Baker Botts LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Lack of face-time requirement”
  • “Everyone is friendly and treats you like an adult”
  • “Ability to interact with clients”

Downers

  • “Generally less sociable colleagues”
  • “Lack of mentorship”
  • “Bonuses are below market”

The Buzz

  • “One of the best in energy”
  • “Prestigious in TX”
  • “Conservative/Republican”
  • “Uptight”

About Baker Botts LLP

One of Texas's elite firms, Bakers Botts has deep roots in the Lone Star State-and a long history of counseling the oil industry and Republican administrations. It also fields sturdy teams in technology, energy, life sciences, complex litigation, white-collar defense, and appellate advocacy.

From Agriculture to Oil

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. By 1874 more partners had joined, forming Gray, Botts & Baker. Gray subsequently stepped down from the firm in order to accept a seat on the Supreme Court of Texas, leaving the practice in the hands of Colonel W.B. Botts and Judge James A. Baker, who nudged Gray's name off the firm stationery and began working as Baker & Botts.

The subsequent history of the firm runs parallel to the story of Texas. A hurricane destroyed the prosperous port of Galveston in 1900, shifting the state's commercial epicenter to Baker & Botts' turf in Houston. The following year, dozens of oil wells opened around Houston, and the firm quickly became counsel of choice for the burgeoning industry. Its clients included companies that evolved into Chevron, Texaco and Exxon.

Gaining Offices, Losing an Ampersand

Besides playing an integral role in Houston's development, Baker & Botts became connected to Rice University where Captain James Baker, son of founder Judge James A. Baker, chaired the first board of trustees. The Great Depression and ensuing New Deal laws inspired the firm to expand its corporate and regulatory practices; in 1972, Baker & Botts opened a DC office devoted to federal regulatory work (Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is a partner there).

More offices in Texas and a New York location specializing in telecom, technology and financial services work followed. The firm's name was streamlined to Baker Botts in 2000. In the late 1990s and 2000s, Baker Botts took its eye for black gold overseas, opening offices in the oil frontiers of Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Today, the firm counts energy bigwigs like Shell, Amoco, and Reliant among its clients.

Friends of George

Baker Botts has had long, strong ties to both Bush administrations: a 16-year-old George W. did a tour of duty in the firm's mail room; James A. Baker III served as Bush/Cheney campaign counsel during the acrimonious Florida recount of 2000; and in 2009, Fran Townsend, former top homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush, joined the Baker Botts DC office as a partner. The firm's political connections have helped it score engagements with the Saudi royal family and Halliburton, although Baker himself has faced open criticism for his connection to the Carlyle Group and Enron. The firm's entry to hot energy markets has been eased by its powerful relations; James A. Baker IV, when asked if his father's connections had anything to do with the firm's emergence in Russia, affirmed that it would be "disingenuous to say it hasn't been an asset."

IN THE NEWS

May 2016
Moving On Up

Baker Botts was named one of the top Texas firms among the nation's highest-grossing firms on the Am Law 100 list. Houston-based Baker Botts, is ranked 46th, up from 51st the year before, with $704.5 million in gross revenue (a 7.9 percent increase). The firm topped $1 million in revenue per lawyer for the first time as rates per lawyer climbed 7.4 percent, to $1.01 million, and profits per partner increased 6.2 percent, to $1.805 million. "While commodity prices were down, we're more diversified [than some other Texas firms], so we saw strong performance across the board," says managing partner Andrew Baker.

March 2016
The Stars at Night Are Big and Bright

The 2016 edition of Texas Super Lawyers magazine named 38 firm lawyers as "Texas Rising Stars." The ranked lawyers received the highest points total during the nomination, research, and peer review process. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

February 2016
Anti-Trust Us                                                               

Baker Botts' Antitrust Litigation practice is listed among Global Competition Review's (GCR) Global Top Ten. In this first-ever litigation ranking, GCR states the global listing includes the top international competition practices that "display considerable litigation prowess on both sides of the Atlantic." In addition to the Global Top Ten, the firm's Antitrust and Competition Law practice was recognized as one of the world's "Global Elite" in the 16th edition of the GCR 100-an annual ranking that highlights the antitrust work of global law firms based on the difficulty and quality of work, reputation of lawyers, size, jurisdictional reach, and casework over the past 12 months.

Give Me Liberty…

Baker Botts successfully represented Liberty Media in the settlement of its lawsuit against Vivendi Universal S.A. Under the agreement, Vivendi S.A. has paid $775 million to Liberty. The lawsuit stemmed from a complex transaction between Vivendi and Liberty Media in 2001. After a four-week trial, a jury sitting in the Southern District of New York found Vivendi liable for breach of contract and securities fraud, and awarded Liberty Media €765 million (excluding interest). "This settlement brings to a close one of the highest profile securities fraud cases in the last twenty years," said Michael Calhoon, a partner in Baker Botts' Washington D.C. office and the lead lawyer on this case.

January 2016
Are You Going to San Francisco?

Baker Botts has officially opened its new office in San Francisco, located in the heart of the Financial District at 101 California Street. With Patricia Stanton as the new Partner in Charge, this will be the firm's second California office joining its Palo Alto office which opened in 2008. This expansion will draw upon the firm's reputation for outstanding client service and firm wide expertise in areas such as technology, corporate, patent litigation, real estate, life sciences, and white collar to add significant value for their clients. The new San Francisco office and the firm's growth in California continues to demonstrate Baker Botts' commitment to being a world-class technology law firm.

PTAB Blog

As a result of the dramatically changed patent landscape due to significant changes is the establishment of new post-grant patent proceedings, including Inter Partes Review, Post-Grant Review, and Covered Business Method Review, Baker Botts launches its Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Trials Blog (PTABBlog.law). "Every week brings new decisions and rulings that offer insight into how the PTAB is handling these proceedings and interpreting statutes and regulations associated with the AIA. As leaders in the patent prosecution and litigation arena, the Baker Botts PTAB Trials Blog will provide a unique perspective on news, trends, and analysis of PTAB proceedings as they evolve," said Luke Pedersen, Chair of Baker Botts' PTAB Trials practice.

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Baker Botts LLP

One Shell Plaza
910 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002-4995
Phone: (713) 229-1234

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Andrew M. Baker
  • Hiring Partners: Brian Oaks (Austin); James Prince (Dallas); Rob Fowler (Houston); Rich Harper (New York); Brooksany Barrowes (DC); Brian Lee (Palo Alto), Stuart Plunkett (San Francisco)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 705

  • Employment Contact
    Elizabeth A. Krichmar
    Director of Recruiting
    (713) 229-1827
    elizabeth.krichmar@bakerbotts.com

  • Base Salary
    US Offices
    1st year: $180,000
    Summer associate: Pro-rated 1st year salary.

  • Summer Associate Offers
    56 acceptances out of 86 offers (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate
    Environmental
    Global Projects
    Intellectual Property
    Litigation
    Tax

Major Office Locations

  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • New York, NY
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Moscow
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Riyadh (Associate firm)
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