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Baker Botts Named “Texas Litigation Department of the Year” by The American Lawyer


HOUSTON, December 5, 2019 – This week, The American Lawyer celebrated the legal profession’s top talent at the publication’s second-annual American Lawyer Industry Awards in New York City. Baker Botts was recognized as “Texas Litigation Department of the Year.”

“We are honored to be recognized for our lawyers’ outstanding track record,” said Danny David, Co-Chair of Baker Botts’ Litigation practice and Chair of the firm’s Securities and Shareholder Litigation practice. “Over the last year, our lawyers have won some of the highest-stakes, most complex, and cutting-edge cases in Texas and across the country.”

Baker Botts’ Texas trial and appellate lawyers were recognized for successfully handling high-profile and sensitive matters, such as:

  • Winning two unanimous Texas Supreme Court rulings regarding the City of Houston’s effort to avoid its statutory pension obligations to the City’s municipal employees;

  • Handling one of the most watched oil and gas cases in Texas, Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company LP v. Texas Crude Energy, LLC and AmberHarvest, LLC, in which the Texas Supreme Court unanimously agreed with the firm’s client about deducting post-production costs when calculating overriding royalty interest (ORRI) payments; and

  • Achieving a significant victory for Manitowoc Cranes in a patent and trade secrets dispute that had been ongoing since 2012.

The Baker Botts lawyers also won a landmark decision before the U.S. Supreme Court in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media in June.

“Our lawyers are known for their first-chair advocacy skills and the impressive results they obtain in disputed matters and appeals. This recognition demonstrates that we have a world-class team,” said Bridget Moore, Co-Chair of Baker Botts’ Litigation practice and a partner in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice.

Lawyers in Baker Botts’ Litigation Department bring sound commercial judgment to clients’ most critical disputes, along with a deep understanding of the varied legal, technical and policy issues that they face. Our lawyers draw on an intimate familiarity of clients’ needs and advocacy skills borne of experience. Our winning results range from early-stage dismissals to multibillion-dollar trial wins and arbitration awards to appellate victories before the U.S. Supreme Court. Our success has not gone unnoticed, with 43 litigation practice rankings in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories alone.

To read the full American Lawyer article, please click here.

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