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Baker Botts Partner Bill Kroger Appointed to Houston Grand Opera’s Board of Directors


HOUSTON, May 6, 2024 – Baker Botts partner and firmwide energy litigation practice group co-chair, Bill Kroger, has been elected to Houston Grand Opera’s Board of Directors.

Kroger, who also serves with special counsel Chuck Campbell as General Counsel of the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, grew up working at his family’s music company, Parker Music, in Houston, where he developed a passion for the arts that has followed him throughout his legal career. Last year, Kroger’s pro bono work with Baker Botts partner Roger Fulghum, who teamed up to represent Susannah Nix and the McCormick Estate on the compilation and release of music drawn from the fabled blues and folklore archives of the late Robert “Mack” McCormick, led to two GRAMMY® nominations.

Serving over 140,000 people each year, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is one of the largest, most innovative, and most highly acclaimed opera companies in the United States. The mission of HGO is to enrich our diverse community through the art of opera. The company leads the field in commissioning new works (76 world premieres to date), inviting community members to tell their own stories through words and music through the collaborative Community & Learning initiative, and nurturing promising young artists and administrators. HGO has toured extensively and has won a Tony, two Grammy awards, and three Emmy awards, the only US opera company to win all three.

Baker Botts was founded during the mid-19th century on the second floor of Gray’s Opera House, one of the first performing arts theaters in the city of Houston. The firm has been involved in the Houston arts for parts of three centuries.

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