The Austin office of Baker Botts opened in 1982 as a natural extension of our Texas practice to serve the legal needs of both Austin-based businesses and those across the country and the world. We represent clients in a variety of industries, including energy, oil and gas, technology, life sciences, and financial services, and we pride ourselves on the depth and endurance of our client relationships. Our Austin-based attorneys have broad and comprehensive experience across practice areas, supported by the resources and capabilities of our international firm.
We pride ourselves on the team approach we bring to every engagement – reaching across practice areas and across Baker Botts offices – and believe our collaborative practices improve the results we earn for our clients. Our Austin-based lawyers have been recognized and designated by third-party sources such as Chambers USA for their leadership in their fields and for their exceptional skills on behalf of our clients. Our lawyers are also devoted to strengthening the integrity of the legal profession and to meaningfully improving our community. The office as a whole, and many individual lawyers, have been recognized by industry and civic organizations for contributions both inside and outside the office.
Our corporate and finance lawyers handle a full range of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), securities, joint venture, and financing matters for a diverse set of clients, ranging from publicly-traded Fortune 500 companies to start-ups looking for their first round of capital and everything in between. In the energy industry, our team has knowledge regarding M&A, MLPs, YieldCos, Up-Cs, upstream and midstream joint ventures, and the transactions involving shale formations and other onshore and offshore basins located around the United States. Our technology lawyers work in tandem with our intellectual property group to counsel clients on M&A and financing transactions, as well as agreements related to technology transactions, cybersecurity, joint ventures, and commercialization. In the life sciences, we have represented pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and software companies from the point at which they were mere ideas through their IPO or sale. Our finance attorneys regularly advise on derivatives, aircraft finance, real estate finance, structured finance, and insolvency. Since 2012 our Austin-based corporate team has led more than 20 public equity and debt offerings (including representation of the issuer in six IPOs) totaling approximately $7 billion in proceeds, M&A transactions and joint development projects totaling over $10 billion in value, private equity and venture capital financings totaling over $5 billion in value, and aircraft finance transactions totaling nearly $1 billion.
Our environmental lawyers provide a broad and deep level of experience in the environmental and natural resource arenas. Our clients trust us with complex and comprehensive environmental matters across all media (air, waste, water quality, and water supply), and under every major environmental statute and regulatory program. We practice extensively before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Railroad Commission of Texas and other state agencies headquartered in Austin, as well before the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies. Our team engages in strategic permitting, regulatory counseling, and rulemaking and legislative advocacy. In addition, we help clients resolve administrative, civil, and criminal enforcements, proactively engage in crisis prevention and management and spill response, and litigate governmental and citizen suits under environmental statutes. We also counsel our clients regarding contaminated sites and manage environmental aspects of a broad array of business transactions.
Intellectual Property Law
Among large international firms, Baker Botts’ IP group offers a full-service solution to intellectual property issues. We have extensive experience in patent and trademark prosecution, patent litigation in federal district court and the International Trade Commission, post-grant proceedings at the Patent & Trademark Office, patent mining and portfolio management, and technology licensing. Our team provides these services across a diverse set of technology areas, including telecommunications, computer architecture and networking, electrochemistry, oilfield services, software systems, semiconductor technologies, biomedical devices, and consumer and retail products. The depth and breadth of our experience enables the Baker Botts IP group to provide well-rounded advice that takes account of all aspects of each client’s intellectual property strategy.
Our tax lawyers represent large companies and high net worth individuals in tax controversy matters nationwide, including representing clients in IRS examinations, appeals, fast track mediations, post-Appeals mediations, and pre-filing agreement negotiations. Working closely with our corporate and finance lawyers, our tax lawyers plan mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and joint ventures to permit our clients to achieve their business objectives in the most tax-efficient manner. We regularly advise publicly traded partnerships and their sponsors on formation issues, initial public offerings, dropdown transactions, qualifying income planning, and follow-on offerings, and we counsel oil and gas, energy, and utility companies on planning and effecting mergers and acquisitions and utilizing alternative energy tax incentives, including production and incentive tax credits and grants.
Our trial and appellate lawyers have extensive experience representing clients across industries and in a variety of practice areas, including securities and shareholder litigation, energy disputes, environmental disputes, commercial disputes, labor and employment matters, professional liability lawsuits, intellectual property litigation, and more. Whether a business is in the earliest stages of a dispute, facing arbitration, or looking for representation on appeal, we focus on helping the client develop the right litigation strategy to protect both its short- and long-term interests and priorities. Our attorneys have experience representing clients in state and federal courts across the country, including the Texas and U.S. Supreme Courts, and regularly collaborate with in-house counsel and colleagues in our other practice areas and offices to provide outstanding representation on our clients’ most challenging matters. As disputes are increasingly resolved outside of the courtroom, we also counsel and represent clients in arbitrations, mediations, and settlements.