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U.S. News/Best Lawyers: Baker Botts Earns National, Tier I Recognition

Firm Places Tops in Energy, Oil & Gas, Intellectual Property and Tax Law

HOUSTON, September 15, 2010 -- Researchers in the inaugural U.S. News/Best Lawyers ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings placed Baker Botts L.L.P. in the National, Tier 1 category for energy, oil & gas, intellectual property and tax law. Four of the firm’s domestic offices -- Austin, Dallas, Houston and Washington -- placed practice areas in the Metropolitan, Tier 1 category.

Baker Botts placed 10 practice areas in U.S. News’ National, Tier 2 category: bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights, corporate law, employment law (management), franchise law, general commercial litigation, mergers & acquisitions law, private equity law, project finance law, securities/capital markets law and venture capital law. The firm earned a National, Tier 3 ranking for its labor law (management) practice.

The U.S. News/Best Lawyers rankings covered 8,782 law firms and 81 practice areas. Rankings were determined with hard data compiled by U.S. News researchers and with reputational surveys collected by Best Lawyers staff. The hard data included numbers of lawyers and clients, numbers of transactions and litigation matters, pro bono commitment, diversity and other objective data.

Reputational input was received from 9,514 clients -- including every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies. These responses provided more than 194,000 firm practice area evaluations, while some 6,200 clients provided researchers more than 11,000 comments about law firm practice areas and individual lawyers. Also, about 9,000 lawyers completed nearly 595,000 practice area evaluations.

Complete results for Baker Botts are available here. The U.S. News/Best Lawyers rankings results are available 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 750 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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