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NEW YORK, June 20, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, and Chambers and Partners co-hosted the 2017 Chambers Diversity Summit which featured a panel of trailblazing General Counsel and a Baker Botts partner offering guidance on creative methods to affect change and innovative ways to increase law firm diversity. The third annual summit was held Friday, June 16th at the Yale Club of New York City and built upon previous years topics, including ‘Advancing the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion’ and ‘Achieving Your Diversity Goals.’ 

“The panel of prominent in-house counsel committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession provided a timely look at what is lacking in the industry,” said Gail Stewart, Baker Botts partner and chair of the firm's Diversity Committee. “There is no better group to promote the significance of the topic and the importance of making meaningful change.” 

“It's easy to say that 'I don't have the time or bandwidth to focus on diversity’,” said Michelle Ifill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon Corporate Services. “But as with any worthwhile business imperative, it takes intentionality to drive and maintain diverse and inclusive cultures. Companies are willing to help their firms make the necessary changes to meet this business imperative, but the firm leaders must recognize that this is a priority and personally engage.” 

The panel included Ellen Farell, Assistant General Counsel, Toyota Legal One, Toyota Motors North America, Inc.; Michelle Ifill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon Corporate Services; Matt Lepore, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, BASF Corporation; and Terence Rozier-Byrd, Partner, Baker Botts (moderator). With a keynote speech from Dennis Archer, Chairman Emeritus at Dickinson Wright, this year’s summit proved to be the foremost event on diversity in the legal profession. 

“Chambers Diversity was delighted to team up with Baker Botts for our third annual Diversity Summit,” said Chris Kay, Global Seminars and Diversity Manager, of Chambers and Partners. “As a leading firm in advancing diversity across the globe, our partnership with Baker Botts has seen the Diversity Summit grow year by year with returning attendees praising the passion of our speakers and the tangible takeaways offered. Given that a number of major companies are now declaring that diversity is an essential factor when choosing outside counsel and implementing a variety of policies to directly influence change, this year we focused on ‘Innovative Ways General Counsel Drive Law Firm Diversity’.”

Key highlights from the event, include:
  • Why corporations implement resolutions to encourage law firms to prioritize diversity.
  • What firms can do today to move the needle for diversity.  
  • What measurable success will look like for the industry in the next five years.  

For a recap of the live Tweets from the event, visit @bakerbotts on Twitter. 


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Former Texas Appeals Court Justice Rejoins Baker Botts as Litigation Partner

HOUSTON, June 15, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P, a leading international law firm, today announced that Justice Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle, a former member of the Texas First Court of Appeals, has rejoined the firm as a partner of its Litigation Department based in Houston. 

Justice Huddle, who was appointed to the First Court in 2011 and elected in 2012, authored over 400 majority opinions during her tenure on the bench. Before entering public service, Ms. Huddle was a Litigation partner with the firm. Her practice focused on complex business litigation including commercial disputes and securities and shareholder actions. 

“Rebeca is a top notch trial lawyer who has served as a jurist of the highest distinction. We are delighted that she has decided to rejoin her partners and to add her to our roster of talented trial lawyers who daily are helping our clients with their most important disputes and investigations,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. 

“Baker Botts is known for having a best-in-class litigation and trial department. Having a trial lawyer of Rebeca’s quality and experience rejoin our firm further adds to our bench strength and will bring significant value for our clients,” said Van Beckwith, Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. 

“Returning to Baker Botts is like coming home. I am thrilled that I will be able to bring the experience and perspective I gained on the bench back to our clients,” said Justice Huddle. 

A Texas native, Justice Huddle obtained her undergraduate degree from Stanford and her J.D. from The University of Texas Law School. 

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Baker Botts Wins Transatlantic Legal Award for Large Deals M&A Team of the Year

LONDON, 12 June, 2017 -

Baker Botts LLP, a leading international law firm, announced today that the firm won the prestigious Transatlantic Legal Award for M&A Team of the Year (Large Deals), for its work on Liberty Media’s acquisition of Formula 1, at a ceremony held at London’s One Whitehall Place last week.

The awards, which were hosted by Legal Week, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel, were judged by a panel of senior editors and reporters and recognised firms, lawyers and in-house legal departments for their work spanning the world’s two largest and most fiercely competitive markets.

“Our corporate team is extremely proud of achieving such great recognition for our transatlantic capabilities, and for the client satisfaction we delivered to Liberty Media as a result of significant cross-practice lawyering on both sides of the Atlantic. This award affirms the market-leading position of our corporate practice and our ability to deliver sound strategic guidance for our clients on large, complex and sophisticated international transactions,” said Derek Jones, Chair of the London Corporate Department and the lead London based Corporate Partner on the transaction.

The Baker Botts corporate team included: Derek Jones (Co-Lead and Partner, London), Renee Wilm (Co-Lead and Partner, New York), Buzz McGrath (Partner, New York), Beverly Reyes (Special Counsel, New York), Brittany Uthoff (Associate, New York), Sarah Melaney (Associate, London), Justin Blass (Associate, New York), Matt Lewy (Associate, London), Sarah Beaumont (Associate, London)  and Rachel Ratcliffe (Associate, Austin).

Please click to review the 2017 Transatlantic Legal Awards Winners.

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Noted Environmental Lawyer Joins Baker Botts

SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2017 - Baker Botts, L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that Chris Carr has joined the firm’s Environmental Practice based in San Francisco.

“Chris has a proven track record as an Environmental lawyer drawing from his experience both in private practice and from his work with the U.S. Departments of the Interior and State,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“Chris has a demonstrated ability to collaborate with government and private sector resources in serving client needs. He has an impressive record of defeating suits brought to stop projects from going forward, in both federal and state courts,” added Mr. Baker.

Mr. Carr represents businesses, land developers, private individuals, public agencies and nonprofits in all areas of environmental and natural resource law, including energy, transportation, water, forestry, mining, coastal and marine resources, and agriculture.

“Chris has handled some of the toughest siting, permitting and approval fights in the country,” said Scott Janoe, Chair of the Environmental Practice Group of Baker Botts.

“He can do complex projects soup to nuts. His ability to pull land use approvals, secure environmental permits and advise on the preparation of environmental review documents, all on the front end of a project, makes him highly effective in defending projects against litigation challenges. His California resources law and CEQA practice is unparalleled, and his federal program experience and expertise will help our clients across the U.S.” added Mr. Janoe.

In particular, Mr. Carr's practice focuses on permitting and litigation under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as their California counterparts: the California ESA, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

He is also an expert in local, state, federal and international laws, regulations, initiatives and programs to promote the development of clean energy.

“Chris is the sixth new partner to join our San Francisco office since opening the office last year. He is a talented lawyer, and we are thrilled to have him join our team as we continue to expand the range of services we offer clients from our California offices,” said Pat Stanton, Partner-in-Charge of Baker Botts’ San Francisco office.

“Baker Botts has an outstanding reputation for its leading energy and environmental law practices. I am delighted to be part of its growth in the Bay Area and to be able to offer my clients the firm’s national environmental and energy platform and capabilities,” said Mr. Carr.

“My practice, which focuses on permitting complex projects and defending them against challenges to approvals, permits and environmental review documents in federal and state courts, as well as defending against "citizen suits" brought under federal environmental statutes, is the perfect fit for the kind of high-stakes work for which Baker Botts is known,” added Mr. Carr.

Mr. Carr is recommended by Chambers USA (2015, 2016), Legal 500 US (2012-2016) and Best Lawyers (2009-2017). In 2013 and 2016, he was recognized by Best Lawyers as "San Francisco Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year," an honor given to a single lawyer in the metropolitan area.

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General Counsel Advance Law Firm Diversity Discussion in Third Annual Baker Botts, Chambers Diversity Summit