Baker Botts

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Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Botts LLP logo.png
HeadquartersOne Shell Plaza
Downtown Houston, Texas, United States
No. of offices13[1]
No. of attorneys725
Major practice areasAntitrust and Competition, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Corporate, Energy, Environmental, Global Projects, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Real Estate, Renewables, Tax, Technology[1]
Key peopleJohn W. Martin (Managing Partner) [2]
Date founded1840
Company typeLimited Liability Partnership Edit this at Wikidata
One Shell Plaza contains the Baker Botts headquarters

Baker Botts L.L.P. is an American law firm of around 725 lawyers. Headquartered in One Shell Plaza in Downtown Houston, Texas,[3][4] the firm has energy and technology[5][6] related clients. It is referred to as the second-oldest law firm west of the Mississippi.[7]


The firm was originally founded as Gray and Botts in 1865 by Peter W. Gray and Walter Browne Botts.[citation needed]

In 1872, James Addison Baker joined the firm, and the name was changed to Gray, Botts & Baker. Gray left the partnership in 1874 to join the Supreme Court of Texas, and the two remaining partners, Walter Browne Botts and Judge Baker, renamed the firm to Baker & Botts. Judge Baker's son, Captain Baker, joined the firm as a clerk in 1877, a lawyer in 1881, and became a partner in 1887, at which time the name became Baker, Botts and Baker.[citation needed]

In 1896, Captain Baker, personal attorney for Texas millionaire William Marsh Rice, drew up a new will for Rice and was the will's executor. In 1900, Rice was poisoned in his bed by his valet, Charles F. Jones, and his New York City lawyer, Albert T. Patrick. Captain Baker was a key witness and helped investigate the murder after Patrick produced a will that gave him control of five million dollars in 1904. Baker got the will as evidence in the case, and it was subsequently proved that Patrick had forged Rice's signature on the will he submitted. The case was not settled until 1910, and by that time the estate had grown to almost $10 million. When the intent of Rice's will was finally executed, it led to the establishment of the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Art, and Science, which is now called Rice University.[8]

Captain Baker's son also joined the firm in 1919, and his classmate and friend, Henry Malcolm Lovett joined in 1924. Walter H. Walne served as managing partner from 1926 to 1933.[citation needed]

James Addison Baker, III, former Chief of Staff in President Ronald Reagan's first administration and United States Secretary of State (a.k.a. James Baker), joined the firm as a senior partner in 1993 after leaving public service. He maintained two offices in Washington, being also affiliated as a partner at the Carlyle Group.[9]

In 2000, the firm renamed itself Baker Botts.[10] In 2019, John W. Martin was elected managing partner of the firm. Based in the Palo Alto office, Martin became Baker Botts’ first managing partner based outside of Texas.[11]

Baker Botts is active in community service and pro bono efforts. The firm provided legal support for victims of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and responded to the COVID crisis with the publication of a COVID-19 Community Resource Guide.[12]

Dutch quality newspaper NRC investigated Baker Botts representation of Rosneft in a Dutch court case dealing with the Russian state's appropriation of Yukos. The two oil giants were embroiled in a bitter feud between Putin and an opponent of his, Khodorkovsy, the controlling shareholder of Yukos. Khodorkovsky was subsequently jailed, and Rosneft picked up the pieces of Yukos' bankruptcy. Journalist Joep Dohmen of NRC[13] wrote that Baker Botts helped its client Rosneft forge Armenian court rulings to shore up Rosneft's claims in Dutch courts. NRC, claiming possession of the actual court papers, found that Baker Botts partner Ryan Bull and his Moscow associate Izabella Sarkisyan were co-authors of the verdict in Case 1494, which, according to NRC, was handed to Armenian judge Dremeyan on a USB drive. According to NRC, the text included the Armenian coat of arms. The NRC article has been translated into English.[14] The article stated that Rosneft and Baker Botts denied NRC's allegations. The article also stated that Yukos settled out of court after the Dutch court admitted the proofs of these actions.

Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin[edit]

Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin (formerly Miller, Cassidy & Evans) was a Washington, D.C.-based boutique law firm law firm specializing in litigation, particularly criminal defense. Among its founding partners and namesakes were former United States Department of Justice officials Herbert J. "Jack" Miller, who led the Criminal Division under Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and John Cassidy.[15] The firm's prominent clients included President Richard Nixon, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deaver, NASCAR, and the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in its litigation with Food Lion grocery stores.[15] The firm merged into Baker Botts in 2001.[15][16]

Notable partners and employees[edit]

Miller Cassidy[edit]

Notable attorneys who worked at Miller Cassidy before its merger with Baker Botts included:


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  7. ^ Williams, Marjorie. "Jim Baker is smooth, shrewd, tough and coolly ambitious. That's why Washington loves him", The Washington Post, January 29, 1989.
  8. ^ "The Life of William Marsh Rice". Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  9. ^ Vise, David A.. "Former Secretary of State Baker Joins Carlyle Group", The Washington Post, March 11, 1993.
  10. ^ History – Baker Botts
  11. ^ Curriden, Mark (13 February 2019). "Baker Botts Elects Non-Texas Partner to Lead Firm". The Texas Lawbook.
  12. ^ Bagley, Allison (13 July 2020). "Baker Botts' Keri Brown responds to COVID crisis with community resource guide". Houston Chronicle.
  13. ^ Rosneft manipuleerde de rechtsgang in Nederland, NRC, 24 November 2016
  14. ^ "Rosneft had the verdict delivered on a usb-stick : Russian fraud : Revealing emails show how Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft manipulated the rule of law in The Netherlands and Armenia" (PDF). Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  15. ^ a b c Grimes, William (2009-11-21). "Herbert J. Miller Jr., Justice Dept. Leader, Dies at 85". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  16. ^ a b c Reinhard, Beth and Tom Hamburger (2020-10-10). "How Amy Coney Barrett played a role in Bush v. Gore — and helped the Republican Party defend mail ballots". Washington Post.
  17. ^ "Personnel Announcement". Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  18. ^ Tomazin, Farrah (September 27, 2020). "Five things you should know about Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on February 14, 2021. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  19. ^ Christopher R. Cooper Final Senate Questionnaire, Senate Judiciary Committee (January 6, 2014.
  20. ^ Bryce, Robert. – "It's a Baker Botts World". – The Nation. – September 23, 2004.
  21. ^ "Vetting Ted Cruz's Presidential Resumé". Houstonia Magazine. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  22. ^ "Retired Supreme Court Justice Joe Greenhill dies in Austin". Austin-American Statesman. February 11, 2011.
  23. ^ Lovelace, Ryan (December 6, 2018). "FTC's Ohlhausen to Join Baker Botts, Bypassing Judicial Nomination". National Law Journal. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  24. ^ a b "The Perfect Lawyer | Washingtonian (DC)". Washingtonian. 2001-05-01. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  25. ^ "Questionnaire for judicial nominees" (PDF). United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved 2017-03-16.

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