Baker Botts LLP at a Glance


  • “Early exposure to meaningful work”
  • “Lawyers who work here are as friendly as they are intelligent”
  • “Above-market pay for the highest performing associates”


  • “Slow to change”
  • “Minimum billing requirement”
  • “Little transparency”

The Buzz

  • “The best in Texas”
  • “Well-connected in DC”
  • “Regional player”
  • “Good old boys club”

About Baker Botts LLP

One of Texas' 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, 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."


February 2015

Pipe Dreams
Baker Botts represented Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (the "Partnership"), a NiSource Inc. company, in the pricing of its initial public offering of 46,811,398 common units representing limited partner interests in the Partnership at $23.00 per common unit. Columbia owns and operates more than 15,000 miles of strategically located natural gas pipelines, integrated with one of the largest underground storage systems in North America. The initial public offering of the Partnership marked the first MLP IPO of 2015 and the largest ever MLP IPO. The transaction was led by Houston Partners Josh Davidson and Hillary Holmes.

A Victory 10 Years in the Making
In a high-stakes, high-profile international dispute, Baker Botts defeated Texas-based Moncrief Oil International in its $1.37 billion dollar lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets against firm client OAO Gazprom, the Russian-based oil and gas company. The dismissal ended a nearly decade-long legal chess game as the parties battled in federal court and state court. For the last 10 years, Michael Goldberg has been leading the efforts for OAO Gazprom in this dispute. Other Baker Botts partners involved were, Van Beckwith and Michael Calhoon.

Making Things Right
Almost six years to the day after a Federal judge appointed Ralph Janvey to take over Allen Stanford's sprawling, world-wide business known as Stanford Financial Group, a business that turned out to be the second largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, Baker Botts attorneys won the first in a string of trials seeking to "clawback" hundreds of millions of dollars from who profited from their time with Stanford. Stanford's Ponzi scheme, which involved sales world-wide of worthless certificates of deposit issued by his off-shore bank, resulted in billions of dollars in losses to more than 18,000 victims. The Baker Botts team included partners Kevin Sadler, Scott Powers, Special Counsel, David Arlington and associates Sherwin Faridifar, Christopher Norfleet.

October 2014

Coming Out of Your Shell
Shell Midstream Partners, L.P., a limited partnership formed by Royal Dutch Shell, in the pricing of its initial public offering of 40,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests at $23.00 per common unit. Shell Midstream Partners is a fee-based, growth-oriented master limited partnership recently formed by Royal Dutch Shell to own, operate, develop and acquire pipelines and other midstream assets. At the time of pricing, the $1.05 billion initial public offering was the largest ever MLP IPO. The transaction was led by Houston Partners Kelly Rose, Josh Davidson, Hillary Holmes and A.J. Ericksen.

November 2014

An Energetic Deal
Halliburton will acquire all the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction. The transaction is valued at $78.62 per Baker Hughes share, representing an equity value of $34.6 billion and enterprise value of $38.0 billion, based on Halliburton's closing price on November 12, 2014, the day prior to public confirmation by Baker Hughes that it was in talks with Halliburton regarding a transaction. The transaction combines two highly complementary suites of products and services into a comprehensive offering to oil and natural gas customers. On a pro-forma basis the combined company had 2013 revenues of $51.8 billion, more than 136,000 employees and operations in more than 80 countries around the world. Houston Partners Kelly Rose and David Kirkland led the transaction.


Cold Hard Cash
For 2014, the firm's gross revenue increased by approximately 11.4 percent to $653.0 million. Net income increased by approximately 22.6 percent to $299.3 million while profits per partner increased by approximately 25.5 percent to $1.7 million. Revenue per lawyer increased by approximately 9.5 percent to $942,000 in 2014.

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Baker Botts LLP

One Shell Plaza
910 Louisiana Street, Suite 3000
Houston, TX 77002-4995
Phone: (713) 229-1234


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Andrew M. Baker
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 700

  • Employment Contact
    Elizabeth A. Krichmar
    Director of Recruiting
    Phone: (713) 229-1827
    Fax: (713) 229-2827

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Washington, DC; Texas offices
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    88 out of 90 (2014) (includes 1Ls)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Global Projects
    Intellectual Property

Major Office Locations

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