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Baker Botts Secures Top Energy Rankings and Gains Prestigious Awards in 2016

HOUSTON, January 5, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that its Energy Practice has secured seventeen top-tier energy rankings Firmwide and gained fifteen individual top-tier recognition awards from major independent law firm publications during 2016.

Baker Botts’ Energy Practice earned the top ‘Band 1’ ranking in the Chambers Global Category: Global-wide: Projects and Energy: Oil and Gas for the ninth year running. The firm also achieved Band 1 status in the following Chambers Global categories:  USA - Projects: Oil & Gas,  Russia - Energy & Natural Resources, UK - Energy & Natural Resources  (Oil and Gas) and USA - Projects: LNG. 

In Chambers USA, Baker Botts received the highest rankings for Projects: Oil and Gas (Band 1), LNG (Band 1) and Texas - Energy & Natural Resources (Band 1).

“In 2016, we increased the number of rankings by individual lawyers with Chambers ‘Band 1’ and Legal 500 ‘Leading Individual’ designations by 33%. This further highlights our firm’s leadership in the Energy sector and the expertise and experience of our lawyers,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

Chambers Global ranked four firm partners Band 1 in their energy practice categories: USA - Projects: LNG, Steven Miles; USA - Projects: Oil and Gas (Regulatory and Litigation), Thomas Eastment; USA – Energy: Electricity (Transactional), William Lamb; and China - Energy & Natural Resources, Michael Arruda.

In June, two of the firm’s energy partners, Jason Newman and James Barkley, were named “Energy & Environmental Trailblazers” by the National Law Journal. They were chosen for continuing “to make their mark in the energy and environmental legal sector, showing deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission and achieving remarkable success along the way”.

Baker Botts’ Brooke McNabb, an energy litigation partner, was recognized in October as one of Texas Lawyer’s 2016 Women in Energy - an award honoring outstanding female attorneys in the Lone Star State who practice in the ever-changing area of energy law.

In November, the firm was awarded “Energy Law Firm of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America 2017.

The firm also continued to consolidate its position internationally as one of the leading law firms in the energy industry by winning a tier 1 ranking in Russia: Energy and Natural Resources in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA. Jason Bennett was recognized as a “Leader” for his work in the Energy and Natural Resources sector. Legal 500 editors noted that “Baker Botts is a go-to firm for LNG as well as Arctic drilling projects and has very solid industry knowledge and a proactive approach.”

In Legal 500 USA, the firm garnered two prestigious Tier 1 rankings in Energy: Transactional and Energy: Litigation. Three partners, Steven Miles, Hugh Tucker, and Joshua Davidson, were named as “Leaders” for their work in the legal energy space amongst only ten people on the Leaders list.


Baker Botts is an international law firm of approximately 650 lawyers practicing throughout a network of 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. Since 1840, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit



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