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Law360 Q&A With Baker Botts’ Macey Stokes


HOUSTON, March 29, 2013
-- In responding to one of the questions posed by Law360 editors recently, Baker Botts‘ Appellatte Practice Chair Macey Stokes talked about her most challenging case, a “true-up” appeal for a large electric utility.

Stokes recalled this case as being challenging “both in terms of the complexity of the subject matter and the dollar amount at issue.”

“It was a multibillion dollar proceeding arising from the deregulation of the Texas electric utility industry that lasted seven years, from the Public Utility Commission all the way up to the Supreme Court of Texas,” said Stokes. “The procedures and terminology were both sui generis, so I had to learn an entirely new statutory lexicon, as well as grasp the complex world of electric generation, transmission and distribution, and retail services.”

Stokes recalled, “Once I felt I had a handle on the case, I had the even harder task of explaining our position to judges who had little or no familiarity with the concepts, in plain language and in a way that — although I of course found the case fascinating — didn’t induce sleep. I worked with a great team of lawyers, and we ultimately succeeded in that task, obtaining a judgment from the Texas Supreme.”

In addition to the discussing this case, Stokes responded to questions in the Law360 feature concerning aspects of her practice area that are in need of reform, an issue of importance relevant to her practice area, a lawyer who made a lasting impression on her and an early career mistake that she turned into a lesson learned.

Stokes’ complete Q&A session with Law360 is available here.

Previous Law360 Q&As with firm lawyers include Michael Barta, Josh Frank and Paul Cuomo.

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