With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, Baker Botts lawyers have examined many of the major legal and regulatory issues facing the new President.

We have provided their individual perspectives on how President-elect Trump’s Administration might proceed over the next four years.

This includes analysis, video presentations, seminars and news coverage featuring Baker Botts lawyers.

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How Baker Botts has Evolved Into IP Law Giant

Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that the firm's Intellectual Property practice is featured in Texas Lawbook for the strength of its intellectual property law practice in the article, “The Patent for Evolving Intellectually Goes to Baker Botts.” The article showcases the practice’s growth to one of the largest and one of the most successful IP shops in the U.S. and its emergence into the patent litigation landscape over 25 years.  

The article states that revenue from the firm’s technology practice now equals that of its energy practice.  “Of our top 10 clients, six are technology companies,” says Dallas-based Bart Showalter, chair of the firm’s IP practice.

Read the full article here


Global Antitrust Co-Chair Catriona Hatton Recognized Among Top Women in Antitrust 2016

BRUSSELS, 1 December 2016 - Baker Botts, L.L.P., a leading international law firm, proudly announced that Catriona Hatton, Brussels partner and co-chair of the firm’s global Antitrust and Competition practice, is among the lawyers listed in Global Competition Review’s (GCR) Women in Antitrust 2016 as one of the top 100 women in antitrust globally.

Hatton is among the private practitioners named to GCR’s Women in Antitrust 2016 - the publication’s profiling of more than 150 women private practitioners, enforcers, in-house counsel, economists and academics. 

With Hatton co-chairing the global Antitrust and Competition practice, Baker Botts is one of eight out of the 25 international competition practices in GCR’s Global Elite survey that are solely or jointly run by women.

In the GCR feature, Hatton answers questions about advice to women starting out their careers, what brings fulfilment at work, and who she would name as mentors. 

  • “Believe in yourself, work hard and don’t lower your expectations because of your gender,” Hatton stated in response to the advice she would offer to women starting out their careers. 
  • “What brings me fulfilment at work is achieving the best results for clients and helping to build a great and diverse antitrust team who also support and respect each other.” 
  • “I was lucky to have a few great mentors, female and male, both at university and during my professional career. Having great female mentors in particular helped me understand early on that even if it was challenging at times, setting and achieving high professional ambitions does not need to be traded-off against having a family. One of my mentors went on to become Ireland’s first female president!”

Hatton is among a select few on this year’s list who also were featured on GCR’s list in 2004, and GCR reports, since then, “these women – among others – have only added to their antitrust legacies.”

The Women in Antitrust 2016 highlight those who have been at the forefront of competition law in their respective jurisdictions and made groundbreaking contributions to the ever-changing, increasingly globalised competition landscape. Read the full feature


Post-Election Analysis on Cybersecurity, Cybercrime

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 14, 2016 - Baker Botts’ cybersecurity experts provide a post-election analysis on the impact on cybersecurity issues after President-elect Trump confirmed that “improving cybersecurity will be an immediate and top priority” for his administration. 

Doug Henkin - Litigation partner in the New York office 

“People underestimate how cybersecurity is actually both a people problem and a technology problem. Based on what we’re learning of President-elect Trump’s plan relating to cybersecurity and cybercrime, there are details about an approach for mandatory cybersecurity awareness training for all government employees.” 

“This appears to be a good development for setting a positive tone to lead from above with respect to best practices for protecting against cybersecurity threats and is also essential for corporations seeking to ensure good cybersecurity preparedness. Legal frameworks can be used to help develop in-house preparedness, and training personnel is essential to these frameworks to minimize the risk of attack, to be prepared for what to do if an attack occurs, and to ensure maximum efficacy of post-attack damage mitigation. It is essential to increase training as the new administration has recognized, while also remaining vigilant to how cyber attacks occur.” 

Guillermo Christensen - former CIA intelligence officer and U.S. diplomat, now Baker Botts associate in the Washington, D.C., office 

“In terms of the general threat environment, cybersecurity risks are driven by technological change—such as the Internet of Things—that evolve at ever increasing speeds. Ensuring the security of critical infrastructure will need to be a higher priority – the vulnerability of electric grids, the energy infrastructure and communications networks creates the potential for attacks with multiple knock-on effects for the economy and society.” 

“There are things that President-elect Trump could do to deter and frustrate cybercrime and improve the security and resilience of the U.S. economy. One would be to encourage U.S. companies and citizens to use the strongest possible encryption in personal and business environments, which would reduce the value that can be derived from cyber attacks and thus reduce attackers’ incentives to attack. Because of our open economy, the U.S. has much more to gain from being more secure from cybercrime and cyberattacks. 

“Another area that the new Administration could focus on would be to use targeted sanctions against individuals and entities involved in cyber attacks – the threat of doing so against certain countries reportedly has had some impact on the types of attacks that appeared to be coming from certain nation state actors.” 

Baker Botts’ Cybersecurity practice provides clients with counsel on preventing and responding to threats and breaches while accounting for businesses’ exposure to the risks of cybersecurity compromise, from both outward facing and internal threats. Lawyers guide clients on how to protect assets in healthcare, financial services, oil and gas, petrochemicals, power grid and power supply, interstate transmission, shipping, overland transportation systems and other sectors. Recognizing that cybersecurity is complex and requires consistent oversight, lawyers advise on how to engineer and oversee corporate systems, management, operations and transactions to reduce risk. If there is a breach, the team provides continuity of response from preparation to litigation. 


Trump Administration Analysis and Priorities