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Baker Botts Expands Litigation Expertise in New York


NEW YORK, New York — June 1, 2004 — Baker Botts L.L.P. is pleased to announce the addition of Seth T. Taube as head of the Securities and Business Litigation department   in the firm’s New York office.  Richard B. Harper has also joined the office as a litigation partner.    Prior to joining Baker Botts, Taube and Harper were partners of McCarter & English in Newark, New Jersey, where   Mr. Taube chaired that firm’s  Securities Litigation and Business Crimes practice group  .

“Seth and Richard are outstanding additions to Baker Botts,” says Lee   D. Charles, Partner in Charge of the firm’s New York office.  “Their combined experience and strong practice will make an immediate contribution to our goal of expanding our trial capabilities in New York.”

“Seth and Richard are trial lawyers with proven success in the court room.   Their experience in securities and business litigation is a significant addition to our ability to serve our clients in New York and elsewhere,” says Joe Cheavens, Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department.

Mr. Taube concentrates his practice in securities and commercial litigation, corporate governance and white-collar criminal defense.  He has extensive experience in regulatory investigationsand private securities litigation.  Mr. Taube regularly represents clients in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations involving insider trading; Investment Advisor and Investment Company Act matters; and accounting and disclosure issues relating to publicly traded companies.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Taube served as Branch Chief of Enforcement at the New York Regional Office of the SEC.  He also served as Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Securities Crime Unit of the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Taube is an adjunct professor of law at Seton Hall University; faculty member of the Cardozo Law School Trial Advocacy Program; Co-Chair of the Securities Enforcement and Litigation Committee of the NewJersey Bar Association; andhas served as amember of the Boards of Arbitrators of the National Association of Securities Dealers and New York Stock Exchange.   He received his J.D., cum laude, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1979 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Queens College in 1976.

Mr. Harper’s practice focuses on securities, corporate governance, professional liability, complex commercial and business tort litigations.  He has represented a broad array of public companies and their officers and directors in securities litigation, including class actions and SEC enforcement matters.  Mr. Harper is a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Committee and Securities Litigation Committee, serving as Co-Editor of the ABA Securities News.   He clerked for both the Honorable Karen J. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Honorable Stanley Marcus, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  Mr. Harper received his J.D. from University of Chicago Law School in 1993, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review, and his B.A. from University of Chicago in 1990.

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