Baker Botts LLP at a Glance


  • “Great trial experience as a young associate”
  • “Partners who will personally invest in your professional development”
  • “Strong oil and gas work”


  • “Opaque management”
  • “It has become more and more difficult to make partner”
  • “The demanding schedule”

The Buzz

  • “Great in Texas”
  • “Energy powerhouse”
  • “Conservative”
  • “Strong reputation in Houston, less so in New York”

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."


March 2014 

Power Deal of the Year
The $1.6 billion, Rabigh 2 Independent Power Project-promoted by Baker Botts' client, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)-earned "Middle Eastern Power Deal of the Year 2013" recognition from Project Finance magazine. 

February 2014

Breaking the FTC's 20-Year Streak
The Federal Trade Commission publicly dismissed six of seven conspiracy and monopolization charges against Baker Botts client McWane, Inc.; the lone remaining count was a split decision that drew a lengthy and sharp dissent from Commissioner Joshua D. Wright. The dismissals marked the first time in nearly two decades that the Commission has ruled against itself following an administrative trial in its in-house court.

January 2014

A Sirius Transaction
Baker Botts represented Liberty Media Corporation in the following transaction: On January 3, 2014, Liberty announced that it made a proposal to Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (Sirius) that outlines the terms by which Sirius public shareholders would become shareholders of Liberty in a tax-free transaction in which each share of Sirius common stock would be converted into 0.0760 of a new share of Liberty Series C common stock, and, immediately prior to such conversion, Liberty intends to distribute, on a 2:1 basis, shares of Liberty's Series C common stock to all holders of record of Liberty's Series A and B common stock to create a liquid trading market for Liberty's Series C common stock. Upon the completion of the proposed transaction, Liberty expects that Sirius' public shareholders would own approximately 39% of Liberty's then-outstanding common stock.

October 2013

An Advantageous Acquisition
Baker Botts represented Regency Energy Partners in the following acquisition: Regency Energy Partners LP (Regency) and PVR Partners, L.P. (PVR) announced on October 10, that their respective boards of directors unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which Regency will acquire PVR. This acquisition will be a unit-for-unit transaction plus a one-time cash payment to PVR unitholders that collectively imply a value today for PVR of approximately $5.6 billion, including the assumption of net debt of $1.8 billion.

This transaction closed on March 21, 2014.

August 2013

Outstanding I.P.
Baker Botts' Intellectual Property practice earned the 2013 Intellectual Property Litigation department of the Year award from Texas Lawyer editors in the publication's inaugural litigation practice awards program released August 19, 2013. In an article reviewing the firm's intellectual property practice, Texas Lawyer stated, "Attorneys in Baker Botts' intellectual property practice not only grasp complicated technology but can explain it in terms simple enough for jurors to understand."

July 2013

Middle East Mavens
A highly-regarded group of lawyers with accumulated experience of more than a century of practice in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries-including eight partners who specialize in a wide range of transactional and dispute matters-joined Baker Botts L.L.P. The lawyers work from firm offices in Dubai, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. The Middle East group-a total of 14 lawyers and a significant number of support staff-moved to the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright. It includes John Lonsberg, who established Fulbright & Jaworski's presence in the Middle East when he joined Fulbright in 2005 and served as the partner in charge of that firm's Middle East practice; fellow partners Mark Bisch, Jonathan Sutcliffe, Joseph Colagiovanni, Hassan Elsayed, Richard Devine and Philip Punwar in Dubai and Sam Eversman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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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 Baker
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 700

  • Employment Contact
    Jennifer Queen
    Director, Recruiting & Development
    Phone: (214) 953-6858
    Fax: (214) 661-4858

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

  • Summer Associate Offers
    81 out of 87 (2013) (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
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Moscow
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Riyadh (Associate firm)
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