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Baker Botts Welcomes Leading Climate and Energy Partner in Washington, D.C. Office


WASHINGTON D.C., July 10, 2023 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international energy, technology and life sciences law firm, announced today that Shailesh “Shai” Sahay has joined the Environmental, Safety & Incident Response (ESIR) Section of the Litigation Department as a partner in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Sahay served for over six years as in-house counsel to the largest renewable fuels producer in the world, POET, and as acting general counsel of the largest renewable fuels trade association, Growth Energy. He directs legal and policy strategy on climate, environmental, and sustainability issues at the federal, state, and international levels. In addition to a robust general environmental practice, Mr. Sahay represents parties working in all sectors of decarbonization, including transportation, agriculture, electricity generation, and industrial greenhouse gas sources. Mr. Sahay joins the firm from Foley Hoag.

“Shai has a growing practice in one of our key areas of strength – energy transition,” said John Martin, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. “In addition, his climate practice will enable us to take further advantage of current business drivers in the economy generally. He is an ideal addition to our team, and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

“Shai’s extensive experience with the Renewable Fuel Standard Program is a nice complement to our extensive Low Carbon Fuel Standard experience, and his broad climate practice will be a great asset for both our energy transition clients and our energy technology clients,” said Scott Janoe, firmwide chair of Baker Botts' Environmental, Safety & Incident Response Section (ESIR).

Mr. Sahay earned his A.B. from Harvard University in 2002, graduating magna cum laude. He earned his J.D. from Harvard in 2007.

“I am thrilled to join Baker Botts,” Mr. Sahay said. “The firm is not only the go-to law firm in energy transition-related work, but its world-class Environmental, Safety & Incident Response practice is equally highly regarded. I have worked closely with Baker Botts lawyers in both areas, and I am excited to be a part of the team.”

Baker Botts is ranked in Band 1 nationwide in Energy Transitions and Band 1 Washington D.C. and Band 2 nationwide in Environment by Chambers USA. The firm’s clients are at the forefront of the ongoing transformation of the energy sector. Baker Botts’ globally recognized energy and technology practices are fully engaged at the convergence of technological innovation and efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of the energy supply chain.

The Baker Botts Environmental, Safety & Incident Response Team advances and protects its clients’ interests during the permitting process, before regulatory agencies, in the courtroom, at workplaces, and when a crisis hits. With more than 50 lawyers based in California, D.C., New York, and Texas, we have handled federal and state environmental and safety matters nationwide.

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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