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Baker Botts L.L.P.
1001 PAGE MILL ROAD
BUILDING ONE, SUITE 200
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA 94304-1007
United States

Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

Baker Botts L.L.P. has deep expertise in the oil and gas litigation space with a broad practice that represents leading multinationals, service companies, pipelines, refiners and major trade organizations. The practice group advises on high-profile litigation cases, as well as other energy related issues such as infrastructure, services, environmental and intellectual property disputes. Energy litigation head William Kroger has a nationwide practice with an extensive background in oil and gas. Jason Newman has an in-depth oil and gas litigation practice with a focus for issues concerning horizontal drilling. Meghan McElvy is also noted and focuses on energy litigation in Texas and in federal courts. She also handles contested energy regulatory proceedings before the Texas Public Utility Commission and Texas Railroad Commission. All named individuals are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

William Kroger

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Good oil and gas litigation lawyers.’

‘Good bench of lawyers. Bill Kroger and Jason Newman are very good on oil and gas law.’

‘Expertise in the subject area; thoughtful, prudent advice focused on achieving the best result for the client, including willingness to focus on early resolution.’

‘John Anaipakos is a standout partner. Deep bench of sharp associates.’

Key clients

Car Litigaton Group

Conocophillips

Courson Oil & Gas

Dura-Bond Industries, Inc.

EOG Resources

Halliburton Company

Hess Corporation

Indigo Minerals LLC

Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC

Jsc Tyumenneftegaz (Subsidiary of Rosneft Oil Company Pao)

Kindermorgan Texas Pipeline, LLC

Matador Resources Company

Murphy Oil Corporation

Occidential Petroleum Corporation

Patterson-Uti Energy, Inc.

Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC

Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 1

Combining 'deep energy industry knowledge' with regulatory and transactional (including M&A, finance and restructuring) expertise, Baker Botts L.L.P. provides a strong service to clients throughout the life cycle of a broad range of power-related projects, including renewables, conventional generation, transmission, battery storage, and LNG-to-power. Praised for her 'exceptional client service' and 'deep sophistication, spanning multi-faceted practice areas', Washington DC-based partner Elaine Walsh regularly takes the lead on the team's most significant transactional work in the power space for a balanced array of stakeholders, including utilities, Independent Power Producers (IPPs), developers, and funds. M&A transactions account for a sizeable proportion of Walsh's deal flow in the power sector, for both financial sponsors, as well as large energy companies, including NRG Energy, a client which she continues to advise on a range of matters, including as it relates to its investments (and disposals) in gas and coal-fired generation facilities throughout the country. New York-based partner Martin Toulouse is also a vital resource to sponsors and corporate borrowers seeking the necessary financing arrangements to facilitate new money deals and restructurings in the sector. Toulouse recently advised NRG on the financing (which involved the issuance of sustainability-linked notes) to fund its $3.6bn acquisition of Direct Energy, a North American subsidiary of Centrica. Austin-based partner Courtney Fore continues to develop a strong corporate and securities practice in the power sector, and regularly advises energy companies and private equity investors on M&A, as well as issuers on their debt and equity capital raising activities. Although he is perhaps better known for his renewables prowess, New York-based partner Michael Didriksen handles a not inconsiderable amount of M&A and project development matters in the conventional power space, and co-heads the firm's overarching power sector offering alongside Walsh.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Walsh; Michael Didriksen

Other key lawyers:

Martin Toulouse; Adam Griffin; Courtney Fore; Timothy Coxon; Carlos Marquez

Testimonials

The firm exhibits deep energy industry knowledge.’ 

‘Elaine Walsh is a utility, energy and renewables super star. She is deeply knowledgeable on all areas of the energy industry and serves clients with her well-rounded capabilities, spanning across project finance, high-value M&A, regulatory, and restructuring.’

Elaine Walsh is to the point, practical, and has a keen eye towards obtaining efficient results while getting past the legal grandstanding of opposing counsel.

Elaine goes above and beyond in terms of her dedication and exceptional client service. She routinely participates in business development for the clients themselves, helping with her contact list, connections, and candid assessments of the market players when asked to assist on non-billable matters for her clients.’

Key clients

Transmission Developers, Inc.

NRG Energy, Inc.

Clearway Energy

Hull Street Energy

GCM Customized Fund Investment Group, L.P.

Southern Company

The AES Corporation

CenterPoint Energy

Cleco Corporate Holdings

Puget Sound Energy

Sunnova Energy

El Paso Electric Company

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

Well versed in current market trends and able to draw upon the expertise of a strong pool of talent across all levels of seniority, Baker Botts L.L.P. handles a tremendous range and volume of transactional work in the sector for industry-side participants and private equity firms. Primarily based in Houston but able to leverage multi-disciplinary strengths throughout firm's national network of offices, including Dallas, Austin and New York, the 'incredibly collaborative' team has the critical mass, sector knowledge and diverse finance and corporate expertise, to handle transactions throughout the value chain, including a number of high-profile upstream and midstream mandates. Erin Hopkins regularly advises on oil and gas M&A; she recently acted for Murphy Exploration & Production Company on its $1.6bn acquisition of deep water Gulf of Mexico assets from LLOG Exploration Offshore and LLOG Bluewater Holdings. Scott Looper has a thorough understanding of the mechanics of the energy supply chain, relating to both crude oil and LNG, and handles both domestic and international upstream and midstream mandates. Dallas-based partner Jonathan Platt 'provides excellent legal counsel' to private and public companies and private equity firms engaged in oil and gas M&A. Jason Bennett advises on oil and gas-related development and finance work and, alongside New York-based corporate partner Mike Bengtson and Dallas-based corporate partner David Emmons, co-heads the firm's overarching energy group, which was recently strengthened on the oil and gas transactional front by the arrival in January 2020 of Austin-based partner Gaye Lentz from Thompson & Knight LLP. All named practitioners are based in Houston unless otherwise noted.

Practice head(s):

Jason Bennett; Mike Bengtson; David Emmons

Other key lawyers:

Michael Rosenwasser; Larry Hall; Erin Hopkins; Craig Vogelsang; Scott Looper; Jonathan Platt; Gaye Lentz; Gerry Morton

Testimonials

‘We worked with Baker Botts on multiple matters during the course of starting, growing, and selling our business. The team was always incredibly collaborative. It felt seamless, as if they were a part of our in-house legal team. They also always had the right partner or associate available whether the matter was M&A, employment or regulatory in nature.’

‘Jon Platt not only provides excellent legal counsel, but he makes you feel as though he is invested in your company and matter. There was never a time when he wasn’t available at a moment’s notice, and he continued to follow our progress even when he wasn’t actively working on a matter. This was beneficial because he was always up to date when anything occurred that required his attention.’

Key clients

BP AMERICA, INC.

MURPHY EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION COMPANY

CARRIZO OIL & GAS, INC.

EAGLE MATERIALS INC.

ETX ENERGY, LLC

KIMBELL ROYALTY PARTNERS LP

TALLGRASS ENERGY, LP

EQT PRODUCTION

Cartel Tier 2

One of Baker Botts L.L.P.'s strong suits is its handling of a mixture of criminal and civil cartel government investigations, as well as follow-on litigation, in dozens of jurisdictions worldwide. The team assists a wide array of clients in both longstanding and new investigations, predominantly arising in the auto parts, cathode ray tubes, generic pharmaceuticals, dental supply distribution, and poultry sectors. Headed up by Maureen Ohlhausen and John Taladay, the department includes “no-poach” agreement expert Joseph Ostoyich (‘the best-qualified competition law attorney we have ever worked with'). Other key practitioners include Erik Koons and Stacy Turner, both of whom are frequently sought after for antitrust investigation work. All named attorneys are located in Washington DC. Former group co-head Stephen Weissman left to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Ohlhausen; John Taladay

Other key lawyers:

Peter Huston; Joseph Ostoyich; Stacy Turner; Erik Koons

Testimonials

Joe Ostoyich has to be the best-qualified competition law attorney we have ever worked with. He has spent countless hours over the years learning our business and it shows in the quality of the advice he provides.’

Key clients

GOOGLE INC.

FACEBOOK INC.

TARO PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES LTD.

TOYODA GOSEI NORTH AMERICA CORP.

ROYAL PHILIPS N.V.

EATON CORPORATION

INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION

PATTERSON COMPANIES, INC.

C&S WHOLESALE GROCERS, INC.

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.'s vastly experienced antitrust group represents clients in the full range of antitrust issues, including both civil and criminal litigation. Widely considered as an antitrust destination practice, its caseload encompasses private actions, class actions, parallel litigation in state and federal courts, multi-district litigation, and other complex proceedings. Maureen Ohlhausen and John Taladay jointly lead the group from Washington DC. Other key figures in the DC office include William Lavery, an expert in price-fixing, monopolization, Robinson-Patman violations and sham litigation; Joseph Ostoyich, who has a long track record of representing household multinationals in high-stakes litigation; and Erik Koons, who is noted for his experience in nationwide class action claims. Peter Huston is a contact in the firm's San Francisco office. Former group co-head Stephen Weissman  departed in February 2021 to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Ohlhausen; John Taladay

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Ostoyich; Jim Kress; Erik Koons; William Lavery; Peter Huston

Key clients

Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc

Sandoz Inc.

Arch Resources, Inc.

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. & Taro Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Olin Corporation

Caterpillar Inc.

Irico Display Devices Co., Ltd.

Patterson Companies, Inc.

Lyft, Inc.

Waste Management, Inc.

QVC, Inc.

Zydus Pharmaceutical, Inc./Cadila Healthcare Ltd.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Toyoda Gosei North America Corp.

Royal Philips NV CRT

UnitedHealth Group Inc./UnitedHealthcare, Inc.

Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. has an experienced energy regulatory practice with lawyers across the country representing large multi-state utilities, private equity-backed generation and transmission portfolio companies, investors, and developers of renewable and energy storage assets. The team is routinely involved in conventional power regulation and litigation matters, and also has experience handling the regulatory aspects of corporate transactions and financings. Jay Ryan co-chairs the energy regulatory practice from Washington DC and has extensive experience advocating for clients before FERC and the Department of Energy. Houston-based practice co-chair James Barkley acts for electric utilities in agency proceedings and civil litigation, and also turns his hand to project development and operation and corporate transactions. In Washington DC, Emil Barth was promoted to partner in March 2021, and Michael Yuffee and Michael Loesch joined the team from Winston & Strawn LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jay Ryan; James Barkley

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Stover; Emil Barth; Michael Yuffee; Michael Loesch

Key clients

ITC Holdings Corp.

Exelon Corporation

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric LLC

Transmission Developers, Inc.

ITC Lake Erie Connector LLC

Hull Street Energy

SmartestEnergy

Kindle Energy

Big Chino Valley

Repsol Energy North America Corporation

Talen Energy Corporation

Champlain VT LLC

CenterPoint Energy Inc.

Duquesne Light Company

Edison Electric Institute

Marubeni

Sharyland Utilities

Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. has a highly rated practice group that advises clients on regulatory challenges relating to rates and terms of service for transportation and storage and permitting of regulated facilities. It also assists with the negotiation of a broad range of commercial agreements affecting regulated products and services. Practice head Jay Ryan and Houston-based Jim Barkley are the key figures in this space. Senior counsels Tom Eastment and Emil Barth are also recommended. Named practitioners are in the firm's Washington DC office unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Jay Ryan; Jim Barkley

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Eastment; Emil Barth

Testimonials

‘The team is current on regulatory issues and aware before we are on what lawmakers and energy regulatory bodies are contemplating.’

‘All of the individuals I have worked with are very accessible and have been able to provide historical context to the creation of the rules, regulations, and procedures of the regulatory body, usually on the spot. This helps me determine the best way the firm can assist me with any particular issue.’

Key clients

Repsol Energy North America Corporation (Repsol)

West Texas LPG Pipeline, LP (WTXP)

Halliburton Energy Services

MDC Texas Energy LLC

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

The 'diligent, reliable and smart' team at Baker Botts L.L.P. advises a balanced mix of stakeholders, including strategic investors, private equity firms, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and banks, across the spectrum of renewables-related corporate and finance work throughout the project life cycle. New York-based partner Michael Didriksen continues to be involved in some high-profile and cutting-edge mandates in the space, including his recent work for AES Corporation on the ten-year strategic alliance it formed with Google to accelerate the growth and adoption of clean energy (in part by leveraging Google Cloud technology to pioneer innovation in the sector). 'Very bright and capable' San Francisco-based partner Jeff Kayes co-heads the global projects/renewable clean energy practice alongside Didriksen and is noted, in particular, for his 'superb experience in renewables-related finance', including advice to borrowers and lenders on equity and debt financing structures. New York-based senior associate Leslie Hodge provides 'a commercial and can-do-approach' for strategic investors, private equity firms and developers on project development and acquisition financing transactions within the renewables sector.

Practice head(s):

Michael Didriksen; Jeff Kayes

Other key lawyers:

Adam Griffin; Carmen Wehmeier; Tim Coxon; John Papaspanos; Leslie Hodge

Testimonials

This is the team that you’d want on your deals. They take ownership of the process, follow up, advocate and do not drop the ball.’

They are diligent, reliable, smart, flexible and have a great attitude.’

‘Jeff Kayes is very bright and capable; he has superb experience in renewables-related finance.’

‘Leslie Hodge has a commercial and co-do approach and has a bright future for work in the renewables space.’

Key clients

AES Corporation

Centaurus Renewable Energy LLC

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, LLC

Global Atlantic Financial Company

Hannon Armstrong

Hull Street Energy

Parasol Renewable Energy LLC

Sunnova Energy International, Inc.

Transmission Developers, Inc.

Environment: litigation Tier 2

A popular destination for companies in the oil and gas, electric power, chemical and manufacturing industries, Baker Botts L.L.P. showcases a strong track record of achieving the right outcome for clients in environmental litigation at trial and in settlement negotiations. The environmental, safety and incident response team is adept at assisting clients with resolving issues arising under every major environmental statute and regulatory program, ranging from natural resource damage claims, climate tort cases, class actions stemming from oil spills and chemical releases, to federal and state CERCLA cost-recovery matters. Heading up the practice from Houston is Scott Janoe, who advises clients on the full suite of environmental issues. Washington DC-based Steve Solow has experience advocating for energy companies in relation to environmental incidents that are the subject of government investigations and criminal enforcement, which is also an area of focus for first-chair trial lawyer Nadira Clarke, also in the DC office.

Practice head(s):

Scott Janoe

Other key lawyers:

Steve Solow; Nadira Clarke; Megan Berge

Testimonials

‘Baker Botts provides outstanding legal advice and practical solutions to our problems. They are also proactive in helping us understand and assess not just the legal issues that are right in front of us, but those that may be further out on the horizon. They understand how to partner with their clients.’

‘Megan Berge is our primary lawyer, and she is among the finest litigators I have had the privilege of working with. I trust her skill and her judgment completely, and without reservation. We also work with Joshua Frank, who is an outstanding lawyer, easy to work with, and extremely knowledgeable. They do a fantastic job bringing other resources in when needed, and in both instance, I know that if they are handling the matter, it will be handled with an outstanding degree of care and competence.’

Key clients

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC

TPC Group Inc.

LG&E and KU Energy LLC

CITGO Petroleum

OXY USA

Glenn Springs Holdings

HESS CORPORATION

REPSOL S.A.

SUNOCO LP

GUADALUPE-BLANCO RIVER AAUTHORITY

PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC.

NDT SYSTEMS, INC.

WOOD GROUP USA, INC.

BCCA APPEAL GROUP

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.

Environment: regulatory Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. positions itself as one of the go-to firms for EHS crisis response and environmental regulatory issues arising under every major environmental statute. The team has recognized strength in complex air quality challenges, and is also adept at assisting with water supply issues, permitting and the clean-up of contaminated sites across the country. Contacts in Houston include practice head Scott Janoe, a trusted adviser to many energy, mining and manufacturing clients; and Scott Elliott, who has experience of a range of EHS issues, including compliance obligations under the EPA's Risk Management Program. Environmental permitting and compliance are core areas of activity for Paulina Williams in Austin. The team also has a significant presence in Washington DC: climate change specialist Megan Berge often advocates for clients in the EPA rulemaking process; and Jeff Wood is a name to note for environmental enforcement, regulatory and policy mandates. The firm strengthened its environmental offering in California with the arrival of special counsel Julie Cress from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in March 2020, and the launch of the California regulatory issues group, which provides a mechanism for companies operating in California to track state-specific climate change, air, chemical and waste regulations impacting their operations.

Practice head(s):

Scott Janoe

Other key lawyers:

Megan Burge; Jeff Wood; Paulina Williams; Scott Elliott; Julie Cress

Testimonials

‘Not only is the breadth of knowledge good, but so is the experience. They are quick to provide decisive, practical ideas.’

‘Paulina Williams is always available; knowledgeable of regulations, practical implications, and industry trends; and can explain the issues and potential outcomes quickly and decisively.’

Key clients

National Association of Home Builders

Ingram Concrete, llc

Rancho Viejo Waste Managemnet

Salt River Project

Merger control Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. fields a broad team of experienced antitrust attorneys, with a range of experience across merger clearance filings, investigations, and defense proceedings before the DOJ, FTC, state, and international competition bodies. The firm is regularly engaged as specialist antitrust counsel on major transactions in a variety of industries, with standout mandates from Arch Coal, Liberty Media, and Celgene during 2020. Of particular note is the team's wide governmental experience, with a number of senior practitioners holding major roles at the DOJ and FTC. Leaders in the team include Maureen OhlhausenJohn Taladay, and antitrust co-chair and prolific merger control adviser Stephen Weissman. Other names to note include Paul Cuomo, who handles complex merger clearance proceedings and litigation, playing a key role in the Liberty Media deal, in which he handled a DOJ second request; Mark Botti, who is also active in merger filings and investigations, particularly in healthcare; and Michael Perry, who has merger investigation and antitrust litigation experience with notable expertise in intellectual property and patent issues.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Ohlhausen; John Taladay; Stephen Weissman; Catriona Hatton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Cuomo, Mark Botti; Michael Perry; Joe Ostoyich

Testimonials

‘Joe Ostoyich has to be the best competition law attorney we have ever worked with. He has spend countless hours over the years learning our business and it shows in the quality of the advice he provides.’

Key clients

Abbvie, Inc.

Arch Resources, Inc.

Liberty Media Corporation

Merck & Co., Inc.

Unitedhealth Group Incorporated/unitedhealthcare, Inc./optum, Inc.

Royal Dutch Shell Group Of Companies

Aip, Llc

Mcdermott International, Inc.

Masco Corporation

Novartis International Ag

Caterpillar Inc.

Indorama Ventures Public Company Ltd

Hollyfrontier Corporation

Petiq, Inc.

Rwjbarnabas Health

Safariland

Patents: licensing Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.'s licensing practice is closely connected to the firm's patent portfolio development and management practice and offers extensive experience in a wide range of licensing agreements, including complex cross-border contracts for the acquisition or disposal of portfolios, the research and development of new technologies, and outsourcing agreements. Additionally, the group demonstrates strength in transactions, acting for targets or the acquirer. The practice covers a broad range of sectors, with a particular focus on the technology, electronics, life sciences, and education sectors. Robert Scheinfeld in New York chairs the practice, with Christa Brown-Sanford in Dallas acting as deputy chair. Washington DC's Luke Pedersen and Austin's Margaret Sampson complete the licensing practice's lead quartet. The very experienced Christopher Palermo joined the Palo Alto office in August 2020 from Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP, now Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP. In September 2020, litigator and portfolio evaluation and development specialist Peter Kang arrived from Sidley Austin LLP, and now splits his time between the San Francisco and Palo Alto offices.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scheinfeld; Christa Brown-Sanford; Luke Pedersen; Margaret Sampson

Other key lawyers:

Paul Ragusa; Samir Bhavsar

Testimonials

‘Extensive experience over nearly 20 years in the specific domain of video codec patent licensing.’

‘Paul Ragusa is a stellar adviser.’

‘Patent expertise with a deep bench of diverse attorneys.’

‘Christa Brown is great at listening and understanding client needs and at using that input to assemble great teams to resolve issues. A strong current and future leader for the firm.’

‘All Baker Botts employees always listen to any concern and bring answers to any subject.’

Key clients

Cisco Systems Inc.

Dell Inc.

Strattam Technologies

Columbia University

Halliburton

Toshiba Corporation

Ethypharm SA.

Toyota

University of Pennsylvania

Royalty Pharma

Brother Industries Ltd.

Broadcom (CA Technologies)

Assertio Therapeutics

Vistra Corp.

Cabot Microelectronics

MasterCard International Incorporated

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 2

At Baker Botts L.L.P., practice head Lisa Kattan and her team maintain a busy caseload, acting both for respondents and complainants. Kattan formerly served as senior investigative attorney at the Office of Unfair Import Investigations at the ITC, where she built up significant experience in smartphone-related investigations. In addition to advising on the investigations themselves, the practice is also very well versed in Customs and Border Protection matters, especially in inter partes proceedings, as well as in advisory proceedings, commission review and other more niche ITC proceedings. With the firm's substantial wider patent litigation team at her fingertips, Kattan is able to quickly pull together the necessary resources for complex high-stakes disputes. In September 2020, Peter Kang joined the firm from Sidley Austin LLP, splitting his time between the San Francisco and Palo Alto offices.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Kattan

Other key lawyers:

Katharine Burke; Syed Fareed; Peter Kang

Key clients

Brother Industries Ltd.

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

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

Huber+Suhner

FUJIFILM Corporation and FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc.

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Dell

Samsung

DISH Network

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

Baker Botts L.L.P. stands out as one of the few general practice firms to offer a seasoned team of patent prosecution and litigation specialists. Adept at drafting and filing US and foreign patent prosecutions, the practice also distinguishes itself through its successful PTAB experts who shoulder a busy inter partes review and covered business method review caseload. In August 2020, the team gained an experienced prosecution and licensing specialist in Palo Alto when Christopher Palermo joined from Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham L.L.P. , now Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP. The technology, electronics and telecom industries remain among the firm's core sectors. Robert Scheinfeld in New York is the chair of the IP practice, with Christa Brown-Sanford in Dallas acting as his deputy. Palo Alto's Hogene Choi and Dallas' Samir Bhavsar jointly lead the prosecution team. The PTAB trial group lead duo consists of Brian Oaks in Austin and Chad Walters in Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scheinfeld; Christa Brown-Sanford; Hogene Choi; Samir Bhavsar; Brian Oaks; Chad Walters

Other key lawyers:

Travis Thomas; Eliot Williams

Testimonials

‘Baker Botts’ patent team has a great mix of technical expertise and pragmatism and can service start-ups and mature technology companies with equal competence. I have been particularly impressed with their ability to work directly with both technical and business teams.’

‘Hogene Choi is uniquely competent at working with technical teams and inventors, internal legal, and business leaders, to create the three legs of the stool that supports our early IP generation program.’

‘The group led by Paul Morico is outstanding in oilfield patent prosecution and is very cost effective despite being a large law firm.’

‘Paul Morico’s attention and oversight of our portfolio makes him an invaluable member of our team.’

‘Huge expertise in video coding and communications space.’

‘Paul Ragusa is very experienced which makes working with him and his team very easy and effective.’

Key clients

Facebook, Inc.

Columbia University

Cisco Systems Ltd.

Lyft

Twilio Inc.

Square

Lennox International

Broadcom (CA Technologies)

Brother Industries Ltd.

Hitachi Ltd.

Qualcomm

Dell Inc.

Dish Network

Utex Industries

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

The toxic tort client roster at Baker Botts L.L.P. is focused on the energy sector, including oil and chemical companies as well as electric and water utilities. The team handles a broad array of matters, such as industrial accidents, day-to-day exposure or climate change. Tynan Buthod in Houston, whose key clients include some of the largest companies in the energy sector, leads the practice together with Washington-based Joshua Frank, who has experience in complex environmental litigation, and Kent Mayo in Washington, who also helps clients navigate challenges arising from environmental incidents.

Practice head(s):

Tynan Buthod; Joshua Frank; Kent Mayo

Other key lawyers:

Russell Lewis; Kevin Jacobs

Key clients

Assertio Therapeutics

BASF Corporation

CenterPoint Energy

Dixie Chemical Company

ExxonMobil

Intercontinental Terminals Company

Orlando Utilities Commission

Tenaris Global Services USA

TPC Group

US taxes: contentious Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s tax controversy group is highly active in the energy and oil and gas sectors, owing to its significant presence in Texas. Renn Neilson (based in Houston) takes on federal and SALT disputes, respectively, including representation in audits and high-values appeals against the IRS. Also in Houston, John Porter has a solid reputation for handling gift tax controversies, including for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family estates. In the San Francisco office, new joiner William Gorrod (from Morrison & Foerster LLP) is a key name for state-level estate tax controversy, particularly in California and New York, while Jon Feldhammer tackles tax controversies in the solar and renewable energy industries. Since publication Richard Husseini has left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Renn Neilson; John Porter; William Gorrod; Jon Feldhammer

Testimonials

‘The estate tax planning and transfer tax controversy groups are unique because they are willing to play team ball with other advisors, seek their input and consider the perspectives of non-attorneys. My practice is national and I know of no other attorney group that does this better.’

‘My primary contact is John Porter of the firm’s Houston office. He is the consummate team player but, in addition, is highly technical and has an excellent track record in tax controversies.’

Key clients

MONEYGRAM INTERNATIONAL, INC.

LORRAINE BEAN AND NORTHERN TRUST CO.

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED

CHENIERE ENERGY, INC.

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION

USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS, LLC

HOWARD MIDSTREAM ENERGY PARTNERS

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.'s capital markets practice is integral to the firm's wider focus on the oil and gas sector, where it has a solid record in both issuer and underwriter engagements. The firm has an especially strong standing in offerings by MLPs and oilfield services companies. Senior Houston partner Joshua Davidson is a top name in the oil and gas sector and frequent advisor to underwriters; he remains the firm's most prominent capital markets specialist. Justin Hoffman is a name to note on the more junior end of the partnership; he also has close connections to oil and gas businesses and a number of key underwriters.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Joshua Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Justin Hoffman

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.'s high-yield debt practice is largely centered in Houston where it primarily focuses on energy-industry transactions. The firm has an evenly balanced practice with a solid flow of both issuer and underwriter engagements; Bank of America Securities and Credit Suisse Securities are examples of its representative clients. Much of its practice in 2020 continued to be in the oil and gas sector, a forte for the Houston-headquartered firm. This has led to a number of high-yield deal engagements linked to the Covid-19 crisis and the associated liquidity constraints. Houston partner Joshua Davidson leads the capital markets group and has an especially strong record in offerings by master limited partnerships (MLPs).

Practice head(s):

Joshua Davidson

Other key lawyers:

AJ Ericksen; Justin Hoffman

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

The Houston-based construction practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. is fully integrated within the wider real estate practice and provides comprehensive advice on energy and infrastructure projects ranging from pipelines and LNG facilities to airports, transportation systems and healthcare buildings. Jointly headed by firm-wide real estate and construction chair Connie Simmons Taylor and Joe Colagiovanni, the team supports its clients through the full life-cycle of a project. Among the group's recent highlights, Colagiovanni has been advising Hines on all the construction and design agreements for a $1bn commercial office tower in Boston. Daniel Kruger is a recommended senior associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Connie Simmons Taylor; Joe Colagiovanni

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Kruger

Key clients

Celanese Corporation

Hines

Urban Oaks Builders, LLC

Energy litigation: conventional power Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. has deep expertise in energy litigation, representing generators, processors, transporters, distributors and marketers of all forms of conventional power, from natural gas to coal. In addition, the firm also has a strong renewable energy client base. Names to note include Bill Kroger, who heads up the practice, and Kevin Jacobs, a commercial litigator and arbitration expert with a focus on the energy, chemicals and transportation industries. Meghan McElvy and Megan Berge are also noted. McElvy specializes in energy litigation and regulatory matters, while Berge leads on climate change-related matters. John Anaipakos, George Fibbe and Washington DC-based Jeff Wood are other key members of the team. All named individuals are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Bill Kroger

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Oxbow Calcining LLC

Centerpoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC

XCEL Energy

US Chamber of Commerce

Kindle Energy LLC

Entergy Services, INC

Engie North America, INC.

LG&E and KU Energy LLC

Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce

Hunt Consolidation, INC.

Vistra Energy

ITC Holdings INC.

Orlando Utilities Commission

International arbitration Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P..’s arbitration group is, in the words of a client, ‘strong in all respects’. One such strength is certainly its beneficial geographic dispersion domestically and worldwide — while the team is split between New York, Washington, and Houston, its recent workload also reveals an ability to collaborate efficiently with its colleagues in London, Dubai, and Moscow. The past year has seen the practice cement its firm position in the energy sector, where a team led by practice head Michael Goldberg (Houston and New York) is acting for clients in multiple sets of commercial arbitral proceedings. Handling contractual disputes in the technology and construction industries is also a forte for the team; Andrew Behrman and Edward Schorr are a standout New York-based duo in this space.

Practice head(s):

Michael Goldberg

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Behrman; Edward Schorr; Vern Cassin; Dustin Appel

Testimonials

‘Certainly, the firm’s international arbitration practice is strong in all respects.’

‘The two partners with whom I have the most contact, Michael Goldberg and London-based Jay Alexander are creative, hardworking, client-focused, strategic and tactical, smart, knowledgeable.’

Key clients

China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd.

JSC Tyumenneftegaz

Intercontinental Terminals Company

Oxbow Calcining LLC

Rocket Ball, Ltd.

International tax Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s international tax practice advises on cross-border tax planning in the context of M&A, equity investments, joint ventures and project financings. The team has also acted as tax counsel in large bankruptcy proceedings. Contacts in the Houston office include Jon Lobb, Ron Scharnberg and Derek Green, the last of whom has been handling multibillion-dollar restructurings in the oil and gas sector. Since publication Richard Husseini has left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Derek Green; Jon Lobb; Ron Scharnberg

Testimonials

‘Smart and proactive.’

‘Stand-out partners, exceptional.’

Key clients

IFM Investors Pty Ltd.

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Liberty Latin America Ltd.

AIP, LLC

McDermott International, Inc.

NRG Energy, Inc.

Pelican Energy Partners II LP

Riverstone Holdings LLC

Golar LNG Partners L.P.

M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. in Texas has a solid reputation in litigation in the energy and technology sectors, but it has also expanded the scope of its big-ticket merger litigation into other industries, notably financial services, healthcare and consumer products. Litigation group chair David Sterling in Houston exemplifies the firm's continued expansion from the energy market. Litigation department co-chair Danny David and securities litigation co-lead Amy Pharr Hefley are among the younger partners making a strong impression in deal-related cases. They worked together on five putative class actions and two individual lawsuits filed following the announcement of Vectren Corporation's $6bn merger with CenterPoint Energy. Jessica Pulliam is a name to note in Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Pulliam; Amy Pharr Hefley

Other key lawyers:

David Sterling; Danny David

Testimonials

‘The lead partner, Danny David, is highly skilled and talented. His level of engagement and focus is extraordinary. He compares favorably to anyone else with whom I have worked over the past 35 years.’

‘Danny David’s critical thinking and communication skills (oral and written) are exemplary. He is also responsive, professional and thoughtful in his client communications. In short, his case management handling is outstanding.’

Key clients

VECTREN CORPORATION

DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF IDEV TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.

FORMER DIRECTORS OF EXPEDIA GROUP

MCDERMOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC.

INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY CORPORATION (NASCAR)

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTORS & LIBERTY BROADBAND

NAPHTHA ISRAEL PETROLEUM CORPORATION LTD.

GCI LIBERTY, INC. AND DIRECTORS

TEEKAY OFFSHORE PARTNERS, L.P.

CARRIZO OIL & GAS, INC.

EL PASO ELECTRIC COMPANY

INNOPHOS HOLDINGS, INC.

TALLGRASS ENERGY, LP

AMERIGAS PARTNERS, L.P.

BRISTOW FDBA ERA GROUP, INC.

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P., which is particularly well versed representing defendants in patent disputes, has a very busy Federal Circuit caseload and, thanks to its large team, is able to cover a wide range of sectors and to quickly take on sizeable litigation. With the arrival of Peter Kang from Sidley Austin LLP in the Palo Alto office in September 2020, the practice gained a seasoned technology expert whose experience in advising Korean clients ties in very well with the firm's already strong practice of acting for clients in the Asia-Pacific region. The group stands out as one of the most successful patent litigation practices in a full-service firm, not least thanks to its substantial experience in PTAB proceedings and its established ITC practice. Robert Scheinfeld in New York is the chair of the IP group, with Dallas-based Christa Brown-Sanford acting as deputy. Douglas Kubehl, also in Dallas, and Roger Fulghum in New York share the lead of the IP litigation practice. David Weaver moved on to a public service role in April 2020. In June 2020 Wayne Stacy left the firm following his appointment as director of the Silicon Valley USPTO.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Robert Maier; Sarah Guske; Eliot Williams; Neil Sirota; Hopkins Guy; Paul Morico; Barton Showalter; Paul Morico

Testimonials

‘Baker Botts has a very strong IP team with a deep bench and very talented attorneys (that can handle a large range of cases in multiple venues). They are priced similarly as other large law firms, but are worth it for high-stakes litigation. I fully trust them as a go-to firm for IP matters. More than that, they are personable and work hard to please the client.’

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

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

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

Key clients

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Inc.

Dish Network

Lyft, Inc.

Dell Technologies

Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Utex Industries

ON Semiconductor

Brother Industries, LTD.

FUJIFILM Corporation

Twilio Inc.

AT&T Mobility LLC

Infinera

DISH Network L.L.C.

T-Mobile

VISTRA Corp.

Baylor College of Medicine

GrubHub Holdings Inc.

Symantec Corporation (now NortonLifeLock)

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

MasterCard International Incorporated

Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P. has 'very smart lawyers, industry leaders and experts in the law', whom clients praise for their 'understanding and creativity'. From its base in Texas, the firm has built a national reputation in complex securities class actions, as well as opt-out suits and derivative cases. A substantial proportion of its work derives from the energy sector. Jessica Pulliam in Dallas, who leads the securities litigation group with Houston-based Amy Pharr Hefley, obtained a complete victory in a class action on behalf of Zion Oil & Gas, with the court ruling that plaintiff failed to allege falsity concerning Zion’s claim that it had discovered oil in one of its wells. Key partner David Sterling, also based in Houston, is described by one client as 'the dean of the Texas securities bar'.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Pulliam; Amy Hefley

Other key lawyers:

David Sterling

Testimonials

‘A strong securities litigation practice – very smart lawyers, industry leaders and experts in the law.’

‘These are leading securities lawyers. They have set the law at the US Supreme Court and provide go-to advice for clients.’

‘Jessica Pulliam is a star. David Sterling is the dean of the Texas securities bar.’

‘What makes Baker Botts unique is their understanding and creativity. I always felt like my situation was unique and personal to them and that they were endeavouring to find the optimal solution for our issues.’

‘In interactions with other firms, particularly in the area of securities work, there is a sense that each matter is the same and that clients are essentially interchangeable. While that may be efficient in most instances, we found ourselves in a very unique dispute, that needed far more effort to understand the situation and range of outcomes. I felt like Amy Hefley did a fantastic job of helping us understand our position, the risks involved, and what the range of outcomes could be. Ultimately, I felt like we had the full support of the firm in helping us achieve the best outcome possible.’

Key clients

Zion Oil & Gas, Inc.

Warren Resources and Officers and Directors

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.

Vectren Corporation

FTS International Services, LLC

Officers and Directors of Adeptus Health, Inc.

Vaxart Inc.

Gulfport Energy Corporation

Insperity, Inc.

Mabvax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc.

Eagle Canyon Partners, LLC

Ansgar Media, LLC and Jake Seal

Yieldstreet Inc.

Jeremy Drake

Technology transactions Tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.'s largely Texas-based practice group has capitalized on the tech sector's rapidly growing presence in the Lone Star State. The firm's traditional strengths make it an attractive choice for matters at the intersection between energy and technology, including cleantech. The firm represents clients at every stage of the development chain, from technology accelerators through to major corporates, such as Toyota. This includes advice on IP commercialization, strategic partnerships, outsourcing and development agreements. Samantha Hale Crispin and Jordan Herman lead the team from Dallas and Austin, respectively, and Palo Alto-based Brian Lee is the lead partner on the West Coast.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Hale Crispin; Jordan Herman

Other key lawyers:

Brian Lee

Key clients

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.

DIAMONDBACK ENERGY, INC.

OXFORD NANOPORE TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

LONDON TRUST MEDIA INCORPORATED

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY/ REMAINCO INTEGRATION

STEPHENS, INC.

LIBERTY LATIN AMERICA LTD.

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ENTERTAINMENT CORP.

ZIX CORPORATION

FORM AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS, INC

LIBERTY TRIPADVISOR HOLDINGS, INC.

ESO SOLUTIONS, INC

TWILIO, INC.

ASSERTIO THERAPEUTICS, INC.

SALEM PARTNERS LLC

NANOSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC AND NANOSCOPE THERAPEUTICS LLC

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P. is primarily known for its work in the energy sector, where it handles offerings by oil and gas businesses and MLPs. The firm is more prominent on the issuer-side, though it also has good connections to a number of investment banks, including Wells Fargo Securities and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith. Houston partner Joshua Davidson has a solid record in equity and debt offerings by MLPs. Catherine Gallagher is a key figure in the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Joshua Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Gallagher

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s 'very responsive' employee benefits and executive compensation team is rated by clients for its 'deep subject matter expertise'. Telecoms, manufacturing, oil and gas and energy are notable areas of strength for the group; key mandates include advising on golden parachute arrangements and incentive compensation plans of M&A acquisitions. Practice head Gail Stewart handles prohibited transactions issues and assists senior executives with severance agreements. Mark Bodron has established strength in advising on ERISA fiduciary matters, IPOs, spin-offs and 409A deferred compensation issues. New York-based Robin Melman acts as executive compensation counsel to boards of directors, private and public companies, and compensation committees. Apart from Melman, named lawyers are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Gail Stewart; Richard Husseini

Other key lawyers:

Mark Bodron; Robin Melman; Krisa Benskin

Testimonials

Baker Botts’ employee benefits team is my “go to” group. Always willing to assist on an immediate basis; always willing to do whatever we need!

Krisa Benskin is friendly, knowledgeable, adaptable and very responsive‘.

Key clients

Bristow Group Inc.

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Eagle Materials Inc.

Jones Energy II, Inc.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Schlumberger Limited

Noble Corporation Plc

Frito-Lay North America, Inc.

Liberty Latin America

Liberty Media Corporation

Qurate Retail, Inc.

GCI Liberty, Inc.

Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings

Liberty Broadband Corporation

General commercial disputes Tier 4

Fielding a nationwide team of trial lawyers, Baker Botts L.L.P. acts for major companies and financial institutions in a wide range of disputes, including fraud, unfair competition and product liability litigation. In addition, the firm has a strong pro bono practice. In a recent standout matter, Danny David in Houston represented Vectren Corporation in proceedings relating to its $6bn merger with Centerpoint Energy. Well known for his trial practice, Washington DC-based Michael Calhoon continues to handle prominent securities and energy disputes. Also recommended is Austin-based associate Stephanie Cagniart, who has experience at trial and appeals.

Practice head(s):

Danny David; Bridget Moore

Other key lawyers:

Michael Calhoon; Stephanie Cagniart

Key clients

Bristow Group

Brownsville GMS

Clarion Corporation of America

Ernst & Young

Hunt Consolidated

IDEV Corporation

Kaiserair

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc

Lior Ron

Martin Debono

Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Oxbow Calcining

Phillips 66

QVC

TPC Group

Vectren Corporation

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P. has enjoyed a productive year across its focus areas of energy, technology, media, and telecoms. The firm's Texas-based offices have continued to close a number of midstream and upstream oil and gas transactions despite a difficult climate, while in New York the firm has expanded both its bench and media-sector client base, with notable new clients including NASCAR and Madison Square Garden. New York's Mike Bengtson leads the overall corporate team and is a key energy sector player, supported by Austin-based Mollie Duckworth, who acts for a range of public and private companies. In Dallas, Samantha Crispin has won praise for her work with Liberty Media, as well as her wider work across the TMT space. Crispin now acts as relationship partner for Liberty following the departure of Renee Wilm to an in-house role with the client. New York's Jonathan Gordon has a strong practice, acting for a range of international clients including NASCAR and Liberty Latin America. Houston-based Gene Oshman is an experienced corporate counsel with broad expertise across M&A, takeover defense, and public company matters, and is particularly active in the oil and gas space. Michael Torosian joined the San Francisco office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP in November 2019; Nicole Perez joined the New York team from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in March 2020; and Avner Bengera joined from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Mollie Duckworth

Other key lawyers:

Gene Oshman; Jonathan Gordon; Michael Torosian; Nicole Perez; Samantha Crispin; Avner Bengera

Key clients

Liberty Media Corporation

Bristow Group Inc.

El Paso Electric Company

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

GCI Liberty, Inc.

Nascar Holdings, Llc

Southern Company

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.

Mcdermott International, Inc.

Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

Shell Midstream Partners, Lp

Centerpoint Energy, Inc.

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

Tallgrass Energy, Lp

NRG Energy, Inc.

Enlink Midstream

IFM Investors

Hines

BP

Bhp Billiton

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

The multidisciplinary Baker Botts L.L.P. practice provides an 'exceptional combination of technical IP lawyers and litigators to handle trade secret litigation matters'. The firm’s expertise covers software, semiconductor, telecommunications and optics issues, as well as acting for life sciences, manufacturing and defense contractor clients. New York-based Robert Scheinfeld and Christa Brown-Sanford in Dallas co-lead the team with David Wille, also in Dallas, who focuses on IP litigation and appellate work. Another key name is patent litigation expert Katharine Burke, who is based in Washington, DC.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scheinfeld; Christa Brown-Sanford; David Wille

Other key lawyers:

Katharine Burke; Jonathan Patchen

Testimonials

‘Exceptional combination of technical IP lawyers and litigators to handle trade secret litigation matters.’

Key clients

Ribbon Communications Inc.

Mastercard International Incorporated

PepsiCo Inc.

Manitowoc Cranes

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Utex Industries

BrightEdge Technologies, Inc.

DXC Technology Company

Dril-Quip, inc.

GTS Technology Solutions, INC.

Ernst & Young

Martin DeBono

HouseCanary, Inc.

Lior Ron

Acorn Bay

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Boasting an exceptional reputation in Houston, Baker Botts L.L.P. is well placed to handle the tax aspects of a huge range of deals in the energy sector; both conventional and renewable. Led by deputy chair Derek Green, the team regularly handles major M&A transactions, debt financings, private equity investments and reattributions. It has also developed experience in bankruptcies and restructurings are also a core strength. Husseini has broad expertise in federal tax planning, while Green is noted in particular for his work in the energy sector, particularly in the area of oil and gas. Energy capital markets lead Michael Bresson and Dallas office head Steve Marcus are also recommended. Since publication Richard Husseini has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Derek Green

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bresson; Steve Marcus

Testimonials

‘The firm provides timely, thorough, and practical advice. They become part of your team and understand your company’s specific issues.’

‘The professionalism of Baker Botts is just above and beyond its competitors. The research, the writing, and overall work product is just impeccable. During the course of an M&A deal, the advice is timely and on-point.’

Key clients

Liberty Media Corporation

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Schlumberger Limited

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Liberty Latin America Ltd.

Summit Midstream Partners, LP

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Halliburton Company

Noble Corporation PLC

Bristow Group Inc.

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 5

Supported by the firm's nationwide corporate group, the team at Baker Botts L.L.P. is recognized in particular for its handling of the IP aspects of life sciences, advising on commercialization through to patent enforcement. New York-based practice head Steve Lendaris' practice encompasses a broad range of biotechnology-related issues, with recent highlights including matters relating to therapeutic antibody development and manufacturing to novel strategies for nucleic acid sequencing. In Austin, Stephen Hash and Margaret Sampson specialize in patent litigation, commercialization and licensing. Stephen Weissman and Michael Perry in Washington DC are the main attorneys for antitrust and regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Steve Lendaris

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Hash; Margaret Sampson; Stephen Weissman; Michael Perry

Key clients

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Genentech

Editas Medicine

PACT Pharma

Natera

Horizon Pharma and Nuvo Pharmaceuticals

Assertio

Grail

Real estate Tier 5

Baker Botts L.L.P. fields a team of ‘seasoned real estate partners with experience in virtually every type of real estate transaction’. Of late, the team has noted an uptick in build-to-suit projects, handled on behalf of equity investors and tenants, and is also increasingly engaged in build-to-core office tower, mixed-use and multi-family development projects by domestic and overseas institutional investors. The group also enjoys a reputable standing in the funds space where it provides comprehensive support, from establishment through to investment portfolio dispositions and asset liquidations. In Houston, Joe Colagiovanni jointly leads the department alongside Connie Simmons Taylor, who is recommended for major office and retail leasing.

Practice head(s):

Connie Simmons Taylor; Joe Colagiovanni

Other key lawyers:

Jon Dunlay; Paul Landen

Testimonials

‘I think the primary strength that Baker Botts possesses is a deep institutional knowledge regarding organizational structure and precedent which allows them to avoid risks and potential negative outcomes for my business.’

‘I think the firm does value diversity relative to other groups as evidenced by the firm’s teams.’

‘Jon Dunlay and Paul Landen are exemplary in terms of client and external communication across a spectrum of matters. The key thing that stands out among all Baker Botts attorneys is their ability to advise on and offer up practical business solutions to complex legal matters while avoiding unjustifiable risk.’

‘Paul Landen is the best real estate attorney I have ever worked with. Solid communicator, great collaborator and has an understanding of the nuances as they touch various points of highly complicated transactions.’

Leading trial lawyers Tier 6

Michael Calhoon - Baker Botts L.L.P.

Practice head(s):

Danny David; Bridget Moore

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The white-collar defense and corporate investigations team at Baker Botts L.L.P. is recommended for internal and external investigations and criminal and civil enforcement matters. The group also handles compliance and crisis management for a range of national and international clients. Kyle Clark heads the practice and is particularly experienced in the healthcare sector, advising hospitals and physicians on DOJ investigations. Alex Bourelly is recommended for securities and healthcare fraud, FCPA matters and SEC investigations. Bridget Moore specializes in securities enforcement, corporate compliance and white-collar criminal defense matters. Named partners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Kyle Clark

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Lynn Neils is a highly dedicated and strong advocate on behalf of her clients’.

‘The Baker Botts team brings to the table enormous real-life experience with these areas, well above my experience with other law firms’. 

‘They have the ability to find effective and efficient ways to tackle problems’. 

‘Andrew Lankler is absolutely top-notch, he is an experienced defense counsel who knows his area well, responds quickly and pulls together a team to tackle problems’.               

‘They work very well together and leverage the strengths of each associate to produce the best work product’. 

‘They push each other to bring to the best result for the client’.     

‘Andrew Lankler has been constantly available both as a top-flight legal mind and a part-time armchair psychologist’.

‘The associates are all fantastic and talented’.

Key clients

Patterson Companies, Inc.

Alliance Oil Company Ltd.

Black & Veatch Corporation

Christie’s

Clinton Earl Portis

Hugh O’Kane

Jeremy Drake

Amit Agarwal

Gail Herman Holt

Project finance

Baker Botts L.L.P. handles a huge variety of projects-related transactions involving oil and gas, LNG, renewables, and mining. The group is particularly strong in complex financial structures such as mezzanine loans and back-leverage warehouse facilities. Jeff Kayes leads the team from San Francisco and focuses on domestic energy projects, advising on tax equity and construction financings. In New York, Adam Griffin assists with global financings and restructurings in the power sector, while Martin Toulouse handles the acquisition of energy assets.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Kayes

Other key lawyers:

Adam Griffin; Martin Toulouse

Testimonials

Deep knowledge of renewable energy market. A strong team of partners and senior lawyers, complimented by good associates with industry experience.’

Jeff Kayes is a very bright and capable lawyer, with superb experience in finance. Pete del Vecchio is an excellent corporate lawyer and is good at helping us manage project budgets.’

Key clients

Sunnova Energy International Inc

Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc.

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, LLC

Parasol Renewable Energy LLC

Hull Street Energy

Baker Botts is an international law firm with about 750 lawyers and a network of 13 offices around the globe. Based on its experience and knowledge of its clients’ industries, Baker Botts is recognized as a leading firm in the energy and technology sectors. Throughout its over 175-year history, the firm has provided creative and effective legal solutions for clients, while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit our website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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