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"The lawyers are bright, knowledgeable and provide excellent writings and research," reports one source, who further adds: "I’ve witnessed their very professional presentations and arguments."

Clients also highlight the full service offered by Baker Botts, with one interviewee stating: "The firm has a deep bench of very high-quality attorneys of all commercial specialties, especially in Texas."

"I was most impressed with their ability to deliver an integrated service across disciplines," comments one client, further noting: "I thought the service was exceptional."

Work highlights Acted for Wells Fargo, as trustee of Macquarie Rotocraft Leasing, in a breach of contract, breach of warranty and fraud lawsuit against Airbus Helicopters concerning the sale of defective helicopters.

Successfully represented Murphy Exploration & Production in the Texas Supreme Court. At issue was the interpretation of an offset well clause in the context of horizontal drilling, which considered key differences between horizontal and vertical drilling.

Acted for Rent-A-Center in a Section 10(b) securities class action brought against the company and its former CEO and former CFO. The lawsuit involves allegations that the company made misrepresentations and omitted material facts about the reliability of its proprietary point-of-sale management information system.

Notable practitioners

Aaron Streett maintains an excellent appellate litigation practice, focusing on representing businesses. He regularly appears in the Fifth Circuit, and also has experience arguing appeals in the US Supreme Court and other state and federal courts. A client comments: "He is intellectually stimulating and of great help in bringing clarity to very complex issues. He is helpful and has an engaged attitude, with a wealth of knowledge about arcane court procedure."

Danny David brings his "acute understanding of the law" to bear in a range of securities lawsuits. His recent work includes advising companies on challenges to M&A transactions and allegations of breach of fiduciary duty. One impressed client says: "He is highly intelligent, articulate and thoughtful in his recommendations. He produces detailed, well-supported work products."

David Sterling is held in high esteem for his expertise in securities litigation, with one source describing him as "super smart and a lion of a securities attorney." He is a strong choice to represent defendant companies and executives in shareholder lawsuits and securities class actions.

Evan Young is seasoned practitioner who frequently represents clients before the Texas Supreme Court and other appellate courts. His practice covers contractual disputes and constitutional challenges. An impressed clients describes him as "a responsive and easy to work with master advocate."

The "excellent" Jessica Pulliam is a go-to lawyer for handling business-critical securities litigation, including class actions. She is also experienced in handling SEC and other regulatory investigations.

John Anaipakos is noted for his strength in commercial litigation. His recent work includes disputes in the energy sector as well as personal injury litigation.

Macey Reasoner Stokes is a "very able" appellate specialist who is particularly active in the representation of oil and gas companies. She frequently presents arguments before state and federal courts.

Rod Phelan is an accomplished litigator vastly experienced with trying cases. He represents business in a wide range of disputes, from intellectual property to takeover litigation.

Thomas Phillips "brings a unique and valuable perspective to every case," says a source. A former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, he has a superb appellate law practice which sees him represent businesses on a plethora of issues. One client says: "He has an absolutely exceptional legal mind and does incredibly well at narrowing the issues to the most important core issues."

Travis Sales handles a broad spectrum of commercial cases, including recently, employee benefits and breach of contract litigation. He is also noted for his strength in products liability lawsuits.

Chair of the firm's litigation department Van Beckwith has a broad commercial litigation practice, which ranges from professional liability to antitrust. He is highly experienced in trying cases.