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HOUSTON, May 2, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that the firm’s Houston pro bono program has been selected to receive the Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards in the large firm category.

A committee made up of judges and lawyers selected the award winners, based on outstanding contributions to pro bono legal services during 2016.

Baker Botts has long been committed to the communities in which we live and work. The firm encourages lawyers to devote time to pro bono legal work. On average, Baker Botts lawyers spend nearly 30,000 hours on pro bono causes every year, including a number of life-changing cases that have helped exonerate the innocent, assist the homeless, advocate for children at risk and families in need.

The award ceremony will take place at the Harris County Civil Courthouse on May 3rd. 

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Baker Botts to Unveil Founders Room Celebrating More Than 175 Years of Legal Service

HOUSTON, May 22, 2017 - On Tuesday May 23, 2017, Baker Botts will unveil its recently completed Founders' Room.

The Founders' Room, located in Baker Botts' Houston office, was initially conceived in 2015 during the firm's 175th Anniversary celebration. It will serve as a living museum and chronicles the history of the firm since its founding in 1840.

"The early history of Baker Botts in many ways reflects the history of Houston, the State of Texas and the United States. Our firm has seen a civil war, a depression, two world wars, the invention of the computer, the discovery of oil in Texas and the rise of Houston as one of the great cities of the world," said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

The official opening and ribbon cutting will take place at 5:30 pm CST.

Secretary James A. Baker III, a Senior Partner and the nation's 61st Secretary of State, along with firm Managing Partner, Andrew M. Baker will attend and participate in the ribbon cutting. 

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Baker Botts Announces Samuel C. Dibble is Newest West Coast Corporate Hire

SAN FRANCISCO, May 2, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that Samuel C. Dibble is joining the firm’s corporate practice as a partner in San Francisco. Mr. Dibble is the newest addition to the California corporate practice following the firm’s recent hiring of Yan Zhang and Cynthia Cole in the Palo Alto office.

“Expanding our capabilities with extraordinary lawyers, like Sam, will continue the recent growth we have seen in both our U.S. and our international offices,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. “Sam is the fourth corporate lawyer to join our firm in California in the past two months,” added Mr. Baker.

“Sam’s joining our corporate practice in San Francisco enhances our already stellar team,” said Pat Stanton, Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s San Francisco office. “His experience and background will be a tremendous value add to the services we provide to our clients. We are bringing in the best within the industry and are glad to have Sam as part of the team.”      

“We are pleased to have another high quality addition to our Corporate practice,” said Partner David Kirkland, Corporate Department co-chair. “Sam is joining the firm at a pivotal time as we are benefitting from a concerted expansion of our group and its capabilities.”  

Mr. Dibble’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and leveraged buyouts.  His practice includes advising boards of directors and special committees of public companies in the context of merger, acquisitions and other transactions.  His clients include investment funds, high net worth individuals and private and public companies in the technology, life sciences, and other industry sectors such as food, beverage and consumer products.

Mr. Dibble received his of Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law where he was a John M. Olin Scholar, Law and Economics, and Technical Editor for the Berkeley Journal of International Law.

Baker Botts has 45 lawyers based in California, and has added 18 new partners across the firm in 2017. 

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Baker Botts Hosts Live Intellectual Property & Antitrust GCR Conference in California

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, May 18, 2017 – Baker Botts L.L.P., an international law firm, is sponsoring the Global Competition Review Live IP & Antitrust California conference at Stanford University's Hoover Institution in Stanford, California, on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Baker Botts antitrust Partner Jim Kress will co-chair the program with Professor Stephen Haber of The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the keynote will be delivered by F. Scott Kieff, Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission. 

GCR and Baker Botts are partnering with Stanford University’s Hoover Working Group on Intellectual Property (IP), Innovation, and Prosperity to facilitate an “in-depth investigation” into the IP and antitrust frontier at the home of the tech industry – California. The conference delves into key topics to ask questions such as what conditions under which IP facilitates invention and innovation, and what conditions under which IP confers excessive market power on particular companies? 

Baker Botts antitrust Partner Michael Perry is among those speaking at the conference and his panel, “Pharmaceutical pricing and public policy,” will focus on potential antitrust and competition issues facing pharmaceutical and biotech companies amid heightened scrutiny of prescription drug prices. The panel will also discuss current enforcement trends in the pharmaceutical sector, including: Hatch-Waxman patent settlements, lifecycle management strategies, and potential abuse of the FDA regulatory process. 

The full list of panels at this year’s event include: 

  • Is IP a barrier to entry or a source of innovation? 
  • Do licensing-intense industries present a challenge for competition authorities around the world? 
  • Pharmaceutical pricing and public policy 
  • International convergence – or lack thereof? 

Mr. Kress and Mr. Perry are partners in Baker Botts’ Antitrust and Competition Practice in Washington, D.C., and will be available following the conference to discuss key takeaway’s from the panels and speakers.

Mr. Kress represents clients in complex private antitrust and commercial litigation and before government agencies in merger and nonmerger antitrust investigations. Mr. Perry recently joined the firm after serving as Counsel to the Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, where he was directly involved in many of the agency's most important antitrust enforcement actions.

Please visit http://gcr.live/ipcalifornia2017 for updates to the speaker list and conference program. 

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Baker Botts Wins the 2017 Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Award