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Danny David Elected as 16th Managing Partner of Baker Botts


HOUSTON, June 16, 2023 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international energy, technology and life sciences law firm, today announced that Danny David has been elected as the firm's 16th Managing Partner. His four-year term will commence on August 1, 2023.

Mr. David, who has spent his entire 22-plus year legal career at Baker Botts, has served as Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation Department for the last three-and-a-half years and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Mr. David routinely represents companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, fiduciary duty lawsuits, and suits challenging mergers, and he has served as lead trial counsel in complex civil litigation in courts across the nation. Prior to joining Baker Botts in 2001, Mr. David served as an associate at McKinsey & Co. He earned an A.B. from Princeton University in 1997 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank my partners for the trust they have placed in me,” he said. “It is an exciting time to be at Baker Botts, and I am profoundly honored to be elected as the firm’s next Managing Partner. I look forward to the opportunity to serve all of our people, to continue distinguishing our market-differentiating practices and industries, and to help our clients achieve their business objectives worldwide.”

Mr. David will succeed John Martin, who has served as Managing Partner at Baker Botts since 2019. After more than 39 years of service at the firm, Mr. Martin is subject to mandatory retirement at the end of 2023.

“Danny is a proven leader who is ideally suited to lead our great institution,” said John Martin, current Managing Partner of Baker Botts. “He is a Baker Botts lifer who has the dedication, instincts and skill set required for the firm to continue its momentum and tremendous success. The future of the firm will be in very capable hands with Danny at the helm.”

Baker Botts is coming off a record 2022 that included all-time highs in both revenue per lawyer (RPL) of $1.203 million, and profits per equity partner (PPEP) of $2.603 million. According to The American Lawyer, Baker Botts had the second-highest growth in PPEP of any Am Law 100 firm in 2022 and was one of only four Am Law 100 firms to achieve double-digit growth in RPL. During Mr. Martin’s tenure as Managing Partner, the firm sharpened its strategic direction and growth and continued its profitability improvement with a 56% increase in profits per equity partner and a 25% improvement in revenue per lawyer.

“I am grateful to have worked closely with my friend and partner, John Martin, for the past four years. Under his leadership, Baker Botts has enhanced its 183-year-old brand even further,” Mr. David said. “John successfully navigated the firm through a dizzying array of challenges, including a turbulent economy, a global pandemic, and tectonic change in the legal industry.  And in the face of all of that, the firm enjoyed a record financial year in 2022 under John’s leadership.”

A biography of Mr. David is available at

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