Baker Botts LLP

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Excellent standard of representation in a wide range of commercial disputes, with a particularly robust reputation in energy and securities litigation. Able to draw on a strong geographic footprint in litigating cases across the country, offering expertise in antitrust and environmental disputes. Also highly acclaimed for its capacity to take on an array of disputes at appellate level. Well equipped to handle merger objection cases brought by shareholders.

Strengths A client comments: "Baker Botts is a very erudite firm, and very intellectual in its approach. The firm is known for its high-quality work product."

An interviewee states: "They have been exceptional business partners to us. They are smart, capable and strategic. They did a really good job of getting to know who we are. The service is really best in class; the lawyers are incredibly responsive and always available."

"They are excellent lawyers who are attentive to clients and very good to work with," reports one source.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline in a lawsuit which sought to enjoin Kinder Morgan and Permian Highway from constructing and operating a $2 billion, 400-mile pipeline which will bring gas being flared in the Permian Basin to market.

Represented the Food Marketing Institute before the US Supreme Court as part of a dispute considering the standard for when the federal government can withhold confidential commercial and financial information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Assisted Cobalt International Energy with a securities class action, which arose out of SEC and DOJ investigations. The plaintiffs alleged that Cobalt defrauded investors by misrepresenting its FCPA compliance and the viability of two wells it was drilling off the coast of Angola.

Notable practitioners

Aaron Streett
is noted for his experience in federal appeals, and offers particular prowess before the Fifth Circuit. Sources say: "He writes fantastic and incredible appellate briefs." His wide-ranging practice covers commercial, regulatory and constitutional challenges.

Amy Hefley
is developing an impressive securities practice, which includes assisting clients with class action cases. Market commentators describe her as "terrific" and "super smart."

Danny David
regularly counsels clients on securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits, with particular strength in mergers challenges and breach of fiduciary duty cases. A client comments: "He is a consummate professional and a terrific lawyer. He has a thorough grasp of the case and is skilled in both written responses and oral arguments. He also communicates clearly and consistently."

David Sterling
is a preeminent litigator with vast experience handling securities class actions and derivative suits. Clients describe him as "extremely bright, conscientious and efficient."

Evan Young
has a thriving appellate practice, which sees him representing clients in state and federal courts, including the US Supreme Court. A client comments: "He is responsive, easy to work with and a master advocate. He is a true active listener and has been a creative champion of our cause."

Jessica Pulliam
has a robust securities litigation practice, which includes acting on behalf of corporations and their officers in shareholder disputes and securities class actions. "She is a phenomenal architect of litigation strategy," reports a client, adding: "She conceives of and then executes litigation perfectly."

John Anaipakos
is recognized as "a very good trial lawyer." His extensive litigation experience includes personal injury, employment and commercial disputes. Clients describe him as "very strategic, very pragmatic and smart."

Macey Reasoner Stokes
is "intelligent and also has a practical outlook," according to a source, who further commends her "understanding of clients' business goals." She is regularly sought out to handle high-stakes appeals in the Texas Supreme Court and other state courts, and is particularly active on behalf of clients in the oil and gas industry.

Rod Phelan
is widely known for his extensive experience in commercial litigation. Clients highlight his impressive trial capability, explaining: "He is a real storyteller, who has the ability to translate a complex set of facts into something relatable and digestible for a jury."

Thomas Phillips
frequently appears in the Texas Supreme Court on highly important commercial and constitutional cases. He is regarded by interviewees as a "legend in the market," and receives praise for his "knowledge of the workings of the courts." A source appreciates that he "brings a unique and valuable perspective to every case before the Texas appellate courts."

Timothy Durst
is regarded as a "very accomplished litigator." He handles high-stakes commercial litigation, with noted experience in intellectual property and contractual disputes.

Travis Sales
is "extremely intelligent and perceptive," according to a client, who adds: "He knows the procedure in state and federal court extremely well and has good instincts and is steady and calm." He litigates a range of commercial issues, including product liability and contract disputes.