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Fourth Time in Five Years: Who’s Who Legal Names Baker Botts ‘Oil & Gas Law Firm of the Year’


HOUSTON, July 9, 2009 -- For the fourth time in five years, Baker Botts L.L.P. has been named Global Oil & Gas Law Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal. In addition to the current recognition from this publication, the firm earned the same honor in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Writing about the firm’s strengths in the Oil & Gas industry, Who’s Who Legal editors note that “Baker Botts has more practitioners in the oil and gas chapter than any other firm, with 10 partners appearing in five countries. As such, the firm receives our award for the world’s leading firm in this sector. In recent months, it has been engaged by Marathon Oil in its ongoing efforts to implement its IP and commercial strategy for the development and commercialisation of its proprietary GTF (gas-to-fuels) technology. Lawyers from the firm helped to structure and negotiate agreements related to the demonstration plant, technology licences, engineering and construction services, supply, operations and maintenance, as well as working on memoranda of understanding with national oil companies.”

Stuart Schaffer, Global Projects department chair, said that “earning this honor four out of the past five years is clear evidence of our long-standing commitment to client service in the oil and gas sector. It also demonstrates just how deep and talented a team of energy lawyers we have at Baker Botts; lawyers who have a deep understanding of our clients’ needs across the industry.”

Who’s Who Legal used nominations it received from clients and private practice professionals to pick out the pre-eminent firm and lawyer in 30 practice areas. The winners were announced in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2009, which was released earlier this month. 

Baker Botts has a strong presence in the book with 62 lawyers recognized in 20 practice areas. For the oil and gas chapter, 10 lawyers in five countries are included. They are:

Michael Darden, Houston
James DeMent, Houston
Thomas J. Eastment, Washington D.C.
George F. Goolsby, Houston
Antony Higginson, London
Bruce F. Kiely, Washington D.C.
Sean Korney, Dubai
Stephen Krebs, Houston
David Renton, Hong Kong
Steven Wardlaw, Moscow

To read the International Who’s Who Legal Awards section on Baker Botts, please click here.

About Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Botts L.L.P., dating from 1840, is a leading international law firm with offices in Abu Dhabi, Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto (California), Riyadh and Washington. With approximately 760 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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