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Baker Botts Announces 2004 New Partners


Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Managing Partner, Walter J. Smith, is pleased to announce the firm’s 2004 new partners. Five lawyers will become new members of the partnership on New Year’s Day.

‘Each of these lawyers brings exceptional talent to their practice. Their commitment to offering clients the best possible service speaks volumes about their character and dedication to the legal profession,’ says Mr. Smith.

The 2004 new partners for Baker Botts include:

Brayton Dresser Corporate, New York

Maura Goldstein Global Projects, Washington

Steven R. Gustavson Intellectual Property, New York

Renn G. Neilson Tax, Dallas

Joseph M. Tirado Litigation, London

Brief biographical information on each of these attorneys can be found on the following page.

Baker Botts is a leading international law firm, recognized for its energy, intellectual property, corporate and trial practices. Founded in 1840, Baker Botts has more than 650 lawyers with offices in Austin, Baku, Dallas, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Riyadh and Washington.

Baker Botts L.L.P. 2004 Partnership Class

Brayton Dresser

Mr. Dresser represents clients in public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, bank financings, and intellectual property licensing arrangements. He received his J.D., with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law in 1996, where he was Research Editor for Texas Law Review, and his B.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in 1986.

Maura Goldstein

Ms. Goldstein represents lenders and borrowers in complex financing transactions and has substantial experience acting for multilateral and bilateral financing institutions, as well as for energy sector borrowers. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995, and her B.A., cum laude, in economics and international studies from American University in 1986.

Steven R. Gustavson

Mr. Gustavson’s practice centers on litigation and counseling in the areas of trademarks, false advertising, copyrights and trade secrets. Mr. Gustavson received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1983. He received his B.A. in political science from Columbia University in 1979.

Renn G. Neilson

Mr. Neilson’s practice focuses on taxation, particularly in the areas of state franchise, income, and sales and use tax problems. He also works with clients to structure holdings, acquisitions, dispositions and transactions to minimize tax exposure. Mr. Neilson received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1991, where he was Articles Editor for Columbia Business Law Review. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1988 with a B.A., magna cum laude, in English.

Joseph M. Tirado

Mr. Tirado focuses on international litigation and arbitration, as well as a variety of contested matters in the U.K. and other countries. He has experience in conducting litigation in the courts of England and Wales, and he also handles arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Tirado graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Law Society in 1996 with a Diploma in Commercial Litigation. He received his LSFE from the College of Law, Chester in 1991, and his B.A., with honors, in Hispanic studies from the University of Birmingham, England, and University of Valencia, Spain, in 1988.