Baker Botts has announced the promotion of six attorneys firm-wide to the level of special counsel, including three senior associates in the firm’s Texas offices. The promotions became effective Jan. 1.
Bankruptcy attorney Omar Alaniz (pictured) has become a special counsel at Baker Botts’ Dallas office. He says he represents debtors and creditors in complex Chapter 11 reorganizations and liquidations.
Alaniz, a 2003 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, says he clerked for U.S. bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn of the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth in 2006-2007 and joined Baker Botts in September 2007. Alaniz says that in October 2012, the American Inns of Court presented him the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service in recognition of his pro bono efforts.
Corporate attorney Shawn Shillington is a new special counsel at Baker Botts’ Austin office. Shillington says he advises clients on corporate issues, including securities offerings and capital markets. He says he also advises clients on corporate governance matters and provides compliance counseling.
Shillington, a 2004 graduate of New York University School of Law, says he joined Baker Botts in 2006.
The new special counsel at Baker Botts’ Houston office is Robert Riddle, who says he has an intellectual property practice, focusing primarily on patent litigation as well as on patent prosecution and counseling.
Riddle, a 2004 graduate of South Texas College of Law, says he worked as a technical advisor at Baker Botts during his last year in law school and joined the firm in 2004.
— Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.