As the oldest BigLaw firm in Texas, Baker Botts gives attorneys exposure to a variety of high-caliber legal work—the icing on the cake is that it all happens in a collegial environment that fosters genuine friendships and organic mentorship. Baker Botts is perhaps best known for its Energy and Natural Resources practice. The firm holds a top spot in Vault’s Energy, Oil, & Gas ranking—and for good reason. The firm has handled more than 3,700 such matters across the globe in the past decade and advises on matters relating to...
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Baker Botts hires top candidates with the right personality, using behavioral questions to make this determination. The firm’s culture is collegial and allows associates to form genuine friendships and professional connections. Social events are on the calendar, but not so many that associates can’t prioritize their personal lives. “Respectful” is often used to describe partner/associate relationships, and partners are forthcoming with feedback beyond the annual review process. Associates agree the firm could stand to be more transparent, but there has been improvement, including through monthly firmwide updates. One area that remains opaque is the path to partnership—many see it as a viable career option, but this seems to vary by practice group. Other common paths include transi...
With deep roots in the Lone Star State, Baker Botts has grown to become an international firm with 14 offices across the globe and more than 700 lawyers among its ranks. The firm fields sturdy teams in energy, environmental law, IP, litigation, and project finance.
All in the Family
Baker Botts was Texan before Texas was a state. The firm’s origins date back to 1840, when Peter Gray founded a firm in the land known then as the Republic of Texas. Gray’s first clients were agricultural interests—sugar, cotton, and timber—and the Southern Pacific and Union Railroads. About three decades after starting the firm, Gray handed the reigns over to Colonel W.B. Botts and James A. Baker (aka Judge Baker), who nudged Gray’s name off the firm stationery and began working as Baker & Bo...