amount of several series of Senior Notes.
  • Represented NRG Energy in its $1.1bn offering of 3.875% senior notes due 2032; the noted are issued under NRG’s Sustainability-Linked Bond Framework.

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

The intellectual property team at Baker Botts L.L.P. has expertise spanning all industries, with in-depth knowledge of litigation strategy and the full range of IP issues. While acting for clients across a range of industries, the expertise of the team lies primarily in tech, acting for prominent tech companies including Samsung Electronics, Lyft, AT&T, Dell Inc and LG Electronics. Robert Scheinfeld in New York co-chairs the intellectual property department alongside Christa Brown-Sanford in Dallas. Focusing on IP litigation, Douglas Kubehl  in Dallas and Roger Fulghum in Houston lead the firmwide practice. ‘Gifted trial attorneyHopkins Guy is another key lawyer in the team, based in the firm’s Palo Alto office.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scheinfeld; Christa Brown-Sanford; Doug Kubehl; Roger Fulghum

Other key lawyers:

Hopkins Guy; Jeremy Taylor; Jennifer Tempesta

Testimonials

‘Hopkins Guy is a masterful attorney. He’s a gifted trial attorney, tactician and patent lawyer. His team is very deep and strong.’

‘Hopkins Guy works on cases the whole way, rather than parachuting in at the end for the trial.’

‘The team is very familiar with our business including details of our supply chain and therefore the team always provide us with advice from practical point of view as well as legal point of view. In addition, they are very familiar with our technology.’

‘Mr. Michael Hawes knows what is happening in the industry and always keep us posted on updates.’

‘The team has a unique understanding of in-house points and considerations. They have exceptional writing skills.’

‘The client service, efficiency, and quality of work is incredibly high for Jeremy Taylor and Jennifer Tempesta.’

Key clients

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Lyft, Inc.

Halliburton Company

AT&T Mobility LLC

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Limited

DISH Technologies L.L.C and Sling TV L.L.C.

Tile Inc.

Kiss Nail Products, Inc.

DraftKings

CMC Materials, Inc.

Toyota North America Motor Inc.

Frost Bank

Qualcomm

Mastercard

Fujifilm Holdings Corporation (and subsidiaries).

Guangdong Mic-Power New Energy Co.

Dell Inc.

LG Electronics

American Honda Motor Co

NEC Corporation

Booking Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented Samsung in a patent litigation action.
  • Represented Lyft in cases throughout the country including the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware and the Western District of Texas.
  • Represented CMC Materials in securing a favorable International Trade Commission initial determination  in a patent infringement case against DuPont.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 3

The intellectual property department at Baker Botts L.L.P. has a strong ITC practice, handling complex matters in front of the Commission. The majority of the attorneys within the team have been active on ITC matters, and possess technical degrees spanning most technological areas. High-profile, high-value, and highly complex work is routinely managed for clients including FUJIFILM Corporation, Dell, Samsung, and Motorola. Washington DC-based Lisa Kattan chairs the ITC practice alongside co-chairs Robert Scheinfeld, based in New York, and Christa Brown-Sanford, operating out of Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Kattan; Robert Scheinfeld; Christa Brown-Sanford

Other key lawyers:

Katharine Burke; Robert Maier

Testimonials

‘This team includes former ITC attorneys who know the agency well. Lisa Kattan is a great asset.’

‘Lisa Kattan knows the ins and outs of the ITC well, including the ALJs and staff. She was a tremendous asset if our recent ITC litigation, and a highly effective advocate.’

‘Lisa Kattan is a leading ITC practitioner.’

 

Key clients

Brother Industries Ltd.

CMC Materials, Inc.

Kiss Nail Products, Inc., CVS Health Corporation, Ulta Beauty, Inc. and Walmart Inc.

Huber+Suhner

FUJIFILM Corporation

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Dell

Samsung

DISH Network

Motorola Solutions

Infineon

Work highlights

  • Represented DISH Technologies L.L.C. and Sling TV L.L.C. at the International Trade Commission, arguing that the workout technology imported by fitness companies Peloton, iFit and Lululemon’s subsidiary Mirror infringe patents held by DISH Network on content streaming systems.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Back by a global reach spanning the US, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions, the team at Texas-based firm Baker Botts L.L.P. maintains and safeguards the international copyright portfolios of household name corporates across such sectors as food and beverages, professional services, media, consumer products, financial services, apparel, and tech. The practice is led in Dallas by Paul Reilly, who brings experience to the clearance of trademarks, and the rebranding of companies domestically and internationally. The group is supported by Suzanne Hengl, who, in addition to assisting with licensing and influencer agreements, provides expertise in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB and in other jurisdictions, and senior associate Julie Albert in New York, who specializes in domain name disputes, social media, advertising, and international enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Reilly

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Revlon Consumer Products Corporation

Reynolds Group Holdings

Fujifilm/NGB Corporation

Aramark Corporation

Mother Parker’s Tea & Coffee Inc.

Mastercard

Jill Acquisition (J.Jill)

Channel Master, LLC

Liberty Media Corporation

Pactiv LLC

The Genting Group

Yamaha Guitar Group, Inc

Haggar Clothing Co.; Haggar Canada Co.; Randa Apparel and Accessories

Work highlights

  • Advised Reynolds Group on trademark prosecution and portfolio management work for a number of entities.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. offers a broad practice, acting in matters including fiduciary duty breach allegations, plan administration and management claims, and medical provider claims against employer plans. The firm has a focus on the energy and natural gas sector with clients such as ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Patterson-UTI Energy and Transocean. Practice head Travis Sales, based in Houston, recently represented the Houston Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association and the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System in ERISA pension plan litigation against the City of Houston. In Dallas, senior counsel Earl Austin has a focus on life science and health care industries, assisting with the firm’s recent work for Aetna Life Insurance Company regarding brand-name medication and health benefits coverage. Christopher Rillo, based in San Francisco, is another key name to note for his experience in ERISA litigation, including ESOPs, plan fees and defined benefit plan litigation.

Practice head(s):

Travis Sales

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Rillo; Earl Austin; Tina Nguyen; Matthew Sheridan; Sarah Reeves

Testimonials

‘Baker Botts is a long term ERISA litigation partner who have provided excellent counsel and have achieved favorable outcomes on the various ERISA legal matters.’

‘Travis Sales & Matthew Sheridan are very responsive, have extensive knowledge on ERISA statutes, and have a deep knowledge of our plans and operations. They both provide advice that is well thought out, balanced and well presented. Travis and Matt are both client focused and very pleasant to work with as well.’

Key clients

Aetna Inc., Aetna Health, Inc., Aetna Health Insurance Company of New York, Aetna Better Health, Inc.

Aetna Life Insurance Co.

ConocoPhillips Company

ExxonMobil Corporation

Halliburton

Houston Municipal Employees Pension System

IBEW-NECA Southwestern Health & Benefit Fund

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

NetFlix Corporation

Oceaneering International

Patterson-UTI Energy

Phillips 66

Principal Financial Services, Inc.

Schlumberger Limited

Transocean Inc.

United Employee Benefit Fund

Work highlights

  • Represented the Investment Committee of the Phillips 66 Savings Plan and its Plan Financial Administrator in a case before the Supreme Court of the United States in which it declined to accept certiorari regarding whether, following Phillips 66’s spin-off from ConocoPhillips, ERISA required the defendants to force plan participants to divest ConocoPhillips stock acquired as plan investments when they were ConocoPhillips employees.
  • Represented Aetna Life Insurance Company in two ERISA class actions before the Second Circuit, each for a separate plan year, in which the plaintiff alleged that Aetna improperly refused to provide coverage for and/or penalized the use of brand-name medications, as prescribed by a member’s physician, when a generic alternative is available.
  • Represented Patterson-UTI Energy, the administrative committee of the Seventy Seven Energy LLC Retirement and Savings Plan and the individual members of the committee in a putative class action filed by a plaintiff in U.S. District Court, alleging that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties of prudence and diversification under ERISA by failing to divest Chesapeake Energy stock in the SSE Plan after Seventy Seven Energy (“SSE”) was spun off from Chesapeake Energy and became a separate, independent company.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. has a ‘wide range of experience making it easy to get complicated multi-topic issues addressed’. Clients particularly appreciate the firm’s willingness to ‘dig into details to understand the business goals‘. A major sweet spot is in energy tech, where the firm’s deep roots in the energy sector combine with its sizeable IP team. Beyond the energy sector, the firm represents technology clients and investors on a wide range of strategic transactions, including licensing, distribution, outsourcing and development agreements. Samantha Hale Crispin  and Jonathan Gordon respectively lead the team from Dallas and New York. Washington DC-based IP transactions chair, Luke Pedersen, is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Hale Crispin; Jonathan Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is diverse and has a wide range of experience making it easy to get complicated multi-topic issues addressed.’

‘They take the time to dig into details to understand your business goals, but don’t get mired in them or waste time.’

 

Key clients

Diamondback Energy, Inc.

DZS, Inc.

ESO Solutions, Inc.

Form Automation Solutions, Inc.

Gaddis Partners, Ltd D/B/A T3

GCI Liberty, Inc.

Ifly Holdings LLC

Liberty Broadband Corporation

Liberty Media Corporation

Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc.

Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

MSG Networks Inc.

OncoNano Medicine, Inc.

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Limited

Qurate Retail, Inc.

Renibus Therapeutics, Inc.

Salem Partners LLC

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Walt Disney Company, The

Wellsky

Zix Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented QVC in its cash tender offer to purchase any and all of the $750 million outstanding aggregate principal amount of its 4.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2023.
  • Represented Liberty Media in its limited partner investment in a venture capital fund managed by Griffin Gaming Partners, a Santa Monica-based venture capital firm focused on the gaming industry.
  • Representing Strattam Technologies, a private equity firm, and its portfolio companies in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and investments.

Tax > International tax Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. assists clients with transactional tax issues including project investments, joint ventures, mergers, restructurings and asset leasing. The team is also well-versed in drafting and negotiating tax-related provisions in acquisitions, financing and project agreements. Derek Green  is based in Houston and focuses on federal income tax matters including securities offerings. He co-heads the the practice with Stephen Marcus, operating out of Dallas, who has substantial experience in the real estate and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Marcus; Derek Green

Key clients

Liberty Media Corporation

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Midcoast Energy, llc

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

Centerpoint Energy, Inc.

Corterra Energy, Inc.

Schlumberger Limited

Noble Corporation

Koch Industries, Inc.

Liberty Latin America Ltd.

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Liberty Latin America Ltd. on an agreement to combine their respective Chilean operations, VTR and Claro Chile, to form a 50/50 joint venture.
  • Advised Westlake Chemical Corporation on the completion of its acquisition of the North American building products businesses of Boral Limited for cash consideration of $2.15 billion.
  • Advised Höegh LNG Partners LP and Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. on the acquisition for cash all of the common units in Höegh LNG Partners LP that it does not currently own.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

On the Supreme Court front, Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Houston- and Austin-based team had a strong showing in the Texas Supreme Court over the past year. The group also regularly appears before SCOTUS, as well as lower appellate courts across the country. Arguably best known for its prominence in oil and gas-related work, the team’s expertise extends far beyond energy to encompass IP, healthcare, environment and employment-related matters, among others. Macey Reasoner Stokes heads the appellate section and successfully represented CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp before the Texas Supreme Court in a case reversing a multimillion-dollar verdict against it concerning personal injuries arising from a gas explosion. Aaron Streett, a former US Supreme Court clerk, chairs the Supreme Court and constitutional law practice; he is recognized for his record before the Fifth Circuit and DC Circuit, where he has argued 35 times across both circuits.

Practice head(s):

Macey Reasoner Stokes; Aaron Streett

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Phillips; Stephanie Cagniart; Mark Little

Testimonials

Great knowledge of the energy industry and issues of concern.’

Quick ability to analyze issues and identify arguments. Very good communication and excellent brief writing.’

Aaron Streett and Mark Little are highly knowledgeable and give sound advice regarding value of arguments.’

Key clients

AT&T

Baylor College of Medicine

BCCA Appeal Group

Calpine Corporation

CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.

Charter Day School, Inc.

Chevron Corporation

Committee on Investment of Employee Benefits

ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips Company

DHI Group, Inc. and Rigzone.com, Inc.

DISH Network

Dril-Quip, Inc.

Exxon Mobil Corporation

FedEx Freight, Inc.

FINRA

GMG Health Systems Associates, P.A.

Groff, Gerald E.

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

Hittle, Ronald

ITC Holdings Inc.

Janvey, Ralph S.

JSW Steel (USA) Inc.

Keurig Dr Pepper

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC

Landry’s, Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Lyft, Inc.

Magnolia Oil & Gas Operating LLC

MP Gulf of Mexico, LLC

National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Phillips 66

Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County

Qualcomm

Repsol Oil & Gas, LLC

Sand Canyon Corporation

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Tenaris Bay City, Inc.

Texas Oil & Gas Association

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Vitol Americas Corp.

Xcel Energy

Zydus Pharmaceutical, Inc. / Cadila Healthcare Ltd.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

Baker Botts (UK) LLP is widely recognized for its unique approach, which brings together a team of specialists with diverse perspectives to carefully evaluate and formulate strategies. The firm has a nationwide practice that covers a broad range of commercial disputes, including but not limited to breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, fraud, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, false advertising, product liability, and professional liability. Danny David , based in Houston, is frequently sought after in securities and shareholder cases, and he co-leads the group with Bridget Moore  in Washington DC. Richard Harper, based in New York, has expertise in representing technology, media, and telecommunications companies. Jessica Pulliam in Dallas is frequently called upon to defend lawsuits against public companies and their officers and directors, while Stephanie Cagniart , based in Austin, specializes in oil and gas matters and contract disputes.

Practice head(s):

Danny David; Bridget Moore

Other key lawyers:

Michael Calhoon; Richard Harper; Kevin Jacobs; Jessica Bateman Pulliam; Kevin Sadler; Stephanie Cagniart; Amy Hefley; Tom O’Brien; Harrison Rich; Doug Kubehl

Testimonials

‘Great service, nice people to work with, deep practice area knowledge.’

‘Standout partners Harrison Rich and Doug Kubehl. Both calm under pressure, easy to work with and technically excellent.’

‘Amy Hefley has been invaluable for our entity. Work product is exceptional, but her advice on how to proceed is why we choose Baker Botts every time we find ourselves in a dispute.’

‘The team that worked on my matters was extremely thorough in researching the legal issues and in developing the complex factual record of the cases and based upon that developed effective strategies for resolving the matters. One of the matters was large and one was small, but the team brought energy and insight to both matters.’

‘Tom O’Brien was the lead partner on my matters. Tom was energetic and insightful. He also was honest with us regarding the problems with our cases and helped us to be realistic in addressing the cases. Tom also was very effective as an advocate with the neutrals (mediators in our cases) and with opposing counsel. Tom was also very responsive and worked up the cases efficiently.’

‘Smart, dedicated, and resourceful.’

‘Richard Harper is meticulous in his preparation and a great problem solver.’

Key clients

Alta Power LLC

Assertio Therapeutics

AT&T

Atmos Energy Corporation

Avangrid Texas Renewables, LLC

BMC Software, Inc.

Bristow FDBA ERA Group, Inc.

Brownsville GMS, Ltd.

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Calpine Corporation

Charles Schwab Corporation

Clearway Energy Group

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Dairy Farmers of America

Dell Technologies

Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP

DXC Technology Company/ Computer Sciences Corporation

EDP Renewables

ENGIE North America, Inc.

Ernst & Young

Ford Motor Credit Company

Formula One World Championship Limited

Grant Thornton

Halliburton Company

H-E-B, LP

Hough Distribution LLC

Hyper Wear Inc.

Janvey, Ralph S. (Stanford Receiver)

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc.

Koch Energy Services

KPMG LLP

Liberty Media Corporation and John Malone and Greg Maffei (Liberty Directors)

Lovett Industrial

Lowe’s Companies

Lyft, Inc.

Murphy Oil Corporation

NRG Energy, Inc.

PepsiCo

Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Skyline Renewables

Southwestern Energy

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Talen Energy Corporation

TPC Group, Inc. and TPC Group, LLC

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Baker Botts L.L.P. has outstanding credentials in the energy sector, which provides it with a steady pipeline of equity offering engagements. The firm is regular counsel to both issuers and underwriters. It has a particularly strong record in MLPs, structured equity products and has made a further impression in SPAC IPOs. Joshua Davidson is chair of the capital markets group and Doug Getten is another key partner. Both are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Samantha Hale Crispin; Joshua Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Doug Getten; Jamie Yarbrough

Testimonials

‘The Baker Botts team was knowledgeable and collaborative, working to resolve issues practically. The team was thoughtful in their approach to resolve issues and the work product was outstanding.’

‘Joshua Davidson brought a wealth of experience, institutional knowledge and easy to understand advice to the transaction.’

‘Jamie Yarbrough was outstanding in navigating sophisticated transactions. He managed the expectations and concerns of multiple parties, resulting in a successful deal.’

‘Excellent partners, good industry knowledge and expertise.’

‘Creative thinking and collaborative process.’

Key clients

BofA Securities, Inc.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Clearway Energy Operating LLC

Coterra Energy Inc. (formerly Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation)

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Dream Finders Homes, Inc.

DZS, Inc.

EnLink Midstream, LLC

Haliburton Company

Helix Energy Solutions

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Liberty Media Corporation

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

NRG Energy, Inc.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Seaport Global Securities LLC

SHUAA Capital PSC

Stephens, Inc.

Summit Midstream Partners, LP

Sunnova Energy International Inc.

Transocean Inc.

Underwriters for Calumet Specialty Products Partners

Underwriters for Crestwood Midstream Partners L.P.

Underwriters for Magnolia Oil and Gas Corporation

Valero Energy Corporation

Westlake Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Sunnova Energy International in a $500m convertible senior notes offering.
  • Represented DNB Markets in a $250m offering of common shares of Borr Drilling.
  • Represented the underwriters in the $230m IPO ivy Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp, a SPAC.

Finance > Project finance Tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P. handles a vast array of matters, ranging from greenfield projects to tax equity financings for a diverse client list that includes institutional lenders and credit enhancers. San Francisco-based Dino Barajas leads the project finance team since the departure of Jeff Kayes in January 2022, and has broad experience in energy and infrastructure transactions, with a particular focus on the Latin American market. Ellen Friedman in New York is a name to note, with notable expertise advising on complex financing structures in projects in renewable energy, renewable fuel, and carbon capture. Also recommended are Frank Schoen and PPP expert Victoria Boyne, both in New York, and tax specialists Michael Bresson and Barbara De Marigny in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Dino Barajas

Key clients

Sunnova Energy International Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Sunnova Energy International as the Borrower in a back-leverage warehouse facility to finance portfolios of residential solar assets that are held in tax equity funds.

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

New York-based Robert Scheinfeld and Dallas-based Christa Brown-Sanford lead Baker Botts L.L.P.‘s trade secrets team alongside David Wille, also in Dallas, who is the firm-wide chair of the practice, which has a strong record in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in matters of significant value for such notable clients as MasterCard International Inc., for whom it secured an appellate victory in the New York state court. The team has expertise in high-profile matters of employee mobility, a key example being its victory for Dril-Quip Inc. in its allegations that a former employee misappropriated trade secrets regarding subsea tree systems, a suit with a value of $35m. IP partner Paul Morico, based in Houston, acts on many of the team’s most notable cases, while Washington DC’s Katharine Burke has a strong intellectual property specialism.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scheinfeld; Christa Brown-Sanford; David Wille

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Dril-Quip, Inc.

Utex Industries

DXC Technology Company

Mastercard International Incorporated

Solar Turbines Incorporated and Solar Turbines Slovakia s.r.o. (collectively, “Solar Turbines”)

Dug Technology Limited

Ernst & Young

KPMG LLP

Hyper Wear Inc.

Dell Inc.

The John Wood Group PLC

Exterran Energy Solutions L.P.

Work highlights

  • Secured a major victory for client Dril-Quip, Inc. in a lawsuit filed by FMC Technologies, Inc. in the 127th District Court of Harris County, alleging misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Representing Utex Industries in lawsuits between competitors in the oil field products industry.
  • Represented Mastercard in New York state court in a case brought by Linkable Networks, Inc. asserting breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, misappropriation of ideas, unfair competition, unjust enrichment and tortious interference with prospective business relations.

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

Counting domestic and global energy companies among its key clients, Baker Botts L.L.P.’s team has extensive expertise on the full range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters involved with cross-border M&A and high-profile IPOs. Houston-based co-head Gail Stewart is highly experienced in assisting clients with the design and implementation of equity-based incentive programs- as showcased by her key role in advising Liberty Latin America on its adjustment of equity awards- while Dallas-based tax specialist, Stephen Marcus, also co-leads the group. From the Dallas office, Jason Loden supports public and private entities on all compensation and benefit elements of M&A, while special counsel David Schiller focuses on employee benefit related areas of IPOs and credit agreements. In New York, Robin Melman helps clients to navigate the relevant corporate governance and tax issues, and associate Katie Birnhak is noted as key.

Practice head(s):

Gail Stewart; Stephen Marcus

Other key lawyers:

Jason Loden; Robin Melman; David Schiller; Jennifer Trulock; Gabriela Alvarez; Katie Birnhak

Testimonials

‘Robin Melman is a very strong and practical practitioner.’

‘Baker Botts is a long-term partner who provides consistent and knowledgeable ERISA expertise.’

‘Jason Loden – very responsive, thorough/detailed, strong ERISA knowledge and understands our various long-standing plans.’

‘Gabby Alvarez – responsive and detailed oriented.’

‘Both individuals are client focused and pleasant to work with.’

 

Key clients

BKV Corporation

Bristow Group Inc.

Cactus, Inc.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

ConocoPhillips

Coterra Energy Inc.

CTF Development, Inc.

Eagle Materials Inc.

Enlink Midstream, LLC / Enlink Midstream Partners, LP

GCI Liberty, Inc.

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

IBEW-NECA Southwestern Health & Benefit Fund

Insperity

Jones Energy II, Inc.

Liberty Broadband Corporation

Liberty Latin America

Liberty Media Corporation

Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings

MGM Growth Properties LLC

Murphy Exploration & Production Company

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Noble Corporation PLC

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Oceaneering International, Inc.

Official Black Wall Street

Qurate Retail, Inc.

Schlumberger Limited

Southern Company Gas

Southern Methodist University

Summit Midstream Partners, LP

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Westlake Chemical Corporation

WW International, Inc.

Zix Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented MGM Growth Properties on all aspects of the executive compensation and employee benefits matters during VICI Properties Inc’s acquisition of MGM Growth Properties LLC.
  • Advised Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation in its $17 billion merger with Cimarex Energy Co.
  • Represented CenterPoint Energy, Inc. in the $2.15 billion successfully completed the sale of its natural gas distribution utilities in Arkansas and Oklahoma to Summit Utilities, Inc.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 4

Demonstrating notable strength in the TMT, energy and natural resources segments, the Baker Botts L.L.P. M&A team works with a broad spectrum of industry leaders in a variety of big-ticket domestic and cross-border transactions. The practice, which is rated for its ‘high partner availability‘, is under the joint leadership of Texas-based Mike Bengtson and Samantha Crispin, the latter of whom brings more than two decades of experience advising private and publicly traded companies in strategic deals in the TMT sector, and splits her time between Dallas and New York. The ‘client-minded, practicalJonathan Gordon is a ‘go-to attorney‘ for tech-related transactions, including mergers, divestitures, acquisitions, SPACs, and take-private deals; he oversees the East Coast corporate group out of New York. Based in Houston, Clint Rancher stands out for his track record in M&A and corporate governance matters within the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Samantha Crispin

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Gordon; Tim Taylor; Clint Rancher; Jamie Yarbrough

Testimonials

‘Baker Botts staffs deals leanly — they don’t overstaff with junior associates. High partner availability.’

‘Jonathan Gordon is a client-minded, practical lawyer; he is our go-to attorney for any deal.’

Key clients

Liberty Media Corporation

Coterra Energy, Inc.

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Noble Corporation

Seadrill Limited

Liberty Latin America

Westlake Corporation

Summit Midstream Partners Lp

Centerpoint Energy, Inc.

Transocean Inc.

Bkv Corporation

Citigroup

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Oceaneering International, Inc.

Enlink Midstream, Llc

Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

Cleco Corporate Holdings

Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities, Inc.

Si Group, Inc.

Eagle Materials Inc.

Baker Botts

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

While regarded for its expertise in tax planning mandates, Baker Botts L.L.P. is also frequently engaged on large M&A and capital markets transactions, including project investments, joint ventures, spin-offs, restructurings, and debt and equity financings. In Dallas, practice co-head Stephen Marcus’ experience extends to all facets of federal income taxation, with a focus on private equity, MLPs, REITs, and qualified opportunity zones. Marcus has a notable reputation in the real estate and energy sectors, where fellow co-head Derek Green is also recommended for his tax planning and structuring expertise. Energy capital markets tax head Michael Bresson concentrates on renewable energy transactions and publicly traded partnerships, while Washington DC-based Tamar Stanley is noted for her involvement in corporate endeavors and financings. Other key individuals include Jon Lobb and recent arrival Elias Hinckley, who joined the DC office from K&L Gates in September 2022. All named lawyers are based in Houston unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Marcus; Derek Green

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great technical knowledge and quick to respond to any issues.’

Key clients

Koch Industries, Inc.

Sunnova Energy Corporation

TPC Group, Inc.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

TPC Group, Inc.

Liberty Media Corporation

Schlumberger Limited

Coterra Energy Inc.

MGM Growth Properties LLC

Liberty Latin America

BKV Corporation

Schlumberger Ltd.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

GCI Liberty

Avellino Lab USA, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised MGM Growth Properties on the $17.2bn acquisition by VICI Properties Inc.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 5

The IP and life sciences team at Baker Botts L.L.P. serves a broad client base consisting of biotech, medtech, and pharmaceutical companies. Working in close collaboration with the litigation and antitrust departments, the team dispenses ‘outstanding tactical advice’ on drug price fixing cases, class actions, and evaluations of third party IP rights. Steve Lendaris leads the practice from New York, assisting clients with biotech IP issues, product launches, and the development of patent filing strategies. San Francisco’s Michael Torosian advises emerging companies and investors on venture capital financings and IPOs, while William Lavery supports the team from Washington DC, drawing on his expertise in government investigations and antitrust litigation. Stephen Hash and Margaret Sampson left the practice in July 2022. Courtney Fore left the firm for an in-house position in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Steve Lendaris

Other key lawyers:

Michael Torosian; William Lavery; Christopher Wilson

Testimonials

‘Provides outstanding tactical advice and defends our company in significant and material litigation.’

‘Christopher Wilson is smart, hard-working, and provides advice. He is tactical, and strategic in the defense of his clients.’

Key clients

Genentech

Roche

Novartis International AG

Sandoz Inc.

Merck & Co., Inc.

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Eikon Therapeutics, Inc.

Fujifilm Holdings Corporation

Editas Medicine

Assertio Therapeutics

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

UnitedHealthCare, Inc.

Optum, Inc.

Lyell Immunopharma

Salem Partners LLC

Royalty Pharma

Natera, Inc.

Sun Pharmaceuticals and Taro Pharmaceuticals

Zydus Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Cadila Healthcare LTD.

PACT Pharma

Renibus Therapeutics, Inc.

Canopy Growth Corporation

Federation Bio

Avellino Lab USA, Inc.

OncoNano Medicine, Inc.

Columbia University

University of Pennsylvania

Wave Life Sciences Ltd

National Associate of Boards of Pharmacy

Sandoz Inc.

RWJBarnabas Health, Inc.

Envista Holdings Corporation

Lazarus3D, Inc.

Octagos Health, Inc.

Hikma Ventures

Yas Holding LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Genentech on a wide variety of diligence and prosecution matters.
  • Advising Oxford Nanopore Technologies on a wide variety of strategic intellectual property counselling matters.
  • Advising Fujifilm and their various subsidiaries on all manner of IP issues over, including major patent litigation at the ITC and district court, licensing, patent counselling and prosecution.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

Real estate Tier 5

Connie Simmons Taylor leads the real estate team at Baker Botts L.L.P. where she specializes in developments, acquisitions, dispositions, with particular expertise in representing developers in major tenant office leases and retail leases. Paul Landen is involved in complex, multi-tier joint ventures, often involving foreign investors. Both partners are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Connie Simmons Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Paul Landen

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 6

Michael CalhoonBaker Botts L.L.P.

Work highlights

International Trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions

Latin America: International firms > City Focus - Houston Tier 1

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s outstanding expertise is frequently employed in Latin America where it frequently advises US-based clients on their investments and interests in the region. Oil and gas, along with LNG, is core to the Houston office’s practice in Latin America, while renewables, including solar and wind, are growth areas for the team. The office is also well placed to target energy transition projects such as hydrogen and carbon capture. It is also becoming more active in private equity investments in Latin America. Carlos Solé has a long history in Latin America, particularly in LNG, upstream-and-downstream oil and gas, and renewable energy. David Jetter is another experienced figure in Latin America LNG and other energy infrastructure projects. Although not based in Houston, Dino Barajas, a San Francisco-based partner and firm-wide head of project finance, is helping the core Latin America team to develop its presence in renewable energy in key Latin American jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Solé

Testimonials

The team is very experienced in GSA SPA, TUA and OCA issues, as well as being very business oriented and always available for urgent issues.

Knowledge of the contract and the gas market, its ability to adapt to the characteristics of the market and reach favourable conclusions for both parties without delaying negotiations.

Key clients

New Fortress Energy

The AES Corporation

Sempra LNG and Sempra Gas & Midstream

Techgen

Work highlights

  • Assisted New Fortress Energy (NFE) in connection with its gas field development and offtake agreements with Pemex Exploration and Production, relating to the Lakach deepwater natural gas field.
  • Assisted Sempra with the development and marketing of a brownfield development of an LNG export project co-located and integrated with the existing Energía Costa Azul (ECA) regasification facility in Mexico as well as the joint venture related matters.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. is a major player in energy projects, especially upstream and downstream oil, gas, LNG and renewables. It continues to advise a large number of US-based clients on their interests in the region, along with a growing number of Latin American corporates and Latin American subsidiaries of international businesses. The firm is also increasingly active in private equity investments into Latin American energy and infrastructure. Energy transition, including hydrogen and carbon capture, are also fortes for the firm. Carlos Solé is a true Latin American specialist, particularly in LNG, upstream and downstream oil and gas, and renewable energy. David Jetter provides further Latin America LNG experience and is also active in other energy infrastructure projects. San Francisco partner Dino Barajas, firm-wide head of project finance, is a leading name in renewable energy projects across Latin America, including Mexico, Central America and Brazil. Taylor López impresses at associate level. All named attorneys are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Solé

Key clients

New Fortress Energy

AES Corporation

Sempra LNG / Sempra Gas & Midstream

Techgen

Work highlights

  • Advised New Fortress Energy (NFE) on its gas field development and offtake agreements with Pemex Exploration and Production, Mexico’s state-owned upstream oil company, related to the Lakach deepwater natural gas field.
  • Represented AES Corporation in connection with a 10-year strategic alliance with Google to accelerate the growth and adoption of clean energy by leveraging Google Cloud technology to pioneer innovation in the sector. This alliance builds on the recent agreement between Google and AES to provide long-term renewable power to Google’s data centre in Chile.
  • Represented Sempra in the development and marketing of a brownfield development of an LNG export project co-located and integrated with the existing Energía Costa Azul (ECA) regasification facility in Mexico.

Baker Botts is a leading international law firm with 11 offices located in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Based on its experience and knowledge of its clients’ industries, the firm is recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Baker Botts lawyers work on a range of complex legal issues, including global energy and renewables projects, intellectual property, commercial litigation, corporate transactions, environmental compliance challenges and tax disputes. The firm has worked on behalf of clients in more than 100 countries, and the firm regularly consults on matters that have a local, regional and global impact.

Main areas of practice
Corporate department: Corporate lawyers handle complex matters, advising clients on a full range of corporate, securities and financing matters, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt for both issuers and underwriters or placement agents. In addition, the firm’s corporate lawyers have extensive experience in private equity and venture capital fund transactions and specialised financing in domestic and international contexts.

Global projects department: Global projects lawyers provide clients with in-depth legal advice in the world’s major energy-producing regions. Areas include: oil and gas, project development and finance, real estate, energy regulatory and international trade. These focus on energy and infrastructure projects in both development and operational stages, as well as advisement in respect to regulatory, import/export, finance and commercial business transactions often required after these projects commence.

Intellectual property department: The firm offers a national and international practice including patent litigation, patent procurement, patent licensing and due diligence. Other areas of practice include strategic IP counselling, trademark acquisition, trademark and copyright litigation, franchise and distribution and other intellectual property transactions. With the skill set to protect and advance clients goals, combined with technical knowledge and industry experience, firm lawyers are able to work with clients facing complex technology issues.

Litigation department: Litigators handle commercial, securities, professional liability, product liability, patent, white-collar, antitrust, international arbitration, environment and energy litigation, as well as the appellate issues that arise from these matters. The firm’s representations reflect the broad litigation practice, with matters ranging from wins in high-profile cases to precedent setting victories. The firm has one of the legal industry’s largest and most diverse environmental practices. The firm’s lawyers excel in courtrooms across the United States and internationally, helping resolve clients’ legal problems in a variety of industries.

Tax department: Comprised of four sections, including income tax, state tax, employee benefits and executive compensation and private clients services, the tax department provides advice to clients across the spectrum of business activities and investments. Lawyers develop plans and structures to achieve clients’ objectives while minimizing the impact of federal, state and international taxes. The firm also features a substantial employee benefits and executive compensation practice, and provides counselling to individuals, families and entrepreneurs on wealth transfer and succession planning tax issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Mike Bengtson (Chair) mike.bengtson@bakerbotts.com +1 512 322 2604
Corporate Samantha Hale Crispin (Chair) samantha.crispin@bakerbotts.com +1 214 953 6497
Global Projects Jason Bennett (Chair) jason.bennett@bakerbotts.com +1 713 229 1403
Intellectual Property Robert Scheinfeld (Chair) robert.scheinfeld@bakerbotts.com +1 212 408 2512
Litigation Danny David (Chair) danny.david@bakerbotts.com +1 713 229 4055
Litigation Bridget Moore (Chair) bridget.moore@bakerbotts.com +1 202 639 7740
Tax Stephen Marcus (Chair) steve.marcus@bakerbotts.com +1 214 953 6533
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Garrett  Hughey photo Garrett Hughey Senior Associate
Kevin  Jacobs photo Kevin Jacobs Partner Section Chair – Litigation (Firmwide)
Scott Janoe photo Scott Janoe Partner / Section Chair – Environmental, Safety & Incident Response (Firmwide)
David Jetter photo David Jetter Partner
William Kroger photo Mr William Kroger Partner / Practice Group Chair – Energy Litigation (Firmwide)
Bill Kroger  photo Bill Kroger Partner / Practice Group Chair – Energy Litigation (Firmwide)
Matthew Kuryla photo Matthew Kuryla Partner / Section Chair – Environmental Safety & Incident Response – Houston
William   Lamb photo William Lamb Senior Counsel
Paul Landen photo Mr Paul Landen Partner
Louie Layrisson photo Louie Layrisson Partner / Practice Group Chair – Energy Litigation (Firmwide)
Russell  Lewis photo Russell Lewis Partner
J. Mark  Little photo J. Mark Little Special Counsel
Jon Lobb photo Jon Lobb Partner / Department Chair – Tax (Houston)
Scott Looper photo Mr Scott Looper Partner
Taylor López photo Taylor López Senior Associate
Anthony  Lucisano photo Anthony Lucisano Senior Associate
Elizabeth Furlow  Malpass photo Elizabeth Furlow Malpass Associate
Dan  Mark photo Dan Mark Partner
Stephen Massad photo Mr Stephen Massad Click here to see full biography.
Meghan McElvy photo Meghan McElvy Partner
Paul Morico photo Paul Morico Partner / Sector Chair – Energy IP (Firmwide)
Gerry  Morton photo Gerry Morton Partner
Renn Neilson  photo Renn Neilson Partner / Section Chair – State Tax (Firmwide & Dallas)
Jason Newman photo Mr Jason Newman Partner
Tina  Nguyen photo Tina Nguyen Tina Nguyen represents oil, gas, and renewable clients in litigation matters, including…
Liam O'Rourke photo Liam O'Rourke Senior Associate
Liam O'Rourke photo Liam O'Rourke Senior Associate
Gene Oshman photo Mr Gene Oshman Senior Counsel
Ted W Paris photo Mr Ted W Paris Senior Counsel
John  Porter photo John Porter Partner
Lakshmi Ramanathan photo Lakshmi Ramanathan Special Counsel
Clint  Rancher photo Clint Rancher Partner
Macey Reasoner Stokes photo Ms Macey Reasoner Stokes Partner / Practice Group Chair – Appellate (Firmwide)
Travis Sales photo Mr Travis Sales Partner / Practice Group Chair – ERISA Litigation (Firmwide)
Matthew Sheridan photo Matthew Sheridan Senior Associate
Laura Shoemaker McGonagill photo Laura Shoemaker McGonagill Senior Associate
Carlos Solé  photo Carlos Solé Partner / Deputy Department Chair – Global Projects (Firmwide)
David  Sterling photo David Sterling Partner
Gail  Stewart photo Gail Stewart Partner Section Chair – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Firmwide & Houston)
Aaron Streett photo Aaron Streett Partner
Consuella Taylor photo Mr Consuella Taylor Partner / Section Chair – Real Estate & Construction (Firmwide)
Timothy  Taylor photo Timothy Taylor
Timothy  Taylor photo Timothy Taylor
Chauntelle Wood photo Chauntelle Wood Senior Associate
Number of Partners : 257
Number of Other Lawyers : 365
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Managing Partner : John Martin
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