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Baker Botts Named Top 3 Lobby Practice in Texas

Grace and Poinsett Included in Capitol Inside’s Top Lobbyist Rankings

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AUSTIN, February 13, 2013
-- Baker Botts L.L.P. is rated a Top 3 law firm lobby practice in Texas, according to Capitol Inside’s 10th Annual Texas Lobby Power Rankings.

In addition, Partner James Grace, Jr., leader of the firm’s Texas Government Relations practice group, and Special Counsel Royce Poinsett are both named in the Power Rankings list of the Top 40 Texas Lobbyists out of approximately 2,000 lobbyists registered in Texas.

Capitol Inside is a closely followed Texas political and governmental affairs website based in Austin.

“Our Texas Government Relations practice group continues to be a leading lobby team at the Texas Capitol, and has consistently met client needs on complex legislative matters year after year,” Grace said.

The Austin Business Journal recently included Poinsett in its“20 Politically Minded Austinites to Know” list.

Aside from Grace and Poinsett, the Baker Botts Texas Government Relations team includes former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips, leading environmental lawyer Pam Giblin, state and local tax specialist Renn Neilsen and an array of other professionals with relationships across Texas government.

The team represents a broad base of prominent clients at the Texas Capitol, including Halliburton, CenterPoint Energy, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Aramark and the Houston Texans.

About Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Botts is an international law firm with over 725 lawyers and a network of 14 offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients’ industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Throughout our 172-year history, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit