2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The people are exceptional and nice.”
“The quality of work and opportunity to work on interesting projects.”
“Lack of transparency.”
“Hours can be long.”
“It is difficult to solicit work.”
About Baker Botts L.L.P.
With deep roots in the Lone Star State, Baker Botts has grown to become an international firm with 14 offices across the globe and more than 700 lawyers among its ranks. The firm fields sturdy teams in energy, environmental law, IP, litigation, and project finance.
All in the Family
Baker Botts was Texan before Texas was a state. The firm’s origins date back to 1840, when Peter Gray founded a firm in the land known then as the Republic of Texas. Gray’s first clients were agricultural interests—sugar, cotton, and timber—and the Southern Pacific and Union Railroads. About three decades after starting the firm, Gray handed the reigns over to Colonel W.B. Botts and James A. Baker (aka Judge Baker), who nudged Gray’s name off the firm stationery and began working as Baker & Botts. Judge Baker’s son, James A. Baker II (aka Captain Baker), joined the firm shortly thereafter and would grow the firm to become one of the largest in the country in the early 20th century. The next two generations of James Bakers (III—who served as Secretary of State under President George H.W. Bush and his son IV) are both partners in the firm today.
Tech Titans & Energy
Baker Botts’ lawyers work across five main practice areas: corporate, global projects, IP, litigation, and tax. The firm’s clients include Fortune 100 companies (78 to be exact), small businesses, government entities, and individuals. Its practices cross myriad industries, such as banking and finance, construction, consumer products, energy and natural resources, insurance, life sciences, real estate, and technology.
Today, more than a third of the firm’s attorneys work in the technology sector—250 lawyers in 14 offices around the world. The firm creates balanced teams of experienced trial lawyers and litigators with technical backgrounds, who bring together their expertise to fully understand clients’ technologies and tackle any complex legal issues that may arise. The firm’s technology practice crosses borders and practice areas. The firm’s transactional and tax lawyers lend their counsel to technology clients when it comes to developing business solutions.
Baker Botts is perhaps best known for its Energy and Natural Resources practice. The firm holds the No. 3 spot in Vault’s Energy, Oil, & Gas ranking—and for good reason. The firm has handled more than 3,700 such matters across the globe in the past decade and advises on matters relating to oil, natural gas, liquified natural gas, coal, and renewables.
Associates at Baker Botts aren’t left in the dark about what it takes to succeed. The firm’s Associate Attributes Model delineates 10 attributes that are key to success at the firm: building relationships, commitment to excellence, creative problem-solving, confidence, dedication, leadership, oral communication skills, research skills, substantive knowledge, and written communication skills. The model provides associates at different levels with insights into expectations based on these attributes and aims to provide them with the skills they need to be effective lawyers through each stage.
News & Awards
In July 2020, Baker Botts represented BP in a sale of its upstream business in Alaska to Hilcorp Alaska (“Hilcorp”). In August 2019, BP previously announced it would exit its Alaska business, selling its upstream and midstream business to Hilcorp for a total consideration of $5.6 billion. Baker Botts continues to represent BP as it works with Hilcorp and regulators to complete the midstream sale.
Baker Botts’ Intellectual Property attorneys secured a series of victories for clients in the technology, media and telecommunications (“TMT”), and life sciences sectors, showcasing a broad range of the practice’s capabilities. “These successes are indicative of Baker Botts’ IP practice being a market leader across the TMT, life sciences and energy industries,” said Robert Scheinfeld, Global Chair of Baker Botts’ Intellectual Property Department. “We have a deep bench of diverse, technically-trained, forward-thinking trial lawyers and professionals around the country who efficiently achieve winning results in the courtroom beyond our clients’ expectations.”
Baker Botts assembled a multidisciplinary Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis Response Group, compiled an accompanying resource kit, and is providing daily social media updates on the rapidly evolving situation. “These resources draw from the experience of our global, cross-practice, and multidisciplinary group of attorneys,” said Scott Janoe, firmwide chair of Baker Botts’ Environmental, Safety & Incident section. “In the recent past, our firm has helped clients in dealing with large-scale industrial accidents and environmental disasters and in addressing the rapidly evolving cybersecurity and data privacy landscape, among other things.”
Baker Botts has been recognized by Diversity Lab as “Mansfield Certified Plus.” The “Certified Plus” status signifies that the firm not only considered at least 30 percent women, people of color, and LGBTQ lawyers for leadership positions and in lateral recruiting over the year, but also achieved representation of at least 30 percent women and diverse lawyers in several key areas—including significant leadership roles and promotions.
- Secured a €944 million judgment for Liberty Media Corp. in an 11-year suit against Vivendi Universal, S.A. and Universal Studios, Inc. The verdict was the fourth-largest jury verdict in the U.S. and recognized as a key “Litigator of the Week” win by The American Lawyer.
- Defended Halliburton and its CEO in what is considered the most widely followed securities case since the passage of the PSLRA in 1995.
- Secured a victory for OAO Gazprom in a high-stakes jury trial in which Moncrief Oil International claimed more than $1.4 billion in actual damages earning “Litigator of the Week” and “Big Deal/Big Suits” honors from The American Lawyerand profiles in Forbes and Bloomberg.
- Secured a $79 million judgment for Ralph S. Janvey, the court-appointed receiver of the Stanford International Bank, which propagated the second-largest Ponzi scheme in history by amount.
- Energy Practice Group of the Year, 2019—Law360
- Pro Bono Hot List, 2020—The National Law Journal
- America’s Top Corporate Law Firms, 2019—Forbes
- Law Firm Pro Bono Award, 2019—Dell
- Texas Litigation Department of the Year, 2019—The American Lawyer
910 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002-4995
Phone: (713) 229-1234
Managing Partner: John Martin
Recruiting Chairs: Nick Schuneman (Austin), Susan Kennedy (Dallas), Natasha Khan (Houston), Terence Rozier-Byrd (NY), Heather Choi (DC), Jon Swenson (Palo Alto), Jeremy Taylor (SF)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/week
Elizabeth A. Krichmar
Director of Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 7
No. of International Offices: 7
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I Beijing
Riyadh (Associate firm)
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