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Baker Botts Announces Promotion of 11 New Partners

HOUSTON, November 20, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced the promotion of eleven lawyers to partner, effective January 1, 2018.

“This is an outstanding class of lawyers, who are key to our success, as they represent the future leadership of our firm. They showcase our diversity, represent the communities in which we work and live, and highlight our ongoing commitment to providing our clients with the highest level of service,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

The 2018 class of partners includes lawyers based in Houston, New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Austin and Moscow.

2018 New Partners for Baker Botts
  • Jonathan Bobinger - Corporate, Houston
  • Coleson Bruce - Global Projects, Austin
  • Brian Johnston - Intellectual Property, Dallas
  • Louie Layrisson - Litigation, Houston
  • Meghan McElvy - Litigation, Houston
  • Jennifer Nall - Intellectual Property, Austin
  • Jonathan Platt - Corporate, Dallas
  • Beverly Reyes - Corporate, New York
  • Elena Stepanenko - Corporate, Moscow
  • Jeremy Taylor - Intellectual Property, San Francisco
  • Travis Wofford - Corporate, Houston

Biographical information

Jonathan Bobinger - Corporate, Houston

Mr. Bobinger’s practice focuses on corporate and securities matters. He represents public and private companies, including master limited partnerships (MLPs) and YieldCos, in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, private equity investments and general corporate matters. Mr. Bobinger also advises clients on securities compliance issues, including Exchange Act reporting.

Coleson Bruce - Global Projects, Austin

Mr. Bruce’s practice focuses on complex transactions in the energy industry, including the acquisition and divestiture of energy companies and assets, and oil & gas joint venture/development arrangements. His practice also includes extensive experience advising clients in the evaluation and structuring of cross-border or other first-entry investments in the U.S. energy sector.

Brian Johnston - Intellectual Property, Dallas

Mr. Johnston practices in all areas of intellectual property law across a broad range of technologies, with an emphasis on patent litigation. He has litigated patent cases in district courts across the country on behalf of both patent owners and accused infringers, as well as Inter Partes Review proceedings (IPRs) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Mr. Johnston's experience extends to all aspects of litigation, from pre-suit investigations, claim construction proceedings, fact discovery, expert discovery, and summary judgment proceedings, all the way through jury trials and appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has also litigated disputes relating to intellectual property contracts (such as IP purchase and licensing agreements), copyright infringement, violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Louie Layrisson - Litigation, Houston

Mr. Layrisson advises clients on a broad range of civil matters, and his trial practice includes energy, products liability and personal injury litigation, as well as commercial disputes and arbitrations. In the energy industry, he works closely with clients on a variety of operational issues and legal disputes arising from oil and gas exploration and production, transportation and refining.

Meghan McElvy - Litigation, Houston

Ms. McElvy represents corporate clients in a range of complex civil litigation matters with a primary focus on energy litigation and regulatory and administrative proceedings. Other practice areas include disputes relating to construction and manufacturing defects and personal injuries.

Jennifer Nall - Intellectual Property, Austin

Ms. Nall's principal practice area is intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent litigation and appeals in high-technology cases. Her litigation experience extends to all phases of pre-trial, trial, post-trial and appeals. She practices in front of numerous district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC and the Supreme Court. Ms. Nall prepares and prosecutes patent applications, including integrated circuits, software, and mechanical devices. She also does transactional work in the high-tech sector, including software licensing.

Jonathan Platt - Corporate, Dallas

Mr. Platt manages a broad corporate practice, representing public and private companies and private equity funds (and their portfolio companies) in mergers and acquisitions (including joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, spin-offs, asset acquisitions and divestitures and strategic transactions), private equity funding arrangements and capital markets transactions. A significant portion of his practice involves oil and gas clients (upstream and midstream). Mr. Platt also has experience across many other industries, including technology, real estate, and life sciences.

Beverly Reyes - Corporate, New York

Ms. Reyes advises clients on a variety of matters arising under the federal securities laws, including complex separations under the Securities Act, unique capital raising transactions and Exchange Act periodic reporting. Ms. Reyes regularly works with clients on a broad range of corporate governance and compliance matters, with a particular focus on the composition and conduct of boards of directors and board committees, as well as the development and maintenance of codes of conduct, insider trading policies and Regulation FD and G policies. Having started her career as an employment and executive compensation lawyer, Ms. Reyes is a trusted adviser on executive compensation disclosure issues and regularly advises clients on executive employment arrangements.

Elena Stepanenko - Corporate, Moscow

Ms. Stepanenko has experience in cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings, as well as finance and asset finance (including aircraft financing and leasing). Ms. Stepanenko advises clients on a broad range of regulatory issues, including securities regulations, bankruptcy, antimonopoly, privatization and banking law, currency regulation and corporate matters. Ms. Stepanenko also has significant experience advising on regulations on power and electricity markets in the Russian Federation.

Jeremy Taylor - Intellectual Property, San Francisco

Mr. Taylor’s practice focuses primarily on complex patent litigation in the areas of communications technologies, networking, signal processing, software, semiconductors, internet technologies and mechanical design. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation from pre-filing investigations and strategy through jury verdicts and appeal.

Travis Wofford - Corporate, Houston

Mr. Wofford’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate advisory work, as well as public and private securities offerings for corporate clients and investment banking firms. Mr. Wofford has extensive experience representing clients in negotiated acquisitions and dispositions, auctions, joint ventures, private equity investments and shareholder activism. Mr. Wofford also represents issuers and underwriters in debt and equity offerings, including public offerings, Rule 144A transactions and private placement investments.

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