HOUSTON, November 13, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced the promotion of 12 lawyers to partner, effective January 1, 2019.

“This outstanding class of new partners are future leaders of our firm. They have demonstrated a commitment to providing exceptional client service, and exemplify our core values of professional excellence, teamwork and collegiality, integrity and service to the communities in which they live and work,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts

“I am also particularly pleased to report that this class is one of the most diverse in our history. Their promotion is a testament, once again, to Baker Botts' commitment to providing our clients the many benefits of diverse client service teams,” added Mr. Baker.

The 2019 class of partners includes lawyers from offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, London, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

Brief biographies on each lawyer follows the class listing.

  • Matthew Avery, Intellectual Property, San Francisco
  • Jeff Becker, Intellectual Property, Dallas
  • Grant Everett, Corporate, Dallas
  • Dorine Farah, Litigation, London
  • Syed K. Fareed, Intellectual Property, Austin
  • Courtney Fore, Corporate, Austin
  • Natalie Alfaro Gonzales, Intellectual Property, Houston
  • Bryan Henderson, Corporate, Dallas
  • Scott Looper, Global Projects, Houston
  • Jamie R. Lynn, Intellectual Property, Washington
  • Stacy Turner, Litigation, Washington
  • Paulina Williams, Litigation, Austin

Matthew Avery, Intellectual Property, San Francisco

Mr. Avery works on a range of intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on patent prosecution, counseling and diligence. Mr. Avery has experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, clean tech, sports tech, software and semiconductor arts.

He also has experience in FDA regulatory matters, particularly dealing with the Hatch-Waxman Act, ANDA litigation and the regulation of generic drugs. In addition to providing legal services for his clients, Mr. Avery is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches courses on Patent Prosecution and Food & Drug Law. He previously taught at Santa Clara University, School of Law.

Jeff Becker, Intellectual Property, Dallas

Mr. Becker is a patent attorney with a background in computer engineering. Mr. Becker's practice focuses on intellectual property matters, including complex patent litigation, patent prosecution and patent portfolio development. Mr. Becker's practice has involved a diverse range of technologies, including telecommunications, cellular, semiconductors, electronics, software and robotics.

He has substantial experience in district court litigation, including pleadings, pretrial discovery, invalidity analysis, claim construction, oral argument at Markman hearings, summary judgment, pretrial disclosures and trial. Mr. Becker also has experience in inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Grant Everett, Corporate, Dallas

Mr. Everett represents public and private companies in a variety of corporate matters. Mr. Everett focuses principally on mergers and acquisitions, including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures as well as equity and debt securities offerings. His practice also focuses on structuring and forming joint ventures and other investment vehicles as well as a variety of cross-border transactions. He also advises clients regarding Exchange Act reporting, stock exchange compliance and corporate governance.

Mr. Everett's practice includes the representation of management teams and private equity providers, largely in upstream oil and gas projects. His practice also involves the representation of commercial banks, other institutional lenders and investors, as well as borrowers and issuers of securities, in various forms of financing transactions.

Dorine Farah, Litigation, London

Ms. Farah's practice focuses on international arbitration. Her practice involves a mixture of commercial and investment-treaty arbitration.

Ms. Farah has extensive experience with arbitral practice and procedure both in civil and common law systems. Her practice also includes representation in public international law arbitrations and pre-contentious advice on various international law and cross-border issues.

Ms. Farah has acted as counsel in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations (including under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules).

She also teaches regularly on international arbitration topics and is the co-author of a chapter on Arbitration in London: Features of the London Court of International Arbitration.

Syed K. Fareed, Intellectual Property, Austin

Mr. Fareed has experience in intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on patent litigation before Federal district courts, the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. He has represented clients in a broad spectrum of technologies, such as computer software, e-commerce, telecommunications, data processing, semiconductors, magnetic tape storage as well as medical and dental devices.

His litigation experience ranges from jury trials, bench trials, ITC evidentiary hearings, Markman hearings, summary judgment proceedings, to all aspects of fact and expert discovery. Mr. Fareed's transactional experience includes negotiating license agreements, advising clients on intellectual property acquisitions and conducting due diligence.

Courtney Fore, Corporate, Austin

Ms. Fore provides ongoing representation to corporate clients, including public issuers, private companies and venture and private equity funds. She advises clients regarding all manner of corporate issues, including public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases, SEC compliance and disclosure, corporate governance and other general corporate matters.

Natalie Alfaro Gonzales, Intellectual Property, Houston

Ms. Gonzales practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and licensing. Ms. Gonzales works on patent litigation matters involving a variety of technologies, including mechanical and electrical devices and computer systems. Her litigation experience also includes copyright infringement and Lanham Act actions.

Ms. Gonzales practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preparing and prosecuting patent applications involving an equally wide array of technologies. In addition, Ms. Gonzales advises clients on IP-related aspects of corporate transactions and license agreements.

Bryan Henderson, Corporate, Dallas

Mr. Henderson advises public and private companies and private equity funds in connection with complex transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, funding arrangements, portfolio company formations and joint ventures. He has significant experience in the energy and technology industries.

He also represents corporate clients and investment banks in various capital markets transactions involving public and private securities offerings, including IPOs, follow-on equity offerings, 144A transactions and, in connection with Chapter 11 restructurings, rights offerings. He also counsels clients on Exchange Act reporting, stock exchange compliance and other corporate governance matters.

Scott Looper, Global Projects, Houston

Mr. Looper has in-depth understanding of the energy supply chain arising from his work on numerous energy projects in the lower 48 United States, Alaska, Hawaii, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Venezuela. His work focuses primarily on midstream, LNG and upstream energy industry project development activities, including divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, asset construction and asset operations.

He has negotiated contracts for owners, operators and customers related to the purchase and sale, production, transportation, gathering, storage and processing of crude oil, gas, natural gas, LNG, NGLs and their refined products and related assets. He has also worked on various regulatory and litigation matters in connection with state and federal energy regulatory agencies.

Jamie R. Lynn, Intellectual Property, Washington

Mr. Lynn's practice focuses on complex patent litigation in the areas of software, satellite communications, set-top box technology, IC power management, semiconductor design and manufacture, databases and data warehousing. His experience ranges from pre-filing investigation all the way through appeal. He has also counseled clients and prosecuted patent applications in many fields, including credit card payment systems, printing systems, cloud computing, Time Encoding Machines (specialized Analog-to-Digital converters), augmented reality systems and semiconductor manufacturing.

Stacy Turner, Litigation, Washington

Ms. Turner is experienced in multinational merger reviews and criminal and civil antitrust investigations. She has counseled clients through all stages of the merger review process, including representing parties before the antitrust agencies, complying with government information requests and coordinating antitrust filings in numerous foreign jurisdictions.

She has defended U.S. and foreign corporations and individuals in grand jury investigations involving allegations of price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation. In criminal investigations, she has assisted clients with a range of cartel defense strategies, including obtaining leniency status and designation as a cooperating witness.

Paulina Williams, Litigation, Austin

Ms. Williams advises clients across industrial and commercial sectors on complex environmental matters. Paulina's experience spans water quality, water rights, waste, air and natural resources issues. She has worked extensively on environmental permitting, including contested case hearings, cross-agency consultations and permit defense in state and federal court actions.

She advises clients on environmental compliance, including guiding clients under the Texas Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Privilege Act, and helping with enforcement actions. In addition, Ms. Williams litigates environmental claims and provides transactional support in deals involving significant environmental permits, liabilities or risks.

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Rob Maier Appointed as Chair of the Firm's New York Intellectual Property Group

NEW YORK, November 30, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that Rob Maier, a New York based Intellectual Property partner, will become Chair of the New York Intellectual Property Group effective December 1st.

Mr. Maier succeeds Rob Scheinfeld, who has led the Practice for the past 15 years, and will remain Partner-in-Charge of the firm's New York office.

“Rob Scheinfeld has done an outstanding job of leading our New York Intellectual Property Group for a very long time.  Under his leadership, we have increased the breadth of our services, the number of highly qualified New York based Intellectual Property lawyers, and the group to its largest size ever, as well as dramatically expanded the number of client engagements and relationships,” said Bart Showalter, Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice.

“I have enjoyed leading the New York Intellectual Property team and working to grow our business through a single focused commitment to meeting and exceeding client expectations. Rob Maier is an outstanding lawyer and will do a tremendous job in continuing to grow the practice in the years to come,” said Mr. Scheinfeld.

Mr. Maier is an intellectual property and patent trial lawyer and his practice serves multinational clients involved in patent cases across a broad spectrum of technologies, from smartphones and display technologies, to drink packaging and stem cells.

Recognized for his depth of skills and experience in all phases of litigation, Rob regularly handles Markman hearings and complex patent trial work in high profile matters in district court and at the International Trade Commission. His practice also extends beyond litigation, into patent preparation and prosecution, counseling, in connection with IP and big data issues, licensing, Intellectual Property asset evaluation, and due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Maier graduated from George Washington University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and received his J.D from Fordham University School of Law.

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Former Acting Chair and Commissioner of Federal Trade Commission Joins Baker Botts

WASHINGTON D.C., December 6, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm today announced that Maureen K. Ohlhausen has joined the firm, and will become a partner and a Co-Chair of the global Antitrust Practice effective January 1, 2019.

From January 2017 to May 2018, Ms. Ohlhausen was Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, the highest-ranking position in the agency, charged with antitrust enforcement and consumer protection. She served as FTC Commissioner from 2012 until her appointment as acting Chairman. She also led the FTC's Office of Policy Planning, as its Director, from 2004-2008 before leaving the agency in 2008 to serve clients in private practice.

During her distinguished tenure at the top echelon of the FTC, Ms. Ohlhausen was a leading voice in shaping the current standards that apply to antitrust, privacy and consumer protection laws, both in the U.S. and globally through her interactions with regulators, elected officials, judges and scholars, both at home and abroad. She has received numerous awards, including the FTC's Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement Award and the George Mason University Distinguished Alumni Award.

In early 2018, Ms. Ohlhausen was nominated by President Trump to serve on the United States Court of Federal Claims. She recently withdrew her nomination in favor of her decision to serve the needs of clients in private practice.

"Maureen has an exceptionally impressive background highlighted by her significant and influential recent tenure as Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and as a former Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. Our clients will directly benefit from having a lawyer with Maureen's depth of experience available to work with them on their antitrust and FTC related matters," said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

"I have known Maureen for many years and worked with her very closely when we were both at the FTC. We are thrilled to welcome her as a Co-Chair to our global Antitrust team, and know that clients will benefit from her unique insights and experience in this increasingly complex business environment. Maureen brings a wealth of experience, not only in the antitrust sector, but also in the data privacy and cybersecurity arena," said Steve Weissman, Co-Chair of the firm's global Antitrust Practice and former Deputy Director for the FTC's Bureau of Competition between 2013-2015.

"Over the past six months, we have added five very highly regarded partners to our Competition Practice which was already recognized as one of the strongest in the world. In addition to Maureen, Matthew Levitt joined our team in Brussels, Peter Huston in San Francisco, and Mark Botti and Anthony Swisher in Washington, D.C. These additions are a testament to our commitment to serve our clients on the important strategic and challenging competition, consumer protection and data privacy, and security matters that they face, and to assemble the highest-level expertise to succeed on their behalf. We're building on the success of the Baker Botts Antitrust Practice and couldn't be happier that Maureen has joined our team," said John Taladay, Co-Chair of the firm's Antitrust Practice.

Before joining the FTC, Ms. Ohlhausen spent five years serving as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and as a staff attorney. She earned her J.D. from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.

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Statement of James A. Baker III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff for President George H.W. Bush

The legacy of George H.W. Bush will be forever etched in the history of America and the world. It is a lifelong record of selfless patriotic service to our nation. He was the youngest Navy pilot in World War II, a Texas congressman, UN ambassador, America's first envoy to China, CIA director, vice president and president. In each and every one of these positions, he led with strength, integrity, compassion and humility -- characteristics that define a truly great man and effective leader. With a singularly unique consistency, he always demonstrated these traits, whether on the global stage or interacting with people in his everyday life. His passion was a deep love of family and country. It was my great joy to have had him as my special friend for more than 60 years. My wife, Susan, joins me in grieving the passing of our dear friend and sending the entire Bush family our deepest love and condolences.

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