Baker Botts Announces New Partners for 2007

HOUSTON, October 3, 2006 -- Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Managing Partner, Walter J. Smith, today announced the firm’s 2006 new partners. Effective January 1, 2007, 18 lawyers will comprise the 74th group in the firm’s history to become new members of the partnership on New Year’s Day.

“This is one of our largest partnership classes in recent years,” Smith said. “These lawyers have demonstrated exemplary legal skills and a dedication to providing the highest quality of service to our clients that is the hallmark of being a partner at Baker Botts. They add considerable depth to our strong team of lawyers.”

The 2007 new partners for Baker Botts include:

Jeffrey D. Baxter/Intellectual Property, Dallas
Joshua Frank/Environmental, Washington
Michael A. Hawes/Intellectual Property, Houston
William D. Howell/Corporate, Dallas
Derek Jones/Corporate, London
Carey C. Jordan/Intellectual Property, Houston
Matthew L. Larsen/Tax, Dallas
Ryan J. Maierson/Corporate, Houston
Michael C. Massengale/Litigation, Houston
James H. Mayor/Corporate, Houston
Mark A. Miller/Litigation, Washington
Brian W. Oaks/Intellectual Property, Dallas
Matthew G. Paulson/Environmental, Austin
Paul F. Perea/Corporate, Houston
Chad Pinson/Litigation, Dallas
Gavin R. Villareal/Litigation, Austin
Matthew T. West/Global Projects, Washington
Rebecca M. Williams/Corporate, Dallas

Brief biographical information on each of these lawyers follows.

Baker Botts 2007 Partnership Class

Jeffrey D. Baxter   
Baxter has extensive experience in various types of intellectual property litigation, including patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation lawsuits. He has also been actively involved in commercial disputes centering on software, hardware, networking, and other sophisticated technologies. Baxter counsels both small and large companies to help them identify, protect, and leverage their intellectual property assets.

Joshua Frank    
Frank’s practice centers on environmental and energy regulatory law and litigation, and he handles matters falling under a wide variety of environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.

Michael A. Hawes   
Hawes assists companies seeking to resolve technology disputes, handling cases dealing with patent and trademark infringement, antitrust violations, trade secret misappropriation, and violation of the intellectual property provisions of employment agreements.

William D. Howell   
Howell advises clients on securities, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. He also has extensive experience in venture capital and other fundraising matters, as well as in a wide variety of information technology transactions for software, Internet, and other technology companies.

Derek Jones    
Jones has extensive U.K. and cross-border corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions experience. His broad expertise includes takeovers, acquisitions, mergers and demergers, U.K. listings, rights issues, joint ventures, and reorganizations, as well as private acquisitions and transactions.

Carey C. Jordan   
Jordan handles all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on chemical patent prosecution and litigation. Jordan has developed particular expertise in advising clients how to effectively assemble and manage their patent portfolios, protect their valuable technology, and recognize potential competitive advantages and licensing opportunities vis-à-vis their competitors’ portfolios. She regularly counsels clients with respect to their relative freedom to operate a given technology in their chosen field. Her practice also includes trade secret litigation.

Matthew L. Larsen   
Larsen assists clients with a wide variety of Texas and multistate franchise, income, and sales and use tax planning and controversy matters. He has recently represented clients in Texas franchise tax restructurings, multistate nexus planning, asset acquisitions and dispositions, power facility construction projects, bundled sales and service transactions, and the structuring of transactions among affiliates.

Ryan J. Maierson   
Maierson represents public and private businesses in a broad range of corporate and securities matters. His practice includes securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, special committee representation, hedge fund formation, and general commercial transactions and advice. Mr. Maierson regularly represents corporate clients in the oil and gas, power, chemical, and concrete sectors, as well as issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of capital markets transactions.

Michael C. Massengale  
Massengale primarily represents clients in business and personal injury trial matters, as well as in securities and antitrust litigation. He has taken part in a number of trials and injunction hearings in Texas and Delaware courts.

James H. Mayor   
Mayor focuses primarily on public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. The clients he represents include companies in the energy and energy services, oil and gas exploration and production, and chemical industries.

Mark A. Miller   
Miller’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, and complex civil litigation. He has represented clients in federal grand jury investigations, SEC enforcement actions, Department of Justice and congressional investigations, and in federal prosecutions, both in trial courts and on appeal. His criminal defense experience includes the areas of fraud, antitrust, and food and drug, and he has substantial experience in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has participated in internal investigations, assisted in developing corporate compliance programs, and provided counseling to clients on FCPA matters.

Brian W. Oaks    
Oaks is experienced in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution, patent litigation, technology licensing, and patent portfolio development and management. He manages the development of strategic patent portfolios in a wide range of technologies, from telecommunications and software to optical networking and mechanical/industrial devices.

Matthew G. Paulson   
Paulson handles a wide variety of environmental and health and safety matters, including multimedia regulatory compliance, rulemaking, enforcement, permitting, environmental litigation, internal investigations, and transactional advice. Mr. Paulson regularly tracks state and federal rulemakings regarding environmental enforcement, providing advice and advocating on behalf of Texas industries.

Paul F. Perea    
Perea’s practice focuses on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. He represents issuers and investment banking firms in both equity and debt offerings, including initial public offerings, shelf registrations, and private placements. Mr. Perea’s mergers and acquisitions experience includes various types of negotiated acquisitions and dispositions. He also assists clients on an ongoing basis with general corporate concerns, including Exchange Act reporting, corporate governance, and Section 16 matters.

Chad Pinson    
Pinson has broad experience defending clients in consumer law, consumer fraud, credit reporting, class action, commercial litigation, wrongful death, and products liability matters. In the course of his practice, he has represented a number of major corporations proceeding both as plaintiff and as defendant in complex commercial disputes.

Gavin R. Villareal   
Villareal represents clients in a wide variety of complex business-related disputes in state and federal court, with an emphasis on professional liability litigation. He regularly advises some of the largest accounting firms in cases involving audit and consulting issues.

Matthew T. West   
West focuses on international transactions, U.S. regulation of international trade and investment, and international dispute resolution. He assists clients with their investments in operations abroad, including resolving disputes in international arbitral for a and regulatory proceedings.

Rebecca M. Williams   
Williams advises clients on securities, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate and corporate governance matters. The clients she represents come from a variety of industries, including high technology and old economy companies.

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