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The American Law Institute Elects Baker Botts Partner Gavin R. Villareal to Membership


HOUSTON, January 9, 2020 – Baker Botts L.L.P, a leading energy and tech law firm, is proud to announce that Gavin R. Villareal, partner and Austin litigation department chair, has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute (ALI).

Mr. Villareal has represented clients in a wide variety of complex business-related disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). He has significant first-chair experience litigating claims alleging professional negligence, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and financial services fraud, as well as claims involving state and federal constitutional and preemption issues.

Other Baker Botts lawyers previously elected to ALI membership include Don McDermett, Tom Phillips, Macey Stokes, Bill Stutts and Evan Young, and three retired partners Tom Eubank, Martin Minsker and Charles Szalkowski.

As the leading independent organization in the United States, ALI produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. Currently, there are only about 2,800 ALI elected members nationwide, in addition to life, honorary, and ex officio members.

View this year’s newly minted ALI members here.

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