On Feb. 7, Baker Botts partners elected Andrew M. Baker (pictured) as the firm’s managing partner. He'll serve a four-year term, starting in April. He will succeed Walter J. Smith, who has served in the role since March 2002.
Baker started with the firm in 1979 and helped open its Dallas office in 1985. He practices corporate law and serves on the firm’s executive committee. He currently has offices in Houston and Dallas but as managing partner will be based in Houston.
Mike Cinelli, the firm’s associate director for public relations, says neither Smith nor Baker is immediately available for comment. A firm press release quotes Baker as saying: “I am honored that my partners have placed their confidence in me to continue building on Baker Botts’ reputation as a ‘best in class’ law firm representing clients globally in complex matters. . . . During my career, I have been privileged to participate in the firm’s growth, while at the same time gaining a genuine appreciation of its heritage and the importance we place on contributing to the quality of life in the communities where we work and live.”
The release quotes Smith as saying, “I have practiced law with Andy for more than three decades, and I am confident that he possesses the qualities necessary to continue the tradition of leadership that has served the firm and our clients well throughout our history.”
— Miriam Rozen