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Baker Botts Formalizes 60-Plus-Lawyer Artificial Intelligence Practice Team in Response to Growing Client Demand


SAN FRANCISCO, HOUSTON and NEW YORK, September 11, 2023 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international technology, energy and life sciences law firm, is pleased to announce the formalization of a cross-discipline, 60-plus-lawyer Artificial Intelligence (AI) Practice Team, following a sharp increase in client demand.

The group includes lawyers in nine offices and is co-led by partners Dino Barajas (Project Finance, San Francisco); Rich Harper (Litigation, New York); Maggie Welsh (Intellectual Property, New York); and Travis Wofford (Corporate, Houston).

The team provides transactional, regulatory, litigation and counseling services to clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, life sciences, energy, consumer products & services, financial & insurance services, manufacturing, and education & research.

The practice group helps clients navigate the dynamic world of AI as a full-service law firm with specific experience and expertise in AI legal matters. The team understands the complexities of AI, from data collection to training algorithms, machine learning, automation, and beyond.

In addition, Baker Botts possesses the deep technological understanding necessary to handle the intricate legal issues surrounding AI, ensuring the effective safeguarding of clients’ technological advancements while promoting compliance with relevant domestic and international regulations governing the use of AI tools.

“Our AI practice leverages Baker Botts’ extensive experience across the technology, energy and life sciences industries, enabling the firm to provide comprehensive, cross-disciplinary legal services to companies ranging from AI startups to leading tech companies, as well as venture capital firms, in the rapidly evolving AI world,” said Jonathan Gordon, Chair of the Firm’s Technology Sector and M&A Practice. “At Baker Botts, clients can feel empowered to take advantage of the countless opportunities provided by AI, with a team of highly experienced lawyers guiding them.”

Baker Botts has been helping clients navigate the rapidly evolving AI ecosystem since the technology was in its nascent stages and will continue to provide guidance as new regulations and applications arise.

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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