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Showalter Named IP Department Chair at Baker Botts Following Mills Retirement

Nationally-Ranked IP Practice Team Prepares to Build on 16 Years of Growth


HOUSTON, January 2, 2007 --Bart Showalter, who has developed a successful practice in intellectual property law during his 14 years at Baker Botts, has been named Chair of the firm’s nationally-recognized Intellectual Property Department effective January 1, 2007.

Showalter moves into the post following the retirement of current IP Department Chair Jerry Mills. Kevin Meek, a partner in the firm’s Dallas office, is Deputy Chair of the IP Department.

Mills, who has served as Chair since 1990, was instrumental in shaping the firm’s IP Department into a major force in intellectual property law. He was key in the acquisition of the widely-respected IP law firm of Brumbaugh, Graves, Donohue & Raymond by Baker Botts in 1997, and, during the past 16 years, has built the firm’s IP team of lawyers from five to nearly 125.

Under Mills’ direction, the intellectual property practice at Baker Botts has consistently ranked in the top five in surveys by various publications such as Chambers USA. In the November 2006 issue of IP Law & Business, Baker Botts was No. 1 in the publication’s annual survey of Fortune 250 companies to determine “Who Protects IP America.” The September 2006 Corporate Counsel survey of Fortune 250 general counsel, “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies”, placed Baker Botts No. 1 in Intellectual Property.

“Bart will continue to build on the standard of excellence in intellectual property law at Baker Botts that Jerry established and managed effectively throughout his tenure as Department Chair,” said Walt Smith, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. “Jerry’s legacy is in good hands with Bart taking on the department’s leadership role.”

Showalter joined Baker Botts in 1992 and became partner in 2001. His legal practice has focused on patent litigation, procurement and licensing in the electronics, telecommunication and software fields. He also provides clients with strategic counseling in all areas of intellectual property law to maximize their return on investment in research and development.

“Bart has the experience and knowledge in the IP field to continue building Baker Botts’ strength in this key practice area,” Mills said. “Bart and the firm’s team of IP lawyers will continue to provide the best client service of any law firm in this practice area anywhere in the country.”

Showalter said: “Maintaining the momentum that Jerry created during his tenure as Department Chair will be a challenge, but Baker Botts has one of the best teams of IP lawyers in the country. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence Jerry established, while moving our team into new areas of IP law that will best serve our clients.

About Intellectual Property at Baker Botts
With approximately 125 IP lawyers - most of whom hold at least one engineering or science degree and are members of the patent bar - Baker Botts has one of the nation’s largest intellectual property legal teams. The Firm provides intellectual property services designed to evolve with a company in order to meet its IP needs. Baker Botts’ intellectual property lawyers handle a multitude of services, including patent and trademark prosecution, patent mining, patent portfolio management, and technology licensing. When the issue is litigation, the firm’s intellectual property department has particular expertise in complex, high-stakes patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright litigation nationwide.

About Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Botts L.L.P., founded in 1840, is a leading international law firm with offices in Austin, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Riyadh and Washington. With approximately 750 lawyers, Baker Botts provides a full range of legal services to regional, national and international clients.  For more information, please visit

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