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Baker Botts Welcomes Prominent Litigation Partner in New York


NEW YORK, April 10, 2023 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international energy, technology and life sciences law firm, announced today that James J. Beha II has joined its Litigation Department as a partner in the New York office.

Beha brings years of experience representing a broad range of clients in high-stakes litigation matters. He defends public companies, corporate officers and directors, and underwriting syndicates in securities class action litigation and other securities‑related matters, including M&A litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, and SEC enforcement proceedings. He also advises corporate boards, special committees, and directors in connection with internal investigations, responses to shareholder demands, disclosure issues, and other corporate governance matters.

“We are very excited to welcome Jim to the firm,” said Baker Botts Managing Partner, John Martin. “In an increasingly competitive market, we continue to attract top talent and deepen our capabilities in New York and nationally. The addition of Jim underscores our commitment to add to our existing strengths as we advise clients on their most complex matters.”

“Jim’s robust experience, stellar credentials, and deep client relationships will further strengthen our team’s reputation in securities litigation,” said Bridget Moore, Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. “We anticipate litigation activity to remain high this year, and our clients will benefit tremendously from his extensive knowledge and unique insight.”

“I’m delighted to join Baker Botts’ excellent group of lawyers,” said Beha. “Their depth of expertise, team culture, and commitment to client service remains unparalleled. It is an exciting time to join Baker Botts, and I look forward to hitting the ground running.”

Beha is an active member of the Federal Bar Council, currently serving on its Second Circuit Courts Committee and in the Council’s Inn of Court. He also serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Securities Litigation Committee.

He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York. He received his A.B. with honors from Princeton University in 2002 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2006.


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