Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

5 Star Rating     5 reviews 
Main Office:

One Shell Plaza, 910 Louisiana Street | Houston | TX | 77002

Phone: 713-229-1234 | Fax: 713-229-1522

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Year of establishment 1840 Number of partners 280
Number of offices 14 Partner to associate ratio 0.80
Biggest office Houston Percentage of women attorneys 31.50
Number of attorneys 708 Percentage of minority attorneys 16.00
Number of associates 367 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 3.00
Baker Botts L.L.P.
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Baker Botts L.L.P. Reviews

- Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Advice to law firm management: Just a little more communication about onboarding would be nice!

Pros: Supportive leadership, positive culture, market pay. Very family-friendly. Overall a great place to start a legal career.

Cons: Occasional lack of transparency

Partners to Avoid and Why: None

Favorite Things About this Firm: Great people! So many snacks in the break room!

Career Opportunities:

Compensation & Benefits:

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Senior Management:

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Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2019

Job type: Intern

Length of Employment: Less than a year

- Reviewed on May 17, 2020

Advice to law firm management: Just a little more communication about onboarding would be nice!

Pros: Supportive leadership, positive culture, market pay. Overall a great place to start a legal career. Very open to helping you find other opportunities should you decide to leave.

Cons: Occasional lack of transparency

Partners to Avoid and Why: None

Favorite Things About this Firm: Great people! So many snacks in the break room!

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2019

Job type: Intern


Baker Botts is a full-service, leading international law firm, recognized for our understanding of the industries we serve. Our firm has a long, distinguished tradition of service to our clients, tracing our history back to the 1840s. During the earliest days of Houston, Baker Botts represented the burgeoning industries of cotton merchants, brokers and railroads. Today, Baker Botts has offices around the globe. Since the 1840s, we have served leading industries, organizations and individuals, while staying at the forefront of emerging technologies. We have the experience, the knowledge and the people to solve our clients’ most significant legal challenges. For more than 170 years, we have demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to excellence. Deeper Understanding. Better Solutions.

Practice Areas

Baker Botts L.L.P. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Corporate Tax
  • Employee Benefits
  • Estate & Business Planning
  • Estate Tax
  • Estate
  • Gift & Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes
  • Eu Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust
  • Executive Compensation
  • Federal Tax Incentives
  • Financial Instruments & Credit Agreements
  • Government Relations
  • Income Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Income Tax Planning
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • International Tax
  • International Trade Commission
  • Licensing
  • Life Sciences
  • Life Sciences Litigation
  • Marital Property Issues
  • Master Limited Partnerships
  • Oil & Gas Tax
  • Partnership Tax
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Pension
  • Benefits & Erisa Litigation
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Ptab Trials
  • Renewable Energy
  • S Corporations
  • Spin Offs
  • State & Local Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • State & Local Tax Planning
  • State Tax Incentives
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Trademarks & Copyrights
  • Transfer Pricing
  • Transfer Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Trust & Estate Administration
  • Air Quality
  • Air Quality Litigation
  • Antitrust Class Action Defense
  • Antitrust Government Investigation
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Antitrust Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Appellate And Supreme Court Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Capital Markets & Securities
  • Cartel & Criminal Antitrust Investigations
  • Civil Enforcement
  • Class Actions
  • Climate Change
  • Committee Representation
  • Contaminated Site Clean Up
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance Counseling
  • Criminal Enforcement
  • Crisis Response
  • Cross Border Transactions
  • Customs
  • Anti Dumping & Countervailing Duty Services
  • Derivatives Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement
  • Economic Sanctions & Export Controls
  • Economic Sanctions
  • Energy And Natural Resources
  • Energy Litigation
  • Energy Regulatory
  • Environmental Aspects Of Business Transactions
  • Environmental Coalitions
  • Eu Antitrust Counseling
  • Eu Competition Law
  • Eu Competition Litigation
  • Eu Merger Control
  • European Trade
  • Export Controls
  • Fcpa Uk Bribery Act Anti Corruption Enforcement & Compliance
  • Feasibility Feed & Epc Contracts
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Government Antitrust Investigation Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Health & Safety
  • Hedge Funds
  • Infrastructure
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade
  • Joint Ventures
  • Labor & Employment
  • Legislative & Regulatory Advocacy
  • Lng
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining & Metals
  • Natural Resources
  • Oil & Gas Environmental Issues
  • Oil And Gas
  • Pension Benefits & Erisa Litigation
  • Pipeline Projects
  • Power
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Liability
  • Project Development
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate And Construction
  • Refining & Petrochemical
  • Regulatory
  • Securities Litigation
  • Securities Regulation & Enforcement
  • Solid & Hazardous Waste
  • Sourcing
  • Tax
  • Toxic & Hazardous Substances
  • Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Trade Defense: Anti Dumping & Anti Subsidy
  • Trade Policy & Market Access
  • Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
  • Water Quality
  • Water Resources
  • White Collar Fcpa Uk Bribery Act & Anti Corruption
  • Antitrust And Competition Law
  • Corporate
  • Enforcements And Investigations
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation
  • Projects

Hiring Criteria

Baker Botts L.L.P. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Baker Botts places great value on incoming law students. The firm employs talented law students. The firm selects from the highest-ranking graduates amongst the topmost law schools in the country.

The firm has an established set of core attributes that they seek in candidates. These attributes include self-confidence, dedication and commitment to excellence. Other talents that can grow with the progress of time are creative problem solving and relationship building.

Baker Botts nurtures these core attributes through their training and development programs.

Pro bono

The firm has always followed a policy of giving back to the community from which it has gained so much. Helping those who need their services guides them in their commitment and each year, Baker Botts provides thousands of hours of pro bono legal services to many causes that include, civil right cases, death penalty cases, family law issues, constitutional law issues and community development.

The firm influences it lawyers to contribute to the firm's pro bono work and treat it just as they would other paying clients, providing them of their best services with full resources of the firm and the same level of commitment and excellence. It motivates its lawyers to consider pro-bono work as enriching as working for fee-paying clients.

It is estimated that the firm spends almost 50,000 hours on pro bono work each year. Changing lives forever, assisting in getting the innocent off death rows, putting children back in schools and giving families another chance at life.

In 2010 the firm reunited a Salvadoran woman, with her family, after nearly three years, after she escaped from the clutches of trafficking ring. Baker Botts managed to get her a visa and other requisite paperwork that helped her be back, safe and secure, amidst her family.

A center serving persons with mental retardation was put up for sale by the City of Houston. The firm successfully defended it, preventing the sale. It would have disrupted the lives of nearly a thousand mentally challenged people and their families.

Notable cases

  • Throughout its history, the firm has handled many significant, high-profile matters for its clients. Some of the more recent significant cases include:
  • In August 2012 In Enbridge Pipelines (East Texas) L.P. v. Avinger Timber, the Texas Supreme Court reversed a $20,955,000 condemnation judgment against Enbridge Pipelines (East Texas) L.P. and remanded the case for a new trial.
  • In August 2012 In Reeder v. Wood County Energy, LLC, et al., the Texas Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Dale Wainwright, held that the exculpatory clause in a 1989 AAPL model form joint operating agreement exempts an operator from liability for its activities unless its conduct amounts to gross negligence or willful misconduct.
  • On July 16, 2012, U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery, in Minneapolis, denied plaintiffs' motion for class certification in an antitrust suit against Baker Botts client C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. and SuperValu Inc.
  • Baker Botts lawyer Omar Alaniz has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Professional Service. Alaniz is the twelfth lawyer to receive this award since its creation in 2001.
  • A jury awarded Liberty Media Corporation approximately

Baker Botts L.L.P. Awards and Recognitions

Baker Botts is time and again finds itself ranked amongst the top law firms of the country. Its lawyers also find mention and are recognized among the best practitioners worldwide.

Some of its recent awards and recognitions are as follows:

Ranked first amongst the best law firms nationwide, in energy, oil and gas by Vault for 2012.

Ranked first amongst the best law firms nationwide, in Clean Technology and Renewable Energy by Vault for 2012.

Ranked the best law firm in Texas by Vault 20102.

Who's Who Legal names Baker Botts as '2012 Texas Firm Of The Year.'

In 2011, the Business Committee for the Arts named it as one of the best companies supporting the arts in the United States.

In 2011 a BTI Client Service Survey cited Baker Botts as best in class A List member. The firm was one amongst 30 firms to earn this distinction based on a survey of general counsels at Fortune 1000 companies.

The Global Competition Review 2011 listed the firm as 'Recommended" for being one of the leading firms for government antitrust.

Baker Botts transaction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline was selected as the deal of the decade 2000-2010 by Infrastructure Journal in 2011.

Baker Botts Qurayyah Independent Power project was selected for creativity in securing multi-sourced financing for the project by Project Finance Magazine 2011.


For the firm diversity is the means to weave a stronger fabric. It is committed to nurturing diversity at the workplace, bringing together its viewpoints, experience of the years and its competence, making the firm more resourceful, efficient and successful.

It is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not stand for discrimination in any form, be it based on race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality or any other category.

Its contributions to diversity were recognized in 2010 when it received the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Thomas L. Sager Award for the South/Southwest Region for demonstrating sustained commitment to improve the advancement of minority lawyers.

For their unflagging diversity efforts Baker Botts is consistently ranked amongst the top law firms for diversity. Amongst specific feathers in its cap, are being ranked four times amongst the top 100 law firms for Diversity, receiving a perfect score of 100, for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Index and Best Places to Work Survey.

The Baker Botts Global Women's Forum, established to foster networking, mentoring and professional development among women at the firm, has four objectives, recruitment, retention, development and promotion of women lawyers.

Summer associate program

The Baker Botts Summer Associate program creates a factual working atmosphere for the associates who work under the supervision of experienced lawyers, guided by a strong mentoring program. A chosen team of partners and associates advise, guide and offer critiques of the work done, ensuring that the associates are exposed to more people and practice areas and get an idea of what Baker Botts is all about.

A unique feature of the program is the Baker Weekend hosted by the firm that brings summer associates and lawyers from each of its six offices within the country and gets them to interact with one another in an environment that helps build and strengthen relationships across the firm.

During the weekend events include panel discussions, presentations and detailed sessions specific to the department that provide valuable insight into the firm's traditions, practices and management.

A much looked forward to highlight of the Baker Weekend is a keynote address by the Honorable James A. Baker III, the 61st Secretary of State of America and Senior partner at the firm.

Summer Associates earn competitive weekly salaries.

Working for the Baker Botts L.L.P.

Lawyers at Baker Botts are skilful, accomplished and expected to be proficient in their specific skills. They must be able to apply their skills to further the firm's reputation and excel in delivering legal services of the highest quality and excellence in consonance with their client's most complex business issues.

Lawyers are providing with engaging work and entrusted with responsibility almost from the first day of work. Lawyers can expect to work in a dynamic global environment, where the highest professional and ethical standards are maintained.

New lawyers can advance their careers through on-the-job training, a healthy mentoring program, internal and external professional development opportunities are provided to the new recruits.

Apart from work the firm encourages its lawyers to a have life of their own outside of the workplace, be it pursuing a hobby, performing community service or just spending time with the family.

The firm has a history that goes back 170 years, of glorious accomplishment and proud heritage and would like to see its lawyers add to the firms standing and stature. The firm is proud of its clients and its values and culture are very important to them.


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