Effective Jan. 1, Baker & McKenzie has 19 new partners, including four in its Texas offices
Kevin Maher is a partner in the international commercial practice, based in Dallas and, among other things, frequently represents clients in cross-border joint venture transactions.
“Almost every deal I work on has one foot in the U.S. and one foot in another country,” he says.
Maher, a 2002 summa cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, says he joined Baker & McKenzie in 2007 from DLA Piper in Dallas.
Laura O’Rourke is a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, based in Dallas. O’Rourke says she defends officers, directors and companies in cases involving securities-related issues. She says she also handles commercial litigation.
O’Rourke, also a 2002 graduate of Texas Tech’s law school, says she was an associate at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas before joining Baker & McKenzie in 2005. She says she is the co-chairwoman of Baker & McKenzie’s Pro Bono Committee.
“I’ve had a long interest in pro bono,” O’Rourke says.
Daniel Ro-Trock is a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s corporate and securities practice, based in Houston. Ro-Trock says his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and securities. He says he works with clients inside and outside the United States and often works on multijurisdictional transactions.
Ro-Trock, a 2004 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, says he joined Baker & McKenzie in January 2008 after working for Winstead. He says he enjoys traveling and worked for almost a year in Baker & McKenzie’s office in Geneva, Switzerland.
Caryn Smith is a partner in the tax practice, based in Houston, and represents a wide variety of multinational clients in all areas of federal income tax law.
“A big part of what I do is international tax planning,” she says.
Smith says she received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2005 and a LL.M. in taxation from Northwestern University School of Law in 2006. She says she began working for Baker & McKenzie in 2006 in the firm’s Miami office and transferred to Houston in 2009.
— Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.