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Baker Botts LLP - Houston
  • One Shell Plaza
  • 910 Louisiana Street
  • Houston
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002-4995
  • Tel:+1 713 229 1234
  • Fax:+1 713 229 1522
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: Andrew M Baker
  • Number of partners worldwide: 287
  • Number of other lawyers worldwide: 428
  • Languages: Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), English, Russian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Baker Botts is a leading international law firm recognised for its service to clients across three key business sectors – energy, technology and life sciences – and throughout 15 offices located in the US, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China and Latin America. Dating back to 1840, Baker Botts lawyers and staff have worked on complex legal issues, including energy projects, intellectual property arguments, litigation, corporate transactions, environmental compliance challenges and tax disputes. As one of the largest law firms in the United States, the firm has worked on behalf of clients in more than 100 countries, and the firm regularly consults on matters that have a local, regional and global impact.

Main Areas of Practice:
Global Projects Department:
48 partners, 60 other lawyers
Global Projects lawyers provide clients with in-depth legal advice in the world’s major energy-producing regions. Areas include: oil and gas, project development and finance, real estate, energy regulatory and international trade. These focus on energy and infrastructure projects in both development and operational stages, as well as advisement in respect to regulatory, import/export, finance and commercial business transactions often required after these projects commence.

Intellectual Property Department:
48 partners, 96 other lawyers
The firm offers a national and international practice including patent litigation, patent procurement, patent licensing and due diligence. Other areas of practice include strategic IP counseling, trademark acquisition, trademark and copyright litigation, franchise and distribution and other intellectual property transactions. With the skill set to protect and advance clients goals, combined with technical knowledge and industry experience, firm lawyers are able to work with clients facing complex technology issues.

Litigation Department:
80 partners, 128 other lawyers
liability, product liability, patent, white-collar, antitrust, international arbitration and energy litigation, as well as the appellate issues that arise from these matters. The firm’s representations reflect the broad litigation practice, with matters ranging from wins in high-profile cases to precedent setting victories. The firm’s lawyers excel in courtrooms across the United States and internationally, helping resolve clients legal problems in a variety of industries.

Corporate Department:
71 partners, 92 other lawyers
Corporate lawyers handle complex matters, advising clients on a full range of corporate, securities and financing matters, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt for both issuers and underwriters or placement agents. In addition, the firm’s corporate lawyers have extensive experience in private equity and venture capital fund transactions and specialised financing in domestic and international contexts.

Environmental Department:
14 partners, 21 other lawyers
The firm has one of the largest and most diverse environmental practices among general practice firms. Lawyers advise on matters relating to the environmental aspects of major energy, industrial and infrastructure projects, including LNG, pipeline, electric power and refinery. In addition, environmental lawyers handle nearly every type of counselling and transactional matters, as well as offering full service litigation capabilities.

Tax Department:
22 partners, 31 other lawyers
Comprised of four sections, including income tax, state tax, employee benefits and executive compensation and private clients services, the tax department provides advice to clients across the spectrum of business activities and investments. Lawyers develop plans and structures to achieve clients’ objectives while minimising the impact of federal, state and international taxes. The firm also features a substantial employee benefits and executive compensation practice, and provides counseling to individuals, families and entrepreneurs on wealth transfer and succession planning tax issues.

Branches

  • One Shell Plaza,
  • 910 Louisiana Street,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002-4995
  • Tel +1 713 229 1234
  • Fax +1 713 229 1522
  • Email : John.porter@bakerbotts.com
  • 1001 Page Mill Road,
  • Building One,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304
  • Tel +1 650 739 7500
  • Fax +1 650 739 7699
  • Email : bryant.c.boren@bakerbotts.com
  • The Warner,
  • 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004-2400
  • Tel +1 202 639 7700
  • Fax +1 202 639 7890
  • Email : john.taladay@bakerbotts.com

Antitrust - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Strong antitrust practice with formidable expertise in the energy arena, among other sectors. Balanced practice which handles a range of litigation, merger clearance and criminal cartel matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely responsive and understand our business needs."

"They were seamless and they coordinated very effectively." 

Work highlights Represented National Oilwell Varco in connection with its purchase of Robbins & Myers for $2.5 billion.

Acted for Philips in the cathode ray tube class action litigation in Northern California.

Notable practitioners  

James Rill is an "incredibly well-respected" senior statesman who is described by one source as "the godfather of international antitrust." He has recently advised MOSAID Technologies in connection with Google's complaint to the EC regarding the transfer of mobile phone patents.

Sean Boland is an "excellent" antitrust practitioner with a strong specialism in oil and gas-related work, in addition to a broader agency practice. He recently represented Halliburton in a DOJ civil investigation into the hydraulic fracking industry.

The "fantastic" John Taladay is a talented antitrust lawyer, state sources. He undertakes a wide range of antitrust work, including acting for Royal Philips Electronics in the cathode ray tube antitrust litigation.

Christopher MacAvoy is well-regarded by sources as a "strategic thinker," as well as being praised for his responsiveness. Recent work highlights include acting for C&S Wholesale Grocers in a putative class action brought against C&S and another wholesaler.

Joseph Ostoyich is a "terrific guy and really solid antitrust practitioner who can do it all." He is primarily a litigator, representing clients in a range of disputes, including defending ExxonMobil in a suit brought against a number of energy firms alleging a conspiracy to fix prices of natural gas.

Significant clients Caterpillar, McWane Industries, Liberty Media, GKN, Eaton.

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Recognized player in the local and wider M&A markets, with considerable strength in the energy transactional space. Often works hand-in-hand with colleagues around the country for sophisticated clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent firm."  

"They're terrific."  

Notable practitioners 

Head of the DC corporate practice David Pommerening is experienced in M&A, strategic alliance and private equity transactions, particularly in the energy sector and other regulated industries. Clients appreciate his "wise counsel" on transactional matters.

Peers describe Michael Gold as "prepared, thorough, and a pleasure to deal with." He focuses on M&A, asset acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance issues. He is particularly experienced in representing private equity and other fund clients.

Environment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Renowned environmental practice specializing in matters relating to the energy sector. Acts for a strong list of clients involved in various aspects of the energy sector, including oil and gas, electricity generation and renewables. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team has a very good combination of litigation skills and government affairs and government relations skills." 

Notable practitioners  

The "very well-known" William Bumpers leads the global climate change practice at the firm. His work concentrates on the Clean Air Act and climate change, and he is experienced in matters relating to electric generating and petroleum refining.

Thomas Jackson works on contentious and non-contentious matters across the environmental practice area. His clients include developers, manufacturers and energy producers.

Peers consider Debra Jezouit to be "extremely bright and talented." She is best known for her expertise relating to the Clean Air Act.

Daniel Steinway is experienced in representing and advising clients on civil and criminal environmental matters, and is particularly active in Superfund work.

Litigation - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Highly experienced in representing notable clients across a broad array of general commercial and antitrust matters. Also especially well regarded for its work in criminal cases, and has received several notable mandates concerning investigations into potential corruption in the US Congressional ear-marking process and investigations into the US 'Shale Gas' revolution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They distinguish themselves in white-collar crime matters because they are true courtroom lawyers who know how to try a case." 

"The team has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to understand very complex fact patterns and to then boil them down in a manner that can be easily grasped." 

Work highlights Represented former Bank of America CFO Joe Price in a class action brought by Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System.

Secured a EUR765 million award for Liberty Media following a unanimous jury verdict in a claim against Vivendi Universal and Universal Studios.

Acted for Grant Thornton in a $1 billion class action brought by Winstar Communications.

Notable practitioners  

"A-plus lawyer" William Jeffress is able to draw on a great deal of experience in undertaking a range of civil and criminal matters. He maintains a strong reputation in the market and commentators say that "he's top of the class in DC." 

Michael Barta is commended by clients as "an excellent courtroom advocate." He represents prominent individuals and organizations in government investigations, in addition to taking the lead in more general commercial work.

Significant clients Halliburton, Kimberly-Clark, Marathon Oil, Samsung.

Climate Change - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Austin, Houston and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Renowned for its strong links with the oil and gas industry and energy sector. Offers specialist expertise in climate change regulatory matters and transactional work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a big practice in the clean air space." 

Work highlights Advised Xcel Energy on the EPA's development of new source performance standards, which will affect fossil-fuel burning power plants.

Notable practitioners  

Sources describe William Bumpers as "a major player" and "a very practical thinker who strategizes with clients." He leads the climate change practice at the firm.

Significant clients Entergy, Occidental Petroleum, Class of ’85 Regulatory Response Group. 

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, Austin, Dallas, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Leading energy firm with a busy and nationally significant transactional practice. Also handles M&A transactions within the media, entertainment, telecom and technology sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Great M&A lawyers with a really strong practice." 

"Outstanding commitment to M&A." 

Work highlights Acted for CenterPoint Energy in connection with its approximately $11 billion midstream joint venture with OGE Energy and ArcLight Capital Partners.

Advised Contran Corporation and Titanium Metals Corporation on the approximately $2.9 billion acquisition of Titanium Metals Corporation by Precision Castparts.

Notable practitioners

David Kirkland is chair of the corporate department and a key contact.

Significant clients LINN Energy, CA Technologies, Marathon Oil Corporation, Liberty Media, Schlumberger.

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department 
Key offices include Houston, Dallas, Austin, New York, DC and Palo Alto. 

What the team is known for Retains its reputation as an energy powerhouse. Active in all sectors of the market, with particular strength in oil and gas transactional matters, oil and gas regulatory matters, and electricity utility transactions. The firm has focused on strengthening its power practice in recent years, with a number of recent lateral hires, most notably Bill Lamb.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good at knowing what is important and what is not - I always feel like we are being represented on the things that matter. Because of that approach we moved quickly to get good commercial outcomes."

"They understand the law extremely well and understand how nuances of the law can help us, and they are not afraid to go to court and to stand up when there is an issue. We don't know where we would be without those guys - they have really helped us out."

Work highlights Acted for CenterPoint Energy in the negotiation of a midstream joint venture with OGE Energy and ArcLight Capital Partners.

Advised Barclays Capital in connection with its role as financial adviser to ITC Holdings in its purchase of electrical transmission assets from Entergy.

Represented HollyFrontier Refining & Marketing in a FERC rate case related to Osage Pipeline Company's rate for the interstate transportation of crude oil.

Represented Sasol Group Services in its acquisition of Merichem Company’s interest in Merisol, a petrochemical joint venture.

Acted for a group of oil companies in a challenge to SFPP's pipeline rates before the FERC and in the US Court of Appeals.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Eastment is regarded as one of the leading lawyers representing oil shippers in pipeline regulatory matters. "He is careful and thoughtful; when he is taking a position you have to take it seriously," reports one source, while another adds: "He always has a good grasp of the technical aspects of what he is dealing with. He is a good writer, an excellent cross-examiner, and a very seasoned and capable lawyer in all respects."

William Lamb has an excellent reputation in the utility transactional market. He acted for AES in its sale of Red Oak power generation station to Energy Capital Partners. Sources say: "He is creative, he is user-friendly, he is bright, knowledgeable and he gets the job done."

Thomas Moore has a domestic and international oil and gas transactional practice. Sources describe him as "a very good lawyer" who "knows his stuff in the oil and gas contracting area very, very well." One satisfied client also says: "He has a lot of experience in the oil and gas sector. He guided us through a number of issues and he was very knowledgeable about it."

Elaine Walsh practices across the power space, advising clients on issues such as transactions, energy trading, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and FERC regulatory and compliance matters. Sources say: "She's very industry-savvy, her manner is excellent, and she delivers exactly what we need and when we need it, including at very inconvenient times."

Hugh Tucker heads the firm's oil and gas practice. His practice includes the acquisition and sale of a wide variety of oil and gas assets including oil and gas-producing shale properties, oil refineries and chemical plants. Sources say: "He has got a very critical, solution-driven approach, and he does things with the necessary haste and the necessary urgency."

Brooksany Barrowes is a regulatory and transactional lawyer who practices in the gas and electricity areas. She acted for MISO Transmission Owners in relation to inter-regional compliance with FERC Order 1000. Commentators say: "She is very intelligent and very good at getting to the crux of the issue. She understands complicated, sometimes arcane issues and she has good instincts."

Joshua Davidson is a corporate, securities and transactional lawyer with a great deal of experience in the oil and gas sector. He is particularly noted for his deep knowledge of the MLP area. "He is one the premier lawyers in the area of MLPs. He is very meticulous and he is very knowledgeable in the sector," reports one impressed source.

Significant clients GenOn Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, NRG Energy, Patterson-UTI Drilling, Carrizo Oil & Gas, ExxonMobil. 

Environment - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Austin, Houston and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well-respected team particularly renowned for its work with clients in the energy sector. A noteworthy client base receives advice and representation in matters concerning electric generation, upstream and midstream oil and gas, and refining and petrochemicals, as well as issues relating to renewable energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Baker Botts has a deep practice in this area."  

Work highlights Defended Grain Processing Corporation in a toxic tort class action in which the plaintiffs alleged damages caused by exposure to airborne substances.

Defended the Lower Colorado River Authority in a citizen suit where the Texas Campaign for the Environment alleged violations under the Clean Air Act at the Fayette Power Project.  

Notable practitioners 

Washington, DC-based Steven Leifer is a key contact. 

Significant clients BP Products North America, Marathon Oil, Valero Energy, PPL.

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York and Palo Alto.

What the team is known for Acts for and counsels global leaders in hi-tech electronics. Offers additional advice on patent prosecution and strategy, and IP-related transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Terrific patent litigators who also give great advice on third-party patents and our own portfolio." 

Work highlights Acting for AT&T and AT&T Mobility in more than a dozen patent litigation actions throughout the USA, concerning various aspects of electronics and software technology.

Acting for Samsung and various US affiliates in a number of patent infringement litigation matters concerning antenna design, battery charging, LCD, USB data transfer and VoIP technologies, among others.

Notable practitioners

Bart Showalter in Dallas chairs the firmwide IP group.

Significant clients Cisco Systems, Facebook, Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, BlackBerry.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Texas and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Preeminent oil and gas firm with an impressive nationwide and international presence. Notable advocacy expertise in international arbitration, including cross-examination of witnesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Baker Botts renders a great service. There are several layers of its performance that could be highlighted, but the team's efficiency, knowledge and expertise are the elements that stand out above all."

"I think it's a tremendous firm. It's very strong from top to bottom, and I have the utmost respect for the team."

Notable practitioners  

Sources admire Jennifer Smith's "intellect and technical understanding of the issues that are at the forefront of the energy industry." She is also praised for her ability to "dissect complex concepts and present her arguments based on those concepts in a clear way."

Interviewees consider Michael Lennon to be "a great adviser and strategist," with a particular focus on oil and gas matters. Observers note that he is able to "understand technical matters well enough to be of assistance at the highest level."

Deemed to be "very smart and business savvy" by commentators, Michael Goldberg is also highlighted as being "very good at thinking through the ramifications of a variety of different decisions." He cochairs the firm's international arbitration group.

Significant clients The Russian Federation, Kia Motors, Rocketball, Frontera Resources, Republic of Ecuador.

Life Sciences - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, Palo Alto and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A strong bench of experienced practitioners providing intellectual property, litigation and corporate services. Attracts an impressive client base and offers particular expertise in the medical device, biotechnology and pharmaceutical arenas.

Work highlights Acted for AstraZeneca in extensive product liability litigation concerning the antipsychotic drug Seroquel.

Notable practitioners

Earl Austin and Jennifer Gordon are key life sciences practitioners at the firm.

Significant clients Merck, Enzo Biochem, AstraZeneca, Neos Therapeutics, Medela.

Outsourcing - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Austin and Dallas.

What the team is known for Offers significant skill in negotiating BPO and ITO agreements for major service providers. Advises customers across a wide span of outsourcing matters, including cloud computing, property management solutions, digital marketing and application development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their ability to set the agenda and manage the deal was excellent. The way in which they kept us aligned on the substantive business points was extraordinary."

"They give us tremendous service and we enjoy their attitude towards understanding client needs and helping us accomplish goals."

Notable practitioners  

John Martin is chair of the firmwide technology group and brings extensive experience in advising on outsourcing deals to bear when assisting clients in this sector. Interviewees praise him as "a very clear communicator who maintains focus on the important parts of a deal."

Significant clients Accenture, Cisco, Dell, CA Technologies, Alcatel.

Products Liability - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and New York.

What the team is known for Particularly prominent in representing major energy clients in toxic tort matters, including asbestos issues. Also experienced in handling product liability cases in the pharmaceuticals space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do a fantastic job of anticipating and meeting the client's needs." 

Work highlights Handled asbestos litigation for Union Carbide, representing the client as national asbestos trial counsel.

Represented AstraZeneca in the national coordination of the Seroquel litigation, involving the preparation of various cases for trial across several federal and state courts.

Notable practitioners  

New York-based Earl Austin enters the table this year, following commendations from a number of sources. He is particularly noted for his strong strategic capabilities. His recent work includes acting for AstraZeneca in its Seroquel litigation.

Significant clients Merck, ExxonMobil, Novartis, Tenaris, BASF.

Projects - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Home to a wealth of oil and gas expertise, acting for sponsors and developers on a wide variety of energy projects. Expertise includes upstream development work, pipeline projects and assisting with the financing and development of petrochemical and LNG projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very focused on getting the deal done and really helping us understand the risks and the pitfalls."

Work highlights Acted for Kraton Performance Polymers on its joint venture with Formosa Petrochemical to develop a hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer plant in Taiwan.

Acted as project counsel on the development of the $3.8 billion PERU LNG export facility in Canete, Peru.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Miles is an experienced project finance lawyer who heads the firm's LNG group. He led the team that advised the sponsor on the Jordan Cove energy project, an LNG liquefaction and export facility under development in Oregon. Sources attest to his "very deep knowledge of the LNG markets."

Maura Goldstein is a project finance lawyer who is particularly noted for her work advising lenders and sponsors on power projects. Sources praise her grasp of the technical aspects of projects, her commercial acumen and her ability to translate legal terms into layman's English. One impressed client said: "She really understands the finance side, which makes a big difference, and you are able to spot issues much faster."

Hugh Tucker is a well-regarded oil and gas lawyer, who sources single out for the quality of his project document work. He advises clients on project development and financing in the oil and gas and petrochemical sectors. Sources describe him as "experienced, practical and knowledgeable."

Significant clients Sasol North America, Carrizo Oil & Gas, Neftegaz, KKR, Marine Well Containment.     

Real Estate - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Dallas and Houston.

What the team is known for Provides a full service to clients on transactions involving real estate development, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financing. An active presence in the industrial and energy sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is very stable and strong. One of the hallmarks in my mind is the consistency and lack of palace intrigue evident among the attorneys."

"The breadth and depth of the firm stands out."  

Work highlights Acted for Hines on the redevelopment of CityCenterDC, a 2.5 million sq ft mixed-use development.

Counseled Tenaris on its acquisition of the site and development of its first seamless pipemill manufacturing facility in the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Patricia Stanton is a key contact based in the Dallas office.

Significant clients Clarion, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, E2M Partners, Rida Development, Lincoln Property. 

Tax - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, Austin and Dallas.

What the team is known for Excellent reputation for handling the tax needs of MLPs and major energy companies, with deep expertise in relation to spin-offs, joint ventures, securities transactions and M&A. Also acts with a number of notable media and technology companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"High-caliber corporate and securities knowledge across multiple industries."

"An outstanding reputation and a strong, deep, varied practice." 

Work highlights Assisted LYB International Finance with the issuance of $1.5 billion of guaranteed notes.

Advised Transocean on the tax issues relating to its disposition of 38 shallow water drilling rigs. The deal was worth $1.05 billion.

Notable practitioners

Houston-based Richard Husseini heads the firm's tax department.

Significant clients Carrizo Oil & Gas, CenterPoint Energy, EQT Midstream Partners, Halliburton, Noble Corp. 

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm for energy sector transactions, with additional expertise in the media and entertainment, telecom and technology industries.

Work highlights Acted for ProLiance Holdings on the sale of substantially all of the assets of ProLiance Energy's natural gas marketing business to Energy Transfer Partners.

Acted for Liberty Media on its approximately $2.6 billion acquisition of a 27.3% stake in cable company Charter Communications from funds managed by, or affiliated with, Apollo Management, Oaktree Capital Management and Crestview Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Murray is head of the New York corporate practice and a key contact.

Significant clients Ascent Capital Group, Liberty Global, Mediacom Communications, OpenTV, Monitronics International.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Baker Botts in New York has a comprehensive and highly sophisticated IP practice, particularly with regard to patents for electronics, hi-tech and covered business methods.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very customer-oriented and the relationship is very smooth. Moreover, the advice provided has always been in our best interest and of high standard."

"They are extremely responsive and have often had to accommodate last-minute work, which they did admirably."

Work highlights Acting for Samsung Electronics and several of its US affiliates in seven patent infringement suits concerning LCD and mobile phone technology.

Represented Genentech on a number of declaratory judgment actions against competitors pertaining to VEGF receptor decoys and their uses.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Scheinfeld chairs the firm's international IP practice. He is particularly well suited to cases involving computer science, electronics and covered business methods. One client described him as a "great lawyer who gives good, practical advice."

Significant clients Columbia University, Javelin Pharmaceuticals/Hospira, MasterCard, Verizon.

Banking & Finance - Texas

What the team is known for Well-respected banking and finance practice, with significant capability acting for both borrowers and lenders across a range of complex matters, from bridge loans to private placements and syndicated credit facilities. Particularly renowned expertise in the energy sector, with extensive experience of onshore and offshore exploration and production. Also skilled in technology and IP-related transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very fine lawyers and they do a fine job."  

Work highlights Acted for Citibank as administrative agent in relation to a $750 million senior secured term loan facility to Pacific Drilling, as well as a senior secured $500 million revolving credit facility.

Represented SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Morgan Stanley as arrangers of a $620 million senior unsecured bridge facility for Midstates Petroleum.

Notable practitioners  

Alison Boren acts for commercial and investment banks, issuers and borrowers among others. Her broad experience in the field encompasses bridge loans, acquisition financings, intercreditor agreements and high-yield bond financings.

According to sources Luke Weedon "has a sense of what the market is, is well respected in the banking community and is good to work with." He has particular expertise in secured and unsecured syndicated bank financings.  

Roderick Goyne is regarded as a dean of the banking and finance community in Texas. His impressive expertise spans private placements, syndicated financings and high-yield debt offerings.

Significant clients The Prudential Insurance Company of America, AIG, Transocean, Halliburton, McDermott International.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Texas

What the team is known for Well regarded for its prowess in complex and high-profile bankruptcy litigation. Strong focus on representing clients in the acquisition of distressed assets, with an impressive track record of advising on transactions and analyzing insolvency-related risks. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have very results-oriented attorneys; they're there for the client, not the fees."

"A top-notch firm." 

Work highlights Advised Brother Industries on a stalking horse bid to acquire the assets of the Kodak document imaging business through a Section 363 sale. The deal is worth $277 million.

Represented Petroleum Geo-Services ASA in indemnity disputes following the sale of its onshore seismic business to Geokinetics. Geokinetics' bankruptcy filing enabled the resolution of disputes and resulted in a $1 million payout from Geokinetics to Petroleum Geo-Services ASA.

Notable practitioners  

Jack Kinzie is widely regarded as a "world-class" bankruptcy specialist. His wealth of experience renders him an authority on bankruptcy-related litigation, out-of-court workouts and prepackaged mass tort bankruptcies. 

Luckey McDowell is renowned for his bankruptcy litigation practice. He is adept at representing debtors and creditors in restructuring matters, and in advising private equity funds on distressed asset acquisition. Peers describe him as a "very talented and savvy lawyer."

James Prince is head of the firm's bankruptcy practice and is known for his work on Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court workouts. Sources are quick to praise him, with one stating "he's very, very bright," and another describing him as a "very fine, well-respected lawyer."

Significant clients Shell Trading (US), Ralph S. Janvey as Receiver of Stanford Companies, Halliburton, Fujifilm, ConocoPhillips. 

Capital Markets - Texas

What the team is known for Wins strong market endorsement for the strength and depth of its capital markets services, with notable expertise in IPOs, follow-on offerings and shelf registrations. A firm favorite among MLP clients, and both domestic and international issuers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm has a keen understanding of how to partner with clients and provide the level of service needed. They have excellent lawyers who see a wide range of transactions and their experience in the market greatly benefits the client."

"The group is very cost-effective, highly responsive and knowledgeable about issues we face. It understands the need for solution-driven responses, and has the ability to bring in specialists from other parts of the firm when needed."

"It is a big firm with access to a lot of specialties, so if you need to talk to the litigator they have one, or an antitrust specialist, they have one. Its size and access to the individuals with the expertise is handy." 

Work highlights Represented Marathon Oil in $2 billion worth of senior notes offerings.

Represented CenterPoint Energy in a series of high-value public offerings of general mortgage bonds.

Represented JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo Securities as underwriters in public debentures offerings by BNSF Railway.

Notable practitioners  

Joshua Davidson receives significant praise from both clients and competitors in the energy sector. He represented the underwriters' group in the $1.4 billion debt offering of Access Midstream Partners. Sources describe him variously as "outstanding" and "a very fine lawyer."

Dallas-based Douglass Rayburn enters the rankings this year on the strength of his position in the debt and equity markets. He is described by one client as an impressive technical lawyer who "has a very good command of the substantive area, and has my interest very much in mind."

Significant clients CenterPoint Energy, Carrizo Oil & Gas, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo Securities, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Corporate/M&A - Texas

What the team is known for One of the preeminent transactional energy practices in the state. Dominant local presence as well as strong national and international capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They know how to treat a client and make us feel like our problems are their problems. They are very responsive and it feels like our work is important to them." 

"They are a large firm with an excellent energy practice."

Work highlights Advised CenterPoint Energy on its joint venture with OGE Energy and Arclight Capital. The joint venture involves approximately $11 billion of assets including interstate pipelines, field service and midstream businesses.

Represented Contran and its subsidiary Titanium Metals on the latter's $2.9 billion acquisition by Precision Castparts. The deal was complicated by lawsuits in Delaware and Texas, and the requirement for European Commission approval.

Notable practitioners  

David Kirkland has "a fantastic reputation and some great client relationships." Sources note him as "one of the leading public M&A lawyers in the country" and "a very wise counselor who is really easy to work with."

Sources note Stephen Massad as one of the best M&A lawyers in Houston. Clients appreciate his straightforward approach, with one commenting that "he really knows his stuff and does not spend time posturing." 

Neel Lemon is praised for his cooperative approach and for his wealth of experience in the mergers and acquisition space. Clients note him as being "practical, levelheaded, and able to deal with complex issues."

Gene Oshman is described by sources as a "bright and smart" attorney who is one of the "top lawyers" in Houston.

Ted Paris is a "really strong intellect and strong lawyer," commended by sources for his helpful approach and strong industry links.

Andrew Baker is a "wonderful M&A lawyer" and has a great reputation in the space.

Significant clients LINN Energy, Halliburton, Marathon Oil, Imperial Sugar, Dawson Geophysical Company.  

Energy & Natural Resources - Texas

What the team is known for Comes recommended for the extensive energy services it provides to a diverse client base, including utilities, industrial power consumers and electric cooperatives. Well versed across a broad spread of electric regulatory and litigation work, handling matters before state courts and the PUCT. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a deep bench of resources to draw on as the needs change over the course of different matters." 

"They are excellent as outside counsel, offering expertise in lots of different issues." 

Work highlights Acting on behalf of CenterPoint Energy in a broad range of matters including pole attachment contracts and the resolution of disputes regarding the cost of utility repositioning.

Notable practitioners  

"Top-notch" James Barkley is a regular presence at the PUCT. He is held in high esteem by sources, who emphasize how "he is both unafraid and enthusiastic to delve deeply into complex technical regulatory issues." 

William Kroger maintains a broad commercial litigation practice with a focus on energy issues. Clients respect him for "not being afraid to chart new territory." He recently represented Silver Star I Power Partners in achieving a key victory for the wind farm industry.

Significant clients Iberdrola Renewables, BP Alternative Energy North America, Goldman Sachs Lending Partners, Topaz Power Group, Rice University.

Environment - Texas

What the team is known for Renowned team housing some of the most prominent environmental lawyers in Texas. A broad scope of knowledge across environmental law matters. Regularly advises major clients such as the Texas Industry Project on developments in the sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The leader in Texas and the US in the area of environmental advocacy. They are well known, well connected, smart and professional. They are involved in nine out of the ten of the most important issues going on before the state and federal environment agencies in Texas."

"I expect excellent work from a big firm like Baker Botts, which I get - and at a reasonable price."

Work highlights Represented Waste Control Specialists in the licensing and development of a Texas-based low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.

Defending BP Products North America in a Clean Air Act (CAA) case, in which the plaintiffs are seeking $1 billion in damages.

Notable practitioners  

Pamela Giblin has been practicing environmental law since 1970 in an array of areas, particularly air quality. She is praised as a "tireless worker who loves what she does" and "a creative problem solver. Probably the finest attorney I have worked with in all my years of experience."

Molly Cagle has experience in a wide variety of environmental matters, including Superfund matters. She receives acclamation for her "excellent grasp of environmental law."

Matthew Kuryla is known for his excellent work in regulatory counseling, transactional advice, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He is "second to none at leading the Texas industry through the most complicated and difficult environmental issues of the day."

Representing industry groups and companies, Jennifer Keane has a strong background in regulatory environmental law, and is a "real expert in clean air - very, very thorough."

Derek McDonald practices in environmental law and litigation, focusing on areas concerning authorization of projects and remediation. He recently represented the Lower Colorado River Authority in a citizen suit under the CAA.

Scott Janoe represents corporate clients in environmental matters on a state and federal level. His strong experience and client relationship skills mean that he "can be trusted to pull together the most effective team for whatever matter is ongoing."

Significant clients Enterprise Products, Hess, Motiva, NRG Texas Power, Marathon Oil.

Intellectual Property - Texas

What the team is known for Expertise across the board with regard to patents. As well as a healthy patent prosecution and transactional IP practice, handles high-value and business-critical patent litigation for a host of household-name clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very good team - excellent trial lawyers."

"A great Texas firm." 

What's new? Respected IP litigator Nicolas Barzoukas recently joined the team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Work highlights Acted for Halliburton Energy Services against Weatherford International in a patent infringement action concerning non-metallic components in downhole tool equipment, winning $35 million in damages and royalties.

Represented Enzo Biochem, Enzo Life Sciences and Yale University in a patent infringement claim brought against Applera and Tropix regarding modified nucleotide probes permitting detection of specific DNA sequences without radioactive materials. 

Notable practitioners  

Scott Partridge has a "great reputation" for his talents in patent litigation, and in counseling and transactional work concerning electrical and mechanical engineering.

Barton Showalter is the firm-wide head of intellectual property. He is considered "outstanding" by sources for his handling of contentious, licensing and transactional matters involving software, telecommunications and electronics. 

Nicolas Barzoukas is seen as "the real deal" by market commentators, and enjoys "an excellent reputation" with regard to his handling of patent trials and Hatch-Waxman pharmaceuticals cases.

Kevin Meek is "highly recommended" by clients for patent litigation, portfolio management and transactions involving all manner of intellectual property rights. He is well known for software license agreements and matters concerning electronics, mechanical engineering and life sciences.

Gene Spears is described by various sources as "hard-working, creative" and "one of the smartest people I know," and is said to be highly persuasive before a jury. He focuses on patent litigation and prosecution with regard to chemistry.  

Douglas Kubehl  is a "talented" patent litigator, who also engages in licensing transactions, portfolio management and strategic counseling. Much of his recent work has involved telecommunications, broadcasting and software.

Significant clients Cisco Systems, Dell, Fujitsu, Hydro-Quebec, Toshiba.

Litigation - Texas

What the team is known for Global law firm based in Texas, with strength in energy and life science matters, acting for a number of multinational clients. Renowned for its highly respected appellate team. Also maintains a well-regarded professional liability practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm's strongest points are its quality of legal and regulatory knowledge and representation. Also very important is its established relationships with high-level officials, providing for good access to decision-makers."

"They're very bright, hard-working, excellent lawyers. It's a well-oiled team."

Work highlights Represented BASF and Shell in litigation brought by PEMEX concerning purchases of natural gas condensate allegedly stolen and smuggled illegally across the Mexican border.

Advised Ivanhoe Energy on $95 million litigation filed in federal court in California, connected with the development of the Pungarayacu oil field in Ecuador.

Notable practitioners

Trial lawyer Rod Phelan is "a great oral advocate and writer who thinks outside the box," reported one peer, adding: "He's one of the top guys in the state." He frequently represents law firms in professional malpractice cases. Another fellow attorney said: "You figure a guy's good when a lawyer gets sued and that's who they go and hire."

Peers particularly admired securities litigator David Sterling's recent work on a class action case concerning representations made as to Halliburton's liability for asbestos claims. "The fact that David has worked so hard and so diligently in that case and taken it twice to the US Supreme Court is a pretty fine accomplishment," one peer asserted.

John Anaipakos tries cases for energy clients and also handles professional liability matters. "When I know that John is working on a case - and he handles the most difficult cases - I can sleep at night. That's the highest compliment I can give to a lawyer working for me," confides one client, adding: "He has excellent analytical skills and he's a great trial lawyer - he has the whole package."

Richard Josephson is a trial lawyer who handles the full spectrum of complex civil litigation cases, with particular focus on the representation of pharmaceutical companies in product liability matters. He is often called in on key arbitrations.

Senior counsel Irv Terrell continues to advise clients on a number of commercial cases and is a well-regarded, established stalwart of the Texas litigation market. His cases often involve antitrust law, alleged fraudulent transfers and securities issues.

Former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Thomas Phillips gains the recognition of the Texas Bar for his years of appellate experience both on the Bench and in private practice. Peers say they regard him as "a very solid appellate lawyer and very well respected."

Macey Reasoner Stokes is "very active and well respected" in appellate matters, peers report. Clients say: "She's a good writer and good on her feet, a good oral advocate, very familiar with the process and the appellate benches." 

Up-and-coming appellate lawyer Evan Young is considered "very bright" by fellow practitioners. He has appeared before both the state Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court.

"Standout" energy litigator Gregory Copeland is noted by peers for the breadth of his trial practice, which encompasses downstream, midstream and upstream issues. Copeland continues to bring his decades of trial experience to bear on energy sector disputes.

Significant clients CenterPoint Energy, ExxonMobil, Marathon Oil, PepsiCo, Contran.

Real Estate - Texas

What the team is known for Advises national and international clients on commercial real estate issues ranging from joint ventures to development transactions, with a strong focus on the energy sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"All the attorneys in charge of our cases are very knowledgeable, responsive to our needs and questions, and proactive in a sense that they let us know upfront about possible upcoming issues."

"Baker Botts advocates strongly on behalf of its clients, but is sensitive to avoid pushing to jeopardize the business deal."

"They really know what we care about, where our risk buttons are. They do a great job in representing us, helping us identify risk, and take us off the ledge."

Work highlights Represented Hines in connection with a 2.5 million sq ft mixed-use redevelopment project. The equity investor of the project was a Middle East sovereign wealth fund, and the firm's work on the financing, leasing and operations of the project was compliant with Shari'a law.

Represented Tenaris in the site acquisition and development of the first US seamless pipemill manufacturing facility.

Notable practitioners  

"Consummate real estate attorney" Jon Dunlay represents clients in acquiring, developing, leasing and selling commercial properties. He is praised for being "highly effective in achieving the business as well as legal goals."

Patricia Stanton advises clients on the financing, development and acquisition of commercial property. Clients praise her legal expertise and enthuse about her ability "to close complex transactions through her business acumen."

Robert Wright's practice covers all aspects of commercial real estate. Market commentators say he is a "tremendous lawyer" who is particularly knowledgeable in real estate matters pertaining to the energy industry.

Consuella Simmons Taylor advises a variety of real estate industry clients in Texas. She was recently part of a team advising Hines on a number of real estate financings across the USA.

Recognized for his influential role in the real estate market, Fred Dunlop has a "fantastic" reputation for his experience in closing complex commercial transactions.

Significant clients Clarion, Crescent Real Estate, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, E2M Partners, Hines.

Tax - Texas

What the team is known for Offers outstanding advice on tax matters arising in the energy and technology sectors. Demonstrates particular expertise in oil and gas transactions, corporate spin-offs, cross-border transactions and investments, and master limited partnerships.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an outstanding reputation and a strong, deep, varied practice."

"They are very good at understanding the technical aspects of the tax law, and in assisting with how to apply that law practically. They go one step further than most tax groups."

Work highlights Advised Tallgrass Energy Partners in a matter concerning its purchase and sale agreement with Kinder Morgan Energy Partners. The client had agreed to buy several gas processing and treating facilities.

Represented LINN Energy in connection with its definitive purchase agreement with BP America Production. The client had agreed to acquire Hugoton Basin properties at a value of $1.2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

John Porter specializes in tax litigation and controversy. Areas of excellence include fiduciary matters, disputes relating to gift, estate and income tax, and the valuation of business interests.

Stephen Marcus specializes in tax planning and litigation. His areas of expertise include M&A and restructurings, and he is regarded by market sources as "a very capable practitioner" who "represents his clients well."

Significant clients Marathon Oil Company, EQT Midstream Partners, CenterPoint Energy, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, Carrizo Oil & Gas.

Technology - Texas

What the team is known for Highly experienced technology practice that serves clients in the computer hardware and software industries, as well as major defense and aerospace companies. Advises clients on a range of M&A, financings, capital markets transactions, and licensing and distribution agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm provides excellent service. Their expertise in technology is really strong."

"They are top drawer; they have a deep intimacy with our business and are extremely responsive."

Work highlights Represented IT management software specialist CA Technologies in its recent acquisition of Layer 7 Technologies. 

Advised Computer Sciences Corporation on the $1 billion sale of its credit services unit to Equifax.

Notable practitioners  

Don McDermett assists technology clients on a range of corporate matters, including recently advising GENBAND Holdings Company on its $343 million recapitalization. Clients particularly appreciate how "he really goes out of his way to find out about our business," and "provides really practical advice." 

Significant clients Accenture, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, Brother.

Technology - Texas

What the team is known for Well-established outsourcing practice with extensive experience working with both vendors and clients. Assists companies across a wide range of industries, including IT, healthcare and financial services.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Henchey is highly regarded for his advice to clients on both ITO and BPO matters, with notable experience advising on the provision of cloud services.

Significant clients Accenture, Dell, Cisco, Alcatel, CA Technologies.