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.
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.
“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.
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.
Baker Botts’ international trade and renewable energy lawyers have been closely monitoring the Suniva U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) case, and its potential impact on the global solar industry. Baker Botts’ Washington lawyers are available to discuss the likely short and long-term impact.
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On May 5, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit jettisoned its precedent for pleading the falsity of statements of opinion challenged in private securities litigation, instead embracing the more demanding standard compelled by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 Omnicare decision.
On April 27th, the UK enacted The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act. The new law amends the UK’s current IP law and now applies to “unjustified threats” when bringing infringement of patents, registered trademarks, rights in registered designs, design right or Community designs proceedings.
On May 1, 2017, the Federal Circuit issued its opinion in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Nos. 2016-1284 and 2016-1787 (Fed. Cir. May 1, 2017). Click to read more from Baker Botts lawyers.
On May 1, 2017, Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”) announced the completion of the transaction to separate the assets, liabilities and businesses of Motiva Enterprises LLC, a 50/50 joint venture with a U.S. subsidiary of Shell and a U.S. subsidiary of Saudi Aramco.
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has recently announced that it will hear en banc the question of whether certain decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that are entered at the beginning of America Invents Act (AIA) trials (e.g. at the outset of an Inter Partes Review) are reviewable on appeal. This has the potential to reshape the conduct of PTAB Trial proceedings and may alter the relationship between PTAB Trials and parallel District Court proceedings. Click here to read more from Baker Botts IP lawyers.