SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2018 – Baker Botts California lawyers Cynthia Cole and Stuart Plunkett led discussions at “Fearless Entrepreneurs: Unstoppable & Extraordinary,” on March 8, 2018. Hosted by the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern Alumni Association, the first of a four-part series presented a distinguished panel of alumni to provide firsthand guidance on what it means to be a fearless entrepreneur and to harness the power of intuition in times of uncertainty.

“I felt privileged to be part of a panel of women who have accomplished so much and contributed to the rich heritage of entrepreneurship,” said Baker Botts’ Cynthia Cole, a former CEO and General Counsel in public and private companies in a range of sectors. “One theme, in particular, about mentoring struck me: reach out to people who move you, to people from whom you can learn, without being asked, without being part of a formal program. Mentoring happens naturally, not always by design.”

“This was a great opportunity for the audience to hear from business leaders in our community and to share ideas about entrepreneurship and career building,” said firm partner Stuart Plunkett. 

The entrepreneur alumni panel shared insights on what it means to be an entrepreneur, how to approach fear in decision-making and strengthen your leadership skills to take your team to the next level. Panelists included
  • Cynthia Cole (JD ’00) Special Counsel, Baker Botts LLP; 

  • Andy Cunningham (BA ’79) Founder & President, Cunningham Collective; 

  • Karen Roter Davis (JD-MBA ’00) Director at X, the moonshot factory (a division of Alphabet);

  • Nicole Kelsey (JD ’92) General Counsel & Secretary, ‎Amyris 

  • Moderated by: Stuart Plunkett (JD ’95) Partner, Baker Botts LLP 

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Pictured from left to right: Karen Roter Davis, Cynthia Cole, Nicole Kelsey, Andy Cunningham
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Sarah Guske Named Intellectual Property Trailblazer by National Law Journal

SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce Intellectual Property partner Sarah Guske has been named to National Law Journal’s list of Intellectual Property Trailblazers. Top lawyers recognized on the annual list have “achieved remarkable successes” and continue to “make their mark” in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law. This is the third consecutive year Baker Botts is named on the National Law Journal’s IP Trailblazers list.

Ms. Guske is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property group with thirteen years of experience litigating software and electronics patent litigation cases. She has litigated matters in district court and before the PTAB involving a wide variety of technologies, including telecommunication protocols and systems, MPEG Multimedia data for broadcast, telephonic voice recognition software and graphic chipset design.

In the March 2018 edition, Ms. Guske stated, “It’s more important than ever to count on teams to synthesize multivenue strategies early on…and to do that, you need teams with good experience, starting with junior associates. I hope to pay it forward, so I’ve been co-teaching PTAB trial class at UC Hastings. It’s one of the first of its kind.”

With over 180 IP lawyers and patent professionals, holding over 220 technical degrees, Baker Botts has an incredibly deep bench of practitioners with a wealth of experience in patent litigation, patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings. Baker Botts’ IP practice also authors the PTAB Trials Blog, which provides a unique perspective on news, trends and analysis of PTAB proceedings as they evolve, including IPRs, CBMRs, and post-grant reviews (PGRs), and the wide-ranging impact the proceedings have on the patent litigation landscape.

A profile on Ms. Guske is featured in the March 2018 annual edition of National Law Journal’s IP Trailblazers list. Baker Botts partner Wayne Stacy and David Wille were named to the 2017 and 2016 lists, respectively.
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Super Lawyers: 2018 Rising Stars Edition

HOUSTON, March 21, 2016 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that the 2018 edition of Texas Super Lawyers magazine named 40 firm lawyers as “Texas Rising Stars.” The ranked lawyers received the highest points total during the nomination, research and peer review process.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

The full list of Baker Botts lawyers recognized in the 2018 edition can be viewed here.
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Noted Energy Lawyer Lewis Jones Joins Baker Botts in London

LONDON, 19 March, 2018 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that Lewis Jones, an energy transactions specialist, has joined the firm’s London office as a partner in its Global Projects group.

“Lewis is a valuable addition to our Global Projects team. His advisory track record for clients in the upstream, midstream and downstream energy sectors, including power generation (both conventional and renewables) and energy storage is second to none. His appointment demonstrates our commitment to the energy sector and to strengthening our international network, in London and elsewhere,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“I am delighted that Lewis has chosen to join Baker Botts. He has an excellent understanding of the corporate issues and commercial drivers facing today’s energy industry, including industry consolidation, the increasing role of private equity and the development of new technologies. As part of our market leading team, he will play a vital role counselling our clients on a wide range of global projects. We’re dedicated to growing our team in London by hiring the best legal talent available in the City, and the addition of Lewis represents a key step towards realising our ambitions,” said Mark Rowley, Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s London office.

Lewis was previously a partner for almost five years with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP an international law firm in London. Prior to this, he was a partner with Vinson and Elkins, which included several years spent based in the United Arab Emirates.

"Baker Botts is a leading international energy firm, and I am pleased to be joining such a dedicated team of talented and enterprising energy advisors in the London office. The energy industry is undergoing profound change in both the oil and gas and power sectors, both in terms of the way transactions are structured and the entry of new participants. In addition, renewable power (and related energy storage projects) continues to develop rapidly, with notable growth in emerging markets. Baker Botts will play a key role in advising its clients as the industry changes and I hope my experience and capabilities will contribute to those efforts,” said Mr. Jones.

Mr. Jones obtained a BA (Hons) from Newcastle University, England, and a CPE and Finals from the College of Law in Lancaster Gate, England. He is qualified to practice law in England and Wales.
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