2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Great culture and positive people. Family-friendly.”
“Plenty of opportunities to do challenging work.”
“Lack of transparency about career prospects.”
About Baker Botts LLP
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 (a.k.a 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 (a.k.a. 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 business, 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
Baker Botts acted for NASCAR in its agreement to acquire International Speedway Corporation for US $2 billion. “This agreement is the first step in bringing together two of the most iconic motorsports companies and we are delighted that we have been able to bring our depth of experience in complex sports, entertainment and media transactions to this deal. This is the second major motorsport deal on which we have worked, as Baker Botts acted as the lead lawyers for Liberty Media in its recent acquisition of Formula One,” said Jonathan Gordon, a New York based corporate partner and the lead lawyer on this transaction for NASCAR.
The Baker Botts 1L Diversity Fellowship provides talented law students the opportunity to gain valuable experience at a large, global law firm and scholarship funds to assist with defraying the costs of their legal education. In addition, one of these students has also been selected for the AT&T/Baker Botts 1L IP Diversity Fellowship through which students receive hands-on experience working directly on AT&T matters both in-house and with outside counsel providing a unique 360-degree view of legal services for one of the top 10 companies on the Fortune 500.
John W. Martin has been elected as the firm’s 15th Managing Partner. Mr. Martin’s four-year term will commence April 1, 2019. “Baker Botts is known for providing world class, professionally excellent client service in our key industry segments of technology and energy, and is ideally situated to continue growing our target markets on both the East and West coasts, in London and in Texas,” said John Martin, Managing Partner-Elect.
In October 2018, Baker Botts led four major energy deals worth over $20 billion. “These outstanding deal announcements demonstrate the depth and expertise of our M&A lawyers and further highlights the strength of our transactional practice,” said Mike Bengtson, Partner and Corporate Chair at Baker Botts. “Through these deals, our lawyers demonstrate their commitment to delivering value-added services that exceed client expectations,” added Mr. Bengtson.
- 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 Lawyer and 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.
- More than 80 ranked practices by Chambers & Partners, 2019
- More than 35 ranked practices by The Legal 500, 2019
- Honor Roll of the 2018 ChIPs Inclusion Blueprint Survey
- AT&T Legal Diversity Award, 2017
- PepsiCo Law Firm Diversity Award, 2017
One Shell Plaza
910 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002-4995
Phone: (713) 229-1234
Managing Partner: John Martin
Recruiting Chairs: Nick Schuneman (Austin); Kurt Pankratz (Dallas); Natasha Khan (Houston); Terence Rozier-Byrd (NY); Kyle Clark (DC); Jon Swenson (Palo Alto), Jeremy Taylor (SF)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
500 - 750
1st year: $190,000
Summer associate: $3,654/week
Summer Associate Offers:
66 out of 70 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
102 total (69 2Ls; 33 1Ls) (2018)
Elizabeth A. Krichmar
Director of Recruiting
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
Riyadh (Associate firm)
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.