HOUSTON, September 20, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that the firm upheld its Band 1 ranking in the Texas: Private Wealth Law category in the second edition of Chambers High Net Worth

Interviewees describe Baker Botts’ Private Wealth Law Practice as “responsive, idea-generating and having contemporary, up-to-date knowledge.” Another source states “The firm provides a high-quality level service. They are one of the best in Houston. They bring a can-do attitude. It is much more of a proactive and creative approach. They are the movers and shakers" 

Along with the practice ranking, three firm lawyers received high ranks in the guide: 

John Porter 
Texas: Private Wealth Law (Band 1)  
USA: Private Wealth Disputes (Band 1)

Stephen Dyer
Texas: Private Wealth Law (Band 1)
USA: Private Wealth: Central Region (Band 2)

Paige Ben-Yaacov
Texas: Private Wealth Law (Band 2)

Please click to view Baker Botts’ full list of accolades in Chambers High Net Worth.


Baker Botts Co-Sponsors Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation Event

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 8, 2017 – Baker Botts is proud to support and sponsor the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation’s inaugural fundraising event on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Members of the press are invited to attend the cocktail hour from 6-7pm ET. 

On Friday, August 18, 2017, the President of the United States signed into law a bipartisan bill authorizing the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation (GWOTMF) to oversee the fundraising, design and construction of a national memorial honoring our nation’s service members and others killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other post-9/11 military campaigns in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The memorial will also honor the sacrifices of their families and those who supported our nation’s longest war. 

Over the course of a year, lawyers in Baker Botts’ Washington, D.C., office advised the non-profit Foundation, GWOTMF, and its Board of Directors on legal matters as it guided the effort for the memorial’s federal approval. The firm will continue to advise the Board which is tasked with raising the funds for construction. 

Several Baker Botts lawyers who advised the Foundation also served during the Global War on Terrorism. The lawyers working on this matter include (all in Washington unless noted) Brendan Dignan (Senior Associate, Corporate; Army veteran), Anthony Scalice (Senior Associate, Government Contracts; Air Force veteran), Gus Biggio (Associate, Corporate; Marine Corps veteran – Dubai office), Susan Toumanian (Associate, Corporate), Stephanie Jeane (Associate, Employment Benefits) and Peter Farrell (Associate, Tax). 

Event location: 
Potomac View Terrace 
The American Pharmacists Association 
2215 Constitution Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20037 

For additional information regarding the fundraiser, please click here

To learn more about the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation, please click here

To attend the event or speak with a Baker Botts lawyer on this issue, please contact Brecke Boyd at


Future of the Energy Industry in focus at Baker Botts, Rice University’s Baker Institute Forum

HOUSTON, September 14, 2017 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, is pleased to co-host the first Global Energy Transitions Summit with Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on Thursday Sept. 28, 2017. 

More than a dozen prominent speakers from the oil, gas and power industries will present. The summit is a forum for key industry leaders and decision makers to gain insight into the future of the energy industry. 

Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies and Baker Botts LLP, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required. 

Who: Featured keynotes for the program include former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, the honorary chair of the Baker Institute and partner at Baker Botts, and Robert Johnston, the CEO of the Eurasia Group.

Steven Miles, a Partner at Baker Botts and Chair of the Firm’s Energy Sector Committee, and Kenneth Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies, are the program chairmen.

For the agenda and complete list of speakers, go to

What: Global Energy Transitions Summit. 

When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St. 

At the summit, speakers, including CEOs and other corporate leaders as well as industry experts in finance, investment and law, will address topics ranging from oil and gas to electricity, renewables and technology. In addition, panel discussions will examine ongoing energy transitions and how economics, policy and technology are driving change across all energy markets. 

The public must RSVP for the event at A live webcast will be available at the event page. The social media hashtag for the event is #BakerEnergy. 

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327. 

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage. 
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Hurricane Harvey Crisis Response Group

A disaster such as Hurricane Harvey brings with it a number of legal questions. In response to these questions, Baker Botts has launched a Harvey Crisis Response Group.

This cross-disciplinary group can provide you with support to address the questions and challenges that many of us will face in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

As part of our Harvey relief efforts, we have put together a number of resources which will help you in your recovery efforts.

This includes the Harvey Relief Guide. It highlights many of the services available to those who have been impacted by this storm.

Baker Botts lawyers are here to assist our clients, answering any questions they may have as we navigate this crisis. If you are in need of support, please contact the State Bar of Texas Disaster Hotline – 1-800-504-7030 or State Bar of Texas Disaster Relief Resources

Harvey Crisis Relief

Harvey Crisis Response Guide

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