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National Law Journal Selects Baker Botts’ Jason Newman and James Barkley as 2016 Energy and Environmental Trailblazers


HOUSTON, June 2, 2016 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that Energy partners, Jason Newman and James Barkley, were named Energy and Environmental Trailblazers by the National Law Journal (NLJ).

Mr. Newman is an Energy Litigation lawyer who represents clients in a broad range of matters, including energy litigation, energy related transactions and acquisitions, regulatory and administrative proceedings, commercial disputes and personal injury litigation. He also handles a wide range of matters involving indemnity, insurance and contractual disputes.

In Mr. Newman’s profile, NLJ discusses how he began practicing in the oil and gas sector before the 2008 & 2009 shale boom. “These are interesting times in the evolution of oil and gas law. In many states we have over a hundred years of jurisprudence built on a vertical well and sometimes it translates to vertical drilling—but often it does not.”

Mr. Barkley is an Energy lawyer whose practice focuses on the regulatory counseling of energy industry clients in agency proceedings, projects, corporate transactions and civil litigation. He represents electric utilities, pipelines, power generators, and energy consumers before the Texas Public Utility Commission, Texas Railroad Commission, ERCOT, Texas Reliability Entity, and other federal and state agencies, as well as in state and federal courts.

In Mr. Barkley’s profile, he is quoted stating, “Energy is to Houston what finance is to New York and entertainment is to L.A. So I came to Baker Botts after law school and found that I really enjoy the energy regulatory practice.”

For this second edition, the National Law Journal chose the top energy and environmental lawyers who continue to make their mark in various aspects of the energy and environmental legal sector, showing deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission and having achieved remarkable success along the way.

To review the full Energy and Environmental Trailblazers list, please click here.


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