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Law360: ‘Texas Powerhouse’ Base Provides Baker Botts Global Reach


HOUSTON, June 19, 2014
-- In a profile of Law360 Texas Powerhouse Baker Botts L.L.P., reporter Jess Davis noted that the storied 174-year-old law firm “in its latest building its expertise and exporting Texas-grown excellence to far-flung corners of the world.”

“On twin pillars of strength in the energy and technology sectors, Baker Botts has built up practices in intellectual property, antitrust and real estate, and continues to prove its might not only as a Law360 Texas Powerhouse, but a national titan as well, with international reach,” Davis wrote in the article posted to the newsletter’s website today.

Founded in 1840, the Houston-based firm has exploded in growth in the past few decades and now boasts more than 700 lawyers in 15 offices dotting four continents, Davis noted in the article.

“I think the secret for Baker Botts and other law firms is to have focus, breadth, depth and coverage and not to try to be everything to everybody, but to be really excellent, both in terms of expertise and market share in everything that we are focused on,” firm Managing Partner Andrew Baker told Davis.

Baker, a 35-year veteran of the firm, doesn’t share a familial lineage with the five generations of James A. Bakers who shepherded the firm through the earliest days of Houston’s growth and the Texas oil boom, guided its representation of giants in energy and railroads, and cemented its reputation as one of the great Texas legal institutions. But he too hopes to build on the firm’s tradition to create a legacy that will long outlast his tenure.

“If you build a law firm around energy, you know it’ll be important not just for a 174-year history but for the lives of our kids and their kids,” Baker said. “It will be economically relevant for generations to come.”

Davis noted in the article that “Scattered throughout Baker Botts’ long history are legends of its work for some of the most prominent companies and individuals in the country, particularly energy and transportation pioneers. The tradition has continued in more recent decades, when the firm drew national attention for its work representing Pennzoil Co. in a $10 billion courthouse brawl against Texaco Inc. that led to the largest damages verdict in history.”

The profile of Baker Botts is part of an inaugural series of articles on “Powerhouse” Lone Star State law firms that have recorded significant accomplishments in regional work during the past two years.

To read the entire Law360 Texas Powerhouse article on Baker Botts please click here.

About Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Botts is an international law firm of approximately 700 lawyers practicing throughout a network of 15 offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients’ industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Throughout our 174-year history, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit