The new year will usher in new partners at the Texas offices of one firm. Baker Botts has announced that firmwide it is promoting 15 attorneys to partnership, including nine senior associates in Texas. The partnerships become effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Russ Crain and Tom O’Brien will become partners in Baker Botts’ Dallas office. The new partners in the Houston office are James Chenoweth, Liz Flannery, Walter Lynch, Jason Rocha, Robinson Vu, Chris Wilson and Kim Schlanger.
Crain says he joined Baker Botts after graduating from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2004. He says he represents clients in intellectual property litigation and assists clients in obtaining patent protection.
O’Brien says he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2004 and worked as a law clerk for 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw in California before joining Baker Botts in 2005. He says he represents clients in litigation matters.
Chenoweth says he received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2004 and earned the LL.M in taxation at NYU law school in 2005. He says he joined Baker Botts in January 2005 and represents clients in income tax aspects of oil and gas transactions.
Flannery says she joined Baker Botts after she graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004. She says she represents clients in intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on patent litigation.
Lynch says he joined Baker Botts on Sept. 7, 2004, shortly after earning his J.D. magna cum laude at the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to attending law school, he earned a master’s of business administration degree at the University of Texas in 1998 and worked as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lynch says. He says he has a trial practice that involves mainly toxic tort defense work.
Rocha says he joined Baker Botts in 2004 after graduating from the UT law school in December 2003. He says he has a corporate and securities practice that is split between capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.
Vu says he graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 2004 and joined Baker Botts in the fall of 2004. He says his practice focuses on intellectual property law.
Wilson says he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and worked as a law clerk for then-5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Patrick Higginbotham before joining Baker Botts in 2004. His practice focuses on global projects and real estate, Wilson says.
Schlanger says she joined Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City after graduating from Harvard Law School in 2003. She says she joined Baker Botts in 2006 and focuses her practice chiefly on real estate development and joint venture work.
-- Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.
Editor's note: This blog has been corrected regarding the month in which James Chenoweth joined Baker Botts.