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Christa Brown-Sanford Named Co-Chair of Baker Botts’ IP Department


DALLAS, July 26, 2022 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international technology, energy and life sciences law firm, is pleased to announce that Christa Brown-Sanford has been named Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, joining Rob Scheinfeld in that role.

Sanford, who also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee, has been serving as Deputy Chair of the IP Department for several years, and brings with her to this new position almost 20 years of intellectual property experience.  With her electrical engineering background, Christa advises clients, such as Cisco, Frost Bank, Lockheed Martin, Toyota and others, principally in the hi-tech space, with services ranging from patent portfolio procurement and management to patent disputes counseling, licensing and litigation.

“Christa is not only an outstanding patent lawyer but also a tremendous leader, as demonstrated by the prominent roles she holds at the firm. We continue to see broad-based increases in IP client activity and remain extremely busy with our clients’ most important and sensitive IP matters,” said John Martin, Baker Botts Managing Partner. “Christa’s leadership will help accelerate the IP Department’s momentum even more.”

“I am excited to assume this new role and help broaden our client relationships even further as we continue to handle our clients’ most challenging and complex IP matters, across industries and geographies,” Sanford said. “I look forward to expanding my work with Rob to help build upon our outstanding reputation.”

With more than 150 attorneys and patent professionals dedicated to intellectual property from coast to coast and across the globe, Baker Botts has one of the largest and most highly regarded IP practices of any general practice law firm. Its lawyers collectively hold over 240 scientific and technical degrees, including over 20 PhDs. Baker Botts offers a team of focused and technically trained IP lawyers who work closely with clients to provide creative solutions for the toughest challenges across every industry and technology.

Baker Botts is an international law firm whose lawyers practice 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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