HOUSTON, May 26, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that the firm won the prestigious 2017 Chambers USA Award for Excellence for Energy/Projects: Oil & Gas at Chambers’ annual awards ceremony in New York City. Firm Partners Stuart Solsky and Michael Didriksen received the award on behalf of the firm. 

“Recognition like this from our clients and peers highlights the depth and breadth of our global energy practice and our focus on providing first class client service,” said Steven Miles, a Washington DC based Partner and Chair of the Firm’s Energy Sector Committee. 

“For more than a century, our Energy and Natural Resources Practice has represented a wide variety of clients in the energy industry, from nearly all of the major domestic and international oil and gas operators, service companies and pipelines to numerous regional and independent producers, processors, transporters, distributors and marketers,” added Mr. Miles. 

The other firms nominated for the recognition this year were Bracewell LLP, Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP and Vinson & Elkins LLP. 

In addition to the special recognition at the awards ceremony, Baker Botts continues to maintain its Band 1 position in Chambers USA for National: Projects Oil and Gas for the ninth consecutive year and National: Projects LNG for the third consecutive year. 

The newly released Chambers USA 2017 guide includes client quotes stating the following, "They are an outstanding firm and always have the answer to just about everything. They are also responsive and do great work for us." 

"The LNG team is five star across the board in terms of client service, expertise, availability and drafting as well as commercial and legal acumen. They have a very deep understanding of the LNG business and contracts at a level that is unique," continues the client commentary. 

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Who’s Who Legal’s Competition 2017 Features Baker Botts Lawyers in Brussels and D.C.

BRUSSELS, May 24, 2017– Baker Botts L.L.P., an international law firm, is pleased to announce nine of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition lawyers are among the best in the Brussels and Washington, D.C. markets in Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2017, a survey of the world’s leading competition practitioners and determined through Global Competition Review’s independent research with clients and peers. 

WWL: Competition 2017 highlights Baker Botts’ Antitrust co-chairs John Taladay and Catriona Hatton as Leading Individuals in its annual overview of the international competition legal market. Ms. Hatton is cited in the survey as a “truly excellent” lawyer and “a standout practitioner at the firm,” noting she was part of the team representing Halliburton in its aborted US $28 billion merger with Baker Hughes. Mr. Taladay is analyzed as “a top legal mind but is still relatable”, say sources, while others are quick to comment on his “excellent antitrust instincts, particularly before the US agencies.” 

Most notably this year, Baker Botts Partners David Cardwell and Erik Koons are listed in the Future Leaders category, a first-ever feature of Who’s Who that encompasses the world’s leading competition experts 45 or under who are considered to be the future leaders of the international legal community. Mr. Cardwell is recommended for his “fantastic understanding of legal concepts” and his “ability to take on very complex issues”. 

Baker Botts lawyers listed in Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2017, include: 

Brussels, Belgium 
David Cardwell 
Catriona Hatton 
Paul Lugard 
Georg Berrisch 

Washington, D.C. 
Sean Boland 
Paul Cuomo 
Erik Koons 
James Rill 
John Taladay 

Who’s Who Legal lists exceptional attorneys and firms throughout an array of jurisdictions each year through its awards listings. Nominees are based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. 


Baker Botts Earns 33 Practice Area Rankings in Chambers USA 2017

HOUSTON, May 26, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that in addition to winning the 2017 Chambers USA Award for Energy/Projects: Oil & Gas, the newly published Chambers USA 2017 awarded the firm 33 practice group rankings. 

Seven of the practice group rankings earned by the firm were in Band 1: 

National: Projects: Oil & Gas (for the tenth consecutive year) 
National: Projects: LNG 
Texas: Corporate/M&A 
Texas: Environment 
Texas: Intellectual Property 
Texas: Real Estate 
Texas: Tax

Baker Botts’ highly regarded Antitrust practice also returned to the national ranking list - National: Antitrust (Band 4). 

Regarding the firm’s Nationwide Environment group, Chambers USA commentary states, “There is ‘no question as to the caliber of the attorneys,’ according to interviewees, who further praise the firm's ability to keep abreast of new rules.” 

Additionally, the firm’s Intellectual Property practice was praised by clients for having “confidence in handling patent litigation. They anticipate what needs to be done and then come to you with a fully thought-out strategy; they are very much proactive as opposed to reactive." 

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Baker Botts to Unveil Founders Room Celebrating More Than 175 Years of Legal Service

HOUSTON, May 22, 2017 - On Tuesday May 23, 2017, Baker Botts will unveil its recently completed Founders' Room.

The Founders' Room, located in Baker Botts' Houston office, was initially conceived in 2015 during the firm's 175th Anniversary celebration. It will serve as a living museum and chronicles the history of the firm since its founding in 1840.

"The early history of Baker Botts in many ways reflects the history of Houston, the State of Texas and the United States. Our firm has seen a civil war, a depression, two world wars, the invention of the computer, the discovery of oil in Texas and the rise of Houston as one of the great cities of the world," said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

The official opening and ribbon cutting will take place at 5:30 pm CST.

Secretary James A. Baker III, a Senior Partner and the nation's 61st Secretary of State, along with firm Managing Partner, Andrew M. Baker will attend and participate in the ribbon cutting. 


Baker Botts Wins 2017 Chambers USA Award for Excellence for Energy/Projects: Oil & Gas