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Felicia Finston Joins Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Team at Baker Botts

Broad-based Practice Includes Design, Implementation and Compliance of Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans


DALLAS, Texas, February 11, 2008 -- Felicia Finston, a well-known employee benefits and executive compensation lawyer, joined Baker Botts L.L.P. today as a partner in the firm’s Tax Department. She will be based in Dallas. Over more than 20 years, she has built a practice covering benefit and compensation issues for Fortune 500 and other public and private companies.

Finston has been recognized by the Best Lawyers of America for the past six years. She is listed in Who’s Who Legal in Texas Employee Benefits Law (2007), as well as a Texas Super Lawyer designation in employee benefits/ERISA law (top 5 percent of lawyers in Texas) for the past four years (2004-2007). In 2007, she was designated as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Texas. She is a member of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, serves on the Board of Dallas Worldwide Benefits Organization and is on the Council of the Gulf Coast TE/GE Council.

Baker Botts L.L.P. conducts a leading employee benefits and executive compensation practice through more than 20 lawyers practicing in the area, assisted by others on a team basis. Its members include former Chairs of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation Employee Benefits Committee and the American Bar Association Joint Committee of Employee Benefits.

Finston will enhance this practice with her experience representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in connection with employee benefit plan audits and under voluntary submission programs such as EPCRS and DFVC. Her practice regularly involves corporate transactions and governance matters, such as advising clients with respect to SEC disclosure and filing issues, shareholder approval issues and proxy disclosure requirements involving compensatory arrangements. She also regularly advises clients on health plan regulatory matters, including HIPAA compliance issue and Medicare coordination of benefit matters.

“Felicia provides our clients extensive experience in the complex world of employee benefits, compensation and health and welfare issues,” said Baker Botts Managing Partner Walt Smith. “She adds depth to our team of tax lawyers in dealing with the myriad of legal issues that impact employee benefits under federal labor and securities laws and state laws on a daily basis. Her addition to the Firm demonstrates our commitment to continue enhancement of this important practice area.”

Prior to joining Baker Botts, Finston served with law firms in Texas and Arizona. Most recently she was with Vinson & Elkins in Dallas.

Finston earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University (with honors), a Masters of Science degree from the University of Utah (with honors), and her law degree from the University of New Mexico (with honors).

About Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Botts L.L.P., dating from 1840, is a leading international law firm with offices in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Riyadh and Washington. With approximately 800 lawyers, Baker Botts provides a full range of legal services to international, national and regional clients. For more information, please visit

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