John V. Anaipakos


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John Anaipakos is a veteran trial lawyer for businesses in high stakes litigation. Mr. Anaipakos regularly represents and advises clients in disputes across a wide variety of industries including energy, retail, and professional services, among others. In the energy industry, his deep experience includes the representation of oil and gas and utility clients for over 25 years.

He has tried a broad range of cases to juries, including complex business disputes, oil and gas, wrongful death/catastrophic injury, accounting malpractice and employment. In addition to his jury trial work, Mr. Anaipakos has also tried numerous cases to judges, administrative tribunals and arbitration panels, as well as argued appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Supreme Court of Texas, and various intermediate appellate courts.

Mr. Anaipakos previously served as head of the litigation department in Houston and as hiring partner for the Houston office. He joined Baker Botts in 1994 after a one-year clerkship with Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Anaipakos received his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1993, where he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review. A native of El Paso, Mr. Anaipakos is fluent in Spanish.

Mr. Anaipakos is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Related Experience

Oil and Gas

  • Representation of energy company in dispute over decommissioning obligations in Gulf of Mexico
  • Representation of leading integrated energy company in joint operating agreement dispute
  • Representation of midstream company in eminent domain litigation over value of land upon which gas processing plant is located
  • Representation of integrated oil and gas company in False Claims Act litigation involving alleged underpayment of federal royalties
  • Representation of exploration company in dispute over preferential rights to purchase offshore oil and gas interests
  • Representation of oil field service company in disputes relating to hydraulic fracturing services
  • Representation of leading power generator in disputes with oil and gas company seeking to drill multiple gas wells on its property
  • Representation of operators and service companies in litigation arising from oilfield fatalities

Power and Utilities

  • Representation of power generator in Multi-District Litigation arising from Winter Storm Uri
  • Representation of electric utility in dispute over alleged breach of coal supply agreement
  • Representation of electric utility in lawsuit brought by City of Houston over street lighting rates and services
  • Representation of electric utility in business interruption cases brought by large industrial customers
  • Representation of electric and gas utilities in catastrophic injury/death cases and major property loss matters
  • Representation of utility holding company in administrative challenge to denial of Retiree Drug Subsidy
  • Representation of electric utility in lawsuit brought by property owners over installation of wireless communication equipment

Energy Marketing

  • Representation of major natural gas company in lawsuit by bankrupt gas marketer alleging breach of a joint venture agreement
  • Representation of major natural gas company in lawsuit brought by producers and gas marketer after gas marketer ceased operations
  • Representation of major natural gas company in lawsuit brought by investors in bankrupt gas marketer alleging fraud


  • Representation of Fortune 50 retailer in covenant not to compete and tortious interference litigation
  • Representation of home improvement company in litigation arising from alleged propane gas explosion
  • Representation of national retailer in litigation brought by real estate developer over alleged breach of agreement to enter into lease

Professional Liability

  • Representation of major accounting firm in tax malpractice case brought by energy companies and their principals
  • Representation of major accounting firm in lawsuit brought by 41 investors and customers of a failed offshore brokerage firm

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Representation of leading transportation company in business interruption dispute with processing plant owner
  • Representation of Canadian oil and gas company in lawsuit brought by former minority shareholder alleging fraud
  • Representation of metal processor in arbitration against former officer claiming breach of contract and wrongful termination
  • Representation of technology company in lawsuit brought by former CFO alleging breach of contract and wrongful termination

Awards & Community

Recognized in Chambers USA, 2007-2021

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, (Woodward/White Inc.), 2013-2023

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, (Thomson Reuters), 2003-2018, 2020-2022


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